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Monetizing My Personal Blog

The way I would choose to monetize my personal blog if I had enough readership would be the sponsored social media posts. That is because my blog is based on talking about Rutgers by giving students tips and sharing personal stories from my experience here. Having sponsored social media posts seems like the best route to go.

Another way to best monetize my blog would be to have an affiliates type blog. There are many different local businesses that need people to come to them in order to keep operating. These businesses especially include all the places on George Street and Easton Avenue, and so forth. By having an affiliates type blog I can get these places the people they need to buy things. For example the NJ Books store. I can put an ad on my blog linking back to their store about the thing students can get there. This is important because college book stores are losing money due to the fact that people would rather buy books of the internet than buying them at the store. However, if I can show my readers how much easier it is to just go to the book store rather than waiting long periods of time to actually get have their books shipped, they may actually overlook the higher prices for immediate results. And if I have a high enough readership, the book store will be the one with a lot more business.

If those two options don’t work, I think I wouldn’t mind doing the pay for impression method for any ads that may feature on my blog. As someone who tries to avoid clicking ads but has no problem refreshing the internet page over and over, this seems like the best option compared to the pay per click option. Most people seem to refresh the page whenever the internet is running slow or if the site stops working all of a sudden. For every time that my blog is refreshed, the ad would be generating money for me. How cool is that?

However, this would only work if I have enough readership. I’ll probably have to make my personal blog more visible first by making sure that I utilize key works for search engines. The site that usually comes up first in any type of search engine, especially Google, whenever you type in something is usually the one that is the most visited. No one has time to sift through the thousands upon thousands sites that pop up.

Blogging Network

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.

What is Social Media?

I’m not sure I’ve ever taken the time to sit down and think about what social media really is. Considering all the forms of social media I use, I guess I’d have to say it’s a system of groups and communities that communicate through a primarily internet based method. Social media is a way for us to share our ideas, thoughts, secrets, news, or just have a pointless conversation. We do this in blogging platforms like Blogr or Word Press, microblogging platforms such as Twitter or Tumblr, and through other various forms from internet based chat rooms and forums.

I think my favorite social media is the forum, by far. Forums are one of the easiest ways to find like minded groups of individuals to have conversations with about any topic. Reddit is a great example of a well-done forum. It’s set up with a simple system of up and down voting to illustrate how much people are appreciating any given post. One of the most interesting aspects of Reddit is it’s system of ranking individuals based on their comment history and posting. This is the social aspect of social media, working at its best, and achieving a hierarchical system that fosters a community of great conversations (most of the time). I certainly feel that a blog is a form of social media.

Blogs may actually be the most important (not my favorite) aspect of social media today. Through blogs we consume much of our news and opinions alike. While forums are my favorite, I certainly spend a hefty share of my internet time browsing through my favorite blogs and absorbing their information. I think that the basic structure of supply and demand that a blog creates with its passage of information is one aspect that qualifies it as a form of social media, but were you to expect a more “social” reason, you’d have to look no further than the comment section of a blog. Having the ability to interact with other people that are reading and contemplating the same thing you are is the most social of activities. These gems of insight, hidden at the bottom of most blog posts, are where new opinions are formed, minds are change, and values are created and destroyed.

In some ways, I think a blog may provide a larger social benefit to the consumer than a conversation with a person directly in front of you. The veil of the internet allows a feeling of relative anonymity (even when you post under your own name) which often leads to more honest and open discussions than many people are comfortable having in person. Social media has a wide ranging defintion that encompasses most of Americans daily activities. It will be interesting to see how social media changes in the future with the advent of Virtual Reality headsets that are ready to roll out this year. Facebook just purchased Oculus VR for 2 Billion dollars. Oculus has been widely touted as the next big thing in communication, and Facebook has promised to bring virtual reality to social media. Through a headset you can, with incredible results, experience a virtual world where every move of your head is made within the virtual expanse you’re plugged into. Will this be good or bad for us? I’m not really sure at this point, I’m inclined to say bad. While I love my social media, too much of a good (feeling) thing is not always that good, is it?

RU Admissions Blog

Overall I love the idea for this blog! I think it can be very helpful for the new incoming students and I wish I had known about it when I was entering RU. It is an easy way for new students to get answers to some of their questions in a very informal, not intimidating way. Many incoming students are nervous about a lot of things coming into college and this is a bridge to helping them adjust. They are able to ask questions or may not even have to because they are probably already answered somewhere in the blog. Not only is it beneficial to the incoming students but also current students. It is a way to share experiences they feel fellow classmates should hear about. It also provides a way to keep students involved and make them feel like part of a community. It is also nice it was chosen to be a blog vs. a different type of writing because blogging is informal and students do not have to worry so much about what or how they are saying things. Instead of speaking to professors they are speaking to each other, which makes it easier to understand each other. Something else that is very helpful about the blog is its set-up. The page is easy to navigate and if a student has a specific concern they want to learn more about all they have to do is look under the tag cloud and click what they are interested in. Once they do, they are brought right to the page where those concerns or questions were addressed. Something that could be changed would be that along with the tag cloud they were provide better categories on topics. The cloud is helpful but categories would be even more helpful.

