With my cooking blog The Dinner Dabbler, I do feel that it could fit into a blog network. There are cooking blogs everywhere, and everyday people are looking up new recipes, causing a lot of traffic online within cooking and recipe blogs. I would consider joining a network, but not just yet. I feel that my blog would need a little bit more content first and some editing within the context and visual aspect before considering joining a network. I feel my blog would go well with blogher or any other sort of life blog that has a cooking and baking segment. This blogging network is not based only off of cooking, so there are other things that somebody could look at while on the blog. For example, there is a style section and a news section, which both raise interest in me. This blog has a variety of different blog posts that people can refer to when looking to read about something a little bit different form their own blog for a bit.
After reading the list of 30 helpful blogging tactics, I believe that there are quite a few that can help me stay motivated and to increase social interaction with other people through my blog.
Responding to comments is definitely a helpful way to connect with your followers. I have had a few people outside of our class comment and follow my blog, and I did not instantly jump to respond, but I should have because for all I know they would have commented again!
I use a lot of images in my blog but I think a video will be cool to add into a cooking blog. When you cook, the food you are making never turns out looking like it did before you started, and I think creating a video out of my cooking will be really cool, not only to create but for my followers to watch.
I have a lot of family members on my Facebook, and asking them to share my blog will probably get me a lot of followers. My mom shared it on her Facebook and a lot of my friends and family have already seen it, but I think if I also share it through my other social media accounts more frequently than I have been I can get a larger following base,
Because my blog is based off of cooking, an editorial calendar will DEFINITELY benefit me because my life is extremely busy as is without having to worry about making dinner twice a week.
I scroll through Pinterest a lot and find most of my recipes there. I also ask my parents what they would like for dinner. I think that if I had asked my followers to throw some suggestions on what they would like to see me make would allow me to make a more personal connection with my followers.
For me to comment on other cooking bloggers posts would be very, very helpful. By doing this, we can share ideas and recipes that interest myself and my followers. It also shows that I am interested and I care about what people have to say about my posts, and it shows that I care about similar blogs like mine as well.
I try to not overpack my blog posts. When I am posting about a dinner that I made, I include the whole thing within one post. But I try to not make the post overwhelming with information on how to make so many different things.
These 30 steps are very beneficial to those dedicated to gathering a blog following. I do use some of these steps already, but not to the extent that I could be. I do plan on trying to get my blog more open to the rest of the blog world in order to gather some more followers!
Sheridan, Marcus. “5 Creative Tips to Increase Blog Traffic and Boost Your Business.” SocialMedia Examiner. April 4, 2012. Web. October 10, 2014.
The reason why I decided to add this blog to my annotated bibliography is because it gives you advice on how to improve your blog. While my last annotated bibliography gave us reasons as to why blogging is beneficial to a business, this post tells you how to do that. Their number one argument is to ‘think like a consumer.’ Many businesses do not do well blogging, but that is because they aren’t doing it the correct way. This post helps you word your blog to interest the costumer, and to provide them with as much information that they could possibly need before having to contact the business.
Kimbrell, Gideon. “Create a Blog to Boost your Business.” Entrepreneur. September 27, 2005. Web. October 6, 2014.
I came across this blog that I feel will be very helpful for my paper because it offers numerous reasons why a blog is beneficial towards boosting a business. Not only does it tell you why it is helpful, but it also gives you tips on creating a blog for your business and what kind of connections you should go about creating.
For dinner this week I decided I’m going to charcoal grill burgers before it gets too cold out. So, the three blogs I found are burger recipes, and they all differ from each other, not only visually, but their content varies exceptionally from one to the next.
The first blog I came across is for Spicy Burgers, which sound delicious. This post lacks a sense of personality from the writer. There is a quote at the top of the page next to the image of the burger giving advice, but that is all the reader receives from the writers experience. There is only one image of the finished product right at the top of the page. This recipe gets right to the point. On the left there is a list of ingredients, and below that there are quick simple steps that tell you exactly what to do and nothing else. Although there is not much personality coming through from the writer, the recipe must be good because it has 30 reviews and 4.5 stars.
The second blog I found is a Dilly Turkey Burgers Recipe. It is somewhat similar in layout to the previous blog, with the one image of the final product at the top of the blog, but this writer gives the reader a little view into her family life. She tells us how the recipe originally called for one ingredient, but her family prefers something else instead so that is what they decided to do. This lets you know that she is not only making the meal to her own preference but that she is trying to please other people with her cooking as well. This recipe is also very straight to the point and tells you exactly what is necessary to complete the meal, but she provides nutritional facts for the reader. There are many people in this world that are very concerned with nutritional facts and health and fitness, so I think this is a great aspect of her blog. It expands her audience to the group of people that look into recipes for health reasons.
Finally, the third post I found is for BBQ Bacon Burgers. I really like the layout of this blog because it puts a large emphasis on the images as well as the text, and I feel when you are blogging about any tangible object or concept, images are a big necessity. I also really like this blog because the writer gives the reader a background story and a little personal piece of herself. She’s been on a BBQ kick lately, she’s in love, and is super excited to grill for Memorial Day. She shares with the reader more than just a boring looking recipe. Her images keep the reader very interested in her topic, more so because there is more than one. She also received a significant amount of positive feedback from her followers.
I ma starting a blog on my personal cooking experiences and recipes as a rookie chef. Giving that I obviously don’t know how to cook if my blog is about the experiences of a ‘rookie chef,’ looking for inspiration from other cooking blogs is a must. I found three blogs that have similar intentions as mine. The only difference is that two of them are mainly focused on eating healthy, mine is not. Of course, living with four other girls, everyone is a health nut, so healthy recipes will be necessary, but if I am cooking dinner for just myself, healthy ingredients is not my main priority.
