Blogging is something that every college student can do and probably should do because it can help a student advance academically, socially, and in the job seeking department as well. Blogging is free, easy to set, up, and does not have to be complicated or time consuming. This article will focus on showing college students how and why they should blog their way through college.
Setting up a Blog
There are several different blogging platforms that you can set up for free. The two most popular ones are Blogger.com from Google and WordPress.com. They are both easy to set up and have free templates so that you can customize the look of your blog. You can be set up and blogging literally in a matter of minutes; even if you are extra picky about the template and the colors on your blog, it still can all be done fairly quickly. You can also change the look and feel of your blog anytime you want and will not lose the posts you have already written.
When it comes to blogging, you really should be doing it for yourself because it will help you in many different ways. So, do not put undue pressure on yourself, college students have enough pressure without having to add anything else. Do not think of blogging as a burden and then it can really be something you enjoy doing. You will get back what you put into it. Set a time limit on your blogging and a goal of spending maybe 10 minutes writing per week on your blog so that it does not feel like a daunting project. If you have a smart phone or tablet, you can even write while on the go while travelling, or during short breaks in between classes.
What to Blog About and Why
As a student, you have many interesting things to blog about that others will want to read. You may not be aware of it, but you are an authority on many different topics including your school, your major, what college students at your school like to do, and your personal college experience. The entire time you are blogging, you are building your personal reputation online. If you play your cards right, you will have built up a strong enough persona online over the years you have been blogging and it will appeal to potential employers. The posts you write about can include what you learned in class that week or that month. You can write about something of interest that you did in class, or even your favorite professor. Blogging about your dorm life and how things are at your school will be interesting to potential new students and might even get picked up by your school paper or social media channels. You can also write about local businesses and the deals that they offer college students. Fellow students will appreciate reading this and the local businesses will appreciate that you are spreading word of mouth about their business. They might even offer you better discounts as a sort of payment for the advertising on your blog.
In closing, you do not have to start out with a plan for writing a popular blog and is well read by others, but if you enjoy blogging and keep up with it, your blog can give back to you. A great job in your industry can be the reward for your blogging. If your blog does become popular and receives a lot of visitors and readers, you can actually be paid by advertisers and your blog can be a source of income for you while in college and beyond.
About the Author:
Amanda Greene is blogger for RHLdorm stuff. She enjoys sharing college and dorm advice.