Personal Learning Proposal-DeliverableThe topic I chose to learn about is Blogging and what exactly drives people to write them in the firstplace. The Oxford Dictionary’s definition of a Blog is a personal website or webpage on which anindividual records opinions, links to other sites etc. and on a regular basis. (retrieved fromhttp://www.oxforddictionaries.com)There are many different types of Blogs such as, Video Blogs and Photo Blogs as well as the standardwritten journal style. There are many books with Blogging as the topic, Blogging for Dummies, Bloggingfor Bliss and the Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging to name a few.What constitutes a good Blog? Many things like having a writing voice with personality, someone whothinks a lot and works hard and having a sort of weird Blogcan be a good thing for readers as well andnothing beats a Blog about talking about something we might be obsessed with.( retrieved fromhttp://www.43folders.com)There are some Blogging Basics 101 that one should know and perhaps even follow in order to havesuccess and a great following. 5 Blogging Etiquette tips for Beginners are:1. Use permalinks wherever possible-this is important because if the author needs to link an exactBlog entry then you use the permalink as your link.2. Don’t Hotlink pages-hotlinking is when you are directly linking to another sites graphics, files,videos etc. instead of linking to those items from your own server.3. Ask permission for just about everything-familiarize yourself with copyright and creativecommons.4. Don’t sell yourself in comments-Bloggers have differing opinions about whether it’s ok to linkyour own Blog in the comments at another Blog.5. Don’t be offended if someone doesn’t accept your tag in a meme-memes are easy ways to fillyour Blog with content when you are first starting out.( retrieved from http://www.bloggingbasics101.com) Aug 17, 2009 by Melanie NelsonSome Interesting Blogging Statistics:OUT OF A 1000 PERSON SURVEY COMPLETED BY BLOGGING.ORG
*BLOGGING STARTED AS AN ON-LINE JOURNAL IN THE 1990’S-PEOPLE SHARED THEIR INTERESTS, HOBBIES AND THOUGHTS ON-LINE.*DID YOU KNOW ONLY 40% OF BLOGGERS ARE WOMEN WITH 60%MEN BLOGGERS.*THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 31 MILLION BLOGGERS IN THE UNITEDSTATES ALONEIS THERE MONEY IN BLOGGING??*ONLY 8% OF BLOGGERS EARN ENOUGH MONEY TO BE ABLE TOSUPPORT A FAMILY.*9% WILL MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO SUSTAIN THEIR BLOGGINGLIFESTYLE ON A4-6 HOUR A DAY BLOGGING.*ALMOST 81% NEVER MAKE $100.00 FROM BLOGGING.*THE OTHER 2%...THEY ARE SPENDING 1-2 HOURS A DAY BLOGGINGAND MAKING 150K +BLOGGING FROM EXOTIC LOCATIONS.
*35% OF PEOPLE ACTIVITY BLOG AT LEAST ONETIME A MONTH VS65% THAT HAVEN’T TENDED TO THEIR BLOG IN A YEAR OR MORE.WHAT DO PEOPLE USE TO BLOG??43% USE WORDPRESS35% USE BLOGGER16% USE TUMBLR AND TYPEPAD AND POSTEROUS6% OTHERTHE MOST POPULAR TOPICS OF BLOGSPeople Blog about many different topics, some Blog about their day, children, work and mealsbut thereappear to be some favourites.Fashion BlogsCelebrities and entertainmentTechnologyHealth and Beauty Tips(retrieved from http://www.mybloggerwidgets.blogspot.ca)
Design plays an important role in how Blogs look, is the majority mostly women whowant to make their Blogs appealing and pretty to fellow readers? As someone that is newto the Blogging world I found this very interesting and I thought I would share it.6 EASY WAYS TO MAKE YOUR BLOGPRETTY…1. Clean up your sidebar-resist the temptation to add every single affiliate program andBlog directory button you have ever joined to your sidebar.2. Make sure your images fit the width of the content. Ex) if the content is 650px widethen make the photos 650px wide as well.3. Customize your Blog images-a way to add your personality to your images whilemaking your Blog look polished and unique.4. Diversify your Topography-start using Google fonts (free download) or Typekit (paid)to use something different.5. Use a combination of san-serif and serif fonts-mix the text together.6. Reduce your clutter-simplify your navigation.(retrieved from http://www.modernmintsdesigns.com)THE TOP 10 REASONS WHY PEOPLE BLOG?
1. To Network-it’s a great way to meet new people globally orlocally.2. Advertising and Branding-a lot of companies see it as a profitableexercise to Blog and advertise their company.3. To connect with like-minded people-helps bring people togetherthat think a-like.4. To create awareness or to get your voice heard.5. Self-Promotion-it’s an excellent way to promote yourself in thefield of one’s expertise or interest.6. To help others-many Blogs are written to help people goingthrough a certain phase or circumstance.7. To stay in touch-it’s a great way to stay in touch with family andfriends.8. To satisfy your creative side.9. To create a record.10.To gain knowledge.(retrieved from http://www.shoutmeloud.com)In conclusion I learned a lot and feel that I met my learning goals that I had set for myassignment. I was surprised and pleased on the information that I was able to find on Blogging,before this class I wouldn’t have given writing a Blog a second thought but once I started writingthem on top of researching I can see why people like to Blog. It’s a creative outlet for people for
sure and I personally found writing one gratifying and challenging at the same time. I do thinkBlogging brings people together in many different ways and I think that it is a good way forbusinesses to advertise and reach out to consumers. There is a lot of great information and topicsthat people have Blogged on and I think it is safe to say that Blogging is here to stay and willcontinue to thrive and grow.Jodie James