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My experience on blogging:

Published December 17, 2013 by jewing27

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As you may know that I am a student at southern Vermont College, that was taking a course called Social Media and Digital class. During this course, I have made this wonderful blog that you are seeing now, and I just wanted to tell you what I learned from blogging. To be 100% honest with you, I first didn’t understand what blogging meant, because it just seemed so broad. The only thing I knew about blogging was people expressing their feelings on their favorite topic and write about it, to show the world. It’s sort of like a small diary, but its in the public.

Here are some things that I learned about blogging.

  • Think of a great topic title
  • Have to maintain your blog to the topic of your blog, or the point of the website
  • Keeping up with posts  (every week at least have one post)
  • Learing how to write formally instead of how I would write in a journal or diary
  • Asking questions to my followers about the topic
  • Getting my blog out there to the public, (by email, facebook, twitter, instagram, etc)
  • Try to intrigue my followers,  ( don’t want to lose my followers) keep in touch

Those are some of the things I learned about blogging.

Let’s just say it wasn’t easy or hard, but it was medium level. I defintely want to keep my blogging site, since I took so much time into it.

My favorite blog that I wrote, would have to be The Civil Disobedience post. I had to do a lot of researching, but I also enjoyed that one the most. I also got the most responses out of it. I enjoyed writing all my blogs, and yes, it can be a little repetitive one some of them.

My goal for this blog, was to help people understand what social media is and what it can do.  Our generation is so strong about technology, that we sometimes forget how to pick up a book, or spent time with your friends, like the olden days.

Just remember, to not ALWAYS go on Facebook, Twitter , etc, when you are with your friends or family time. You can go on online when your free and bored. Remember, everyone has a voice and they want to listen to it, that’s why we have tongues. For the older generation, if you have kids or going to have kids in the future, please show them how to have fun without the internet. There are so many ways to communicate besides internet, or texting. Be safe and don’t text and drive, because a text can wait.

To sum it all up, I hope I helped you understand what social media is.  As again, if you want me tow rite anything else about the social media life, I will glady help you. I enjoyed writing my blogs, and I will continue writing them. Happy Holidays!!!

THANK YOU!!!! KEEP FOLLOWING ME!!!

My ways on how I promoted my blog

Published November 13, 2013 by jewing27

ImageImageA blog is when you write a topic that you are interested in and tell people on what you know or how you feel about that topic. To be able to do that, you need to promote your page and show it to the world and not just your friends. The best way to start promoting your blog is to send out an e-mail to mostly everyone in your address book and send the link to the e-mail. But, now days, you need to do more than that. I will be telling you, how I promoted my blog page and the pros and cons to my steps on promoting my page. 

In today’s business world, we need to advertise as much as we can to attack and gain customers or other business companies. Most of the times, when you are promoting a business you need to pay money to promote your page. Paying money to promote your page can be faster and a little more efficient.”Who wants to pay when you can get it for free.”  For me, I am a student and I just want to get other people’s attention to look at my blog without paying. I think my way is a lot more challenging than paying to promote your blog, but as again this is my opinion. It is also time consuming, but it all ends well.

You first have to do research on what websites you want to advertise. I wanted to be a little more creative, I have been promoting my blog with other social media websites. Here are some of my links that I have been using with other social media sites:   Social Media Facts  , Twitter#it352 , Foursquare .  The links that I just showed you, I had to advertise my blog page to other bloggers. I usually said, “Hey, I am college student taking a social media course, I would like you to check out my website and maybe right a comment on any of my blogs. I would appreciate it. Thanks.”

I picked those links because “Most” people have a Facebook, Twitter, and pinterest, etc. I didn’t want to go a random site that other people would have to sign up.

The worst part is probably waiting for a response, or how many views or “likes” you got on each of your websites. The first week I didn’t get any responses, but I did look at my statistics report, and I saw some views and a visitor on my blog page. Unfortunately, no one has commented on my blogs, but at least other people look at it. You have to start slow, like baby steps, and then gradually build up. I’m not asking for a million or thousand followers, I just want people to look at my blog so I can help them with any information about social media.

Later on, I noticed that I needed to change some of my subject topics, to make it more interesting and catch people’s eyes. I also went on to other bloggers websites and saw what they had for ideas, and I searched in promotion bloggers to get some ideas. To be honest, promotions stink and I just wish you could just put something out there once and not a million times to find people to follow you. It’s such a silly thing that we do and we waste our time and sometimes money. But, if you do have follows like me, I do have to keep up my blog page, and my other pages that I have created to attract other bloggers. It’s such a hard job to do, that I should be getting paid to do this. Just kidding, I’m only a student that’s taking a social media course. But, later on in life, if I ever need to promote something, I will definitely have enough experience to do so.

I will still continue to promote my blog to the world, even when I am done with my class. As again, you have to be patient, and stay calm. If you haven’t looked, I added a Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest tag below each of my posts. I have made some new followers on each of my pages, and will update on them each time. My post is a brief blog on the steps to promoting my blog page, if you would like more, please comment below, and I will happily tell you more about my experience.

