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.
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.
“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.
This article provides insight from a professional blogger. It’s a general how-to article with real life examples and personal opinions from someone who has already been successful at blogging. He explains how he personally became popular and successful and then goes on to offer tips and suggestions. This article is useful because it pays particular attention to the social aspect of blogging- the importance of viewers and the importance of establishing a community with other bloggers.
This article is pretty much a direct answer to my thesis. This article discusses “Affiliate link programs” which are responsible for the high number of revenue bloggers, particularly fashion bloggers, are making off of their websites. Basically, affiliate link programs allow bloggers to make money off of the clothing they feature by making a commission off of any purchase from the same website, regardless of whether it is what the blogger wore or not. Specific affiliate link companies like RewardStyle estimate that their top bloggers rake in about $50,000 a month with their program. This article is great because it exposes the behind the scenes aspect of blogs, but also completely answers my question.
Plangger, Kirk. “The Power of Popularity: How the Size of a Virtual Community Adds to Firm Value.” Journal of Public Affairs (14723891) 12.2 (2012): 145-53. Print.
Consumers are using social media to talk about products. This article is about marketers using social media to gain brand popularity and increase consumer loyalty. The types of social media studied include Twitter and Facebook. This research study concluded that there is positive correlation between social media investment and firm value. A part of my thesis statement argues that participating in social media platforms can increase the popularity of a blog. This article is an example of large brand name companies using social media to gain popularity; therefore this concept can be applied to a blogger using social media to increase readership.
My new thesis is directed toward the fact that blogging can help writers becoming better at writing. This article focuses on what a blog forces a writer to do and how that in turn sharpens the skills needed in order to be a successful writer. For example, a blog requires you to get to the point, as opposed to a school essay that requires you to write 5-12 pages. When writing a 5-12 page essay, a school assignment that is meant to encourage better writing, some students get a bad habit of beating around the bush and filling in the page requirements with non-essential information that creates bad habits. Blogs on the other hand benefits students by taking the task to the other spectrum. Blogs require people’s ideas to be portrayed in a concise manner, which promotes critical thinking that weasels out the unnecessary information on their point.
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.
Savage, David G. “Blogger Beware: Postings Can Lead to Lawsuits.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2010. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.
When you think about blogging lawsuits, you tend to think of fair trade law violations and suing over stolen property. I did too! This article brings to light the other end of the blogosphere lawsuits: defamation over the internet. Because of the way the internet has grown, laws had to be created to deal with issues such as those some bloggers are facing now. Many people tend to think that because they are behind a screen, they are safe from any sort of prosecution, but that is far from the truth. It’s incredibly easy to track IP addresses of someone posting malicious and defamatory statements online about people or businesses. Though we as individuals have the right of free speech, it is considered illegal to defame and wrongly state information online- which I think a lot of people forget. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen really vulgar and misinformed information about business practices to either get a rise out of the company or to just “share their opinion” but it is possible to be sued for that kind of post.
I thought this was really interesting because I had not been expecting this kind of thing to show up in my search for blogging lawsuits.
This article is really helpful for my research because it is a career profile on the founder of one of the blogs that I am focusing on with my paper. Taylor Sterling founded The Glitter Guide, a lifestyle blog that’s extremely girly and very creative. I was always very curious about how this site makes money and although this article doesn’t flat out say how it does so, it pinpoints some of the struggles and hardships that Taylor had to endure when starting the company on her own. Taylor admits that she had to borrow money from her family to get things. Taylor also gives tips on how to manage being your own boss, starting a company from the ground up and advice for girls who want to follow in her footsteps. This article is helpful because it shows an additional side to making a career out of blogging.