December 01, 2011
Don't Make Me Blog About You
Kappa Kappa Gamma
I don’t know about the rest of you, but since being in college, I’ve grown a disgusting addiction for blogs. The primary focus being fashion blogs, but the sickness doesn’t end there; blogs about home décor, D.I.Y., lifestyle, food and drink, design, beauty, and personal daily life blogs also distract me from the ever-growing amount of homework. It seems like there is a blog for everything! Whether you are into sports, video games, painting, music, religion, weddings or typography, there is a blog out there for you. AKA, there is another homework distraction out there for you (as if Stumbleupon, Pinterest and Facebook weren’t enough).
I took the liberty of compiling some must-see blogs based on what you’re interested in…
I started up my own blog (runswithlipstick.blogspot.com) in August because I love to write, and just have too much to talk about. I mostly write about fashion and trends, but I’ve been known to rehash a bad hair appointment experience, or my weekend events. It’s always fun to hear from an old friend you haven’t talked to since high school, tell you that they love your blog.
If you don’t have a blog already, you might want to consider getting one. Especially if you are an Advertising, Marketing or Public Relations major. Staying up-to-date with blogs is just as important on staying current with social media — many companies are starting blogs to better promote their products, and what better way to show you know how by having your own?
If you do decide to start your own blog, there are some little guidelines you should follow:
1. Don’t talk trash
Don’t start a blog to hate on other people. I have a friend who wrote in her blog during slow hours at work, and talked in depth about her coworkers; and let’s just say she wasn’t talking about how lovely they are. One of her bosses ended up finding her blog, and she was forced to delete it, as well as call and apologize to those she mentioned.
2. Do network
Most college students don’t have blogs, so it may be hard to get other followers at first. What I’ve noticed is that bloggers leave comments on other blogs with their name and website to generate followers. This way you can discover new blogs, and advertise your own.
3. Don’t get too personal
Remember that this is basically a public diary, rather than an e-mail to your best friend. While it’s nice to have humorous personal accounts of your day, there isn’t a need to go into depth about the fight you had with your mom. Try to keep the topic light, fun and entertaining. There is nothing worse than an awkward TMI situation.
4. Do get technical
Spice up your blog with a cool theme and header. When your blog is visually interesting, people want to read it longer. It can reflect the personality of you and the genre of your blog. There are easy generators and tutorials all over Google you can use.
5. Do use pictures
No digital camera? Me neither. iPhone? Me too. Download the instagram app, and make it your new best friend. You can snap, edit and photoshop pictures right on your phone and use them in your blog. I've seen tons of bloggers/tweeters instagraming lately! Besides, pictures make blog posts more interesting and visually appealing.
Augusta is a sophomore studying advertising. You may contact her at email@example.com.