Hello Finals week! A bitter sweet end to another awesome semester at Texas State. Keep reading if you’d like to read my completed class summary.
When first being assigned this project at the beginning of the semester I wasn’t looking forward to keeping up with a blog and promoting it for the public. It was hard to make myself get started and it took me up until the deadline to finally decide what I was going to focus on. After the initial excitement of making my WordPress I dreaded having to announce and promote my blog on my social media. The idea of having to make a deadline always stresses me out but after the first couple of posts writing each one has become more of a stress reliever instead. I also learned that putting my school work out for everyone to see isn’t going to kill me. It actually has made me want to produce my best work and given me even more motivation after hearing what other people have to say.
- Which tools were effective?
In regards to WordPress I think that the widgets helped to present a clean looking page that was easy for the readers to navigate. Facebook seemed to be my best way to draw in viewers.
- Which tools weren’t?
All the tools I used within my WordPress required, or not, seemed to be effective. When using social media Twitter didn’t seem to be an effective promoter for my blog.
- What would you want to improve or include within the blog?
As I’m still a learning blogger I feel like there’s plenty of room for improvement. I would like to spend more time on the layout and design of my blog. Including other people to focus on different cultures and their experiences instead would be a goal.
- In what ways could the experience benefit you in the future?
Not wanting to embarrass myself made me care more about this project. It has made me want to do my best work all around as if I would have to promote everything I do.
- Discuss how you might implement these tools professionally in the future, in a job or an entrepreneurial endeavor.
Blogging could be a great way to advertise myself and my career, and is could be an effective networking tool.
- Which was your most popular week, and how many views and visitors did you get that week?
September 21-27 was my most popular week. This is starting the Sunday after I started my blog which is why I believe it received so many views.
- Which was your most popular post of the year? How many views did it get? Why do you think it was the most popular?
“A Day in the Life of… ” was my most popular post so far. The post has had 62 views, it was posted after my blog review of The Mix which is what I think brought in more readers.
- In all of the Site Stats data, was anything surprising to you?
Since I have started the blog I have kept an eye on the stats so besides having more people visit overall nothing was abnormal.
- Do you have any Twitter, Facebook or other social media stats you want to share?
Facebook was my best advertiser, I have had 418 viewers referred from FB, versus only 10 from Twitter.
While I’m not too sure what I’ll do with my blog as of right now, I have really enjoyed the whole experience.