Stephanie Green describes the many ways that blogging can make you a better writer. She claims that even being a mild blogger can help, as opposed to being a full time blogger who dedicates a large portion of their day to blogging. She starts off by stating that the schedule of posting, whether frequent or infrequent helps hone writing skills. She also states that blog help writers who write frequently in their daily lives, for example people who write fictional stories. Blogs can be used to elaborate the fictive backgrounds of those characters. It can also be used to link readers to your books and books can be used to link people to your blogs, therefore increasing your readership and encouraging further reading. She claims that the feature of plug ins help writers to be more competitive with themselves. For example, a blog site tells you how many words you have written. So writers can set and achieve goals such as reaching 3,000 words every two weeks and so forth. Blogs also have plug ins that identify what words you are using frequently, therefore making it clear whether you are being repetitive or not. She concludes by claiming that readers are the most important part of a writers goals and that blogs serve as a platform for any reader to access your content. They are also able to interact with you on a personal level by commenting on posts and contacting you through your blog. This makes writers aware how the public is responding to their work and how they may need to adjust their work to be successful in gaining readers.
In class we talked about journalism and blogging, this article is similar to that discussion. In sense that reporting anything online can be news, whether it is through a blog or a news site the voices and text are heard and seen by anyone who has internet access. The article talks about how christine fox found a article about sexual harassment and tweeted the story out on twitter. She said, ” I wonder what she had on to entice him”, this statement cause a huge controversy, it went viral with hate comments. This shows us that our opinions, and what we put online can effect others whether it is true or not. Anything that we put on the internet is public for everyone to see, someone can quote what you said in a news article and it can cause a huge problem. We have t regulate what we want to say or else it can lead to many issues.
This post, written on Lisa Leake’s Blog, is titled “My Blogging Tips (And How it Became My Full-Time Job).” It explains how when she began blogging She had absolutely no idea what she was doing. She never imagined her hobby of writing about healthy food choices turning into her full time family business. She also explains how with the help of her husband she was able to successfully turn the blog into a full time job. Her husband’s blog is designed to help bloggers become successful. The post written by Leake also includes eleven great tips she learned along the way about blogging.
This article is extremely helpful, not only because it was posted only a couple months ago, but because it gets down to the nitty gritty of what I want to explore in my paper, while also interviewing and gathering advice and tips from some of my very favorite fashion bloggers. This article also explains the worth of a few fashion blogs, which is actually based on the amount of unique page visitors, which I never knew before. The article also explains some of the other sides of fashion blogging, like how bloggers get all of those clothes, and what’s realistic or not regarding Fashion Week.
This article will be very helpful in writing my paper because it curates a lot of advice from all different types of fashion bloggers. Though it doesn’t go into detail exactly about how to make money as a blogger, it does point out the different in ways in which to better the chances of a blog becoming popular. THose interviewed said that it’s all about the brand, and ultimately the content. In addition, they pointed out that passion is key — just trying to get rich quick, or just make money so you have money to spend on clothes or whatever else won’t end well. It really is a full-time job, but one that requires passion and dedication.
The author of this article is a writing teacher so he comes from a credible background as he asserts his opinion on blogging and how it is beneficial to writers and writing. The first thing he states is that blogging helps force the author to publish their work rather than hesitating to let others read your work. Before blogging, writers and their works would be very distant from potential readers. The process of finding readers was an arduous task. He states that in writers workshops, writers are constantly revising and editing, afraid to publish or finalize their work. Blogging forces a writer to hit publish and make their work available to readers in a final form. He also states that blogging allows people to figure how they can be heard. By writing smaller and more frequent pieces that get more frequent feedback, writers learn what they need to say in order to get attention and feedback. This allows writers to identify and acknowledge readers in a very efficient manner. He also brings up how talking to other writers in workshops, bookstores, conferences, and classes has made him and his students better writers. Blogs take this aspect to a higher level by providing a platform that allows for anyone with the access to the internet the ability to communicate with writers. So the relationship between writers are expanded with the internet and allows for writers to help each other out through communicated their works and building relationships. He concludes by stating that blogging creates the habit of writing and that the frequency of writing that blogging forces one to write is the essential aspect of blogging in terms of assisting writers. The only way people get better at writing is by writing.
The author of this writer is actually coming from a background of where he felt that blogging was detrimental to a writer’s skill’s, but soon did a complete 360 on his views once he started participating in blogging and came to the conclusion that blogging actually makes writers better at writing. The first way he states that blogging can make a writer better at writing is through the discovering one’s own voice. He states that in school and at work, most people are forced to write in a technical manner. This tone is forced upon them in the form of duties and responsibilities. On the other hand, writing blogs allows the writer to explore his personal voice in consequence to the lack of restrictions imposed by the medium. He states that the best blogs are the ones that have the best personal observations and assertions. Another way he says that blogging helps writers become better at writing is through their ability to get direct feedback from readers. Sometimes when we write we wonder whether the topic of the blog will be relevant to anybody, with blogging we can get the answer to these questions pretty directly and quickly. He also states that blogging requires you to be disciplined due to its requirement of posting frequently in a creative manner. With reader that are dependent on your content, you feel both inspired and required to write in your blogs. Lastly, he states that blogging makes you more time efficient. It requires you to write more frequently, therefore making your writing skills more keen as practice makes perfect.
This web page gave a couple of strategies to increase traffic to a business blog. Strategies include making your blog content SEO friendly, linking to other people’s blog, using social websites to make connections, commenting on other people’s blog, etc. This article is useful towards my research because it supports my argument of participating in other blogging communities to increase readership. He states that bloggers like to help each other. Walter claims that the help that most bloggers strive for are backlinks. In addition, the more you link to other people’s blog, the more traffic you’ll attract to your own.
Steve Olenski mentions the myriad benefits of blogging for marketing. He mentions that there are three hidden benefits of blogging for marketers including content strategy, demographic marketing, and authority building. For content strategy, he suggests that users will often search for products and services based on reviews on blogs covering such content. For demographic targeting, the author suggests that blogging helps marketers to fine-tune their target audience by publishing articles relevant to the interests of their audience. For authority building, Olenski suggests that blogs helps individuals to establish authority among their peers and consumers. In short, Olenski does a fine job of emphasizing the benefits of blogging for marketing. For marketers, the blog is essentially web-based sales man access to anyone connected to the web.
The author also says “Last year via a study conducted by the Charlton College of Business Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth revealed that 34 percent of Fortune 500 companies are now actively blogging, which represented the largest increase in the number of Fortune 500 companies currently blogging since 2008.” Thus, blogging has seen a recent surge among the most successful companies in the U.S.
Since I state in my thesis that bloggers are able to generate money through blogging, most often by advertising, I found a site that lays out specifically how bloggers can be paid for this. If someone has a very popular blog, advertisers want their advertisements up on that blog so many people come across it. For example there is a method called “pay-per-click”, which means the blogger gets paid for every time their advertisement gets clicked on from the original bloggers page. This is one of the many methods that bloggers can get paid for, the website lists a bunch of ways of how advertising ties into bloggers making money, making this a perfect site for my paper. Basically the more attention the advertisement company gets, the more money the blogger makes. I will be using a few of these methods in my paper to help prove my thesis.