I think the best way, for me personally, to see any sort of profit would be to guest post for a corporate blog or income-generating website. Since my blog doesn’t have any sort of readership, putting ads up that are either PPI or PPC wouldn’t really be that effective. Also, in terms of my blog content, I wouldn’t foresee myself being able to make leeway in terms of a partnership or sponsorship unless it had to do with a certain brand of wine. Which would completely go against the point of my blog, which is to wine taste not only the different wines but also how different brands compare to that. I do know, however, that I have strong writing skills which can become marketable but perhaps not off of my own dalliances into blogging.
Therefore, guest posting seems like an accurate read of both my skills and blogging knowledge. If my blog were to gain any sort of regular readership, or even began to have a lot of hits per day then I would consider looking into advertisement or even donations–though honestly I do have certain sites that I follow and admire but very rarely is there ever a time that I am tempted to donate money. Really, unless its for a cause I’m not really looking to have anybody profit off of me. At least not from it directly coming out of my pocket if I can help it.
I think that when it comes to anonymous blogging people can be divided with their opinions regarding it. For example, some people might not think that there is credibility behind anything that is being said because the person won’t put their name behind it. Sometimes it can also be an issue of security, or how safe people feel posting opinions that might not be all that popular. I know a large number of people who will say inflammatory things but then hide behind the guise of an anonymous commenter. I also recognize that not everybody lives in a situation where expressing certain opinions are even legally allowed. For example, someone who is blogging or writing about gay marriages or unions in a positive light could stand to be ostracized in their communities and in some countries even sentenced to death. While anonymity can give certain people safety, it can also create a distrust in the reader if whoever the writer is doesn’t instill trust in some other manner. Therefore, I think it can really be a complicated issue. As far as my readings go, I don’t worry too much about who is doing the writing. I like to focus much more on what is being said and whether I agree with that or not. At the end of the day whether the original writer is willing to fess up to what is being said or omitted, I think they can’t withdraw what has already been written and that a bigger focus should be on the work that is being created rather than a creator–unless both are absolutely necessary in order to understand what is being said.
Would you consider joining a blogging network? If you could imagine a network of blogs where your blog/voice might fit in, what would it be like? And how would the bloggers within that network support one another?
I’m not entirely sure if I would join a blogging network. I imagine if I was very serious about wanting to run a blog that would get a fair amount of traffic I would be more inclined to join one and then hopefully use it as a leg-up to get to where I want to be in terms of viewership. I would imagine my network of blogs as definitely having to do with lifestyle or even books, and obviously wine. It would probably be a network composed of people in a similar age bracket blogging about the same types of things that interest me. I do imagine it as something similar to POPSUGAR Select because a lot of these different topics tend to intersect. Food and wine of course isn’t necessarily gender specific at all, so maybe it wouldn’t be as female oriented as POPSUGAR Select seems to be. However, the vibe of similar lifestyle seems to flow coherently in their network and I really appreciate that aspect of it.
In terms of support I think that just knowing that at the very least you have an audience of other aspiring writers or bloggers being able to follow up on your blog is more than enough incentive to keep going despite thinking that you aren’t reaching any people. Having a hand reaching out to help is never a bad thing, and even if you have one person reading or listening to what you have to say is still a great ego boost. I think we are all placated by knowing that someone somewhere might feel the same way we do about a certain topic. Theres a sense of security and accomplishment in having some camaraderie in whatever aspect of our lives we choose to pursue. I think that definitely carries over in the idea of these blogging networks.
Social Media Manager:
The focus of our company is to promote book sales and community outreach programs. We support this mainly by using different forms of social media in order to reach a wide audience. We are very invested in maintaining a “small-town” look and feel to the bookstore in a way that makes it feel like it is part of your personal community. We want it to feel homey and familiar. Therefore, our social media platforms should have a similar look and feel to what we represent.
We are looking for somebody who is knowledgable about using different platforms as well as creative enough to bring our message to light. You will need a high amount of experience in web etiquette as well as a fair amount of knowing web design and good writing skills.
We want someone who not only has the experience but also the heart to take our company message seriously as well a dedication to reaching our goals through social media. Responsibilities will include:
Managing and keeping all forms of social media updated
Responsible for making the public aware of upcoming events
Monitoring the traffic coming in and out through social media
Optimizing uses of marketing as well as costumer outreach
Being aware of community programs and partners that could help us in the future
Appealing to a demographic of both older and younger people
Keeping tabs on what works versus what doesn’t work
Filtering through comments and answering client needs/questions
Fenza, David. “The Centre Has Not Held: Creative Writing & Pluralism.” New Writing: The International Journal For The Practice & Theory Of Creative Writing 8.3 (2011): 206-214. Literary Reference Center. Web. 6 Apr. 2014.
