I don’t think I would consider joining a blogging network mostly because I generally like to be solo and not be associated with other blogs but I can definitely imagine what it would like to be in one. I would either like a general sports network blog or just a tennis exclusive one would be perfectly fine. We could all support each other with like hot tips and maybe even do guest posts or duo posts together which could be very fun. I also do really like the expertise and administration aspects of the network. I honestly feel I don’t spend as much time on the visual appearance and other technical aspects of my blog so having people being able to handle that for me would be really great because then I can just focus on the writing. I also feel that having a lot of other tennis bloggers could spark conversations between us all in terms of tennis talk and general tips. Overall, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to join a network blog but I really feel like just working alone with my blog because that’s just generally how I like to approach things.
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.
The site would provide all types of news, categories: entertainment, local, political, health, tech, national news, world news, live broadcast, news of the people, and video. We want to provide a little bit of everything so that our readers can be well informed on all fronts. Categories can be seen on a side bar no matter where you go to within the site.
Social media buttons, on the home screen to like the actual site, and on individual articles to share to Facebook or Tweet immediately without having to leave our site.
Bold colored header and side bar to site. the bold colors will catch the readers attention and draw them into the site and also allow the reader to always know where they are while on the site.
The articles would appear to look more like magazine articles than articles on other web based news sites. It would be broken up by block images and videos. Pictures will appear in blocks within articles.
The tone in the articles with be attractive to readers. It will be casual without being like TMZ but also not too formal like what you would read on the cover of the New York Times. It would be a blend of casual and informative.
Video section would be brief synopsis of current stories. There would be playlists where you could watch the videos from all the categories that day or select a specific section or two and only watch videos from those, i.e. politics and world news.
Crowdsourcing component where readers can also write posts and submit them for publication. All submissions will be read and the best will be chosen to be posted to the blog.
We chose to analyze the TMZ blog for this in-class assignment. When looking further at the writing of this blog we noticed that it’s mostly short and punchy language. It’s not very formal, but also incredibly dramatic. The writing is very specific to the celebrity that they’re talking about. It’s carefully crafted to display a certain tone of voice and never really left with a question mark at the end. They tend to use phrases and languages that are similar to what could be tweeted (short, basic 140 character headlines).
Another thing that we noticed was that their on-camera meetings have a lot of influence in what they write online. On TV, they can usually be seen screaming, laughing, making fun of celebrities, etc. and they are certainly not shy about doing that online. Their bold personalities are evident in the language used in their posts.
The voice of the story gives the impression that the author knows all the facts and isn’t afraid to bluntly lay them on the line. They don’t seem to care much about offending people and simple word choices make that clear. TMZ is traditionally known for breaking a lot of celebrity gossip stories. They’re always proud of the fact that they don’t stuff their posts with fluff and instead, lay the facts right on the line.
An example of this can be seen on TMZ’s cover story. Just the headline alone, “Stephen Collins Wife Claims He Used ‘7th Heaven’ Fame to Molest…” is sensationalized and written to gain readers through the shock factor. They certainly make use of headings and titles.
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Perez Hilton is fairly specific, partly because the information is about a certain celebrity, but also for comedic purposes.
He keeps his sentences, and articles in general, short and to the point.
The site also uses multiple exclamation points and ellipsis.
He ends the articles in a quirky manner that doesn’t necessarily sum everything up, but just on a snarky remark.
Perez Hilton’s article layout is generally the same. It starts off with a picture of celebrities, usually edited with paint (in an insulting manner), followed by textual information with links.
His webpages are cluttered, but the posts themselves are spaced out and easy to read.
His focus is targeting celebrities and his words are pretty simple.
He makes good use of headings to engage his target audience, who are people who often read celebrity gossip.
The writing itself is not formal, but it’s what people would rather read. It’s simple grammatically, and that’s most of what makes it effective. People also read for the attacking connotations in his writing. His word choice is specific and memorable – it’s how one would assume a gossip site who talk. He speaks in terms teenage girls would understand.
Medical blogs are fairly abundant in the world of web logs. There are several similar blogs that look at modern issues in medicine, including technology, policy, and commentary on modern medical practices. Popular blogs include KevinMD, MedGadget, and Science Roll.
KevinMD is a blog that is curated by one doctor, Dr. Kevin Pho. Many of the posts are guest posts by other physicians, which allows the blog to cover a wide range of topics with a certain level of expertise and reliability. The topics range from medical student problems, to physician health, modern health care dilemmas, and medical issues. For this reason, KevinMD is a highly respected blog, frequently used as a reference for news outlets like New York Times and Washington Square Journal.
MedGadget is a news website in the format of a blog that is edited by a group of eighteen doctors and biomedical engineers. This blog is a medical technology niche version of what Engadget, Wired.com, and TheVerge are in wide-range technology. These editors interview people making new technologies, review many of these devices, and have the opportunity to report live from hackathons and other medical technology related events. It’s a great news outlet for people interested in learning about new technologies that have real potential in the medical field.
Lastly, Science Roll is a blog by Dr. Bertalan Mesko, a self proclaimed medical futurist. He is the author of the book The Future of Medicine, and is a physician who looks at how technology can be currently implemented into medical practice. Several examples are the implementation of GoogleGlass in medical education and the potential role social media can be used as a tool to increase communication between doctor and patient. His opinions and ideas are also mentioned on more renown outlets such as CNN.com, Nature Medicine, New York Times, etc.
One obvious advantage that these blogs have over mine is reliability and validity offered by the medical degrees that the editors hold. These are credible sources that are respected by many major news outlets. As a student I don’t have this benefit, which gives my blog a slight disadvantage. At the same time, my status as a student distinguishes the FutureMed Blog from these other blogs, offering a reader with less medical knowledge an opinion that they can relate to better. Additionally, I use the blog mentioned above as sources for the information I give on my blog. In that way, these “rival” blogs end up helping mine with their renown credibility.