Here I am, a few weeks later and onto my sixth blog post. Despite how unnerving it was to be placed in a situation with almost free rein on an assignment, I feel like I’ve come a long way. Before starting this, quite frankly…. I thought blogs were silly – just a way to draw more attention to ego-seeking people. How wrong I was. I have probably learnt more from completing this blog than I have writing most essays. It has encouraged me to problem solve, it has taught me that with a bit of playing around I can work through and learn new technology. I’ve discovered that blogs can help promote your company and the messages you believe in in a way potential customers can understand. And unlike numerous assignments, that’s not information I’m going to forget tomorrow.
Being a university student, I still feel the need to back up my statements with other, more credible people’s opinions. Obail Haque notes that one of the greatest benefits you can achieve through blogging is forming connections. As an individual, company or industry, those who have similar interests can get to know you – and you never know when you will need or benefit from them. It’s the same reason why I’m now starting up a LinkedIn profile – it may be the deciding factor for a job interview in one, two, or five years time. Check out his blog here
I myself have realised the potential impact blogs can have while researching topics for this assignment (such as Facebook, twitter and website design.) Being more familiar with the blog layout, I started to notice the information turning up on my Google searches was largely… blogs. Thoughts, opinions and insights from companies and expertise professionals at the top of a Google search before organisation websites.
My six blogs may not have been the most structured, flowed the best or been as informative as they were meant to be. But through writing them, I have discovered what I see social media to be, and I’ve been learning how to use it. Through searching randomly and putting what I see and think onto paper for everyone else to read, I’ve realised that social media is an experience, and a way to connect with people and businesses how we were designed to in the first place – personally.
Over and out from me, but look out for other blog posts from wherever I end up in this virtual world – it’s a pretty good method of social networking I think.