I think that having Spotify affiliate ads would work the best for my personal blog. Since I feature Spotify playlists and embed the Spotify player in each of my posts, it makes sense that I should earn profit every time someone clicks on a song in the Spotify player or opens up the application on their computer or Spotify web player. Essentially, my blog will help increase Spotify’s traffic by offering a more personalized feel of Spotify – helping users narrow down their search for new music. In addition, these users may be more likely to become Spotify premium users which increases Spotify’s profit and Spotify itself will profit from more viewers that listen to or click on the ads they display on the application itself. All in all, my personal blog could be very helpful in advertising Spotify so a partnership with Spotify would be beneficial for my blog and the company itself.
Our blog would be an anonymous blog by a girl who has a boyfriend who is very interested in many sports, yet she is not.
This would be a blogging community, like a forum, where if a person joins, anonymously, then they can write comments on the posts. People will also be able to submit anonymous posts for review, and then the owner of the blog will choose to post it or not.
The readers would be other women who have the same problems, most likely during sports seasons. There could be a special Sunday post and playoff post where during the main game days women could post their frustrations to the blog as comments.
When a blogger remains anonymous, I believe two sides can be taken when it comes to the audience being reached and their reactions to an anonymous blog. Some may find entertainment out of it, following along with someone who is blogging about their daily life or blogging about a specific area in their life that they would rather anonymously share than let everyone know who they are. The other stance I believe people may take is discrediting the blog and finding it to be invalid.
I believe that those who are anonymous bloggers may choose that path for protection and privacy. In this day and age, everything is held against you and people are always looking you up and searching for information on you. Constantly searching information about others makes it difficult to use a blog without consequences, thus anonymity becomes appealing.
If I was reading an anonymous blog, I believe that I could find entertainment out of it, but I would always question if it was valid. When I am told certain stories in real life interactions, I still find myself doubting bits and pieces or not knowing whether the person talking is in fact telling the truth. Once on the internet, I may believe that someone wants to have an alternate persona that they feel comfortable only releasing to the internet. In that case, I am not sure if I can trust the source.
While searching for an anonymous blog on google, I stumbled across many websites that allow you to create your own anonymous blog relating to whatever you are feeling. I think one scary aspect of an anonymous blog is that if you are giving a cry for help, no one will necessarily know who you are to provide you with that help. You can comment and follow along with the blogger, but in reality, I believe they need support in real life on top of the online support if something is wrong.
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.
We looked at the Kotaku blog and a post regarding the Chinese public purchasing a lot of imported iphones from the underground market and China’s reaction.
#1 The writing for this blog is very specific. The post we looked at talked about China “cracking down” on imported iphones which is what the post sticks to the entire way. It never really strays off topic and talks about a very specific issue.
#2 It is a mixture of short and lengthy sentences. The author tends to use shorter sentences when bringing up a point/ argument they are trying to make. Longer sentences are used when they want to present factual information to the reader.
#3 There aren’t many question marks and exclamation points and the article itself is mostly filled with facts.
#4 The author ends pretty conclusively. Since it’s an informative article there isn’t really a major argument presented so there aren’t any questions presented to the reader at the end of the post other than what their opinions are on this subject but that comes innately with any blog post so.
#5 Overall the post is pretty carefully crafted. The author doesn’t use too much casual language it’s really filled with a lot of facts regarding the issue. It’s formatted fairly well overall with paragraph breaks and visuals so there was definitely a significant amount of time placed into making this post.
#6 The paragraphs are not dense and cluttered. They are short and break when the author switches to the next set of information. They make good use of spacing and there aren’t any areas that are visually poor.
#7 Definitely has a focus. The author doesn’t seem to be ranting or anything of that calibur so it’s definitely well crafted. The author really sticks to this issue throughout the entire post.
#8 There is simple terminology overall. There aren’t too many high level vocabulary words or anything. The post talks about business and economics in China which would be the only sense of terms that you may or may not be familiar with (but overall fairly basic and not too formal with vocabulary)
#9 There is a title but other than that it’s just simple text. There aren’t really any headers.
#10 The author really isn’t targeting a specific audience or anything. He is just throwing out some news from China so it doesn’t really address any people per say other than just the American public I guess.
I researched 3 different posts regarding how to make homemade pizza dough.
In terms of noticeable differences, I noticed that both food52 and lifeline grace follows a step by step approach with a 1 picture included with each step giving them a more tutorial like feeling. The eatliverun pizza dough tutorial just showed a starting picture and an ending photo of what it will look like with text in between and it looks a little more bland in my opinion.
Another difference I noticed was how colorful and vibrant the lifeingrace blog and the pizza dough post was. Lifeingrace made good use of bold and colorful font to make it pop to the eyes of the audience whereas the other 2 blogs just used standard 12 size black font.
In terms of popularity all posts received a handful of comments but it appears eatliverun and lifeingraceblog received a lot more feedback than Food52’s post. Most of the feedback was all positive and rated how great the pizza dough was as well as included some suggestions and ideas of their own.
Another major difference I noticed was the language that lifeingrace used in their pizza dough tutorial post. Food52 and Eatlive run had a real tutorial robotic like feel (e.g stir the flour, pour this much water in etc.. etc..) Lifeingrace brings a lot of personal with a lot of casual language as if they were in conversation with the reader (using words like We, You, I, Me, names of people etc…) By talking with more of a casual language it really reaches out to the audience and makes the blog post seem more exuberant and fun.
There are countless people writing about music on the Internet, and even more talking and Tweeting about it. That being said, I’ve chosen the blogs Pitchfork, Dancing Astronaut, and Guardian.co.uk album review section. Personally, I will distinguish my own blog by adding more personal touches and anecdotes.
I pride myself on having interesting stories to tell, and the shows I have been to play a large role in that very often. While Dancing Astronaut may post about “What You Need To Know From Day Three of Ultra Music Festival 2014,” I have a more personal and life-changing experience that I can recount, having been there that weekend. While these blogs may post informative updates and news regarding artists and events, I have my own accounts from actually attending. I am essentially serving as the more human side to their informational posts.
In the case of Pitchfork, they have a bit narrower of a scope, preferring to cover indie and alternative musicians and releases. For example, their most recent story is regarding Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, and will undoubtedly follow up with a review of the new music he will be releasing. My own blog will have a wider focus, covering the entirety of my own musical interests and not limiting to a single genre.
The Guardian’s music section capitalizes on reviews. I feel as though my criticism is almost irrelevant, and would rather share my interesting stories and experiences that will actually, while weaving my personal opinion in with the action. Also, in the digital age, it is a lot less common to consume and entire album as opposed to singular tracks.
However, from exploring these blogs, I have realized that I would also like to include some current and relevant news with my stories to create a stronger connection with entertainment media itself.