Before I get started I just have to say one thing to all the people that I see sharing/liking pictures saying ‘for every like this picture gets Facebook will donate $1 towards medical care for this child”. Just don’t. & if you did then you’re an idiot and we are no longer friends on Facebook. Read this article for more information about dumb Facebook hoaxes. [End of Rant]
We live in a time where we have the ability to make contributions to international charities with great ease. Most major charities have websites and a direct link that allows you to make a credit card donation. This increased accessibility allows these charities to raise more money than ever before, but there are risks involved. Many people achieve satisfaction of making a donation online without having to go out into the community to make a difference and offer their time. Is there a difference in the satisfaction received from a few clicks and a small $ donation added to your credit card statement versus time and effort being put into the community and being a witness to the value of your contribution? I can’t say that I am not one of those people who makes online donations, because I do. It’s a quick and easy, good deed for the day, feeling like I’ve helped someone and then I go about my business and back to focusing on what work needs to be done in my life and put my time and effort towards that. I have experienced the other side as well, donating my time to homeless shelters and organizations such as ‘Feed the Hungry‘. The food was much appreciated but also was the company and interaction, which is lacking from online donations. So from my personal experience, I can say that I felt a lot better driving home after serving food to the less fortunate than I did after I donated to my fiance’s Movember account. I am not saying that online charities are bad, really anything is better than nothing right? I’m just comparing the two.
I think that online charities take away from charitable actions because people have the ability to make a financial contribution in a matter of minutes. How much more valuable would time and physical work be over a donation? What does that $10, $20, or $50 go towards? I also have to mention the large amount of scams that have risen online, people setting up fake charities and taking advantage of other people’s misfortune as a way to con people into giving them money and thinking that it is going towards helping a certain cause when it actually is not.
Obviously we can avoid that by using certain sites that are protected and have strong credibility. So if donating online is something that you are involved in then be sure to do your research and know where your money is going and what it is being used for. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has up-to-date information on false charities and includes warning signs and advice on protecting yourself and your money when making donations.
What started as Nek Nomination turned into RAK Nomination and now it’s No Makeup Nomination. Nek nominations involved an online drinking game where individuals post a video of themselves consuming alcohol and then nominate certain friends to do the same. Cool people (like me) joined in on a different type of nomination called RAK Nominations (Random Acts of Kindness). Click here to see my video.
Now I see on Facebook friends participating in this No Makeup Nomination. To each their own, I’m just not that into it. Some of the pictures I see it’s totally obvious that they are wearing makeup and others they may be wearing no makeup but the filter they applied to their photo is basically the same thing as wearing makeup.
A family member showed me a couple funny memes regarding this whole No Makeup Nomination trend.
Personally, the whole no makeup nomination doesn’t really excite me that much. I just googled it and there’s a link to a post that claims the whole thing is for raising awareness for cancer. If I didn’t know what I can assume there are many others who didn’t know that either so how is it raising awareness for cancer. I thought it had to do with self love….
Another article talks about men taking selfies of them wearing makeup as a way to raise awareness for cancer. This is an evolving trend these ‘nomination’ things. I really enjoyed the RAK Nomination. It was nice watching other people’s videos of their RAK Nominations. One of the two people I nominated actually carried it out and performed a Random Act of Kindness. I feel that that the RAK Nominations really did make a difference, where as for the No Makeup, Men wearing makeup, and especially for the Nek Nominations I don’t see how it’s making a real difference in society.
Another blogger wrote a post about how the No Makeup Nominations aren’t raising awareness for cancer but she lists ways that you can raise cancer awareness.
So now it’s time for comments. C’mon people tell me what you think? I wanna know!
So for the past couple weeks I have been trying to increase traffic on my blog and I haven’t experienced much success. Today I am choosing to write about what makes a ‘popular blog’ popular. From analyzing the most popular blogs on Technorati’s Top 100 Blogs List I have created a list of ways that I think will make a blog more popular.
Target a variety of people.
For example, the Huffington Post has 6 main categories and over 50 sub-categories. The site is published to accommodate 10 different regions and the information and language is relevant to each specific region. For example, today in the US edition the front page story is different from the España edition. The US editions front page story is about politics and the military (find here), where the España edition’s front page story is about foreign tourism falling in Spain’s capital city (find here).
Post multiple times per day.
Every day when you check BuzzFeed‘s website you will see new information. They post all day and every day; never taking a day off. The mass amount of posts on BuzzFeed makes it easy to spend a lot of time surfing around the site. Also, BuzzFeed’s posts are mostly short and contain lists and lots of memes, gifs, and pictures. I can rationalize reading one of their posts during my day, even when busy, because they are short and to the point.
Have links that stand out and grab people’s attention.
BuzzFeed has ‘Buzz Words’ ex. LOL, win, omg, cute, trashy, fail, and wtf. This makes it easy for people to browse the type of information they are in the mood for.
Post useful information.
The Verge has a category for posts about product comparisons and reviews for software and products. This way people feel that their browsing on your site is productive and it is a learning experience, not just for entertainment.
Have more than just one writer.
All of the blogs on the top 100 list have multiple contributors. Get a group together and create a blog; different people can post on different subjects. Have a place where your followers can send you links to interesting information they found that you could include in your blog.
Write interesting titles that will catch people’s attention & post about things that people will want to read.
Ex. 17 Easy Ways To Be Insanely Productive or 29 Dogs You Won’t Believe Actually Exist These titles create curiosity in people and are the reason people will read your post. Cosmopolitan is really good at titles that you can’t NOT read up on. For example on Facebook they wrote this: Here’s how Jennifer Lawrence is about to make history (link).
