Monetizing My Blog

Personally I think that if I were going to monetize my blog at this point and time, I would probably try corporate sponsorships and partnerships. I think that would probably the only way that I would see any revenue at all.  Donations, affiliate adds, and selling products and e-books have more focused niches for much more experienced bloggers; I don’t have a product I’m selling, I’m just trying to help out the food allergy community with some new recipes. 

For food, I think that corporate sponsorship and partnerships is probably the best considering I’m creating new recipes with various ingredients. I use allergy-friendly products like Daiya, Seeds of Change, and Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread which are all trying to spread into larger food chains and reach a larger demographic. Even now I embed links to their websites to view their various products right now; I think it would actually be a great partnership! I think later down the line guest blogging and selling e-cook books might be effective, but as of right now I want my readers to be able to use these specialty food products because they allowed me to eat normally again. I’d like for them to be able to do that as well

Non-traditional Blogging

Mike and Crysta

We didn’t think that neither the Cancer Survivors nor the Blogging Gone Bad were non-traditional. While they were different forms of blogging, we didn’t think that they were used in a whole new perspective.  We thought about people of Walmart and curatorail-type blogs but there are so many of those out there that they’re no longer non-traditional. Even fetish blogs are non-traditions because they’re centered around a central focus- which is what blogging usually is.

Nontraditional can only be defined by the user, which becomes super difficult when dealing with the whole world wide web.  Anything non-traditional would be a pitfall. Most people would try to avoid that kind of stuff, but we don’t see many non traditional blogs.

We thought about potentially having a “Pay-it-forward” type of blog. We’re not sure of how it would operate totally because it’s hard to monitor that, but if you could go on the blog and donate little gift cards to people it could track you to do a good deed.

Reading an Anonymous Blog

From a reader’s perspective, I take every anonymous blog/twitter account/anything on social media platforms with a grain of salt. I think it’s easier for people to post things online under the guise of anonymity and allows the user to speak more freely which can be a good thing or a REALLY bad thing.  I think being able to post on websites and contribute to the online community is wonderful and allows for a flourishing community, but in my experiences most of the anonymous users I’ve come across are either trolls or actively seeking to be an aggressive presence online.  That being said, I when I see that something is anonymous I usually tend to regard it as a joke. The best example for this would be twitter. There are TONS of anonymous twitter accounts but none of them really say anything substantial. It’s mostly accounts like “joke apple” that tweet corny dad jokes. There is the other side of that though. One young anonymous twitter user recently, “as a joke,” tweeted at American Airlines claiming she was a terrorist and that she was going to bomb a specific flight.  As expected, this user got into a lot of trouble, but her account blew up with notifications.  I’m sure if the user wasn’t anonymous she would never have tweeted such a statement, because after her identity came out she had a lot of issues with press.

I know that a lot of people find anonymous users funny and witty but I don’t really pay them any mind. I guess this could be hypocritical on my end because I did change my Facebook name during my job search. (It’s not back to my real name). I just feel that being anonymous facilitates negative commenting.

Live Blogging

The short article “Research Reveals Popularity of Live Blogging” written by the Guardian highlights the growing popularity of live blogging in today’s information-hungry world.  The conventional online article is no longer the main news source; new surveys being conducted by the City University London on the subject have shown that live blogs are achieving an impressive 300% more views and 233% more visitors than the static conventional article.  Live blogs have even outshone picture galleries by over 200% more views.

Live blogging has become one of the fastest growing ways for gaining news information in today’s technological world. Instead of writing full articles on major news stories, live blogging publishes small tidbits of information as they come in. The researchers came to the conclusion that people are becoming more receptive to these small factoids because of their conversational nature. Live blogging allows for the reader to gain access to breaking news stories as soon as they happen. Major news sources like CNBC and BBC have even taken to twitter which has become one the major platforms to conduct these live blogging factoids that embed links to the organizations website.

I know that I’m the unpopular opinion, but I find live blogging very cumbersome. When I hear about something going on in the world I want to get as much factual information as possible without having to navigate a whole website for it. I’m still a big fan of the conventional news article because all the facts are checked, unlike live blogging. The nature of sending out speedy news bits is that not all of the information can be fact checked before it’s blasted to the public. I personally think that the constant stream of information, while nice to attain news in theory, has the underlying agenda of having people click continuously through an organizations website which would generate more views.

Though I’ve expressed mostly my negative opinion of live blogging, I do think that it is a great way for the reader to get their information initially. I would be lying if I said I didn’t follow major news sites on twitter and have CNN’s application downloaded to my phone. I like the initial contact of the breaking news because otherwise I’m sure I wouldn’t catch it. After that, however the constant ping of my phone gets a bit overwhelming. As I previously mentioned, I really like the idea of live blogging in theory, but it’s just not my cup of tea when trying to gain news information all at once.

Blogging Network

If I were to join a blogging network, I would join the Food Bloggers Network which consists of various health and wellness blogs that deal with specialty diets and for travel. I really like the layout  The layout isn’t all that great, but there are some really wonderful blogs on this network that deal from everything regarding from limiting your GMO intake to how to eat in Sao Paulo when on vacation. It’s really a wide variety of people and bloggers and what’s really lovely is that they’re all different.  

