Group Blog Analysis

SKINT BUT MINT

The group blog exercise was great fun, but quite a lot more work than I first anticipated. I loved working with the girls, bouncing ideas back and forth. I found working in a team gave the blog such momentum and I enjoyed reading the other girls’ pieces as well as writing my own.

I was the sub-editor for the group. Most days I posted a message from the team, stating the problem for the day and how we intended to solve it. I also edited all the posts. Editing the posts was quite a big job as I wanted to make sure that I caught all the typos and spelling mistakes, but I didn’t want to affect the author’s voice. It was really interesting to read all the posts in such detail. I’m glad this was my role as I don’t think I would have read every post otherwise and then I would have definitely missed out on some great pieces of work.

Coming up with ideas for the content of my posts was tricky at times, I wanted to make them as light-hearted and funny as I could while also giving the best advice and ideas. I really enjoyed doing the recipes and it was great to get comments on those posts.

I tweeted most days from my personal twitter account and I tried to update the group on Facebook as often as I could. Maybe we could have done more on the social media side of things and found more readers, having said that I think we did OK on that side of things.

Maybe in the future - image from edublogawards.com

Overall I was really proud of what we achieved – I think that the blog looks clean and attractive, the layout makes it easy to find what you want. Viktoria did a great job on making the blog look good and she really kept us up to date with the social media side of things.

I don’t really think there’s much I would have changed about my group or the blog. However maybe next time I would have liked to have a clearer idea of what everybody would be doing, as at times the work load seemed to be a little lopsided.

Group Blog

So we have decided upon the subject of our group blog: Student Lifestyle

The group consists of Tatiana, Emma, Emily, Victoria and Me!

Everyday we will think of a problem or issue that the average student may have and we will attempt to solve the problem by writing about places to visit, ways to save cash, cook tasty food and look great!

It will basically be a magazine for students, I suppose mainly female students, but it won’t be very girly and I’m sure that we will get lots of male readers.

Our content will concentrate on 4 key areas: Food – Travel – Lifestyle – Fashion/Beauty and there will be a comment section as well.

Everyday we will post a message from the team, introducing the problem to be solved that day and commenting on any current affairs that will be affecting students.

To complete the assignment we must run live for 2 weeks. I am really excited about the prospect of running an independent online magazine by ourselves, I just know it’s going to be a lot of fun.

There aren’t many similar blogs running at the moment (that I can find anyway) so I hope that this fairly original idea may catch on. The only one we have found that resembles our blog is an American site called Her Campus. Looking at this blog has helped us find some good ideas about how to structure ours and what content to produce.

Now all we have to do is think of a name……..