The first blog post that I would like to showcase would be my latest one:
Well let me tell you…
This blog post hits all three objectives as set by Dr. Summer’s in her “About Blogging” assignment. For the first objective, the article arouses an emotion that connects college athletes, high school athletes, previous athletes or any person active in the sports world today, to their parents directly. The blog inspires an online conversation about praising their parents and being forever grateful for them. What’s interesting to see is that parents are now beginning to be a part of social media today. So now the online conversation is going to expand and include multiple parties.
The article applies concepts of a spreadable article, from Jenkins article about why media spreads, as well as principles from Berger’s STEPPS. The blog post is easy-to-share and has emotion, practical value and triggering affects all within the article.
Lastly, the blog post meets the last objective in way that it connects the course discussion of why media spreads with a personal interest of mine, which is thanking my parents whenever I can.
In fulfilling the qualities of a successful blog entry, the blog post incorporates multiple qualities from either readings, class discussions, and Blogs of the Weeks. The blog incorporates quotes, while having them stick out from the reading. The blog also includes a video that is explained and helps add to that emotional appeal by showing Kevin Durant cry in front of millions of viewers. The blog is written in a conversation style way that doesn’t make the blog feel like a written paper, rather just me talking to the readers. The blog also incorporates a different writing style that shows off some of the main reasons why athlete parents rock such as making those reasons bold…and then explain.
My previous blog was the last blog of the year so I was able to use a previous 7 weeks of feedback and combine different ideas from different blogs into one blog that I believe is awesome. I could have kept writing in this blog for as long as I could. This strong passion I showed in the blog post really exemplifies why this blog is a representative of my best work this quarter.
The second blog I would like to showcase is a later blog that I wrote in mid-October:
First, the blog meets the first objective of creating a writing style that engages an audience. The blog featured a title that asked a question. Well, as a reader, if you wanted to know the answer then you would have to read the article. This engages a reader to read a little bit and then hopefully hook him/her into reading more. An online conversation is also inspired in this blog post because I talk about a topic that has been really prevalent in our generation today. Online dating, catfishing, and literally Facebook messaging have all seen to be major problems in online conversations today. It’s too easy to fake a real life person.
The blog also meets the second objective of applying concepts discussed in class such that the blog incorporates an infographic that helps emphasize how scary the online world is and how much of it is fake people or bots. Again, the blog is easy-to-share and triggers an emotion of being afraid. Someone who is engaged in online dating could potentially think twice before trying to meet that mysterious person.
Lastly, the blog extends the course reading, When Facebook Friends Die, to Manti Te’o’s testimony to ESPN. I was able to connect this current event, or was current event, to a reading discussed about how real connections and feelings are developed between two people even when neither party actually met one another.
This blog fulfills the qualities of a successful blog entry by mimicking old blog post writing styles, including graphics, and also writes in a way that is engaging for the audience. The blog writes in a communication style writing, as if I was talking to you, but on paper. This not only is easier to read, but also engages the reader to continue to keep reading on especially when a question is asked. The blog also incorporates an easy-to-read infographic that gives the reader a quick way to read the data associated with my blog topic.
Again, my passion into writing this blog post really shows when I try to incorporate different writing styles I’ve seen throughout the quarter and also different concepts we’ve discussed in class. The blog also shows off my ability to have a conversation with literally no one, except to those who I hope read my blog. Overall though, the blog is well organized, engages the reader to keep reading and includes evidence from current events and course readings.
Side note: All of my blogs kept to my theme of sports and social media which was really hard at times, but also rewarding in the sense that I got to explore a topic I probably would have never done before this course.