Each ‘popular blog’ offers something a little different than the next. Being a copycat won’t make you popular.
Use different platforms to communicate with people
This will allow you to connect with more people and increase public awareness of your blog. Posting to Pinterest allows followers to choose which categories they would like to receive posts about. This is a great way to keep followers because they will not be turned off by posts about topics they are not interested in.
Thanks for reading my blog! I hope this information was helpful to you and if you have anything to add please comment below!!
So proud of my country right now!! Now boys, it’s your time! Let’s go!!
For this blog I am comparing the Cosmopolitan magazine to their online equivalent. It’s been a while since I have read the magazine; I kind of forgot what the experience was like.
Here’s a list of some of the differences I noticed:
- In the magazine I had to search for the information I was interested in, flipping through many things I had no interest in.
- Online it was easy to access my desired material
- I have to mention the cost… The magazine was $5.24 whereas the online experience was free
- The magazine has a more classy feel
- Reading online was more blunt and not ‘censored’
- The products being advertised in the magazine feel out of reach; like it would require a lot of effort to find &/ purchase
- Online the product information was a click away, if wanted I had the option of purchasing online, not having to leave the house
- The magazine was composed of personal stories, articles about celebrities, and information about how to have beautiful hair or skin, to me these didn’t give me that instant gratification that I want
- Online there were articles related to the internet, for example:
Revenge Porn Sites
Amazing Woman Confronts Her Alleged Rapist on YouTube
- There were also hashtags and memes online
- While reading the magazine, I am distracted by all of the words, ads, and other content. Online I am able to relax and focus on what I want to read
- Also online I can easily research the information, there are links to similar articles, I can quickly search something I am curious about and I can also read other peoples comments.
- The comments online seem more real and less staged than the ones in the magazine, which have obviously been read over and edited.
- Online I can bookmark the information I want to keep, in the magazine I would have to rip the page out, but what if there was something on the other page that I wanted too or it has other information that I don’t want?
- By accessing the information online I can organize it to my liking.
So what to make of this.. Yes the medium most definitely affects the message. I am an impatient person; the magazine does not suit me. I prefer the online version of Cosmopolitan. I feel that I can relate more to the content offered online.
Hello, my name is Paige! I want to welcome you to my first ever blog. I am so excited that you are here! I spent a lot of time thinking of something to blog about. I read many articles about blog topics/themes and still didn’t know what to write about. I was thinking to myself… What am I really good at? Cooking–No. Technology–No. Fitness–No. Any hobbies? Not really. So, I still have nothing.
Finally, today, a lightbulb turned on in my head! I was checking something off of my to do list for the day and one of the last things on there was ‘post on blog’. I love making lists; I have lists for everything! It’s something I am really good at, so why not embrace my wonderful talent and passion and just make more lists!
Before I start I want to show you the oldest list I still have in my possession, written when I was 6 years old (I really have been writing lists my entire life):
So here it goes… 33 things about me
- Paige actually isn’t my first name, it’s my middle name
- Rylee is my first name
- When I was 12 I decided I wanted everyone to call me by my middle name because it was a girl’s name and Rylee was a “boy’s name”
- My nickname is P or PB
- I am 22
- I have a chocolate lab named Lucy, who thinks she is about 50 pounds lighter than she actually is (she’s passed out on my lap snoring at the moment)
- Recently I found out that Lucy is allergic to house dust and many other things I have little control over
- From the time I started talking until I was about 6 I had an accent; we don’t know where it came from or what it was but I had my own way of saying things
- This summer I got engaged!
- When we get married my initials will be PP
- My fiancé just had surgery on his shoulder and three weeks ago broke his foot
- I just gave him 2 percocets to knock him out for a few hours so that I could write this post (kidding but not kidding)
*Update: It worked*
- I love A&W root beer
- I went backpacking through Thailand this summer
- While in Thailand I fell in love with scuba diving
- I am now an Advanced Open Water Diver through SSI, which means I can dive anywhere in the world up to 30 meters
- I love grilled cheese sandwiches
- I am taking Child Studies at Mount Royal University
- I drive a baby blue Nissan Versa (this girl drives standard)
- Although I don’t play any sports I have two Calgary Flames jerseys, an Indianapolis Colts jersey, and a Team Canada jersey to support my favourite teams (I still need a Blue Jays jersey)
- I work at a drug and alcohol addiction centre for adolescents (aka, never a dull moment)
- Right now I really want a McDonalds Oreo McFlurry
- On my PVR you would find: SNL, The Bachelor (Juan Pablo=yummy), The Good Wife, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon #lololololololololololololol
- I wear my contacts longer than I should
- Lucy (my dog) gets really excited when she hears the word ‘Jose’
- I can’t cook
- I can make a wicked fruit dip
- Favourite movies: Footloose & Grease
- I have Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop stuck in my head
- My Zodiac sign is Scorpio; whatever that means, I don’t really care.
- I just watched this funny video, you should watch it too!
- I am terrified of spiders; I can’t look at pictures of them, I don’t like talking about them, I can’t even kill a spider because I am too afraid to get that close to it and I am afraid that if I suck it up with the vacuum it will crawl out and seek revenge
- I originally wanted to do 100 things about me but let’s be honest, I don’t want to write that many things and you probably don’t care to read 77 more of these so I’ll stop here at 33
Thank you so much for letting me share this with you. Now it’s your turn! Do we share some of the same interests or experiences?