I think if I wanted to make a career out of TVB and movie reviews I would but it’s more of a hobby. If I wasn’t in college and I watched more television/movies, I would definitely join a network but as my blog is right now, I wouldn’t. I think a network focusing on entertainment can be tricky however. Most people, if they have their own blogs, are going to be writing about multiple shows so it would be hard showcasing any one blog. I think a blogging network for entertainment would have to be extensive; it would have to be broken up between genres and it would have to highlight at least three posts/bloggers within each genre. They would need to have a “hot topics” section and a “popular” section, the former for trending topics (ex. post about the teen wolf finale) and the latter for top shows (ex. general game of thrones post)
Because there are so many aspects of TV- writing, directing, filming, effects, characters, romantic relationships, platonic relationships, plot, etc- it would be hard choosing who could and couldn’t be featured on the network. Especially since they would most likely be competition. there would most likely be arguments instead of help. On Popsugar for example, those are mothers or people networking and getting tips from each other. That’s the kind of website that promotes help. A network about opinions would not be the same because you don’t need anyone else’s opinion. You already have yours and it would definitely be a source of conflict. Of course, this could work to your advantage if a fellow blogger doesn’t mind having friendly competition with your differing opinions, sort of like an established rivalry; you could drive traffic to each other’s blogs.
I think a network could work but it would definitely have to be well thought out. There are so many television shows and so many differing opinions- and opinions within opinions- that it would be hard to categorize. I think it would have to be very basic where the network “hired” writers to write their articles/reviews and the bloggers would just have a link back to their original website/blog.
I would consider joining a blog network. Blogging networks are great for getting your own blog more attention and just giving you some credentials when it comes to blogging. You can also learn from other bloggers by being in a blog network and become a better blogger yourself. You are open to different styles and techniques and can apply things you learn to your own writing and blogging. You can also build relationships by joining a blog network. You can meet other bloggers and share their blogs through your social networks and they could return the favor and do the same for you to help promote your blog. Through promotion like that, you can also build your blog’s SEO. So blog networks not only provide relationship building but also SEO building. I would definitely consider joining a blog network because there are a lot of benefits that help make you a better blogger and that help make your own personal blog more popular.
A blog network I could see myself fitting in would be the POPSUGAR blog we looked at in class. I can see myself writing for this blog and being apart of their blog network because they cover many topics that I am interested in, especially fitness. I can see myself being a collaborative fitness blogger for POPSUGAR. I could also see myself in this blog network because they allow guest bloggers to have direct links back to their own blogs. I really like that because not only do you get to guest blog for POPSUGAR and get your writing out on a popular blogging site, but you get to promote your own blog at the same time and really establish yourself as an experienced blogger. I also could see myself being apart of the POPSUGAR blogging network because it is has content more geared towards women. When I write/blog, it is easier for me to write to a women focused audience being that I am woman, so that is another reason I can see myself being apart of this network in particular.
The bloggers within the POPSUGAR blogging network can support each other by sharing each others’ posts. Each post has a share option at the bottom, so they can support one another in that way. They can also write positive comments on each others’ posts and promote one another through their own social links or on their own personal blogs. There are many options for these collaborative bloggers to help one another and get their content and sites out there and exposed!