To monetize my blog I would go with the Google Adsense one, specifically the pay per click advertisement. I think that is a great way to collect revenue especially if my blog gets a lot of traffic. I think this would work best for me as a blogger because I would not have to pay anything, instead I would be the one to get paid. I would like for companies that relate to my topic to be advertised on my blog. Anything that has to do with the my content would be acceptable. I also like the idea of the ads appearing as banners on the side rather than pop ups. I don’t think my readers would be too distracted or get annoyed by the ads. I may even consider guest posting for a corporate blog or income generating website.
The aspect of anonymity itself would not prevent me from reading a blog, but the content would. If a blogger write anonymous to discuss sex and other racy topics, I would not be interested. Blogs like the Waiter Rant would be interesting to follow. They mention everyday occurences observed by people. Like reality television, but unscripted. I follow a blog called Anonymous Doc, an emergency room fellow who blogs about interesting interactions with patients and other hospital staff. Since medicine interests me, I really enjoy reading about some of the more annoying or interesting aspects of the field. This blog is able to exist because of the anonymous factor – otherwise social media rules at the hospital would not allow for such personal details and real interactions to be posted online. In many ways, this kind of frank and anonymous blog might be necessary for people interested in medicine or any other field where attaching your identity to a post forces information filtration to learn about the not-so-glamorous part of their job of interest.
The Anon Doc blog is also marred by its anonymity, since knowing less about a person means that I do not feel a strong connection to the author and am not really enticed to learn more. Blogs like WhiteCoatDO – the chronicles of a DO student, and Seattle Mama Doc – a female physician who shares anecdotes about her life, use their identities to create a better connection with the reader. I’m always curious to learn more about what happened in the lives of Ryan Nguyen and Wendy Sue Swanson, and while they need to filter out certain details of their daily experiences for professional reasons, the attachment of identity to the stories they write make the posts richer.
When a blogger writes anonymously, it affects the way I read the blog because to me, what they’re writing seems more honest. If someone were to blog about something but not put their identity on it, it seems to me as if they want to share every raw detail of their experiences or thoughts without having to face any repercussions or judgments from friends and family. So with that being said, I am more likely to read the posts and take into consideration what they are saying. Personally, I have a private blog that is password protected where I write about things that I’ve experienced and any thoughts or feelings I have and I think that blogging anonymously is almost equivalent. In essence, having an anonymous identity is kind of like password protecting the blog. Either way, the blogger is trying to protect himself or herself but with blogging anonymously, there is an added benefit of hearing others share their thoughts and opinions or their own experiences. All in all, I would probably be more attentive when reading an anonymous blog than an ordinary blog because with an anonymous blog, it seems like there’s something so important being said that the person can’t reveal their identity.
Whether or not I consider joining a blog network is currently an ambiguous question considering there are no medical blog networks. I do not think joining a purely technologically based network would benefit the blog because I discuss topics beyond pure technology, including from mental health, research awareness, and problems that premedical students encounter. If I could picture a network of blog that did fit with mine, a network of medically oriented students who wish to comment on the field we’re going into, I imagine it would be hard to work in this environment. There is a specific type of hyper-competitive personality that wants to become a doctor, and this personality tends to not work well in groups. Networks require groups to trust and rely on each other; and in a group of people competing for spots in medical school, sabotage would be inevitable. That is not to say that collaborative efforts are impossible, just that the level of trust needed to have a network is not doing. Blogs similar to mine would collaborate better through methods such as guest blogging, or a blog with no more than three editors with a businesslike relationship.
So, as you all know my blog is the crafts that I make for myself or others. I honestly would not join a blogging network. I feel as if my works of art are very personal. Of course, it can give other people ideas; however, I feel as if you can search up better ideas on the Web. Honestly speaking, I get most of my ideas from the Web and I feel like with the topic “DIY” unless you have something poppin’ or unique it is all basically the same. Whereas in fashion, everyone’s taste is different and that is what makes people want to explore fashion blogs.
There are several blogging networks that are for DIY such as craft gossip, diy network, Pinterest, and so much more. I would most likely fit in Pinterest, but even then on Pinterest you see so many repeated DIY. Also, when people do click on the crafts on Pinterest they mostly just skip to how they make it rather than reading the whole thing. I noticed that because I do it myself sometimes. Using the widgets and mentioning the similar bloggers would definitely be supportive. When writing on my blog, I write for myself. Therefore, I plan to not be a part of the blogging network.
I would definitely consider joining a blogging network. I think that joining a blogging network would be a great way for me to improve my following and the over all traffic on my site. I think that my blog could fit into the family or work/life sections of Blog Her. As a female blogger talking about kids, food, activities to do with kids and the like I think Blog Her would be a good fit for me and my blog. If I were to become part of Blog Her I feel like I would be encouraged by the larger network of bloggers to continue blogging. I think I would have a lot of fun being a part of the network. I think the bloggers within the network would encourage one another simply by continuing to blog. By the other bloggers continuing to post new posts they could encourage the other bloggers in the network to press on and continue writing new posts.