Paintings

In my critical response to the articles from last week I mention how important the use of color is in blogging. Color is all about where you want the eye to be directed when someone is viewing your blog. The same goes for paintings and Lauren definitely knew this while composing her paintings. She uses a lot of color in all her very abstract work. Her use of the dots allows the reader to make what they want out of her work. Since none of her work can be made out for sure what it is, it leaves it up to the viewer’s discretion and that can be appreciated by them because they get to view how they want to. I think this is a good tip for our blogs because maybe we should be posting certain things where the viewer gets to decide since giving the reader power is important. Although this could maybe work against your blog if you are not running an art blog since some people, like me, prefer a definite an answer or knowledge. I like to know what I am looking at and so if it is not art, I feel like I should be able to perceive it for what it is. I often get frustrated when I am unsure of what something is. Then again I am not very big into art and so you can see why I feel this way. Something I did find interesting about her work is the fact that some of her paintings have complete pictures in them such as watches and a reoccurring lady. It has me curious as to why most of her work is dots but then there are the occasional pictures. Something else I noticed is that she uses the same lady in all her pictures. What I take from that is that that lady is very significant and so she always uses her. She symbolizes something in her work I just do not know what that is. Overall I think she bases a lot of her work off of color, which is very smart considering color is one of the biggest components of any type of work.

Blog Layout

I was very informed after reading these two articles. They represent how to make the perfect blog and they give you information on both the more and less obvious aspects as to how to layout your blog. Some of these tips may be common knowledge which is what more of the first article, “Tips for laying out Blog Posts” focused on. Then there are more technical tips most do not know and this knowledge came more from the second article “10 blog Layout Tips.” Both present great tips in order to have an eye-catching blog!

In the first article, “Tips for laying out Blog Posts,” it is all about how to catch a person’s attention through visual concepts. These concepts consist of things such as colors, images, fonts, all the things that draw a viewer’s eye to something. I figured this was a very important aspect to blogging but I did not realize actually how much until reading these two pieces. The tip that interested me the most from this article would be number three, which was collages. I would not have guessed that collages caught the eye more than a single picture. My reasoning would be because there is a lot to focus on rather than just one picture. Turns out I was wrong! Not only are they attractive to the eye, they help speed up the loading time of a page from the consolidation of the photo. Everyone can agree that they are much happier with a page that loads quicker rather than having to wait! So this tip actually serves two purposes, the practical purpose and the fun purpose!

Then on the opposite side we have the second article, which basically gives tips on things that most people would not already know about. These are more technical things that many people would not realize that it actually does make a difference such as, white space, vertical alignment, typography and so on. These things focus more on how to set up your blog so that your viewer has an easy read while also being able to easily navigate through your page. You might think things such as a cluttered page may not matter but you would be wrong! Small things like this do make a difference even if it may be a sub-conscience one. I wanted to point out that there was a reoccurring tip I came across and that was colors. Using vibrant colors in order to direct the reader’s eye to where you want it to go has come up in both articles making it one of the most, if not the most, important aspects to a blog in my personal opinion. It makes sense when you think about it, in order for a reader to stay on your blog and actually get to the point of them reading your posts, they have to be interested enough so that they do not click out of it first. In order to do that your layout must be eye-catching so the little things such as colors matter just as much as the actual information that is being provided and so it is worth it to really contribute to all parts.

Annotated Bib 2

Rowse, Darren. “Can You REALLY Make Money Blogging? [7 Things I Know About Making Money from Blogging].” ProBlogger. N.p., 28 Nov. 2012. Web. 25 Feb. 2014.

<http://www.problogger.net/archives/2012/11/28/can-you-really-make-money-blogging-7-things-i-know-about-making-money-from-blogging/&gt;.

This website is useful for my thesis because the author really goes into how or if it is possible to make money off of blogging. He does this in a format of 7 points he addresses, which he deems important to know about the process. Since my thesis states that yes it is possible, it was nice to see that his first point stated that it is possible to make money from blogging. He then goes on to describe in the next six points what one must recognize in order to make this happen. He keeps it very realistic and straight forward, which I consider helpful. My favorite part about this site is that the author is really honest in his reasoning.

Nude Media

I think this article was eye-opening. It shows that what you post on the internet can be morphed into something different once you hit submit/publish. What I got from this article would be that although we have free speech and whatnot, the internet is still very controlled. The fact that you can submit something and then have it be changed once it is published is not always something the public recognizes, but what is submitted is a representation of the author. This is unfortunate for the author when they are trying to portray something specific but it comes out in a different way. It is almost like they have control over what exactly we get to see and how we get to view it. I think this goes against our freedoms. I guess this is a sacrifice you have to think about if you are willing to make or not in order to have your articles published publicly. Even something as small as changing a font can affect a reader and their feelings towards your piece. Layout is everything and how you present your work is a matter of what type of audience you are looking to target. Once this is played with and changed, this could affect a works success. You can perceive this as a negative vibe once he compares this process to that of the game telephone. Everyone knows the game of telephone is often viewed as negative once compared to a real life situation since telephone rarely ends up with the right message. So when you compare this to what is being published, it makes it obvious that the original piece is almost always edited. This provides public publishing agencies such as newspapers a lot of power, which is something the author must consider. This also touches on the fact that these editors are trying to make all authors the same instead of originally different. As an author I think they should have full control over their work, including something as little, yet as important as the font. When you strip an author of their individuality you are stripping them of half of their job. Instead of trying to make everyone the same, we should be proud of everyone’s differences.

Annotated Bib 1

Sally. “Sallys Baking Addiction How I Turned My Food Blog into a Career. » Sallys Baking Addiction.” Sallys Baking Addiction RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2014.

<http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/11/12/how-to-make-money-from-a-food-blog/&gt;.

This is actually a woman’s blog that she created herself and turned into a career. She talks about how exactly she did this and what it took in order to accomplish it. She ended up quitting her normal job so that she could devote her full time attention to her blog. Once she did this she was able to make it her career. The money she makes off of the blog is mostly through advertising and she talks you through her struggle of how she accomplished this. This is a great example of someone who was able to take their passion for blogging and turn it into a career and be able to live off of it.