By Jennifer Mogensen
Is it just me or are other students hopelessly lost in this weird world of blogging?
The initial blog assignment was to limit our blogs to 250 words and a maximum of five paragraphs. We stressed the importance of keeping the reader interested. While relevance was key, the amount of links were supposed to be kept to a minimum.
The topic was journalism, anything related to journalism, or anything relevant to the class.
We spent an hour and 20 minutes discussing adjectives, adverbs and cliches. We focused on how to eliminate them when they proved cumbersome and where to add them in order to bring depth to a story. We spoke in detail about making each word count. The economy of words, a writer’s toolbox. We spoke on staying on task; focus.
I felt my last blog was on point covering the topic of bias in journalism. It is a relevant and hot topic in our chosen field of study. Yet, the comments I received on my post wanted me to delve deeper into the restaurants that I have worked in.
What was the relevance? My individual restaurant experience was not on topic or even directly related to the blog.
I thought tangents were to be avoided, especially if they added nothing of value to the post.
Does anyone out there have a better grasp on this? It all seems a bit arbitrary to me.