Do you think promoting a blog is hard without having to pay? How many followers would you like to have on your blog? How successful were you when you first started to promote?

CITATIONS:

“Five creative ways to drive more traffic to your blog posts” Kimberly Reynolds www.socailmediaexaminer.com “all rights reserved” (2013) http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/5-creative-ways-to-drive-more-traffic-to-your-blog-posts/

“the ultimate guide: 5 ways to promote your blog effectively in 2013” Segun www.allbloggingtips.com  (2013) all rights reserved http://allbloggingtips.com/2013/07/10/guide-to-promote-your-blog/

Do you put too much information on your social media?

Published October 18, 2013 by jewing27

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Usually when you make a social media site, you want people to know who you are, but are people putting too much information on the site? Is your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other sites safe? When you sign up for a Facebook, you have to give personal information such as your e-mail, where you live, your date of birth, business and more. But, you can also make up your date of birth, and where you live, and make a fake email account to no one will know your real account and just have for Facebook. When people make a Facebook, or any social site, you want to trust the other person (friend) for their information because that’s what they put up there. Do you think they are lying or telling the truth? You figure that out.

On the actual Facebook site, there is a privacy policy page. On the “your information” section is says, “you are required to provide information such as your name, email address, birthday, and gender…….and your telephone number.”  (facebook.com/policy)  I think everyone should read this page because if you don’t know what you want to publish for publicity, or private settings, you should read this before damage is done to you or others.

I also wanted to express my feelings about different websites asking for your social security number. I have learned that this is a not a big issue all the time, but it can become a big issue later on. Your social security number is pretty much your identity and you don’t want to give that away. The only time when you should give our your social security number is when it applies to a bank, renting an apartment, driver’s license and health reasons (Medicaid). If you do give out your number be sure it’s a real website, and not a fake.

Be aware on your location settings. For example, if you say you checked in at the Marriot Hotel in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, people could find you. Even if there is more than one Marriot Hotel there is a map that is involved, and a picture of exactly where you are. That can  be a little scary especially if you have a stalker that you might know of. People don’t realize that. Another location setting would be pictures.

There is an article on ABC15.com that shows/explains on where you take a smart phone photo. If you have any type of a smart phone, your phone has a setting of picture location. If you don’t set it off and you put it on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc, they can locate on exactly what time and location of the picture. For me, I turn off that setting so people won’t know exactly where I took that photo. Yes, it’s still easy to find out where I took a photo because of the background, but it’s harder for the stalker. I recommend people reading this article and learning how to shut off your location settings, or just reading more details on what more it can do.

Everyone doesn’t know how much information you actually put on your website. You might think you do, but sometimes people don’t and that’s when it can become a problem to you and to others. Be safe and don’t act stupid because you never know who’s watching you.

“Data Use Policy” (December 11, 2012)  www.facebook.com https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info

“When is it safe to give out your Social Security Number?” Sandi Newton , www.enewsbuilder.net (2011) all rights reserved.  http://www.enewsbuilder.net/dcccdi/e_article002090048.cfm?x=bjrJp1V,b9cGldWd

“Does Facebook show where I took a smartphone photo?” Ken Colburn (4/21/2012) www.abc15.com

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/money/consumer/data_doctor/does-facebook-show-where-i-took-a-smartphone-photo

Is Social Media Ruining Our Personal Lives?

Published October 9, 2013 by jewing27

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Did we forget how to talk in person (face to face)? I think we did, because we can now chat online to our friends with Facechat, AIM, e-mail and even Skype. I find this a personal issue if no one can talk to someone in person because we lose social cues and facial expressions. Internet is definitely a non-verbal thing because we can’t see the other persons face except Skype, Face chat, Ovoo, etc.

The big issue is when we talk online, we want to be more honest with others instead in person. I understand some people aren’t comfortable with face to face but you are going to see that person more than twice a week and you need to be brave and show off your social skills. We can hide our faces and type in what and how we feel. It’s sort of like a secret diary because we just type in whatever and then click send and sometimes you regret on what you just said. It can be a little dangerous. I think we need to teach our kids or our new generation that talking in person with a problem is ten times better than online. It’s more professional and you are going to have to talk in person when you have a job because you have conferences and meetings. For example, for advertisement, you need to advertise your company by talking in person, papers, T-shirts, etc. Us humans have voices and let’s use them for the right purposes and have fun with it.

“Communication is constantly evolving. Some people are as used to seeing their friends’ online avatar as they are their face,” Yazino founder Hussein Chahine said in The Telegraph. “People increasingly prefer quick and frequent engagement with instant updates on news than a prolonged chat and are also finding new ways to catch up with friends from the comfort of their sofa.” (USA Today college, Jasmine Fowlkes).

