Dear Future Bloggers:

Not really. I was kind of forced to do this, but oh well!

As a part of the ever so wonderful Comm 240 class, you are responsible for creating and maintaining blog posts on your very own website! Does this idea seem terrible to you?

I understand. It seemed horrible to me at first. So how do you combat this negative attitude?

Suck it up and just write something. It’s that easy.

Yeah, really!

 

My greatest piece of advice to new bloggers is to just begin writing. Once you physically sit down to write your post, the content will flow and each time after time, it will be easier and easier to ramble on and on-kind of like I just did, right?

Each post has a prompt provided, so try brainstorming on paper before you put your ideas into the blog form. It will often help to plan out your blog on a piece of paper, so the visual is there.  Do a little bit of research before hand if you don’t really know what you are talking about. Use interviews with friends or experts for content material, and get creative with your resources or information you present. You may not be blogging that often, but when you do, make it worthwhile.

Speaking of visuals, you are going to need those too. Use several different multimedia elements such as pictures, videos, hyperlinks, etc to make your blog interesting.

You will begin to develop a writing style (whether you realize it or not), and with each blog you write, it will become easier and enjoyable.

Finally, remember to have fun! If your content is interesting, and you enjoy what you are writing about, it really won’t be that bad of a process to go through. Just remember that your blog will be an actual physical website, that anyone throughout the world has access to. So, be careful about what you post, and keep your content somewhat professional. Check out other people’s blogs for some more tips! Good luck and have fun!

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Thousands of People Paid $10 for “Lucky Cactus” App

Lucky Cactus App

It’s a joke, right?

The Lucky Cactus app is a phenomenon that has recently become famous not only in the app store, but throughout the nation, taking social media by storm.

Here is how it is supposed to work:

For $9.99, Viewers who download the app are presented with a simple screen showing an animated cactus, as shown in the image above. All one must do is simply tap the screen, and good luck will come upon them (supposedly).

Here is the description featured on the app store:

“What is the Lucky Cactus?
It is a state of mind
Tap it.
It may or may not give you luck
Tap it.
Maybe it will
Tap it.
Money, love, power, whatever you want
Tap it.
Maybe it could all be yours”

Now, I am a generally unlucky person, so my friends decided to be humorous and clever and recommend that I download the app.  So to humor them, I did (the free version, of course).

Obviously, I didn’t encounter any really significant events that would show the app works, or anything like that. So it just leaves me confused and wondering. What’s the point? Is is a joke? Do people actually believe? I’m not sure.

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What I do know, however, is that the app is gaining some pretty prominent publicity through social media. Facebook, Instagram, and sites like Tumblr are filled with thousands of people talking about the app. Numerous articles have been written discussing the app’s increasing popularity and mystery, and it has also been featured on several different news features. Most prominently, however, is the app’s Twitter account. With over five thousand followers, the app’s Twitter site is buzzing with positive reviews (whether or not any of them are real, I’m not sure).

If you are as confused or interested as I am, you can check out more about this app here.

Scott’s New Box Office Premier Receives Rave Reviews

So last Sunday, my friends wanted to go see the new Matt Damon movie everyone is talking about. I’m not really a fan of Sci-Fi films, but I like my friends and I like going to movies, so I tagged along. I was impressed and intrigued.

So was Richard Roeper, a contributor to the entertainment section of the Chicago Sun-Times. Roeper gave an overall positive and informative review of the movie, starting off with a brief summary (without giving away too many spoilers, of course).

In case you were wondering, here is a brief summary by IMBD:

“During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.”

Roeper then proceeded to applaud the cast members as well as the production crew. He stated that the effects and visual appeals were stunning, and posted a high standard to follow.

You can check out Roeper’s entire critique here.

Roeper’s critique provided some pretty good PR on all sides, too. By promoting and applauding the cast members (individually and as a group), the director, author of the book, and crew and production team, Roeper increased the positive publicity the individuals receive. He additionally promotes the movie and states how it can appeal to a multitude of different audiences and movie-goers. This allows the movie’s overall target audience and publics to be expanded.

So, whether you like Sci-Fi movies or comedies, or even adventurous thrillers,I highly suggest going to check out Scott’s movie in theaters. Because who doesn’t love Matt Damon, right? I mean apparently America really does.

“Back to the Future” Day: 5 PR Lessons

Everywhere throughout my social media content, I have found one commonality in content. Today is October 21st, 2015. What’s the significance? “Back to the Future” Day, of course. Today’s date is the day the time travelers in the popular eighties movie traveled to. When the movie was originally released, viewers were in awe at the futuristic imaginative ideas such as the hover board, that they paid no attention to the date. Now that it has finally arrived, everyone gets interested.

