Not long ago, it was pretty tough for creative collegiettes™ to show off their skills. Budding poets could show off a few verses in their school literary magazines and artists could submit a few pieces to local galleries—but overall, creativity was a dorm room affair.
Now, things are different. Now, collegiettes™ who spend their time writing or illustrating or shooting photos have an easy way to show their work to the world - and it’s as simple as a few clicks.
We’re talking, of course, about blogs. They’re arguably the easiest and most effective way to show off your creative skills for the world.
But how can you make sure your blog actually gets read, instead of sitting in the dusty corners of cyberspace? Read on for tips from two established bloggers—one in writing and editing, one in design—to find out how to join the blogo sphere successfully.
1. Pick ONE topic and stick to it.
It’s easy when you realize you want to start a blog to let your vision get too broad. After all, most collegiettes™have tons of varied interests and skills. But your blog will flounder if you try to post about everything.
HC Design Intern Carrie Morris, who blogs about illustration and design at Cupcake Shape, says blogging about the one topic she’s mostinterested in has made her site stronger.“If you are passionate about something, it’ll come across in your writing and other people who like the same things will follow you,” she says.
Lindsay Tigar, an associate editor at an online magazine in New York City who blogs about love and relationships at “Confessions of a Love Addict”, says it’s important to choose a topic with some relevance to the career or goal you’re chasing. “We may all be a jack of all trades and experts at nothing, but that doesn’t mean we should write about it all,” Lindsay says. “If you’re an aspiring magazine editor/writer, pick a topic that could help you with clips. For example, if you want to write about food for a food mag, write a food blog.”
Whether it’s travel, crafting, fashion or art, everyone has one interest that trumps all the others. What do you love more than anything else? What could you talk about all day without running out of things to say? Whatever it is, that’s what your blog should be about.