Did you do enough to gain a sufficient public readership? Is your blog as striking as others? Have you learnt a lot throughout the course of engaging in the “blogosphere” and “twitter sphere”?
As I plunder through the vast array of knowledge my brain has absorbed in the past 9 weeks, it is satisfying to say that I have expanded my awareness and ideas about media, audience and place. Looking back through my previous posts I recognize how my views have grown and transitioned from looking at particular content and theories “objectively” to “subjectively”. By not only providing critical analysis on factual information, but also being able to engage an audience by offering my own views, opinions, links, video’s and images on my blog as well.
The ability to engage in public readership had its positives and negatives. One negative in particular was the lack of engagement by other bloggers who proved absence of comments and responses to blogs and twitter posts. Where was the use of two-way communication? In a topic of examining media, audience and place in different contexts, it was interesting to see how audiences reacted to this use of “blogging media”, in which most showed only interest in their personal spaces and not breaching out to discover other places in the blogging media world.
This did raise questions of concern…. Was my blog not interesting? Are people only interested in their own blogs? Why aren’t the rest of the class not tweeting? Could other blogger’s engage a more stimulating readership? If one could not initially engage in conversation and/or response (at the least) than how can one create an ongoing connection and engagement with other fellow bloggers?
It seems my attempts at engaging with other audiences were poor, as little response was received. For example, my use of rhetorical questioning, personal opinions on the topics learnt each week, casual discussion, factual information, and my use of videos and links. What could I have done better to retain public readership? Evidently in my tweets, was the lack of personal attachment. Instead of just tweeting what I found was most interesting about each weeks content, I failed to link information from other BCM240 tweeters, which would have lead to the interaction amongst other classmates.
For example, my tweet:
“FANDOM! who is your biggest fan? CHRIS BROWN! See why… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iireqVLqMS0 …#BCM240#BCM2406#CB#celebrity#performer#obsessed#love”
could have included a respective link to an associated classmate, so I would have followed through and discovered information on who there admirable individual was. The effort shows that you are interested and is more likely to attain a response and public readership, not only on one blog but blog posts followed into the future. Although rhetorical questioning, personal opinions, casual discussion, factual information, videos and links are still engaging components of a blog, it is the way we use these aspects to create personal links and connections to other bloggers to generate a more reliable way of attaining communication.
Also discovered through the use of blogging, was the portrayal and observation of one’s personal research, stories and examinations. It was a great way to discover studies and explorations by those of your classmates, in their context and settings. Unlike, the boring reading of journal articles; it was a quick and intriguing way to learn. Unfortunately, what I realised were that many people would view my blog “as I would view others”, yet would fail to leave opinions and comments after their observation. This was evident in my statistics; in particular that on September 24th were 18 people looked at my blog. Did I receive any feedback on the 24th September, not one!
WordPress “Statistics” Example
What I have learnt through this is that although blogging and viewing other’s blogs is a relatively simple activity, we often overlook, disregard and forget to follow through with what would inevitably engage public readership. Linking back to my use of rhetorical questioning, personal opinions etc. aren’t completely ineffective, the process of engaging public readership is what is communicated and acted upon after viewing, observing and reading another’s blog.
Although, there are many negatives to my personal experience of engaging in public readership, there have also been many positives. The broad context provided on media, audience and place and the compulsory homework of “blogging” has enabled me to complete my own research, shape my own opinions and certainly link university work with personal interests. Rather than definite answers, individuals were able to explore and share stories which had the ability to engage public readership, as well as linking to the subject content. Each blog was different, discussed different concepts and offered differentiated information on each topic. For example, the use of video’s, images, links, blog layout, music, text, graphs and titles were all varied.
In conclusion, the use of blogging as a homework tool has enabled me (audience), to use blogging (media) in my own home (place) to explore other’s ideas, thoughts and attitudes (audience), through the same media network (media) in different area’s (places). Inevitably, using media, audience and place to discover more about media, audience and place.
However, the need for public readership and engagement is also an important tool that still need’s to be acknowledged. Fellow classmates and I initially failed to recognise the importance of connection and feedback, until much later in the course. Also, evident in comparing my earlier blog post “Technology, Temptation and Trickeries”, with my latest blog post “Television is All Around Us”. Other blogger’s opinions were not mentioned in “Technology Temptation and Trickeries”, and were mentioned in “Television is all around”. Is academic information sufficient for blogging? Is personal opinion adequate enough? Or do we need to combine academic material, personal opinion and the view of FELLOW BLOGGERS as well? The answer is YES! This is what I’ve learnt about creating an advanced public readership, which could help those in the future wanting to engage in a successful blogging readership.
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