Today is officially my one-year anniversary writing this blog! Woo hoo!! Click here to read my first blog post.
This is a good time to reflect on my goals and what I have accomplished since establishing this blog.
When I first started Afterglow, I had three main goals:
- To improve my writing skills.
- To increase my professional network and promote a positive online image.
- To learn more about my field of communication (PR, Social Media) and practice critical thinking.
I have certainly been able to achieve the above goals and more. Having my own website and blog has invited the interest and respect of other students, teachers, friends and professionals. I have created bonds with several of my peers who wrote guest posts for Afterglow. I have impressed professionals and possible employers because it is still fairly unique to write a blog, even for professionals in my field. For those reasons, this blog has proved to be an effective networking tool (in-person and online).
As far as my writing skills go, I am not the best judge of whether or not I have improved. What I do know, is that I been able to express my ideas more quickly (in part by my life which has become so busy!). Now, I can whip up a blog post in 20 minutes, no biggie, whereas the first blog posts could take an hour or so.
Last but not least, I have thoroughly enjoyed staying engaged critically with content from my coursework. This blog has also helped me stay hungry for new and additional information to what I receive in my classed and internships. Tweet chats are a great example of a resource that I have tapped into – one that is very useful, but certainly “self-directed” and outside of the classroom.
And now my favorite part: New Goals!
In the next year, I hope to focus on the following:
- Increase traffic to my blog and engage with other bloggers more often.
- Expand on the topics that I write about, and challenge myself to do more research for blog posts.
- Re-incorporate outside contributors to the blog by inviting guest writers and posting interviews.
I am so proud that I was able to keep up with this blog for a year. Especially considering the fact that I have been uber busy in college, I give myself a GIANT pat on the back for sticking through. This is my baby. And now it’s about to walk. Bring on the child-proofing.
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