Social Media Challenge #2: Start Following

In your first post, you introduced yourself and suggested a focus for your blog. This week you’ll solidify that focus and identify sources of information that will contribute to your writings. Note: These posts must ALL be made during week 3!

Part 1: Refine your focus

Last week, you created an “About” page with your blog’s mission statement. In class today, we assessed these focuses. Based on my and your classmates’ feedback, refine your “About” page and add some depth. Remember these points:

  • It’s not about you. Make sure your focus is a larger conversation, not a diary or “expert advice” (you’re not one) or “my crazy life” blog. How can you connect with a larger community?
  • It’s not about everything. Avoid being too broad (e.g., “pop culture”) – if you say you will write about something general like “sports,” you’ll need to spell out what a reader might get out of reading your site compared to the countless other sports sites out there.
  • It’s not just links. Links are necessary, but a successful blog needs to add something to the information it synthesizes from elsewhere. Linking to a bunch of stories about the Pittsburgh Penguins is not blogging.

Part 2: Identify sources to help you

Blogging isn’t something you have to do on your own. With your focused topic in mind, it’s time to identify some sources to help you on that path. You will identify 10 blogs to follow. Each of these blogs should inform your topic in some way – for example, a social media blog might draw on http://www.readwrite.com. You’ll need to complete the following steps:

  1. Add a blogroll (Links > Add New > Create a “Blogroll” category) and add your 10 blogs to it
  2. Write a blog post explaining (in 1-2 sentences each) how each of these blogs will inform your own blog – don’t forget to include links to each blog in your post!
  3. ALSO add mashable.com, readwrite.com, and the course blog to your blogroll (these don’t count toward your 10)
  4. Yes, this counts as one of your two weekly posts.

Part 3: Add the Calendar widget to your blog

This is an easy one (you’ve probably already done it in class). In your Dashboard, go to Appearance > Widgets and drag “Calendar” to your sidebar. If your template doesn’t support calendar, you need to change your template. Sorry.

 Due: 4p, Tuesday, Sept. 3 (all three parts)

  • Don’t publish your post before Monday!
  • Post both links (with descriptions) in a single comment to the SMC#2 assignment
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26 Responses to Social Media Challenge #2: Start Following

  1. ebuchman5 says:

    Here is the link to my post with the descriptions of the blogs I’m following: http://ebuchman5.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/its-not-just-me/

    I tried to find a variety of blogs that would provide insight and ideas for my own, so I chose a mix of actual citizen journalism blogs, and more academically focused ones that discuss journalism as a whole and how it is changing.

    Here is the link to my updated “About” page: http://ebuchman5.wordpress.com/about-2/

    I added a section at the bottom of this page that gives people a better understanding of what I’m looking to discuss on my blog, as well as a few examples!

  2. trentcu says:

    Below is a link to my “blogroll” blog entry.

    http://trentcu.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/relevant-blogs/

    Here’s my revised “about” page.

    http://trentcu.wordpress.com/about/

  3. I chose to follow ten blogs that focus on nonprofit organizations. Most of them focus on how nonprofit organizations can use social media to be successful and set themselves apart from other similar organizations. Here’s the link to my post: http://whitneylynngodwin.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/10-blogs-i-follow/

    I’ve also updated my focus blog to include more substantial links; I refined my post to focus primarily on local nonprofits and how they use social media to promote awareness and call volunteers and donors to action. Here’s the link: http://whitneylynngodwin.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/nonprofit-organizations-social-media-2/

  4. http://maddiblankenship.wordpress.com/about-2/. My About page describes a little about myself and introduces my blog topic, the comparison of real-life PR situations through the eyes of the mass media.

    http://maddiblankenship.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/pr-blogs-to-follow/. This blog post lists 10 blogs that you definitely want to follow for everything that is PR.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      I wasn’t able to comment on your post, so I’ll do it here. Good list overall. The descriptions are a tad slim, and (probably more significantly) could use a bit more illustration of why/how they inform the work you’ll be doing.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Also (because Chrome still isn’t letting me comment): Your second w3 post is terrific! Strongly in line with your topic and rich with content. Keep this up!

  5. iamoore says:

    Here is my refined about page describing in more depth what I would like to accomplish with my blog on the topic on technology’s impact on film and television.

    http://ianamoore.wordpress.com/about/

    Here is the link to my post about blogs that I believe with be helpful resources to me while writing my blog throughout the semester.

    http://ianamoore.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/related-blogs/

  6. kevinmduvall says:

    Here is my new About page.
    http://kevinmduvall.wordpress.com/about-2/

    My blogroll contains blogs about social media, strategic communications, digital journalism, and technology.
    http://kevinmduvall.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/blogroll-recommended-blogs/

  7. ryanglaspell says:

    Here’s the link to my blogroll description http://ryanglaspell.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/blogroll-description/

    And here’s the link to my refined “About” page: http://ryanglaspell.wordpress.com/about-2/

  8. cricha18 says:

    http://crichblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/19/ Here is my blog post about the other blogs I follow.

  9. http://nataliebsnyder.wordpress.com/about/ This is my updated “About” page that expands on who I am and what the goal of my blog is.

    http://nataliebsnyder.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/blog-roll-call/ This entry gives a minature biography for 10 blogs I chose to follow that will help influence the reporting in my blog.

  10. mikeymartinny says:

    Here is my refined “About” page… http://massmediameltdowns.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/blogroll/

    My “blogroll” includes a list and description of blogs that benefit this blog.
    http://massmediameltdowns.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/blogroll/

  11. samanthacart says:

    http://samanthacart.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/21/
    My newest post is about how little information there is on religious organizations and their interaction with social media and gives readers a guide to my blogroll!

  12. karleapack says:

    These are my blogroll sources I chose to follow that will hopefully help me with my nightlife blog:

    http://karleapack.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/feeding-my-noggin/

    Here is the link for my refined focus for About page:

    http://karleapack.wordpress.com/about/

  13. ilyssamiroet says:

    http://ilyssamiroet.wordpress.com/about-2/ This is the first post that gives a few examples (I treated it like a post as well) and insight to what my blog is. All things social media and entertainment, and by all things I mean how these two topics connect and intertwine with each other.

    http://ilyssamiroet.wordpress.com/ Above my about section is a list of 10 blogs I like to follow.

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Remember that your new posts need to be posts, not pages (we discussed this after class, but I wanted to give you a reminder in print as well). That first link goes to your “About” page – you need to be making posts (through the “Post” menu in your dashboard) to your main page.

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