How and Why You Should Blog While in College

By Amanda Greene

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.

Blogging

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.

How to Grow an Indoor Garden in Your Dorm Room

Dorm rooms notoriously do not have a lot of extra room in them, but you will benefit greatly from using some of that precious space for an indoor garden. Gardening is a great hobby to have, because it is a hobby that comes with health benefits. You can choose to grow a variety of plants, fruits, and vegetables indoors. Growing plants indoors does not have to take up counter space, it can be done in a window sill, you can hang plants, or you can make or purchase wall planters. This article will have advice and info on some of the best plants to have that will grow inside and do not take up a lot of room.

Plants that do Well Indoors

Plants can change the atmosphere in any room. They are known to reduce stress, infuse life into the room, add beauty, and actually purify the air. Hearty plants that do well indoors include:

  • Grape Ivy: Makes a very pretty hanging plant or will work on a trellis or a stake since it is a vine. It requires medium light and thrives in a wide temperature range from 65 – 80 degrees.
  • Fiddleleaf Fig: This is a beautiful and cute looking plant that has leaves that can be shaped as they are growing to ensure that it fits in the space you need it to. Requires medium light and does well in 65 – 75 degrees.
  • English Ivy: This ivy is on the top of NASA’s list of air purifying plants. It also is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors because it does not need a lot of light and is very hearty. Most importantly, a little bit of this plant goes a long way.
  • Philodendron: This is also ivy and is good for hanging or potted on the edge of counter spaces where it can hang over and soften edges, adding to the beauty. Placing this plant up high in out of reach places is often necessary because the leaves cannot be eaten by humans or pets.
  • Aloe Plants: These natural healers grow well in the sunlight. The leaves have healing properties and can help heal and soothe burns and cuts and also acts as a detoxifier. In addition to the healing properties, this small plant works to purify the air which removes bacteria and germs. Less germs and bacteria means less likely chance of getting sick and your body will not be tired from your immune system working overtime.

Fruits and Vegetables that You Can Grow Indoors

Growing some of your own food is healthy for you and for your budget. The fruits and vegetables that you grow in your dorm room are organic and fresh. Growing your own renewable source of food also means a huge savings on your grocery budget.

  • Carrots: These healthy root vegetables can grow in the light of a window. The box should be about a foot and half deep and have a drainage tray underneath.
  • Mushrooms: Fungi are ideal to grow indoors since that actually thrive in dark space and do not need sunlight. They grow well in cool, draft free spaces, so they can be put up high in a cupboard or closet and left alone to spawn.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Two six inch pots planted two weeks apart will give you a constant yield of fresh tomatoes for your salads, sandwiches, or dishes.
  • Alpine Strawberries: Who doesn’t love strawberries? Sweet berries can be a regular staple in your college student diet from summer through mid-Autumn when you grow them in your dorm. They just need a well-lit space to grow.
  • Apricots: Apricots are a great fruit to have available for healthy snacks. They are easy to grow in a sunny window and do not take up a lot of space.

About the Author:

Josh Ferrell is blogger and Brand Manager for Diploma Display. He enjoys sharing tips and ideas for college living.