College is the time to figure out who you want to be. You have a world of choice available to you so choosing the right path can be intimidating. Once you choose your path, it doesn’t get any easier. Now you must focus on professional development and networking or else your degree will get you nowhere. A great way you can start networking and doing your professional development is through blogging. Here are the top 5 blogging tips for college students.
Know Your Audience?: You may have heard your composition teachers telling you this since you can remember. Knowing your audience is one of the best ways to write successfully. If you’re writing a letter to your grandmother you would use much different language and stories than you would if you were writing your best friend, right? Use that to guide you in your blog topics. Even if starting out your only audience is your mom, write for the people who you want to read the blog.
Expect Reaction: ?When you have readers, be ready to accept their praise and criticism. Especially if you write an entry about a heated topic or current debate, you can expect that anyone reading it might have a strong reaction. Just like the Internet provides a forum where you have the freedom to write about whatever you want, your readers are also allowed to respond however they want. Be grateful for the praise, heed the criticism, as some of it will definitely be valid, and treat strong reactions with respect. You don’t want to ostracize any readers.
Market Your Blog: ?Tell everyone you know and their mom about your blog. Market it and get the word out to help you collect more readers. Tell fellow students in class, announce new blog posts via Facebook and Twitter, or hang flyers on community bulletin boards. Allow followers to sign up for your email list so they can read new posts right in their own inbox. Make it as easy as possible for others to find your blog. Once you have followers, have them share your blog with their social networks as well.
Blog!?: When all else fails just keep blogging! For those students who believe blogs are only a useful career tool for language arts majors, don’t underestimate the power a blog in any subject has in showcasing your expertise and intelligence. Even if you’re pursuing a MHA degree, a MBA, or a MS, a blog can provide you a way to process everything you’re learning and help you develop your writing and communication skills. No matter what career path you choose, you’ll meet more success the better you are at communicating with all kinds of people and the better your writing ability is. Blogs are a great way for all students to start developing these basic skills.
Have Fun: ?Above all, have fun while doing it. If you aren’t having fun writing your blog, your followers certainly won’t have fun reading it. Since your blog can be about literally anything, you’ll have chosen a blog that’s interesting to you so you should have fun researching and learning and writing about your topics.