If I am to be honest although I had obviously heard of blogs, I wasn’t really sure what they were and what purpose they served, and I had never actually posted one until I started this module. So, what is a blog? After some brief online research, I found this informative definition on the WordPress website:
‘Blog is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order’ (WordPress, 2022).
After some further research on blog writing styles, I logged on to the University of Brighton ‘Blog network’ and the rest is history!
Now I have written regular blogs of my own I now have a far better understanding of the concept and I would like to take this opportunity to share my findings with you today.
How blogging has influenced my learning
Blogging and reading the blogs of others during the current semester has significantly impacted my understanding of taught themes. Basically, blogging and sharing your research and thoughts and opinions with others can be regarded as a form of open education practice. Indeed, an interesting blog that I found yesterday defines open education practice as:
‘Open educational practices (OEP) is a broad descriptor of practices that include the creation, use, and reuse of open educational resources (OER) as well as open pedagogies and open sharing of teaching practices’ (Cronin, 2017).
I would like to share this blog with you now: http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/3096/4301 .
So, how has writing and reading blogs actually helped me academically?
Well, to begin with writing blogs has allowed me to develop my writing practices. Blogs need to be able to grab the attention of the reader from the outset and them keep them engaged throughout the post otherwise at the click of a mouse they are gone. Effectively this has meant that I have had to learn to write more concisely and get to the point more quickly and I have also developed the ability to vary my ‘writing voice’ and tone to suit the topic of the blog that I am writing at the time.
Blogging has also allowed me to think out loud and develop my reflective practices. For example, I recently posted the following reflective post so that I could both reflect on my own professional practice and also share my reflection with my peers in the hope that I would receive support, feedback and maybe even some guidance:
Please visit https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/sophielucas/2022/01/12/shein-the-importance-of-trust/ to read the whole post.
Blogging has also allowed me to begin to establish my identity as an academic scholar and to start building an online portfolio containing evidence of my digital marketing practices. Indeed, it has even provided a medium for me to submit part of this assignment!
Finally blogging has helped me to connect with like-minded peers and has given me a sense of community which is a concept more formerly known as networked scholarship:
…networked scholarship may enact Boyer’s initial aim of broadening scholarship itself through fostering extensive cross-disciplinary, public ties and rewarding connection, collaboration, and curation between individuals rather than roles or institutions. (IRRODL, 2015).
Therefore, we can now see the importance of blogging in academic study must not be underestimated, and they have become an essential element of university life. For further reading on the importance of blogging in education I would like to recommend that you visit the following websites:
How blogging could help me in my intended future role as a digital marketing professional.
In my opinion blogging has many important roles to play when developing an effective digital marketing strategy:
Attracting new customers. With the correct SEO strategies blogging can be used to drive traffic to your website and generate new business leads. Regular blogs using new keywords can actually enhance SEO as search engines such as Google are set up to crawl website and index any new content that they find.
Maintaining marketing strategy/organizing content. Nowadays advertising your products and services online has become more difficult because of the intense competition. Correctly written, blogs can be used to intrigue customers and deliver multimedia presentations of your business to customers such as promotional videos, interviews and podcasts.
Promoting trust/credibility. In my opinion, people generally tend to trust the written information that they come across on the Internet as long as it appears to be accurate and is well-presented. Therefore, a well-structured blog which includes meaningful and accurate content, and which encourages discussion and knowledge sharing can be used be used to promote trust and credibility for your brand amongst potential customers.
Promoting products and services. According to digital marketing consultants Prism Global Marketing Solutions ‘research shows that around 80% of companies prefer to have an advertisement in the form of a series of articles instead of the traditional “buy now” agenda’ (Prism Global, 2022). Therefore, I think that a succession of well-structured blogs is now the best way for a business to promote its products and services.
Promoting community spirit. Sharing your blogs on social media platforms will reach a far wider audience and will also build a community around your posts and therefore your business organization which in turn will bring in new customers.
Therefore, we can now also see that the importance of blogging in today’s digital marketplace must not be underestimated, and they have become an essential element of a business organizations marketing strategy. For further reading on the importance of blogging in digital marketing I would like to recommend that you visit the following websites:
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IRRODL, 2015. ‘In abundance: Networked participatory practices as scholarship’ [online]. Available at: http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/2158 [accessed 10 Jan 2022].
Prism Global, 2022. ‘6 Reasons Why Blogging Is Essential for Your Business’ [online]. Available at: https://www.prismglobalmarketing.com/blog/6-reasons-why-blogging-is-important-to-your-brand [accessed 15 Jan 2022].
WordPress, 2022. ‘Introduction to Blogging’ [online]. Available at: https://wordpress.org/support/article/introduction-to-blogging/ [accessed 10 Jan 2022].