Posts Tagged ‘ blogging ’

Blogs: Useful in many ways

After looking at several blogs the past few months, I have come to realize how useful blogs can be for many different outlets. While some serve as online diaries, others discuss various forms of entertainment or, as in this particular case, some inform readers of specific types of news.

After looking at a few different recommended public relations blogs, I found myself gravitating toward PRNewser and Brian Solis’ blog. Both these blogs informed readers of important pieces of news to note in the field.

Another thing I appreciated about these two blogs in particular is their use of tags. As blogs delivering news, both refer to other news sites or previous blog posts–and tag frequently for the convenience of readers.

While Brian Solis’ blog focuses on many different topics, I was particularly struck with his thoughts on social media. In one post, he talks about the importance of planning in regards to use of social media. He argues that not planning ahead will result in failure, and that social media includes a lot more than just Facebook and Twitter.

Another post I particularly enjoyed included several pie charts exploring the demographics of Facebook and Twitter users. I was not surprised to see that most users on both Facebook and Twitter are young, or that the majority of them do not have children at home; however, I was surprised by how many users on both sites have higher education. These charts were both interesting and informative, and got me thinking more about both social networking sites.

PRNewser focuses more on mainstream news, but also talks about ties between the news and social media. One article I found interesting looked into PR’s role in the recent Tunisian presidential scandal. Protests that led their president to flee the country have been organized and publicized through social media, proving to me just how interconnected PR, news and social media are.

I found the PRNewser blog to be easy to read and relevant to my major and interests. One post looks into the audio industry’s slow recovery after an incredible decline, while another explains how the Golden Globes have been sued by its former publicists. Even if the topics would not normally be of interest to me, I really appreciate how PRNewser ties PR and news together in a straightforward fashion.

Both blogs were useful to me and my special interest in news and public relations. Even though they have their differences, both effectively get the message across and left me well-informed.

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Something old, something new

 

A few nights ago I sat down to watch “Julie & Julia” for the first time, hoping it would live up to the praise that many of my friends and family gave it. Within the first ten minutes, I had my answer.

Amy Adams and Meryl Streep play Julie Powell and Julia Child, respectively. Powell, in a sort of rut in her career, decides to cook her way through over 500 recipes contained in Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in a year while writing a blog about it.

This plotline is interwoven with a story that took place over 50 years later: how Child became a world-famous cook.  The many similarities of these two women’s lives are cleverly captured in the film: less-than-satisfying original jobs, friends they can lean on and supportive husbands.

Aside from the fact that I respect both Adams and Streep’s work as actresses, the movie was well written, with a good supporting cast. Add the fact that I love food and am writing a blog of my own and you get a movie I was bound to love.

Since I didn’t know much about Child before watching “Julie & Julia”, I was pleasantly surprised with the bubbly, optimistic character I grew to love in just a couple hours. Once she set her mind on learning how to cook, she simply did not take no for an answer. I found myself laughing as she whizzed past the men in her cooking class that was supposed to be for professionals only.

I also found the growling in my stomach to grow louder as the movie progressed, but that’s a whole different story.

Throughout the movie I felt that I could relate to Powell’s excitement as she set up her blog and began her whirlwind adventure of cooking and writing. I appreciate her perseverance: she kept writing while she was unsure if anyone read her blog because it was important to her. It wasn’t helping her career—or her marriage, for that matter—but she stuck it out because she was determined to accomplish her goal. And that is something that everyone, non-writers aside, can admire.