Since my blog is about my personal experiences trying to teach myself how to cook while living on a low budget, I found that the blog The Stone Soup provides recipes for those who have no cooking experience, but with the use of affordable ingredients. One difference between this blog and mine is that this blog focuses specifically on healthy meals. My personal cooking blog will have rookie recipes, but they won’t necessarily be extremely healthy. One specific thing that really caught my interest in this blog was one post called, “How to eat for $2 a day”. This recipe tells you how to make broccoli soup at the unbelievable price of two dollars! That sounds doable to me.
Another blog I found interesting, and helpful to begin my own blog is Cheap, Healthy, Good. Although it is another healthy blog, (apparently everyone only likes to blog about how to cook healthy now a days), one thing I enjoy about this blog is the fact that the writers, who are four friends who have actually went to school for writing, provide funny little excerpts before they provide the recipe. It isn’t always about the meals they are making, but they fill you in on their funny living situations together as well. I am going to provide input on my cooking experiences, (stressful, easy, fun, etc.) but I feel like that is not enough, so this site would really help me come up with some fun, funky little ideas that I could use for my blog as well.
One more blog that I think I will find to be super helpful is The Girl Who Are Everything. This blog, because it is written by a mom, has good recipes that can be whipped up quickly. Giving that I have two jobs, I go to school full time, and I volunteer to coach the cheerleaders for my brothers football team, quick recipes are definitely a necessity in my life. I am short on time, just like the woman behind this blog. Not only are her recipes put together quickly, they seem like they are going to be really good.
I am excited to refer back to these three blogs in order to get my own blog up and going at a successful pace!
Prior to this class, the thought of personally blogging has never actually crossed my mind. I know the main concepts of a blog are usually for one to express their feelings on opinions on certain issues or topics. Some people use blogs to share ideas, tips, life hacks etc. I understand a blog as being a way to voice your thoughts to other people through the internet.
I have read some blogs here and there but never followed one religiously. In fact, I am not very in tune with internet. I do feel I should be though, giving that technology and constant contact is such a big part of our world today. I had a wordpress account with one of m classes last year, but I never really got the hang of navigating the source, therefor making the task of posting something on our class blog very stressful for me at the time.
I already have a better understanding of wordpress after going through it for one class though, I do have to say. For my personal blog, I am pretty stumped on what I am going to write about. But I brainstormed a bit and I came up with three ideas:
1. I love reading books that were turned into movies. I could blog about the comparison of different books to their respectful movie, trying to spare as many spoilers as possible, of course.
2. Since I have never learned how to cook, and have never turned out a super successful meal when I have attempted to, I was considering killing two birds with one stone. I could teach myself how to cook while blogging about my recipes, and experiences (whether they be god or bad) all at the same time.
3. I enjoy travelling to different cities for different occasions/events. I could blog about this, but I work every weekend, so once I run out of places I have already been to, this one will probably become too difficult to last the entire semester.
Had the course based off of “Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview” been offered here at Rutgers, I can confidently say that I, unfortunately, know more than a handful of people who would be very eager to take it. Robert Lantham hit the nail on the head with his description of todays generation. I do not frequent the social media as much as the majority of people my age, only because I don’t care to share my everyday life with a bunch of people who probably don’t care about what I’m doing on a daily basis. I use Facebook to interact with my close friends and family, never to broadcast to the whole world what my complaints of the morning are. But, I do know many people that do.
Robert Lantham’s “Lost Generation” reference should not be taken lightly, by those who understand it. The “Lost Generation” refers to the men of our country who struggled to mentally get it together after coming back from World War 1. These men have a valid reason to feel lost in the world after fighting one of the ugliest wars to have ever occurred. The people of our generation(of course, with the obvious exceptions), do not have any reason to be lost in this world, except for the fact that many of us are preoccupied with things such as worrying what insignificant people think about us, than we are with trying to steer our lives in a productive direction.
Many posts on the internet, as Lantham describes, “glimmer with a complete lack of forethought.” Why do people insist on sharing with the social media that the person sitting next to them on the bus sneezed 15 times? Many social media posts are formed with the intentions of sharing ones burdens. I will not say all because there are people on the internet who share relevant information, whether it be regarding themselves or current issues of the world. But, there are an extraordinary amount of people who I believe, share their thoughts on social media solely for the purpose of having a status.
There are some key points throughout this syllabus that caught my eye. In the list of prerequisites, I noticed that ‘book skimming’ was listed. I have been told by a teacher that skimming is a skill students should try to acquire. While it does seem logical and beneficial from the students behalf, the task is much easier said than done. “…the print medium is, um, boring…”. This point I personally disagree with; of course technology has taken a huge step in replacing paper print, but there is still a significant amount of people in this world that prefer a book over a kindle. I do agree with Lantham’s argument that there are people in this world that are against paper print in hopes of saving the environment. With global warming being a huge issue, everyone is suddenly an environmentalist. This is an argument that all people living green would, and do, definitely make.
With online classes being more popular now than ever, and the internet being the backbone of many classes, I am not surprised to see Lantham suggest unnecessary attendance. The satire behind this Internet-Age syllabus really opens ones eyes to the realities of our world. Technology gives us uncountable opportunities with constant access to information all at the palm of our hands. Some people take advantage of this in different ways than others. Will this class one day exist in our world? At the rate we are going, possibly, but let’s hope not.