Yonaton Sredni, a contributor to Ragan’s PR Daily, shares five PR lessons that the popular movie has taught him throughout the years. Check out his post here!

In no particular order, here they are:

  1. Don’t go overboard.
    Marty may get a little carried away in chasing his dream, and it sometimes got in his way. While ambition is valuable, keep it simple. Simplicity is often much more appealing than overbearing content.
  2. Don’t forget who your friends are.
    Doc and Marty have a strong friendship. Their personal and professional relationship allows them to achieve something great. This is a somewhat relevant example of networking. Working with clients, customers, management, and other professionals is key in being a relevant public relations professional.
  3. “Don’t be a slacker”
    These are the words Marty’s father says to him more than once. It just so happens that he gives some very good advice here. It may be obvious, but hard work is one of the most important elements in not only public relations, but life in general.
  4. “Nobody calls me chicken”
    Marty’s response to some criticism gets a little heated here, showing us what not to do. In times of criticism or pressuring, harsh review, it can be easy to let emotions take over. But remember, keep it cool, calm, and professional.
  5. You can accomplish anything you put your mind to.
    Apparently even crazy/impossible feats such as time travel.

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Stay connected though!

It’s easy!

Still not convinced?

I am!

My Social Media Lineup

It’s inevitable. Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I reach for is my smartphone. Social media apps make up about 80% of my phone’s content (since I am just a stereotypical teenager).

Check out my social media lineup:

I have been meaning to create a Twitter account for the past few years, and for some reason have never gotten around to it until last month. What I like about Twitter is the real-time ability to stay connected. You choose who and what you follow, so you choose what you see.

Facebook is the site that everyone has been using since junior high, and everyone continues to use as time goes on. For me, Facebook is a way to stay connected to my older friends and family back home. I think that the site works well since it is accessible to all types of user (because let’s face it, how many of us have a grandmother who uses Facebook?)

Instagram is easily my favorite social media site. I do not post pictures that frequently, but I love that I am able to get a glimpse into the lives of others I follow. Additionally, if you follow Instagram’s page, there are some very cool photography pieces that they feature every couple of days. The only thing that I would change about Instagram to improve it, would be the profile building. Facebook, Twitter, and other sites have a more accelerated, multifunctional profile page that Insta lacks.

Finally, there’s Snapchat. It is one of those apps where it is hard to explain the point or use, you just have to try it out. I was skeptical before downloading Snapchat for the first time, because I didn’t understand the point of instant messaging people using pictures. Now, I can’t go a single day without using Snapchat. I like being able to see what people are doing, or simply seeing their face without having to video chat.

Comments

(a running list of comment posts)
  1. Top 10 Celebrities with Great PR Teams!- Katherine B
    See post here. Comment posted on September 17th, 2015.
    “I love the formatting of this blog post (and your entire blog in general). It is very easy to follow and actually captivates attention. Also a very creative idea for a top ten list, I never would’ve thought of that. Using the celebrities to link us to the topic of public relations was a very cool idea!”
  2. How Social Media Sites Allow me to Stay in Touch with My Loved Ones- Sergio G
    See post here. Comment posted on September 30th, 2015.
    “I also use almost every social media app that you do, except the Whatsapp! I like that you use social media to stay connected with your loved ones. I definitely agree with you that social media sites are one of the best ways to stay connected and keep updated with family (even through my family is a lot closer to me than yours is!)”
  3. Burd’s Tweet Challenge- Katie B
    See Post Here. Posted on October 7th, 2015.
    “Nice post! I love all of the pictures you chose, especially the last one that you took in the Beehive! Using photos in almost all of the Tweets makes them more interesting and engaging, and I think you did a great job of achieving that.”
  4. 10 Best Public Relations Jobs- Q
    See Post Here. Posted on October 21st, 2015.
    “Even though it is one of the older ones, I really liked this post! I found it to be very helpful and interesting. I guess I never really realized how many options there are when it comes to a job in PR. I also really like the overall format and design of all of your posts!”
  5. Internships- Q. See the post Here.
    “I think this was seriously one of the best posts I have ever seen in this class! I really like the visual components you used, and how you listed and described each aspect of the internship categories. ” Posted October 28th 2015.
  6. Communication and Interviews-Angela C. See the post Here.
    “I really liked reading this post, because your point is so valid! I have had three long term jobs, and have gotten them all through strong communication and interview skills. I feel much more confident than I used to when it came to interviews, and I think that is so important. Good post!” Posted November 11, 2015.
  7. Shut your yik yak- Kat. See post here.Posted on November 19th, 2015. “Thank you for literally putting all of my thoughts about Yik Yak into actual words! I seriously agree with everything you said here, and I also find it extremely entertaining how people think that their major life problems will somehow be solved by posting anonymously on a social media app. Good post!”