Saturday, January 07, 2006

Blogging 101

Welcome to the Advanced Comm. Skills class. To get started in the world of blogging this semester, each student must post a comment here regarding your overall impression of blogging. Do this AFTER you have browsed the recommended blog sites and have read the blog articles assigned in class. Be sure to sign your name to your comment.

Keep in mind, I am also new to blogging, so we're exploring this together. If you're an experienced blogger, feel free to share you're know-how with the class. The idea is to learn some of the new tools which many corporate communications practitioners consider essential. Each student will build a personal blog site throughout the semester.

It should be an interesting ride. --Professor Flournoy

10 comments:

Kim Holland said...

My impression of blogs is that they are in fact on-line journals, but more. With a blog, writers have no worries about content being edited by someone other than themselves. It is a personalized publication of ideas, experiences, beliefs, ect. Needless to say, if Ben Franklin was alive today, he'd have a blog or two! Before this class, I didn't get blogs. I never understood why someone would put their diary on the internet for others to read. Now, I have a whole new perspective.

Kim Holland

Ashley Whisnant said...

Blogs, as of last year at this time I hardly knew what the word meant. I'm so excited to be in this class and fingure out how useful these things can be. So far, just by reading blogs of PR professionals and those of my collegues, I'm realizing how important blogs may become to communications as an industry as well as a distinguising skill that may get us hired. This class should be interesting not to mention a serious challege for my techinical abilities. Looking forward to the ride!

Ashley Whisnant

Cheryl said...

I have to admit, I was very skeptical about blogs before this class started. I never want to read them or have one of my own. I thought they were just online diaries, and I've never been a fan of reading very opinionated writing. I still feel a little confused about the point of blogging from a communications standpoint, but I can understand what the buzz is all about. Perhaps, I'm still uneasy about blogging because it is a brand new technology. Within the past week of this class, my negative perception of blogs is changing. I found that blogs open up lines of communications for all those who have an opinion. Unlike other forms of media, blogs allow even students like myself to express their thoughts on a product campaign or a possible crisis situation for a company. I am both anxious and excited to see how this new technology will impact the future of public relations and my career.

Maria Sanchez said...

I began blogging about three years ago on another site and used it solely for personal reasons. I didn't realize how much blogging has affected the professional world until now. Many professionals inside and outside of the PR world now use these "diaries" to communicate to their publics. I am very excited about creating a new blog for communication and network purposes and am even more excited that we are the first class in the CCPA program to explore this new technology.

Nicole Cerrone said...

I am shocked at how fast blogs are spreading. I think in the past couple of years blogs have become a crucial part of large organizations. I think they are a great form of communication and allow people to really express their thoughts and feelings. I am exicted about learning more about blogs and how they are used within corporations!

Brittany Lucas said...

I was really interested to find out what blogging was really about. The only previous information that I had about it was negative, partly because I was never really exposed to it in a constructive way. I think blogging is such a great way to express yourself and to serve as a forum for discussion among people who are interested in the same things. I am excited to use blogging to gain more of an understanding of how PR really works and to use it as a networking tool. I think blogging, in recent years, has become a definite idea virus and one that will be a positive technological advancement for the PR industry.

Diana said...

I was suprised to find out blogging was the new "buzz" in our communications market. Blogging had been something "cool" back in junior high; a place where girls could gossip about other girls, gush over Freddie Prince, Jr. and make online shrines to the Backstreet Boys. Blogging is old news to me. But now as PR blogs become popular in the adult world, I see them not as annoying, mindless verbiage, but as a place for discussion and the sharing of knowledge. I now have a different perspective and am excited to see how blogging will effect our society.

Ashley Anderson said...

For the longest time I assumed that blogging was no more than a glorified little girl's diary posted on a computer - just a place for people to rant and rave about personal issues. After the past few days of browsing various PR blogs, I am a little less apprehensive about starting one of my own. I can see the academic value in further investigating this cultural phenomenon. While I am still skeptical, I strongly feel that my opinions about the blogging world will change by the time this class is over. Who knows, maybe It will become just as addicting as The Facebook?

Sarah Gray said...

I'm excited to work with blogs due to its increasing popularity in the workforce today. From what I have seen, it can serve many purposes and can be a place for people who love comic books to come and share their opinions or a continual letter to the editor concerning current events and business decisions. It is whatever you want it to be, and can do whatever you want it to do.

Blake said...

Hello there Nina and students of SMU - if you ever want to ping me to discuss or brainstorm some ideas please feel free to do so. I run a PR blog for entry level PR practitioners and have been blogging for close to a year. You can reach me at blake.barbera@gmail.com.

Best,
-Blake