English 5 Blog Basics

English 5 Blog Basics


Hey everybody, Elizabeth Ellis here. Let’s
talk about it, Blog Basics. So what exactly is a blog? It actually is a shortened name
of weblog, the original term for the online writing source where people are able to jot
down their ideas, jot down their thoughts. But I mean really, what do you do on a blog? At its foundation, at the very bottom, it’s
a place to share. What are you sharing? You’re sharing your ideas, you’re sharing experiences,
what’s happening in life. You’re sharing the things you love, things you don’t love. It’s
a place for you to be you. That genuinely is at the heart of what a blog is. So who’s going to read this blog? I’m going
to write one, right? How do I gain interest? How do I get people to read? Well here in
this course, you’re going to post it so that other classmates can see it. But I mean in
the real world, in “real life”, gaining interest is really just a couple steps or maybe just
one or two. You have an easy to look at blog that people
can easily read on screen. That attracts people initially. Your writing is thoughtful. It’s
not just random writing…unless that’s the theme of your blog, then that could be good. Each post shows the author in some way. So
through your words, you’re actually showing a little piece of yourself. Author’s interactive. If people leave comments,
when the author writes back, that helps get readers. And also the blog post titles are inviting.
They make people want to read them. Instead of saying, “This blog post is about dogs,”
maybe write something a little bit more interesting like, “Dogs Coming to Town!” That would interest
people. You want to get people, like, putting on the show for people to see. That gains
interest. There’s even a possibility to make some money
off of your blog. And before you even start by saying, “Okay, I’m not going to have that
many readers,” you don’t know that. Really, blogs, that’s the beautiful thing about blogs.
People just start them for little assignments like this, and then they gain readers, they
gain interest, and then all of a sudden, companies are coming to you and want to sponsor you. And they pay for your posts. If you get 1,000
true fans, for example, in your blog, that’s a six-figure income. If you don’t know what
a six-figure income is, that’s over $100,000 a year. People pay for it. So I wouldn’t knock it,
that’s why you really want to think about what you’re going to write about. Because,
say it really does start making money. Say you really just start getting into it, you’re
going to want to continue for awhile. So what do you write about? For me, I’ve started writing
about my favorite things and I hope that you enjoy my blog. Here are some other ones that I’ve picked
out that are quite interesting. There’s visualnews.com, their mission statement, “each day we strive
to bring you some of the most interesting stories in art, design, technology, and people.
And on this website, they’re very picture-heavy. So it’s very visual, very easy to see. Check
that one out. VisualNews.com There’s also TheBurningHouse.com, which is
so simple. They ask people all the time, “If your house is burning down, what would you
pull out of it?” And the blog is people’s responses. That’s it. And it’s so interesting
to see what other people would do. That’s the beauty of a blog, we’re sharing. And then the last one that I picked out was
TwistedSifter.com. Twisted Sifter has one main objective: to educate, entertain, and
inspire each and every single day. And they post every single day, maybe multiple times,
and it’s wonderful. I can’t wait to read your blog, I’m really
looking forward to it. Let me know if you have any questions. I’m here to help you.

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