Blog networks connect blogs that contain similar contain and have similar aims, as well as connect blogs under the same company. Revenue received from advertising is increased through these networks.
I believe that being a consistent blogger on your own can get difficult from time to time and staying motivated to produce something that your dedicated readers will enjoy can be tough. Through a blog network, a support is provided by those who target similar topics on their blog. In order to enhance my blogging experience, I believe that I would join a blogging network. Making it easier on the set up of the blog, I would have others who are much more skilled in certain areas backing me, which would help me focus on writing. A blog network would expand my audience, which would also help me continue to write posts religiously. Also, being a business major, I would not mind an increased revenue because of higher traffic for my blog.
Sticking to the blog concept I currently have, I would like to discuss current events told through social media on a blog network. Exchanging healthy debates on what is right and what is wrong or how to approach certain situations would be interesting to me and interesting to have other takes on similar topics through my network. Having a support system where other bloggers call out things that are not right or that are insensitive makes a stronger network against harsh internet debates. It also would provide reasons to keep blogging and spreading the word on being aware.
By: Hector, Jeremy, Justin, and Seyvona
At Rutgers, sometimes the student population feels underrepresented and unheard. Our hyperlocal blog would get the concerns of the Rutgers community out.
Our community includes off-campus and on campus students, international students, first year students, transfer students, and the other students on track to get their degree. The blog will cover concerns of undergraduate students and graduate students to cover a wide range of the Rutgers population. About 40,000 people are included in this community.
The first aspect about the Rutgers community that is noticed by many is the diversity of the community. Many different cultures, beliefs, and values are in this community. The common ground despite all of these differences is the fact that we are Rutgers students and every student may have a concern that they feel is not getting to those who have high positions on the University board.
Our blog would post the concerns and questions of the community that those feel are being unanswered. There would also be tips put on the blog to answer questions that may not need to be addressed by authority figures. The design will include a forum and chat rooms so the community can comment and discuss concerns and tips posted.
This post was done by Rebecca and Carmen.
Posting wise we didn’t like the format for posting. An easier to use/writer friendly interface would encourage more and easier posting.
A second thing pertaining to format that we didn’t like is how a post looks when you first click on it. Before the page loads completely the post can be very hard to read because of the color of the font on the background. Looking at the post while it is loading may deter people from actually staying on the post and reading it.
We believe that there should be preview of posts or a synopsis. The only thing you have to go off of when looking at the posts on the main page is the title, person who wrote it, and the date of publication. These things may not always be able to tell a reader if they may or may not want to read the post. A preview of the post or a brief synopsis would allow the reader to gauge if they actually want to read the rest of the post or not.
Categories should be displayed on a side bar so that readers can easily find posts that pertain to the subject that they are looking for. Categories would help organize the whole site and make it look cleaner.
We found that tag cloud needs to be cleaned up. There are so many tags and many of them are not helpful. Over all the tag cloud is simply overwhelming in its current state.
When we went to subscribe to the blog we found the “subscribe button” was broken. The point of a blog is to get returning readers and if a reader can’t subscribe they’re not going to return. The button needs to be fixed.
The archives were a bit of a mess. The archive categories need to be bigger, it was difficult to distinguish the categories from the posts within each category. We also thought that the categories should be more specific, one category was family, grades, and winter break. Each of those things in that category could have been its own category and that would have made a much more organized and easy to navigate site.
From the article, “30 Blogging Tactics To Stay Motivated” I noticed that to stay motivated, the blogger as well as the audience is responsible. It is the responsibility of the blogger to come up with new content that keeps the audience interested and engaged.
This means that as a writer, I should make sure I blog often so I’m going to try and start blogging at the same time everyday while drinking a cup of green tea. Hopefully this gets me into a sort of routine so I feel weird if I don’t do it. In addition, I want to try and use less words and more multimedia content. For example, I am thinking about posting an interesting music video once a week of a song I like but without me analyzing the song or video. This is important if I want to engage the audience. In general, I want to start creating more varied posts because I’ve noticed that my posts can be very repetitive (especially on Sundays when I introduce a new artist that I am listening to as I study). I’m hoping to incorporate music news and music videos into my blog to vary the posts.
If I want to stay motivated, I have to feel like I’m writing for a purpose – for people who are actually going to read my posts. So, I want to start responding to comments, asking my audience what they want to listen to also join a blogging group. By feeling like I have a purpose and sense of community, I will feel more motivated to keep up with my blog and maintain it.