One of my favorite things to see in a blog is evolution. By evolution, I don’t mean completely changing the content of the blog, but rather the way information and suggestions are introduced. This concept is easier than we give it credit for, since this post is being written on a social media site, let’s use said conduit as an example.
Tumblr, the current host and proponent of these words is a prime example of how social media shares information. Currently, I have no subscribers on this blog, which contrasts greatly with my personal website. However, after this post if I properly utilize tags, which are eons more important than bloggers realize, then I’ll draw the attention of people that I don’t know. What draws them in? Well, the fact that I’m using words and identifiers that they align with is what has the potential to make this piece work.
Some bloggers may not write as much for followers as they do for expression, but to some degree they want their work known or else they’d just journal. So, it isn’t a stretch to say that social media is set up to be…well social. Blogs stand out, because it’s a much more elongated way to connect, but unlike an ambiguous post, it steers a conversation of depth. What’s interesting is a blog can be as complex as postulating the mysteries of the universe or as general as musing about Fall’s new line of pastels, but all of these things have merit.
The beauty of blogs is that you can literally share them on almost any networking forum, you can link it, take a picture of it, vlog about it, and advertise your blog either on a webpage or a self tailored page within another site. Tags allow for strangers and similar minded people to discover your work, but with pulling visuals and audiences it’s not as hard to get someone to at least try to read a post or two.
This is where knowing how to share really comes into place. In an academic setting, which is ironically enough the spurring on of this tete a tete, it’s a way to show peers and professors how deductive skills learned in a class setting are being applied. At the same time, sharing on social media differs greatly from an assignment, this reverts back to my previous article which stresses knowing your “why.” Being aware of this can prompt hits with catching titles or witty sentences attached to your link, then people have more of a reason to care.
Although, that means nothing if your work is a one course meal rather than a thought out buffet. A blog should be an invitation into your mind (at your discretion of course). Humans don’t think about only one or two things, needless to say your blog shouldn’t be a one dish, but rather a palette cleansing breath of fresh air. Be versatile in your topics, even if it centers on movies, maybe talk about the different facets of films, cliches, and nuances of the trade. Or rather just teach the reader something new and if you really want to stun them, make them think.