This article focuses on the idea that creative writing becomes much more democratized through the medium of blogging because it opens the door for a plethora of people to be able to enter the writing community for better or for worse. The sphere of creative writing opens to aspiring writers as well as established ones to form a community that was hardly possible even about 30 years ago. It gives access to media in a way that has never before been available, as well as has let writers play with content, form, and overall craft because of the accessibility to the internet. Blogging has produced new styles of writing that are at once innovative and rapidly changing.
I think social media is a space in which people can interact via the internet in various ways. It is a way of interaction that doesn’t involve any sort of physicality and it can take place on a level of different mediums. I am not entirely sure if blogging is completely considered a form of social media. I could see why it would or wouldn’t be considered under those guidelines. For one, some bloggers don’t host to any sort of audience at all. Some are used more as personal journals or even blogs that are completely hidden from either families or friends in order to conserve privacy of thought. However, if you are putting something on the internet whether intended to reach an audience or not–the possibility is always there that you are reaching out in some form for someone’s eyes to happen upon it. You cannot truly control that. So in other cases, your blog might develop a viewership in which you may not even know or recognize any of the people reading the blog but you are still interacting–therefore I think it falls more towards the medium of social media. As soon as an interaction begins to take form or have shape, it becomes social as well. I think the parameters are so loose that as long as you are communicating on the internet, it becomes more and more grounds for social media.
Bickerstaff, Susan. “‘I Am The Rock Goddessof Lyrics’: Writerly Identities Of Adolescents Returning To School.” Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 56.1 (2012): 56-66. Literary Reference Center. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.
This article covers the relationship between kids who dropped out of school and how blogging has in many ways helped developed their writing skills even as they spent time away from school. Now returning to education, many teachers are impressed at the level of skills that have continued to develop despite the lack of a formal education. The accessibility and connection to the blogging universe has kept and enhanced certain skills. However, it was also shown that other mediums such as strict social media i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and other related websites have in fact shown a reverse in writing skills. Spelling and grammar have taken a backseat on social media platforms whereas the blogging universe has shown great improvements as well as attracting a completely different hosts of readers–thus making the writers have to match up and keep to par for their viewership.
Tanti, Miriam. “Literacy Education In The Digital Age: Using Blogging To Teach Writing.” Teaching English With Technology12.2 (2012): 132. Publisher Provided Full Text Searching File. Web. 23 Mar. 2014.
This article focused on talking about how media integration improved literacy skills and also helped build strong foundations for syllabus framing. The students were able to hone in on critical thinking skills based on the word limit or maximum that the different blogs required. As a result they were forced to hone in on their main arguments in order to achieve the correct formatting. The students were also able to use this critical thinking to expand main points and form arguments that were closely tied into what we can consider “mini-thesises.” These are skills that will only continue to develop and follow them into higher levels of education. Because of the centralized and focused approach to writing, the students find that the struggle lies more so in cutting themselves off rather than having too little to say. The idea of blogging and the conciseness of that format tricks the students into thinking they are doing less work than they actually are. As a result, they are shedding the excess and fluff and putting their best ideas forward.
Hungerford-Kresser, Holly, Joy Wiggins, and Carla Amaro-Jimenez. “Learning From Our Mistakes: What Matters When Incorporating Blogging In The Content Area Literacy Classroom.” Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 55.4 (2012): 326-335. ERIC. Web. 9 Mar. 2014.
This particular article focused on a study that was done which explained why blogging did not necessarily help students improve literacy skills, though it also did not hinder it. The teachers involved explain what aspects of the blogging worked and what aspects did not. Overall they thought that there was a heightened sense of community overall within the classroom because of the accessibly of the blogs and each other’s thoughts even while out of the classroom setting. While editing skills were prized and cultivated, most students felt like the blogging aspect of the class was the least important tool in their learning. The teachers involved actively explain that though their project was somewhat of a “failure” they learned what might work well in the future or in other classrooms. By implementing these new changes they hope to see the results they were expecting, with literacy being linked to the blogging exercises.
Lacina, Jan, and Robin Griffith. “Blogging As A Means Of Crafting Writing.” Reading Teacher 66.4 (2013): 316-320. ERIC. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.
This source is an article based on how blogging is beneficial to crafting writing. These writers argues that in the classroom, blogging hones skills that are very much connected to critical thinking, writing, and the production of creative knowledge. By this the authors assert that in classroom studies, focusing on a centralizing topic and being able to concisely share ideas shows a skill level in younger children that are not present in other students who have not been exposed to this style of writing. They also assert that blogging has a space in the classroom for various reasons. Most importantly, they showcase how blogging isn’t detrimental because of its shorter form of narrative but actually helps the student to focus and hone in on their specific topics. They find that the blog posts are much more precise and relevant to the subject matter that they speak about.