Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Incredible Shrinking World

I was sleepily perusing Facebook this morning while drinking my first cup of coffee for the day.  An old friend of mine from Michigan posted a link to an NPR sound clip titled Stop Me Before I Facebook, about a software that Mac users can download to prevent themselves from getting to social media sites.  Lo and behold, a familiar voice!  It’s my blogging instructor, Kathy Gill, talking about why social media is so addicting. 

Is it just me, or is digital media shrinking the world? :)


The Seattle Do-Gooder

My final project, a blog called The Seattle Do-Gooder, is complete.  Since starting the blog a month ago, I’ve:

  • Made eight blog posts;
  • Started a Twitter account specifically for this blog;
  • Included a blogroll of other Do-Gooder blogs; and
  • Attempted to reach out to other bloggers including Britt Bravo (Have Fun, Do Good) and Laura Miller (Secret Agent L). 

As much as I’d like to continue blogging at The Seattle Do-Gooder, it’s likely I won’t have the time once this class is over.  It’s been a great learning experience and it’s definitely something I can add to my professional portfolio.

Best of luck to everyone and Happy Holidays!

Don’t Be a Twit, Get Twitter

In the few short months that I’ve been blogging, one thing has become abundantly clear to me – bloggers must use Twitter.  I was terribly reluctant to start a Twitter account, and now I can’t imagine blogging without one. 

First of all, Twitter drives traffic to your blog.  I have 400% more page views since opening my Twitter account.  This isn’t a fluke.  According to Technorati’s 2010 State of the Blogosphere, 88% of pro-bloggers are using Twitter to promote their sites and market their businesses.  Their survey found that Twitter takes the cake when it comes to driving traffic to blogs.  Here’s how other tactics compare:
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Who Can We Trust, Really?

In looking over the reading reflections for this week, one theme stood out to me: The public has lost trust in journalism and much of this is because mainstream news media is owned by money-hungry corporate conglomerates.

Jeannie tied the readings together really well. She quotes Skoler, when he says there has been “…a steep drop in public trust in journalism,” and explains how this started with large-scale mergers of media companies in the 1980’s.  We stopped trusting them when they started to change their business models to maximize profits.  This directly links back to Bagdikian, who blames major media and their “need to satisfy the major sources of their income, corporate advertising.”    Continue reading

Text 2 Donate Reflection

Thanks to everyone for your support in listening to my presentation.  I’ve never really been one to talk in front of a group.  I much prefer one-on-one conversation, but it wasn’t so bad!  

Although Text 2 Donate is an easy and convenient way for many to send quick and instant donations, it’s not necessarily what’s best for the non-profit you’re donating to.  As you saw from the presentation, it’s very expensive for the non-profit to implement and use.  In fact, it’s not even feasible for many smaller non-profits like the one I work for.
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