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The Pros of Blogging in College

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Blogging in college is a fun way to get writing experience.

Blogging in college is a fun way to get writing experience.

These days, it seems like everyone has a blog, whether it be a Mom blogging her way through a cookbook or a well-known journalist writing about the civil war in Syria, a blog can be both informative and entertaining. But with all those blogs floating around, it may seem like sending your own thoughts into the ether is hardly worth it. That couldn't be further from the truth.

In March, my communications professor lectured our class about the pros of blogging and assigned each of us to create a blog and post regularly for 15 percent of our final grade. While I saw this only as an assignment at first, I found (and still find) myself regularly posting to my blog weeks after final grades were submitted.

The key to blogging in college is to pick an angle that will set you apart from the other blogs, particularly other college blogs. For example, my true passion in this world is television: dramas, comedies, mini-series, and even though I rarely admit it, I tend to dabble in reality programs from time to time. With that in mind, I decided to entitle my blog, "The Looking Glass", a reference to my favorite Lost episode (which is, in itself, a reference to the canonical Lewis Carroll novel). My posts vary from critical reviews of shows to television news.

With four months of blogging under my belt, I am confident that my archive of posts has accompanied my communication and journalism classes, and has proven to my professors how dedicated I am to my future career.

You may be thinking to yourself, "But Rob, I'm not pursing a career in communication, so what are the pros of blogging for me?" Well, like I said earlier, you have to put a spin on your blog. If you're studying political science, you could blog about how the current political climate and current events are affecting the college population. If you're thinking of going into business, pick up the Wall Street Journal every day and blog your reaction to the ever-changing stock market. The options are limitless.

If you're unsure on where to begin your journey into the blogosphere, check out the free templates offered by sites like Wordpress and Blogspot. At first, you won't really have any page views, but don't get discouraged! In the web-centric world we live in, it is so easy to copy and paste your blog's URL to all of your social media outlets, allowing your friends to view your work. Moreover, I have found that posting my blog to thought-sharing sites like Reddit is a great way to get hits and receive feedback from people across the world.

And in four year's time when you receive your diploma, you will be so grateful to have a comprehensive, linear account of your college experience. It should make up for those embarrassing pictures your future children will find on your Facebook account.

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