Archive | December, 2013

Blogging Changed the way I feel about writing.

17 Dec

I have never been much of a writer, so when I learned that I was required to maintain a blog pagenot hsppy for my Social Media and Digital communications class, I was not a happy camper. Writing has never came easy to me, It took too much of my time and It was frustrating. Having to write about a topic as interesting and trending as social media , changed my perspective towards writing. It made it easier to write about because there is so much to say and it related to me and my personal life in some way shape or form.  Blogging Changed the way I feel about writing and has made me more conscious of what is going on with social media today.. I grew as writer and I became a blogger. 

Though my writing skills very much improved and I enjoyed the topic, that did not mean that blogging was easy. Blogging is hard work. I congratulate those bloggers who are dedicated to what they do. Whether it is your job,  if you are required to do it for a course, or you are simply doing it as a hobby,  it is a lot of work and it takes time. There is a lot that goes into it. I found that the appearance of the blog page matters. You want to have a site that is organized, easy to navigated and that is appealing. I also learned that videos and pictures tend to enhance the writing and makes it much more inviting and eye catching. 

traffic

I think the hardest thing about my experience blogging was getting people to read my posts and creating traffic. I took several attempts to encourage people to read my posts, I posted links on Facebook, Twitter and even Pinterest. I did not have much luck using Facebook and Pinterest but I was very successful using Twitter. As the semester went by, I gained more and more viewers and even interacted with other bloggers. I noticed that interacting with other bloggers was much more effective.

Despite the trouble I had with maintaining an audience, my overall experience blogging was great! I learned a lot of interesting 

happy compthings about social media that opened my eyes and made me more careful on what I do online, and I learned a lot about writing and different techniques to attract readers. This is something I might continue doing sometime in the future. 🙂 

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My Podcast on Social Media and Employment

16 Dec

Stressing over the Holidays? No need to worry, Pinterest is here!

6 Dec

Thanksgiving is long gone and Christmas is fast approaching! We all love the holidays, we love the presents and the break from school, we love the food and spending time with family. But if you are the one who is in charge of all the decorations and dinner, the idea that the holidays are right around the corner is not a pleasant one. If you are stressing about the holidays, there is no need to worry, Pinterest is here! According to the article study: Pinterst makes the Holiday Season less Stressful, by Andre Bourque, the study released by market research company, Lab42 shows that “92 percent of Pinterst users said that the social network makes the holidays less stressful. in fact, 27 percent saying that the pin-board style website makes the holidays much less stressful.” (Bourque) So if you are pulling your hair and losing your sleep, log on to Pinterest, you might find just what you need.

What is it about Pinterest that makes Christmas less stressful? Holiday ideas! The internet is full of clever decoration ideas and holiday recipes. All sorts of ’em. The top three Pinterest categories browsed during the months of November and December are: DIY & Crafts,Holidays & Events, and Food & Drink. (Bourque). The article stated that  “94 percent said Pinterest has changed their preparation for the holidays in some way. And holiday users of the social network drive the highest traffic of the year. The majority of Pinterest users overall spend more time on the site during the holiday months”. Theres so many interesting things on the internet, specially around holidays.

The article also talks about the money spent. Some users said that they actually spend more money because they go out and buy things they came across on pinterest. On the other hand, many say they save money with the Do it your own projects.

Whether you are looking for decorations or recipes, Pinterst is the place to go! So if you haven’t you should!

Bourque, Andre. “Study: Pinterest Makes the Holiday Season Less Stressful [INFOGRAPHIC].” RSS. N.p., 6 Dec. 2013. Web. 6 Dec. 2013. <http://socialmediatoday.com/socialmktgfella/1974176/study-pinterest-makes-holiday-season-less-stressful>.

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