After reading the articles we discussed in class, I think I would like to join a blogging network if I continued with this blog.  When you’re working in the kitchen, there is definitely room for experimentation, but you have to start from somewhere. People go back and forth with different recipes which I think is a great. 

Annotated Bib 6

Goldman, Eric. “Should TheDirty Website Be Liable For Encouraging Users To Gossip?” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 25 Nov. 2013. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.


This article highlights a lawsuit between former NFL cheerleader Sarah Jones and the website TheDirty.com. TheDirty is a gossip site that encourages the perpetuation of “mean-spirited and misogynistic” gossip. TheDirty featured Jones on the website twice falsifying promiscuous behavior with a whole NFL football team. Normally, this type of case would be covered by Section 230 which would protect the website from defamatory statements written by third parties, but the district courts rejected TheDirty’s defense.  Jones won the case because Section 230 was mostly overlooked even though the content was written by that third party. TheDirty appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the judge is under strict criticism for using his own personal agenda.  Four amicus briefs were TheDirty has been backed by major publicity traded user-content company. 

Mike and Crysta’s Startup: Computer Repair

Our startup business is a quick computer repair affiliated with the University you attend. We would have a little room or stand at the university, but we could also come to your home or dorm to service your laptop for you.  Our target audience would be students and faculty who have issues with their laptops.  We would hope to promote on the university website, but we would also have our own Facebook page.  On this page we would give daily tips on how to care for your laptop. We also know that sometimes it’s uncomfortable to have someone come in and work on your system, so on our Facebook page we would write little blurbs about our technicians. They will update you on what they’re working on currently.

We would mostly utilize the major social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. On Youtube we would post How-To tutorials on how to make minor fixes to your laptop so you wouldn’t necessarily have to come in to get help.  We would link some of these to Twitter and on the Twitter page we would have both our Youtube channel and our Facebook affiliations. It’s important to our business to use these outlets because students are more likely to use the Internet than to pick up a flyer in the campus center.

Our Social Media Policy would be:

  • Act responsibly and ethically.
  •  Protect yourself: don’t share too much about your personal life.
  • Make sure people know that these are your opinions and that some people may have various opinions on how to handle similar issues.
  • At the same time, though, be personable!
  • Correct incorrect information on any social media sites in a timely manner.

Do Not:

  • Don’t release financial or operational information including strategies, etc.
  • Do not share legal information.
  • Don’t talk about something you’ve learned at work.

Looking for a highly motivated individual passionate about computer repair and technology. They must be savvy with multiple social media outlets and use them to generate traffic for the company as well as blog about new and upcoming products for the buyers. Knowledge of blogging and community outreach is a must.

We uses the job description from this website as a kind of model for our job description for the Social Media Manager position.


What is Social Media?

Social media consists of anything website or host website on the Internet that uses it as a catalyst for promoting social interaction between individuals.  The most popular today are websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit; they allow the users to interact with people from all over the wold.  In my opinion, social media makes the world a much smaller place because not only are we able to express our own ideas, but others world-wide have the ability to join in on the conversations.

I definitely think blogging is a form of social media. Each blogger usually has a specific niche they’re writing about and by tagging are able to link their posts to a larger subject.  If a blogger likes what another blogger is posting about, they have the ability to follow each other and track new content that the fellow blogger is sharing.  And of course there is commenting! Like Facebook where you can comment on nearly anything if you’re friends with the person, the same goes for most host blog sites. If you follow someone, you can show support by commenting or liking a post that the blogger has created. This whole kind of interaction creates a virtual community which, I think, is the objective of social media as a whole.


Annotated Bib 5

Kadmar, Adi. “2013 in Review: CDA 230 and Recurring Threats to Strong Online Speech Protections | Electronic Frontier Foundation.” Electronic Frontier Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.

 This article highlights the issues in freedom of speech and the threats that Section 230 has been undergoing within the past year.  In 2013, 47 state attorneys appealed to Congress to amend Section 230 by adding an amendment for state criminal laws.  This amendment would shift the “power” and regulation of the internet to all 50 states government and would most likely cause contradictory practices on how each state is able to utilize the internet as a vehicle for free speech.  These rulings are very controversial because they focus mostly on explicit content containing minors; the government along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation are trying to find ways to tackle situations like these. Many believe that the content of Section 230 needs to be amended to take into consideration these kinds of federal offenses without having host sites claim “free speech.”

Annotated Bib #4



“Blogging as a Liability Risk.” Blogging Is a Liability Risk. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.

This article discusses the legal liabilities of blogging for a company and how to handle the various types of information that circulates on a corporate blog.  This post mostly focuses on defamation and it’s two forms: slander and libel.  From a corporate standpoint, you should have a policy for your employees about blogging.  Because companies can be held responsible for anything an employee may post, it is wise for the company to set rules.  If an employee is writing reviews about competitors and ex-employers, the company and the employee are liable and can get into some serious trouble in accordance with the Personal & Advertising Injury provision.


Blogging is like all other risks in business, you must weigh the pros and cons and go from there.