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blog comments: quick, easy, and important

The whole point of blogs is so that anyone in the world can post their opinions on anything they want, anytime of the day for anyone to see. There are virtually no restrictions or limitations to what one can say, and this can make blogging very complicated and overwhelming. Some find it easy to type out their thoughts and views on the internet for all to see, while others, like me, are somewhat hesistant and restrictive about what to say. I sometimes feel like I am too formal on my blog and need to understand better online blog etiquette. I’m not sure who reads my blog, and I don’t say anything particularily clever or funny that I myself would want to read.

Like any social networking site, such as Facebook or Twitter, whenever someone comments or posts something to our pages, we feel a certain gratification that someone in the world actually cares what we just had for lunch or what movie we are going to see Friday night. Providing other people with your input can be motivation enough to log on and update your different pages. Commenting on other people’s blogs is a quick, easy and important way to be an active social media user.

Blog comments don’t have to be super long or boring. They can be a simple note about how a certain part of an entry made you laugh, or how something caught your eye. It will only reinforce the blogger’s confidence to continue writing in their own, unique style. In return, commenting on blogs can help give you different ideas and approaches for creating your own page. Positive criticism and tips are also great ways to show someone you are genuinely reading what they are writing. Next time to read something that affected you in some way, don’t be afraid to leave a post and let the world know how you feel!

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Where’s the social in social media?

I had no idea how many people blog on the internet. Before writing this post, I searched article upon article on topics I didn’t even know existed. It seems that social media really is dominating our lives and the way people connect. I find it all kind of overwhelming, with so many different blog sites and topics to write about. Where does one even start opening up their thoughts to the internet? This is one of the main reasons I don’t blog, aside from following my friends on Facebook. I also don’t have the time or passion to come up with creative messages for others to read. I would much rather meet face-to-face with people than through a computer screen, which raises an interesting question: when has social media gone too far?

When searching for a blog related to public relations, I came across a post about a new social media site in Belgium for babies that are both born and unborn. Weird, right? I found it slightly disturbing and unnecessary that parents would put their unborn child on the internet when they haven’t even taken their first steps. When did it become normal for a child to have an online identity before they even have a sex or a name?

The more I hear about these crazy new websites, it makes me wonder what happened to good old-fashioned relationships. Social networking is obviously growing at an unstoppable rate, and is an excellent tool for connecting people and releasing information, but it shouldn’t be replacing the personal aspect of life.

“Public relations” appears to be changing more into “impersonal relations” with the spread of social media. I decided to major in public relations because I enjoy being a leader, making decisions, and most of all, working with people. Not working with people via the internet and through blogs 24/7, but actually physically meeting with others to discuss business. I think having somewhat of an emotional connection with someone is vital in creating a strong relationship. So until the world is completely managed on the internet, I am happy with not being as tech-savvy as others.

courtesy of http://thelastman.wordpress.com/

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