Before this class, I had been blogging for about 6 months, however, I did not make a point to update regularly. I posted whenever I felt inspired. The blog featured writings that mostly related to snowboarding, and the impact it has had on my life. It was less about the recent events of my life, and more a collection of reflective pieces.
Blogging for this class challenged me because I had to update regularly, rather then only when I felt like it. I also had to include some reflections on outside pieces, such as “snowfall” and “Ira Glass”. I definitely learned a lot about blogging from this class, and I plan to continue my other blog after this, and make a point to update more frequently with events that are going on in my life, like a well-written, online journal.
Something I learned was the importance of using links to other content in blogs. This is an easy way to explain or demonstrate something without adding too much to the blog. If someone knows what you are talking about, they can skip it, but if they are interested, they can click on it.
Something else I learned is the different ways to display photos. I found the use of a slideshow to be the best medium sometimes, and other times, one photo, or a line of photos was better. It got me thinking about not only what photos to include, but how to include them. Another thing I gained from the class was that my blogs should have more photos in general! My other blog was centered on the writing, and may have featured one or two pictures. I think blogs are more interesting if they are broken up with more pictures.
Overall, my experience with blogging both in and out of this class has been positive. I definitely see the value in blogging, and aspire for more people to read my writing. I have seen how blogging can be used to promote a company, without seeming like an advertisement. For example, Thrivemarket’s blog, which is run by the company and features their products. I hope to integrate blogging into my future career.