Social Media Challenge #1: First posts

We created our blog and started the “About” page in class today, so what’s next? Two of the key points of blogging (after starting the blog) are developing a voice and maintaining a flow of content. Your first two posts will be easy because I’m assigning them, so here we go:

Post #1 – “HELLO WORLD” (due by 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26)

Your first post is an easy one – give us a “hello world” post that explains a bit about your interests, what you hope to blog about, and how that fits with your post-graduation goals. You do NOT have to divulge any personal information you aren’t comfortable with, but you should help us understand something about your voice. Some guidelines:

  • Break up your post into short chunks, not one long paragraph. Put yourself in the reader’s position – would you want to read one big piece?
  • Even if you’re not certain, choose a focus. It’s OK if it changes later.
  • Links are not required for this post, but (as always) they are strongly recommended – ditto for pictures (no hotlinking!)
  • Once you’ve posted, SEND ME THE LINK and a short (one-sentence) overview – this will go on the course blog.

Post #2 – First topic post (due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28)

You already wrote up a draft of this post in week one, and this will be your second blog post. Take the feedback from class and integrate it into your work to create a well-developed posting that fits the focus of your blog. You must include 2-3 links to relevant sources and material that your post builds upon (one will be the original story related to your topic; others might be other news or blog posts discussing the topic). This is your first shot at balancing facts, discussion, and your own (developing) voice – make sure you’ve got appropriate amounts of each!

Rules to abide by:

  • Posts must be made between Monday and Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to receive credit (we want people to actually read these)
  • Keep it in short chunks (but longer than a sentence) – think 3-5 paragraphs as a rule of thumb
  • Integrate links in-text (e.g., “The Drudge Report shows how …”) – don’t use straight URLs (e.g., “I read this at http://www.blahblah…). Links should provide examples, explain terms, and ALWAYS show where your information comes from.
  • SPELLCHECK. Don’t give the trolls a reason to attack you, people.
  • Post your two links (with a sentence explaining each) as a comment to this post (on our course blog) by 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.

Note: That’s THREE deadlines! Be sure not to miss any.

47 Responses to Social Media Challenge #1: First posts

  1. frostedtsaar says:

    A chronicle and discussion on video games’ shift into our modern, always-on culture.

    This year’s E3 marks a shift in video game culture to the world of purely digital content — but did players miss out on a rare opportunity to change the status quo?

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Thanks Tim. I’m glad you got these together early, but remember your posts need to be on separate days to count. This, along with the posting window of 9a-4p, is to get you used to posting for maximum hits from readers. In addition, they were supposed to be posted in week 2, not week 1, but on looking back, I can see how that may not have been claer. It’s your first week, so I won’t ding you for it this time, but keep them separate in the future – posting two in one day means you’re essentially cutting your readership in half!


    Here is a link to my first blog post, Blogging 101, and introduction to both me and my topic of how religious organizations are using social media.

  3. iamoore says:
    Here is the link to my first blog. This blog is dedicated to covering the advancing technology and its effect on the television and film industries.

  4. dkrotz says:

    Here’s a link to my first blog post:
    It describes a little bit about myself, and also the topic for my blog. I intend to focus on the different ways that news stories can be told between different news outlets. It’s interesting to me to see the way that a story can change just based upon who is telling it and what they want the reader to know.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Not a bad start, but you could do with tightening your focus a bit. “How the news is reported” is VERY open-ended, which may seem attractive because it opens you to many possibilities, but it keeps your blog from having a clear focus. A little nudge toward more specificity will be helpful.

  5. karleapack says:
    This is a link to my first blog post, introducing myself, my interests and hopes for post-grad life.


    Here is a link to my first blog post which includes information about myself and my topic, how public relations interacts with the mass media.

  7. ryanglaspell says:

    There’s the post which serves as an introduction to me, my career goals and how covering the use of mass media communication in music promotion will benefit me.

  8. samanthacart says:

    This post explains further my interest in religion meets social media, while giving a first example at how churches are challenging convention with Facebook and Twitter use.


    My second blog post discusses my topic, how public relations interacts with the mass media.

  10. ilyssamiroet says: this HELLO WORLD post is a simple introduction to who I am and what I enjoy in journalism. This post describes what my blog is about and how current social media and mass communication helps the entertainment business and people connect to ET news.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Your first post is very thin, and doesn’t tell the reader anything about what to expect from the blog. Your second link goes to your About page, not the post that was assigned (check the assignment for details); the About page was part of last Thursday’s in-class assignment. I looked through the blog, and there isn’t a second post to grade.

  11. ryanfadus says:

    This posts includes information about me as well as how social media has changed and affected the sports world.

  12. This post says who I am, what I do and what I love:

    This post is about cyberbullying and what one organization is doing about it:

  13. ryanglaspell says:

    I now see that I’m supposed to wait until I’ve posted both links to comment. Okay

    Here’s the post which serves as an introduction to me, my career goals and how covering the use of mass media communication in music promotion will benefit me.

