So It’s that time of the semester where I have to reflect on everything I’ve done. It’s quite a boring topic compared to previous weeks so i’ll try to make it fun. I hope that those who have viewed my works have found this blog both informative and insightful. Also to my four loyal followers, thank you!
An academic blog is a very different piece of writing when compared to an essay or even an entertainment blog. You have to write for an online audience so the tone has to be conversational enough to invite those who are reading your work to continue doing so. However, you also have to sound smart enough on certain topics so you at least look like you know what you’re talking about.
When I started my blog, those 9 weeks ago, I wanted to let my readers get to know the real me. I am very comfortable with myself and my passions in life. I tried (and hopefully succeeded) to show this through my writing. When thinking on the topic of our own media space, We all need a little space, I believed that showing the spot I could sit for hours on end would be the perfect way to gain a connection with my readers. It allowed them to feel like they knew me just that little bit better.
The photo of my lounge chair inspired the name of my blog, and I’ll be perfectly honest in saying that every blog post was written from that chair; so I quite literally explored the world of media from the comfort of my lounge chair! I purposefully chose subjects that I could easily talk about for hours, and that I also talk about on other social media platforms. This allowed for a connection between my real life, as well as my ‘blog life’. To make this connection stick I placed my twitter and Instagram feed at the bottom of my blog allowing for viewers to connect with me on those platforms as well. My name on Instagram is the same as my word press blog URL making it easier for people to find me. Another connection I made was by using the same profile picture on each of my platforms. This allows for my readers to recognise me in any of the platforms they see me on.
I tried a range of different strategies in the hopes of acquiring new readers. My most successful was sharing my blog posts on twitter. For my first two blog posts I only tweeted the link to the posts themselves. This gained me a number of readers, however they were people I had already known. After this I added hashtags to the links I tweeted. This instantly doubled the views I had; my tweets also got retweeted 5 times! This is a record for me… I may have even squeeed a little (it’s a fan-girl thing). I also posted a photo of my blog title on Instagram letting people know that the link to my page was in my bio. I have a number of fandom related followers on Instagram and considering people in your fandom are more loyal than your own family, I was able to gain a number of Instagram viewers. Last but not least I shared my blog URL on Facebook. I believe that social media is the best way to get a message across, and through the use of hashtags it was easier for me to connect with a range of people who would enjoy reading about the subjects of my blogs.
I decided to make this blog something that I would enjoy reading had I come across it. This made it easier to choose the topics I would talk about. It also allowed me to find my style of writing, and gave me visions of the type of audience I was directing it to. In each of my posts I added at least one question, allowing the readers to respond in the comments if they wanted to. Sadly no-one took me up on that offer; but I’m not giving up hope just yet!
At this current moment my blog has had 48 views; however when I started writing this post it was only sitting at 35. I have had 13 views in under an hour. (I’m squeeee-ing again). Majority of those views have been to the home page which allows people to see all of my posts. However the post that has had the most individual views is diary of a self-confessed fan-girl. I would like to think this is due to my loyal fandom family.
It has been an absolute pleasure writing these blogs and I hope to continue them in the future as I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts with each of my readers. If any of you would love to share thoughts on any of my blogs feel free. I am happy for suggestions.
Until next time.