Like many of you fellow students I have never used a blogging website, so when it was announced that part of the assignment was to create a blog consisting of marketing issues and reflections I was quite overwhelmed. However having experience with micro-blogging sites such as Twitter, I know that the only difference is the character count- writing a blog is far more detailed than a tweet.
The first scenario I encountered was decided what to write topic wise for my blog posts, I think a blog post should be of relevance in terms of news/events actually taking place in the world. For example I would visit the BBC business/technology page and inspect whether a story that I could relate to in a blog post was available. This can be seen in my previous blog posts.
Another development after writing a blog post was to maintain some interaction via the MSc Facebook group or directly on the Word-press page. It’s very easy for someone to like a post, but for me a like means nothing, a comment is much more useful in making the blog more welcoming as if other users see comments they are more likely to comment themselves.
After the a few weeks of the unit I found that the interaction level in my blogs had decreased a lot. I think this could be due to students only focusing on their own work, too much workload or they just don’t have an interest in sharing their opinion on a public website. Hence the blog started to become less about interaction and more relevant in helping me to develop my knowledge in certain marketing fields. Discussing issues in my blog posts allowed me to think critically, the more I investigated a topic, the more I was able to discover and learn.
Will I carry on blogging?
If you asked me this question a month ago the answer would’ve been a certain no. However having more contact with the blog has made me feel differently as I see blogging as a tool to sell your thoughts to others. I may not post a new blog every week after completion of the unit, as the degree workload is increasing, but I will certainly keep my page and update with new posts when possible in the new future. I personally have gone from a blog writing hater to a blog writing fan in the space of the last month, it’s a shame I don’t feel the same way about the MOOC.
Will you carry on blogging after this unit is finished?