    This is a general explanation of the chronological trends of how people listen to music, and how digital streaming is taking over.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      The second post has a lot of links, as requested, but they’re not doing much for you just yet. Although it’s useful to link to individual sites (e.g., Spotify), that’s kind of second-tier linking where we’re concerned. Far more useful is to link to existing perspectives, which allows you to build on the ongoing conversation. The italicized passage at the end takes a swing at this, but it only really says “these people are also talking about this” when it COULD be the heart of your post: “John Jones from TechSpot makes an interesting argument, saying XXXX. I agree with his idea that XXXX, but I think we should also consider…” Rather than dropping links that send people away, address and expand on what’s being said in order to become part of that conversation.

  14. My “Hello World” blog post is a general about me with a little bit of information explaining my blog’s focus and my current involvement with nonprofit businesses and why I want to work in nonprofit media.

    My second post discusses the value of social media usage by nonprofit organizations, and touches on the struggles some local nonprofit organizations run into when it comes to managing social media platforms.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Decent posts, but there’s some weak linking going on here. Every link you include is to a homepage (e.g., rather than to a discussion or information. That NCCS page, for example, could more usefully have been linked to the actual page providing the statistics you give. There are times when it’s necessary to link to the page itself, but does anybody REALLY need a link to YouTube today? Instead, link to actual conversations and details … then build upon them!

  15. karleapack says:

    My second post dives just a little deeper into my topic and how one twitter handle can change an industry so easily.

  16. ryanfadus says:

    This post is about how the U.S. Open has instituted a social media wall so people at the matches can see what is trending about the event.

  17. mikeymartinny says:
    “Hello World” is an about me page with a description of what to expect from my blog, “Mass Media Meltdowns”.
    “A-Fraud” is an article outlining the recent PR Disasters of Alex Rodriguez.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Good job linking to (and expanding on) substantive commentary on your subject. I would tone down the subjectivity (e.g., “A-Fraud”) a bit. That’s style, and it comes after you establish a good base. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t be thinking about voice in these early stages, just limit snark and focus on substance.

  18. rachelwvu says:

    1. The link below is a Business Insider story titled “The Rise of Social TV: How Social Media Is Amplifying TV Advertising” thoroughly discusses my topic. It provided data from a study, as well as links to their sources.

    2. The following link is to The History Channel’s official page for the show. Here, you can read all about the show, vote for your favorite family, etc.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      I think you’ve misunderstood the assignment. The two links you were supposed to post were to YOUR two posts. You also needed to include links to external stories IN your posts, but those do not need to be posted here.

  19. trentcu says:

    This is a very brief introduction to myself and my blog.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      You weren’t in class last Thursday to do this, so please update your blog’s “About” page for new visitors to see what to expect. You could use a bit more depth than what you have here.

  20. trentcu says:

    This is my first official blog entry, discussing how imprudence on social media by professional athletes can negatively affect their teams.

  21. dkrotz says:

    This post highlights some of the main ideas I hope to convey with my blog. I used several examples of how the news is different just depending upon what we read/watch.

  22. ebuchman5 says:

    Here is a link to my first real topic post (not the “Hello World”) one which explains the merging of mediums we are seeing between user generated content and the broadcast television industry:

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Nice use of links here! You link to real content rather than homepages, and you do so conversationally (i.e., you don’t say “Here is a link to a study that shows this.”).

  23. ebuchman5 says:

    Here is a link to my revamped “Hello World” post, which explains a little bit about myself, my goals, and what my blog will be about!

  24. iamoore says:

    Here is a link to my first post describing myself and my interest in discussing technology and its effect on the television and film industries

    Here is my first post discussing how social media and online fan support helped rescue a fan favorite television series.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Not a bad start. Start thinking about what you link and why. Right now your links are all to homepages and reference sources rather than news or discussion posts. You want a mix, with more emphasis on the second kind (and even though we all use wikipedia, linking to it is equivalent to linking to a Google search – I know how to do this without your help). It would be far more interesting, for example, to provide us with news stories and examples of the heated fanbase in action. Show what’s vivid about your subject.

  25. cricha18 says:

    Here is a link to my first official blog post (not Hello World) that talks about how social media may blur the lines between journalists and non-journalist.

  26. kevinmduvall says:

    My first post outlines the topics of my blog–how brands use social media and new online business models.

    My second post compares two business models for digital comic sales that show different ideas about what buyers might consider most important.

  27. My first post introducing myself and the goal of my blog of exploring the present and future of print journalism.

    My second post compares two news magazines, Newsweek and Time, that have been fighting to stay in business. This post elaborates on the changes each have made in order to continue production of each magazine.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Nice use of charts to illustrate your points, and a decent choice of charts – it would be problematic to run charts from a news organization (rather than linking to their stories), but less so to show them from a nonprofit like Pew (as long as you provide clear sourcing, as you do).

  28. zvoreh says:

    My first post looks at Nanook of the north.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Interesting post. You’ve got the potential to make this a regular piece: Dissecting a set of a specific magazine’s covers. Be careful not to make it too review-y. You need to provide consistent sourcing throughout to bolster your evidence. Also, keep an eye on your link formatting – there are a few extra spaces before and after.

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