Useful Tips for Social Media Users

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Social media creates a world were anyone can be a journalist. However, it takes effort to be a successful social media user.

Spencer Critchley blogged some useful tips for bloggers and social media users to help make their posts reader friendly and respectable.

It is important to know your point and get to it quickly in order to respect the value of your readers time.

The focus of your post should be strong and the content following should relate. A focused post should be a simple idea that people are interested in.

The post or article should be appealing. It helps when a post or article has an emotional content.
Its important to write about people, actions and physical objects no matter your subject. These engage the imagination and emotions of your readers.

Write in a simple fashion. If you can't say it in a simple way that may indicate you don't understand what your writing well enough.

Focus on nouns and verbs and less on adjectives and adverbs.

Opinions are not facts. Opinions can make personal journalism lively when they are used appropriately. It is essential to know the difference between fact and opinion.

Identify sources so the audience knows where the information came from. That way the audience can judge your information's credibility.

Make sure to check your work for spelling errors and make sure to spell names right.

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KatieSchober March 23, 2011 at 10:20 AM  

I love seeing tips about writing that include the proper ways to use specific parts of speech for the different disciplines people write within. It's great to know that I should focus on nouns and verbs, and less on descriptive parts of speech like adverbs and adjectives. Thanks for the tips, Morgan!

Maddie Boswell March 23, 2011 at 10:29 AM  

I agree with the emotional content. If I see something that looks like a news article on a blog I may not be enticed to read it. Yes, it should be factual, but in my opinion a blog should be more personal and relatable than a story on a news website. This also ties into keeping it simple. Articles will appeal to a greater audience if they are easy to read.

Amanda Hintgen March 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM  

I agree with this because last semester I learned in my communications class that some people refuse to watch certain news stations because they believe that they are biased to their political opinions.

Kelsey Hagelberg March 28, 2011 at 2:44 PM  

This is a very helpful blog for the common blogger. Opinions should be kept to oneself even though that may be a hard thing to do if you are writing about a article that hits close to home.

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