In the process of working on my intersection project about communication and engagement regarding student organizations, one thread that has popped up over and over again is:Â Blogging is too time-consuming.
Blogging isn’t for everyone.Â I firmly believe that a social networking/communication tool – whether it be Facebook, Twitter or blogging – needs to work for you.Â You won’t ever adapt to or adopt a tool if it doesn’t fit your lifestyle or your personality.Â I resisted Facebook for a long time until it became semi-necessary and haven’t looked back.Â I’m totally hooked.Â That may change when I’m out of school; it may not.Â But for now, Facebook works for me.
The same goes for blogging.Â I actually have a blog on another site and have had it for a few years.Â I pretty much just maintain it so I can friend people whose blogs I find interesting and want to read.Â I rarely ever post in mine because I rarely have something to say.Â And when I was posting, I’d get little response and what I wanted was a conversation.Â Not me just prattling on.Â So, because of this, I wasn’t a big fan of blogging personally.
But again, as with Facebook, my attitude toward blogging changed once my needs changed.Â In this case my “needs” were defined as a class requirement.Â We had to blog once a week and respond to one other post a week in Finance Function last semester.Â At first I resented the assignment.Â How Time Consuming!
However, as the semester went on, I found it wasn’t difficult at all to blog and I really enjoyed reading what my classmates were writing about or posting about as well.Â And at the end of the semester, I reviewed all my blog entries to find that myÂ entries had actually led me to my final individual project and were a great place to figure out my thought process on the project.Â
The point of all this is thatÂ blogging isn’t and doesn’t have to be time consuming. It is a great place for working out a thought process and having a conversation.Â And the more people blog and read blogs, the greater theÂ conversation will be.Â That said, here are a few tips I have learned from my own blogging experience:
Â Blogging Tips
1.Â Have a Specific Purpose
Defining what your blog is about or what topics/issues you want to explore through you blog makes a big difference.Â Having a purpose can help guide your posting and give you something to draw from.
2. An Entry Doesn’t Have To Be Text
A blog entry can be a photo, video, a link, posting an article, an audio clip.Â A narrative entry is not a requirement for a blog and, in fact, long entries can get tedious for your readers so remember to try and mix it up.Â A great example is The Huffington Post that will have text and then insert a video clip relating to the story they are writing about.Â And if you do write a narrative entry, it doesn’t have to be long either.Â A few sentences may be all you need.
3. Visit Other Blogs for Inspiration
Check out both other blog sites and the blogs here on the MIIS site.Â One of my favorite features of the MIIS site is the “Visit a Random Blog” option at the top of the screen.Â See what other MIIS people are writing about to read, respond and get inspired.
4. The Blogs @ MIIS Site is More Than Blogs
I am a huge fan of the main page of this site.Â Between the links to official campus blogs, the new event posting section (like on Facebook) and the box that highlight recents posts, I am more up-to-date on happenings at MIIS than at anytime last year with First Class.Â I find this site is easier to use and I spend less time having to look for information than I did with First Class.Â No more reading through 100 folders!!
Remember, figure out what is best for you and then Go For It!Â You never know what conversation your entry may spark.