I think my two best blogs were my last two blog posts, “A Rose-Hulman Student Does Research On Clickbait. What He Discovers Will Leave You Speechless” and “The Effects of Celebrity Activism.” Throughout each week, I was starting to get a better understanding what makes a blog post good and standout.
The objectives we were given for the blogs are: to create an online writing style that engages an audience and inspires online conversation, to apply concepts discussed in class to online writing and design, and to extend course readings and discussions and put them in the context of current events and personal interests.
I believe each blog created a writing style that reacted with the audience. Each contained a topic that is relatable to young people, the main audience. At the end of each blog, questions were asked to further the discussion from the blog. It allowed the audience to comment and give their honest opinions on the subject. Also the blogs used a relevant category and tag that corresponds with the topic the blog is discussing.
Meanwhile, each blog post touched on a main topic discussed in class. For “A Rose-Hulman Student Does Research on Clickbait…” talks about clickbait on the internet and how it employs many of the tactics used for viral media. I took the main points from that weeks reading, “The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral…” and used a relevant quote from the reading that related to my blog post. Additionally, a video, article, and infographic were given that helped provide references and additional information for the blog. This blog was very relatable to anyone who uses the internet, because the internet is littered with clickbait. Also, the headline was ironic as it utilized the strategy from clickbait ads to help gain attention of the audience.
The blog “The Effects of Celebrity Activism” also exhibits many of the objectives. It reflected on the involvement of celebrities with charities and activism. A topic involving celebrities that people know or are a fan of will help engage the audience when it involves an iconic person. In the blog, I used previous class topics, such as the ALS Ice Bucket challenge and “Avatar Activism,” to explain how celebrities are involved in activism. A large number of celebrities participated in the ice bucket challenge and a quote from “Avatar Activism” helped explained how the power of Hollywood actors can bring issues and causes into the public’s eyes. Furthermore, I managed to provide a video example of celebrity activism that was highly successful and an article example of celebrity activism that backfired. Almost everyone knows at least one celebrity, and most celebrities tend to be strongly active with charities or other causes. So anyone aware of today’s pop culture can understand how celebrities have affected activism.
I believe my best comments are from Trevor Burch’s “Tweeting Academically” and Chandler Harkin’s “Viral Success.” My comment on “Tweeting Academically” clearly stated my opinion on the subject. I indirectly referenced David Shirky’s post “Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away” so it correlated with my opinion. Also, I gave a shoutout to Joshua Gayo’s comment on the same post, because we somewhat had the same conclusion about whether or not live-tweeting would ever be introduced to academic events. I think it furthered the discussion by suggesting to possibly add guidelines and slowly introducing live-tweeting. My other comment on “Viral Success” touched on my personal experience with viral media and sharing videos. I gave an example that used the emotional aspect of viral media to help show how emotion is the driving force for viral media. I used emotion as a main quality, stated from “The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral,” that is used in many popular viral media. Overall, it successfully responded to the given question while giving a clear example and adding more details about the emotional side of viral media.