My Blogging Experience (so far)

With the semester approaching it’s end, my college journalism class  asked it’s students to write a post that summarizes our experiences of becoming  bloggers. First, I’d like to say that I have been wanting to do this since I was a sophomore in high school but didn’t know how I would start. I was stoked to hear at the beginning of the semester that this class required a blog. Journalism and writing is my passion, by far, and I can’t tell you how much fun I have had with this project.

I am sure there is going to be a few students in that class that won’t update their blog ever again, but not me. I am so excited to keep this going. I have been trying to write one post a week ever since the semester started, even though I should be writing everyday, and I have definitely enjoyed the hour or so I got every week to just write.

Something that I think really helped  me in the professional world is Twitter. This class also had us make a Twitter account for the purpose of creating a personal brand and it definitely worked for me. I think this is where a lot of my readers have read my blog posts. I love participating in all the hashtags some accounts had started for books and writers, my blog tweets are also how I have gained a lot of my Twitter followers.

One project this class had us do that I really enjoyed was the post we wrote on thought leaders  that pertained to our blog topic; were we tweeted out to them for the sake of advice or helpful information. It was really cool seeing feedback from people you never would have thought knew you existed.

I would like to improve my information seeking and writing skills in general in the continuation of this blog. I feel like a lot of the time I was at a loss for words or didn’t know what sort of information I should be telling my audience, but I think this is something every writer/journalist/author thinks of themselves no matter how brilliant they are, and this is something that we will never overcome. Also, I think a better use of visual media will improve my storytelling for the career  I am pursuing.

I think this experience has only got me started on my career path and everything that I experience in the writing world will be a continuation off of this class and this blog. I think Twitter is always going to be an amazing tool that I will use in the professional world and also will for others like myself. I couldn’t have had more fun with this project, and I hope that it has in fact only started my career.

The Better Goodreads

I have been asked to talk about a new app that I think would be useful to my blog topic. Something useful would be a website where readers and writers go to start conversations about what they are reading and what kind of books and topics interest them. Something similar to Goodreads, but not exactly.

Readers need to be able to post more than “What I am reading” and reviews after they have finished it. This new website/app needs to have actual statuses posted from the readers about what they are currently thinking about the book instead of an afterwards overall review of the book. If readers had the chance to post statuses and comments to other statuses, more thoughts and opinions would be flowing through the media versus a review that you have to recall information about the story. I also think it would be cool if you could post your 5 star ratings anytime and several times throughout the book. That way people can see where the book gets good and where it downfalls (if so).

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For bloggers like myself, viewing conversations about what people are reading and what topics are trending would help decide what to read and what to potentially blog about. To gain an audience, I have to talk about things that people want to read, this just seems like the best way to learn information about people today and get people’s attention.

Now that I am writing this, I really hope a computer geek is reading this and does create this website. This app wouldn’t only help me, it would be a great social media website for anybody. It would be a great way to be involved in conversations that are interesting to you and will help you with your next book decision.

Until next time.