PRCA 3330 – For Those About to Blog.. We Salute You

I have really enjoyed learning how to blog and sharing my ideas with my classmates (and hopefully) other people that had achance to read what I had to say (or type..). I had no idea that I would get so carried away with a class assignment but this blog has really felt a lot more like fun then school work. With that being said, here are ten tips to student bloggers, in hopes that you too will get to learn while having fun:

  1. Have your own voice. Write in away that shows people reading your blog what your personality is like. When a person is a good writer its almost like you can hear their voice when your reading their work- this is the effect you want your blog to have.
  2. Have a central topic. People who have popular blogs are usually people who stick to one central idea. Perez Hilton blogs about celebrities, Mashable blogs about social media. If you specialize in one thing, people are going to think of you when they want to learn more about that topic.
  3. Comment. Let people know how you feel about their post-not just “good post” or “yeah I think I heard that” but “I agree” or “I disagree” and offer more feedback on the topic, this way people know your reading for content.. .not just for credit.
  4. Start Early. This blog is due next Tuesday, and I am still finishing up some last minute post and comments. If the topics and assignments you are going to write about are already posted weeks before hand-work ahead. Trust me! When it gets down to finals week and you have tons of work coming to you from all directions you’ll be glad you’re already caught up on your blog.
  5. Have fun. Add pictures, hyperlinks, quirky jokes. Make it fun- yes its an assignment but that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative and think outside the box.
  6. Check out other PR blogs. Looking at how other people in PR blog has really inspired me to create a blog one day. My favorite has to be, its fun informative and shows the personality of its blogger.
  7. Look everywhere for ideas. Its actually been fun to hear something new on TV and think about what angle would be best to blog about this topic. There are ideas for post everywhere, you just have to look.
  8. Write for your audience. Don’t just write about topics that would be interesting to you. Remember your audience wants relevant post- not just rambling about your day to day activities.
  9. Help each other out. If a classmate post a comment on your blog, visit their blog and comment back. If someone ask for your help with a certain feature of wordpress take the time to explain it to them. When you help each other it makes the process easier.
  10. Tous les Jours Mon Amis!!!( Everyday My Friends!! )Blog everyday, practice makes perfect, the more you do it the better you will get at it.

4 responses to “PRCA 3330 – For Those About to Blog.. We Salute You

  1. I love your top ten list! It’s to the point and super helpful! I wish that we would have had a list like this before we started blogging because that could have made a huge difference in the amount of time I procrastinated on some of my blog posts haha Great blog!

  2. lindsayaddison

    Your top 10 list is great! I really liked everyone of your ideas! Just like ‘mlong’ I wish I would’ve had this before I started because it has changed my view on blogging. I have figured out it is not as easy as it seems. Staying on top of things is the biggest problem that I have had for our class. However, when I look at other blogs that pertain nothing to our class-they are just fun blogs…they blog daily…sometimes even more than once! I’m amazed. However, it is different when you can blog about whatever you want rather than having to post on certain topics that are assigned. I hope to keep up with my blog after our class is over and see how long I can make it! 🙂 I do really enjoy reading and commenting on other blogs…especially the creative ones! They have such good ideas I wish I thought of!

  3. I really enjoyed your post about passing on the blogging legacy to the future bloggers of Public Relations Writing. I agree that you definitely need to have your own voice and not be afraid to share it. There is the extent though if you have nothing nice to say then don’t say it at all. However, the importance is being original, bring something new to the table, and having fun when you’re blogging. I also agree that a great way to stay in tune with the blogging world is comment, comment, comment. Commenting offers new ideas, debates, and/or adds to the previous blog.

  4. These are fantastic tips, Erica. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. I’ll definitely point next semester’s students to your suggestions.

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