The 30 tactics to stay motivated seem like they will help a lot. I specifically seen some that will help me out more than others. I think that it is a good idea to create a blog ritual and to show up on my blog at the same time. It allows me to create a routine and be more organized with my posting. If I was to go somewhere and try to work on my blog I think I would get more done vs blogging in my dorm room. In addition to that the editorial calendar is a good idea to remain focus as well as the list of on-going topics. It will help way more than thinking of what I can write about for 15 minutes. The process will go by a lot more smoother with that list. I think that I might switch my blog up a bit by adding a video to it. I never really considered it before but I just might do it now that I have read it on the list.
Reading the list about how to stay motivated and focused when blogging, I definitely think there are points on this list that will help me with writing my own personal blog. For example, I think the idea about routine is very helpful with maintaining a blog and remaining dedicated to it. If I can put a certain time aside each week to blog, it may make the writing process go more smoothly. For the past few weeks, I have posted my two weekly posts immediately after each other. If I can follow the advice from this list and follow more of a routine pattern, I can publish my two posts further apart from each other. In addition, I think that separating my posts will improve the writing quality on my blog because I will not be writing as much content all at once. I also really liked the point made about writing ideas down as soon as you think about them and not assuming you’ll remember them in the future. I know that with my own blog, there have been times when I thought of great potential topics but then found myself frustrated when I forgot what those topics were later on. So for the future, I am going to do my best to make sure I record these ideas in some way the moment they pop into my head.
There were 2 really big tips here that stuck out to me as a blogger. Changing the environment around myself can definitely really help me out a lot. I sometimes feel really bored and dull when i type some posts. If i maybe changed the setting and maybe brought my laptop to like the tennis courts themselves maybe i’ll get a better feeling for tennis and I might even have an idea sparked for a post by watching other people play. I think changing the settings in where you type can definitely create a significant difference in how we approach the post because we will feel more lively and may come up with new ways to format the post and stuff.
The 2nd tip I noticed that would be great is to interact with the readers more and maybe even make a whole post in response to a comment. Sometimes instead of typing out long comments in response to another you can just make a blog post that goes into depth that way everybody who may miss your comment in response to the other person’s, will be able to see your ideas regarding that subject in a whole post. It’s also a great way to gain inspiration for future posts in case you are starting to run low on potential content. Just spending a little time reviewing my comments and checking for new potential ideas is definitely worth it so I think i’ll do that.
After examining three different blog posts written about Blake Lively’s recent pregnancy announcement, I found it interesting to see what information was pertinent to each individual who shared the story. On the BabyCenter blog, they took the angle of maternity clothing and how Blake’s outfit was pricey for a new mom’s wardrobe. They broke down how much each item was, showing that it was a $326 purchase. But what I found strange was that they didn’t even include the maternity photo that’s circulating on every other site right now. The Huffington Post took a more newsy angle, reporting the facts, including her website’s statement and pulling relevant quotes from articles in which they’ve expressed their thoughts on having children together. Lastly, on the blog Pink is the New Blog they focus more so on the style aspect and the cute picture that Blake posted. BabyCenter and Pink is the New Blog both had very conversational tones to their posts. I felt like the Huffington Post read a bit more in a tone that you’d find on other strict news blogs. The layout choices on all three blogs were pretty similar. They all included pictures of the couple, and 2/3 of the blogs posted the picture that Blake did when she announced her pregnancy. The length of the three blog posts ranged from 316-380 words. That being said, they were all fairly short with supporting images to draw in the reader. Because the news came out just recently, each blog had little or no comments.
For the duration of this semester, I have decided to pursue my interest of creating a blog about internships and my experience with them thus far. When searching for other internship blogs, I found sites that offered more than just internship advice. They were platforms that aside from the tips also provided information about open positions, interviews, resumes, cover letters, style, workout ideas, nutrition, extra curricular activities, etc.
One blog/platform that has always stood out to me is Intern Queen, for all that it provides to students seeking internship opportunities. Although I look up to Lauren Berger and all that she’s created with this blog, my personal platform will differ greatly in what is being offered. Because Lauren did 15 internships over the course of her college career and I’ve only done 6, our level of experience and expertise is different. One thing that I really would like to make unique to my blog is the idea that it follows my own personal experience interning. Through my eyes, I will be able to give readers an inside look into what I consider appropriate/inappropriate behavior, clothing options that work for your industry, ways to approach asking for informational interviews and other tips that will continuously help interns push to be the best that they can be in their position.
Another blog that I came across didn’t have all the bells as whistles that Intern Queen did, but still presented pretty useful content. A branch of Internships.com, Eye Of The Intern: The Career Development Blog breaks up their posts by certain categories of advice and insight. For example, one series that they write is called “Launch Your Career”, where they highlight a specific company and give tips on how to get your foot in the door. Additionally, they allow interns to guest blog for their site, titling the posts “Intern Diaries” to give other students a greater look into the company that they’re currently working for. My own blog is pretty specific to the media internships that I’ve completed and am currently completing. I don’t intend on having guest bloggers or making the focus any less narrowed.
The final blog that I am comparing is the InternMatch blog. Another source for interns to find opportunities and read up on advice, this platform like the others has a lot to offer beyond the blogging component. Out of the three, this blog seems the simplest, whereas the others functioned as almost separate entities. The focus of this blog is mostly on positive thinking and ways to further enrich the internship experience. Even though I plan to incorporate ways to continue thriving in an internship, I also plan to discuss sometimes-awkward situations that all interns run into at one point or another. These situations might include tips for when your supervisor gives you an assignment you have no idea how to do, how to make coffee for the CEO, what to do when you misunderstand the rules of a project and do it wrong and generally finding ways to fix little mistakes you make along the way.
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Hello everyone! My name is Jade. I am a second year student here at Rutgers University (obviously right?). I plan on majoring in psychology although I do not want to be a psychologist. Instead I would like to be an elementary school teacher preferably teaching preschool through third grade. So you might be wondering why i’m majoring in psychology instead of education right? Unfortunately Rutgers does not offer education as a major, but it does have a graduate school of education. That doesn’t make any sense to me but oh well. As of now my goal is to apply to the graduate school of education. Hopefully I will get accepted, fingers crossed. I love working with children. I actually have a lot of experience working with children from the ages of three to nine. Due to the fact that I attended Union County Vocational High School. At my high school I had the opportunity to work with children first hand on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in my Child Development Class. In class we had to create lesson plans that went with various things such as reading, writing, math, and arts and crafts. In addition to working with children at my high school I also worked with them this summer. I was a camp counselor. I had to work the hours from 8am to 4pm. The days were long but definitely worth it.