First couple weeks at USA

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       College has officially started back! The past two weeks have consisted of meeting the professors, going over the syllabus, and beginning to do assignments and homework. The third week of classes is about to start, and I’m excited! I haven’t ever been truly this excited about my classes, but I am this semester because I’m finally taking classes for my major. I’m hoping and praying I can maintain this level of excitement and motivation throughout this semester.

      I’m so excited about all the communication classes I’m taking this semester. In this class, CA 260, I’m looking forward to learning about web design. I know it will be a challenge learning about every little thing that goes into making a website, but I’m ready to learn. In addition to CA 260, I’m taking two more communication classes. Those classes are going great, and I really enjoy them! I know I’m super exited and I have a lot of motivation right now, but I know the time will come when I will be stressed, and just wishing I didn’t have so much work piled up to do. With that being said, I am going to try my best to stay positive both in my blog post and outside of my blog post when everything is becoming more hectic with assignments and projects due.

         I’m happy to say that I’m really looking forward to my first semester at the University of South Alabama. These past few weeks have been great, and I’m looking forward to what the semester will bring.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Blogging

Brian Klem’s article, The 12 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Blog, gives advice and tips to help make a blog successful. I would like to elaborate on some of the tips he mentions.

 

The Dos of Blogging:

  • Be relatable, be yourself

I think this is one of the most important Dos of all! Don’t be afraid to be yourself. You’ll enjoy blogging more and most importantly that with help you to be relatable to your audience and form an honest relationship with your viewers.

  • Respond to blog comments

Comments are so important to receive on your blog post. It helps the blogger to see what the viewers like or do not like about your blog post. If people are taking the time to comment on your blog, then it’s important for the blogger to take their time to respond to at least a few comments.

The Don’ts of Blogging:

  • Limit your word count

Brian Klem says, “If you have something to say, say it.” I couldn’t agree with this statement more. Whether your blog post is 250 words or a 1,000 words, type as much or as little as you need to get your point across.

  • Be negative

No one wants to read a negative blog. It’s important to write positive post that will inspire and help people.

 

Application:

I will apply the “dos and don’ts” mentioned in the article, in my blog post each week. I plan on trying my best to be relatable, respond in a timely manner to comments, type as much or as little as I think necessary and to be positive.

Every tip Klem mentions is important to remember in my future career. There is a strong possibly I could help in the making of a blog for my future job. I will apply all the things in this article such as, focusing on writing the best content for my readers and making as little grammar mistakes as possible.

Each week I will set aside the time and put the effort into making my blog post readable, memorable and making sure it appeals to my audience. I plan on using the advice and tips in Brian Klem’s article to accomplish all three.

Steph’s Take on Blogging

Introduction

Welcome to my blog! My name is Stephanie Feagin. I am a Strategic Communication major. After years of thinking I wanted to be a nurse and even starting nursing school, I realized it just wasn’t for me! I had a close family friend of mine mention public relations and after learning more about it, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do!

The Purpose of a Blog

Though I do not have my own blog nor do I currently read any blogs, I know there are various purposes as to why people make their own blog. One reason someone may make a blog is to reach a bigger audience with whom they can share their interest, love or possibly give advice and tips on a topic they feel strong about. Someone may even create a blog for the purpose of advertising and selling items. I think that’s what is so great about creating your own blog, its YOURS meaning you have the control over the content, who it is reaching, and you can do whatever you want with it! As Sean McManus says, “If you’ve got something to share, the world is waiting.”(McManus, 2016, p.10).

Ways Blogs are Used in Communications

A blog can be used in strategic communications in quite a few ways. For example, one way a blog could be used in my profession, Public Relations, would be to advertise and keep people updated on current events. Current events pertaining to the company and/or organization someone in my field of study might work with.