So I really wanted to talk about this Target Photoshop fail and the message it sends to young girls, but as this is my last blog post of the term I decided to go another route. I wanted to offer some advice for future J452 bloggers:
1) Keep up on your blog posts. Because playing catch-up all term is not the bees knees.
2) Linky loves are meant to inspire, not straightjacket you. Use them as a starting point but allow for your own creativity during the writing process.
3) Share some insight, don’t merely summarize. Summarizing articles that are already out there without adding any of your own advice or insight is SO. BORING. Critique or commend – this isn’t an elementary school book report (aka plot synopsis).
4) Try your best to stay on topic. I struggled with this a lot throughout the term. I had all these ideas and kept crafting PR related blog posts, and then week 8 rolled around and I realized that hardly any of my posts related to crisis communication and the PR efforts surrounding these events. Whoops.
5) Break the rules IF it makes sense to. The grammar police of the blogosphere aren’t going to hunt you down for using a sentence fragment. In fact, blogs can read more like conversations, but make sure you have a purpose for breaking the rules. Don’t have shitty spelling, misused punctuation and poor grammar just because you were too lazy to edit.
6) Produce quality work. I know, it can be tempting to just slap something together and throw it up on your blog last minute. But realize that this isn’t just a class assignment that will disappear when your teacher returns it to you with a grade. This, like anything else you post on the Internet, is a representation of yourself.
And finally, perhaps most importantly:
7) Showcase your personality. You’re building your personal brand, so let your readers get a taste of who you are.
Special thanks to the small crowd that cared enough to keep up on my posts (and by “small crowd” I mean you, mom and dad). I’ve definitely learned a thing or two during this process, and you better believe I’ll be back! Until next time, my friends.
TTFN, ta-ta for now!