Do you get jealous when your best friend has more friends than you? Do you compete with others? Do you update your Facebook everyday? I see Facebook as a competition to others because you want to be the popular one. You compete on how many “likes” you get, or comments from your status, etc. For me, I want to entertain my users, so I try to put up funny stuff that people would enjoy and not the boring stuff. An example, “I am going to class”, “I had the best dinner ever!”. To me that is boring, I want to put funny status as, “It’s Hump Day”, and funny pictures. Speaking of pictures, if your friend wasn’t invited to an event that person will see it on Facebook from their other friends and the person who didn’t go will get very upset. No one wants to lose their best friend from Facebook, or any friend. When I was younger, I used to stalk my best friends, and I got upset if I didn’t go to that birthday party or going to the beach in the summer time. I go with my friends all the time, but I don’t need to put pictures up all the time of everything I did with my friends. I find that silly. Just put a couple of pictures up that looks descent, nice, and fun so that everyone will enjoy them.

We just need to learn how to be nice online and not get upset over other people’s thoughts, pictures, statuses and many more. As again, Facebook is not a competition, it’s just a fun way to socialize with others, and catch up with your friends. Do you want people to know your personal identity, you choose.

Cites:

“NYA P: says social media is ruining interpersonal relationships. By, P Nya. (may 13, 2013) digital lives: what’s your status? http://emsdigitallives.edublogs.org/2013/05/13/nya-p-says-social-media-is-ruening-interpersonal-relationships/

“Opinion: why social media is destroying our social skills” by Fowlkes, Jasmine. www.usatodayeducate.com (October 11, 2012) http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/opinion/opinion-why-social-media-is-destroying-our-social-skills

First Post: The things Social Media Can Do To People

Published September 25, 2013 by jewing27

computer-clipart[1] My meaning of Social Media is a website that connects with people over multiple networks. There are plenty of networks out there, such as: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. Facebook is the world’s most popular social networking website, Twitter is a self posting status updates, Tumblr is a well-known blog and Instagram is people sharing photos and videos. All of these websites are all well –known and are growing higher and higher to our social life as of today.

I read an article named “what’s wrong with the modern world” by Jonathan Franzen and he has lots of pros and cons about what social media is doing to our world. One of my cons about his article is that he didn’t really relate to a certain age and the location (where) social media was hitting the most. I am arguing about this because not everyone has a Facebook, Twitter, etc, or even internet. Also, my grandma doesn’t have any accounts related to social media besides e-mail, so Jonathan is a little wrong about that fact. My positive agreement about his article is that I do think social media is sort of ruining our social lives and behavioral issues. Jonathan has great points and views about how he feels, but as again I feel like he over-reacting.

Did you know that Social Media is ruining our lives slowly? Do you agree with this question? I went researching and I found an article that social media can slowly ruin our behavior towards life. The article is called “Is Social media ruining your life?” by Ernest Ward Jr. DVM. This man is my hero, I say this because he actually set rules to his social networking to regular lifestyle. For example, he doesn’t go on Facebook, Twitter, or even texting after 9pm because that’s how he was raised and he doesn’t want to get attached to a computer screen or a phone screen. He actually enjoys talking with friends person to person and doing fun activities instead of reading screens all day about your friends. One thing that he enjoys is eating dinner with his family and not taking out their phones during a meal time. I agree with him because people don’t need to be on phones and networking every minute of their lives. You were born to do things without the computer, and everyone has talents and do it.  

In the world of today, there are people who are addicted to social networking, such as Facebook. I read an article named, Twitter and Facebook ‘addicts’ suffer withdrawal symptoms by Mathew Sparkes. This article is about students doing a study on people being addicted to Twitter and Facebook and then they were asked to stop using the network for four weeks.There is a really good expression about people being addicted to social media and it is called “Cut off from the world” and that means you are isolated from friends and family. There were studies that there was a girl who didn’t even communicate to her family all week because her social media was way more important than spending time with her family. I think that is really sad because you need to get off social media and live your regular life as well. Social media isn’t everything and it can’t do lifestyle things. There was a woman in Germany that didn’t go on Facebook for a week, and she was catching up with her chores, homework, spending time with her daughter and her husband. I think addicts shouldn’t have children or family because it seems that they will forget about their family and this could be some child harassment. I like this study, and I think there should be more out there and help people who are addicts to social media. WE need to learn to live regugarly and not be mesmerized by a technology that can be in our pockets, or two feet away from us. Our world with technology is getting bigger, and so will social media, we need to fix these problems before social media hurts us.

1. http://bnadyn.hubpages.com/hub/Our-Lives-With-Cell-Phones-Pros-and-Cons

hubpages.com: technology. (2012) all rights reserved

2. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/sep/13/jonathan-franzen-wrong-modern-world

“Jonathan Franzen: what’s wrong with the modern world” by Jonathan Franzen , the guardian, ( September Friday 13th, 2013) all rights reserved.

3. http://veterinarybusiness.dvm360.com/vetec/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=822032

“Is social Media ruining your life?” Ernest Ward Jr. DVM : veterinary business.dvm360.com (September 4, 2014) all rights reserved

4. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/9986950/Twitter-and-Facebook-addicts-suffer-withdrawal-symptoms.html

“Twitter and Facebook ‘addicts’ suffer withdrawal symptoms” by Mathew Sparkes : www.telegraph.com ( april 11, 2013) copyright of telegraph media group limited 2013

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