It’s time to reflect on all of the blog posts that i’ve drafted, written and submitted. It is also time to commemorate the blog posts that were scrapped and put to the trash can, may they rest in cyber-peace.
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I’d like to think i’ve come a long way since starting at UOW and enrolling into my first class of BCM110. I had no idea what a RSS Feed was, let alone the entire medium of WordPress. I’ve gradually become more comfortable in the realm of public blogging on this website as well as the idea of expressing my writing and sharing it with others. Through my blog posts over 2 years and 6 Communication and Media related subjects, I have attempted to engage my audience through twitter. I love to read things with lots of images and evidence to support the context, as well as including humour and utilising a relatable tone, as you can probably already tell.
Many students make the mistake of thinking they are a professional straight away, but it’s not about content, it’s all about the quality of you work. Is your post even relevant? Make sure you know where you’re going. This Fractus Learning article lists 6 Tips for Quality Student Blogging, with the first of course being a great title for your witty posts, I have demonstrated this tip through the title of the post you are reading now.
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A major (and in my opinion, the hardest) obstacle is where to start with your blog post- what do you need to write about? Who is Henry Jenkins?!?! What is going on? There is a myriad of articles on how to overcome this block. Of course you can post verbatim information about your subjects and their topics, but how do you make your blog post stand out? There’s a lot more to consider than you think, such as your theme, text type, widgets, recent comments, images and hyperlinks. Once you get started, you’re on a roll.
Weekly writing may seem impossible and annoying at first, but if you think about it, it keeps you on track and helps further your knowledge on current topics. Research in any form can help in the development of new thoughts and ideas, and I have found this to be true with writing a blog that people read publicly and not just a virtual submission to a tutor/teacher.
When you blog, you know that others will read what you have written. That means that you write with an awareness of the possibility that others may disagree with what you have written. Steven Johnson is an author who’s found he became twice as productive as a professional writer after he started blogging as well. Blogging, Johnson wrote in his blog, is “an intellectual version of going to the gym”. – Jill Walker Rettberg, University of Bergen
Blogs help for students to gain confidence and also practice their writing skills outside the classroom. My writing style is quite colloquial- which I have adapted from a very stiff and formal approach.
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In summation, I have found much of the research related to student blogging and students learning through blogging to be true. Blogging and using research in these blog posts forms as an amazing support for academic writing and content creation, both vital skill for university students. Public writing over the last 2 years has increased my repertoire and knowledge on real world issues revolving around Communication and Media studies. I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey so far, and hope you have too.