Why Did I Pick WordPress.com?

Link to old post: Three Favorite Reasons 

How I would re-write that post today:

“A few months into the blogging community on WordPress, here are three reasons why I love this website:

  1. Building Connections- I get to connect with bloggers from one country to another who share the same interests I have when it boils down to writing and photography.
  2. Become Editor-In-Chief- You are your own writer and boss. It’s how you format the story that makes or breaks your blogging career. You also learn how to grow as a writer and set deadlines on your own time.
  3. It’s a Free Website with Unique Themes- If you create a blog with the intention of building your portfolio in photography, there are themes that are free but unique enough for it to look professional.

What reasons do have for joining the WordPress community?”

New Post of Blogging & Journals: Similar or Different?

Here is a link to the old post: Journals and Blogs Similar?

Here is how I would write that post today:

“What’s your purpose for creating a blog? Did you create one to expand upon your writing skills? Perhaps sign up and use it as an online journal to vent out your frustrations?

It depends on the necessary tools to which you can utilize your blog and discover what captures a reader’s attention. For some individuals, they blog to write stories while others use to find a voice in a cause for two different intentions: 1) they are passionate about their dreams for advocacy or 2) they have a voice crying out for help.

Everyone has their own definition of blogging and what their intentions are to create one. Journals are hand-written, containing personal information to vent out anger while bloggers create a website to gain experience in the media industry as a hobby.  In ways, journals and blogs can be the same while they can also be different. “

Need Experience Under Your Belt? Reach & Snatch for More Opportunities at Hand:

No matter what grade level you are in at this point, if you need to grab more journalism experience under your belt, reach and snatch for more opportunities as quick as you can. Do not expect the opportunities to come your way. Relying on luck and family connections do not guarantee you instant opportunities. You must have previous experience in journalism (writing & reporting news, photography and video skills) to continue.

In all honesty, if you want to be a journalist but are introverted, communication is key. Work in retail for a few years and you will learn how to associate with customers, coworkers and your supervisors. The reason for retail? Because it will help you enhance your ability to speak with the public.  Here are some opportunities you can snatch while on summer break:

  1. Attend concerts and conventions where you will meet famous people. Interview them about their work and you will get an idea what they are about.  Blog about your experiences and what you have learned from attending these events.
  2. Partake in extracurricular activities at your school. For example, join the newspaper and yearbook committees. Learn about these clubs and how they communicate with teachers and students differently.
  3. Make sure you go the extra mile and intern at a local newspaper where you will write stories, snap photographs and deliver newspapers.
  4. Lastly, when you find a story in your hometown that was not covered, jump on it immediately and begin the interview process after gathering information in regards to what the story is about. Write your story, edit it and you can do one or two things with this story (A: Ask your local newspaper if you can publish an article) or (B: Blog about the story before anyone else publishes it).

WordPress is the Best Blogging Site:

On July 28, it will mark my fourth year anniversary of blogging on WordPress and thus far, I’ve had the best experience on here even though the layout for writing a post has changed.

Why is WordPress the best blogging site? Because it offers many tools to help you publish your work. And because you gain more opportunities to meet other bloggers on here than you will on Blogger. Once you gain an audience and publish more material, it will continue to grow. Don’t think twice and sign up for WordPress.com. As much as this sounds like an advertisement, my advice is: Spend as much time blogging on here as you can because it will help you gain advantages and knowledge that other blogging websites do not provide to you for free. For example, website layouts related to your theme. The themes are phenomenal.

New Material Ideas for Blogging:

Since I have run out of ideas lately, I have posted a list down below I will take into consideration when blogging about something next time. But before doing so, do a quick a search and see if the topic has been covered. If so, move onto something else. My New Years Resolution is to cover as many topics between here and on my professional blog as possible.

  • Attending & Discussing events on campus
  • Discussing weight loss goals
  • Write movie reviews
  • New Years Resolution Solution
  • Trips to many places in TN
  • Events and concerts in Nashville
  • Interviewing someone in the political/journalism arena
  • Briefly discuss topics learned at school

Interaction with other Bloggers:

Creating a blog is easy and is a useful tool to help you climb to the top of the writing pole. But it’s not just about writing your blog posts and completing your assignments for the day, it’s how you interact with other bloggers that will help you gain experience and learn how to connect with others, globally.

Connecting with other bloggers on the Internet will give you an insight as to how far you will go when you communicate with them. In other words, you will learn what they know and grow from there. Definitely take some time and communicate with them because it will help you in the long run and you can grow an audience just as much as they have, though blogging shouldn’t be about competition. Instead, it should be about learning what you know, the amount of advice you’ve received from other bloggers and build your connections from there and onward.

How to Spot Run-On Sentences:

When writing an essay for English class, did your teacher let you know that there is a run-on sentence in a certain paragraph? And did they explain to you what a run-on sentence is? If not, here are two ways to identify a run-on sentence:

#1: Read your essay slowly and aloud:

#2: Remember, a run-on sentence is continuous and has multiple grammatical and punctuation errors. This is the reason why it is important to chop your sentences short.

Introduction to Blogging: What It’s All About

Over a year ago, I started my blog on here. Sure, it kind of started out a little awkward and have less people like your work, but that is not what it should be about. Blogging should be about finding what topic(s) you love to write about. Of course, it will take months to find out what you will love to write about, but when you take a college course in photography or write advice posts for high school students, you are on the right track to blog about your favorite hobbies you do in your free time.

My advice to you: follow where your heart leads you on this journey. There will be bumpy rides along the way, but do not give up and remember: there will be more than one person who will look at your blog and share the same interests you have. Don’t just look at how many people like your posts of the day: have fun on WordPress.com and share this with your friends and family after you have started blogging.

For those who have been on here for a while, what was your experience like when you began blogging?

Finding Out What I Enjoy Publishing On My Blog:

When I began blogging at the end of July last year, I had no idea what topics would be interesting to post until now. At the beginning, I would write about random, uncategorized subjects (ex: education, weather) but now, I mostly found photography interesting to post because I enjoy taking pictures of nature and pets. To me, images are interesting to look at, whether if they are original photos taken from a camera, cell phone or the edited versions polished on Photoshop.

The point of this post is to realize that it can take months or days to figure out what you actually enjoy writing about, unless you plan ahead of time and circle a list of topics that are interesting to certain audiences.

Running Out of Topics to Blog About:

Here lately, it seems as if I am running out of topics to write about on here. I know that I have covered talking about my animals, education, photography and other subjects, but I would like to start off with the new year, with a fresh clean blog post about something different. I know it can be sometimes difficult to find something interesting to write about, especially when I blog about repetitive stuff such as animals or photography. Sometimes I just wonder when a new topic will pop in my head.

Does anyone else run out of topic ideas to write about when you are about to blog?