Social Media Blogging 101

I have to be honest with you. At this moment, at midnight on a Sunday, I am asking myself why I decided to stay in this class. No offense to Professor Kane, but when I thought about going to graduate school for my Masters in Accounting, I never envisioned spending long nights behind my computer screen…blogging. I don’t even read blogs, let alone write my own. I just had to Google search “how to blog,” if that is any indication of how I’m doing. I’m not even positive if the start of this post is even acceptable, but we’ll see what happens. Although I think that this class is going to be a struggle for me, I am ready to take on the challenge. There are a lot of different deliverables in this class, so I am more than likely to be okay with at least one of them, right?

Blogging

So it is now clear that it may take me a minute or two to figure out what a blog post is supposed to look like. I expect that I will spend way more time than I am supposed to perfecting every last sentence, because of who I am as a person. I mean, as a blogger you’re supposed to sound super witty and interesting and cool, I think. It takes a lot of time and effort to make yourself sound like you’re chill and cool without even trying okay?!

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As of now, everything I know about blogging comes from the posts that I used to see my Facebook friends share on their timelines from the Oddysey. Sometimes, if their blog post title seemed relevant or interesting I would click on it. I feel like most of those pieces were some sort of list, like “10 ways you know you’re…” or something like that. The format kind of got old to me. I don’t think that this will be the case for this class. From what I’ve read so far, it seems like we have some pretty creative people in this class and I am excited to see what everyone blogs about. I am also excited to see how my posts evolve over the course of the semester. I’m sure I will look back at this post in April and cringe at how much of an amateur I was.

Twitter

I think Twitter will be the best part of this class. Twitter is already my morning newspaper, and I often advertise the “Explore” tab to my friends because all you have to do is visit that tab and you have the top news stories of the day right in front of you. You can see headlines and click on the ones that you are interested in, and that will take you to a thread of tweets and photos that detail the topic. Even better than that, you get to read responses to news stories in the form of informal posts from the community of people who spend their days looking at memes and posting witty quote tweets of Gucci Mane. See example:

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This tweet is pretty accurate in describing how I feel right now, too. I feel like this whole blogging thing is kind of fun and I feel like I’m doing okay for my first post ever, but if I get too comfortable I might crash and burn and it will be really embarrassing. With Twitter, I might forget that it isn’t the same as my personal account, where the main purpose of my tweets is to try and make my followers laugh. Nevermind the fact that almost all of them are inactive accounts of my friends that don’t use that app anymore. I feel like Twitter was really big in like 2009 and I would use it a lot more and so would my friends, but then everyone went to college and it just kind of died. I’m still going strong on there, so I’m happy that this class is utilizing that platform.

Presentations

Probably my weakest area is public speaking. I hate talking in front of people and I often forget to breathe when I’m presenting in front of a crowd (No, I’m not kidding about this). I know our presentation is only supposed to be about six minutes, but to me, that is approximately an eternity and a half. There are so many things that can go wrong in six minutes. I could forget what I’m talking about, I could pass out because I forget to breathe again, or I could even trip and fall due to a nonexistent outside force. Things to consider, people.

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In all seriousness though, I am very excited to research my topic and share it with the class, but just know that I probably spent hours in front of the mirror rehearsing what I am going to say and praying that I don’t completely blank. I think it is going to be really interesting to hear what other people talk about too, and I expect that I will learn a lot about subjects I otherwise would never know of.

Final Thoughts

Even though I wasn’t sure about staying in this class, I am looking forward to going through it. I think I am going to learn a lot and it will be very rewarding. It might take a while to figure things out and get used to the structure, but it will be a nice change from the lectures, papers, and problem sets that I have grown to expect as part of my accounting classes. Technology and social media are increasingly becoming a more important aspect of a business, and I am excited to become more knowledgeable about what exactly that looks like.

 

7 comments

  1. I can definitely relate to your post and your initial feelings about the class. I am, myself, a Masters in Accounting student and am used to a very different class format. However, I believe it is important to challenge yourself and go out of your comfort zone which we will have to do a lot in public accounting.
    Regarding your fears of public speaking, don’t worry. I think most of us feel feel the same. I am actually taking a public speaking class now and that’s the first thing our professor told us – public speaking is the number one fear in the world and even the greatest speakers get nervous. But the only way to get past it is to practice. I am excited to hear your presentation and learn more about your topic.

  2. Hi Katherine! I actually thought you did a great job of making your post sound chill and cool! I think it’s safe that a lot of other people in this class (including me!) share your concerns about being good at this whole blogging thing. Also, thanks for the Twitter tip! I’m 100% new to the app and I think the explore page will be a great way for me to participate in and start more discussions.

  3. Hi Katherine,

    Nice job with the subtitles. For the love of God change the Blog title. haha. I agree about Twitter as I plan to utilize this platform a lot going forward. Nice beginning to the blog. Honesty is great, and many people, especially in accounting probably share your feelings. Now after reading your well thought out perspective they feel less alone. Look forward to following you.

  4. Hello Katherine, I’m also a Master in Accounting student who don’t even read blogs, so I can definitely understand your feeling. I think Professor Kane let us to read others blogs and make different comments can really help us learn how to write and organize a cool blog.

    And I am also a person who hates to talk in front of people, one of the tricks I used is to practice the ability to imagine that there is no audience in front of you and have more confidence when speaking.

    Also, thanks for the twitter tip, which is very cool!

  5. Hi Katherine, I feel exactly the same way! I was unsure if this class was for me because of all the online contributions we have to make. However, I do think that stepping outside of our comfort zones is an important step to learn more about our insecurities and try to overcome them. I’m excited to see how the structure of this class will help us through our struggles!

  6. Hi Katherine, I definitely couldn’t agree more – “it takes a lot of time and effort to make yourself sound like you’re chill and cool without even trying.” And writing a blog, to me, feels intimidating on many levels as well. But, for what it’s worth, I hope you do end up writing a “Ten Reasons You Know You’re…” post, just to prove to yourself that you were clever enough to do it!

    I also appreciated your honesty about public speaking – I actually just watched a great documentary about Warren Buffett, and he said the public speaking course he took is the most important degree he ever got – and he was a graduate of Colombia! Looking forward to more of your posts.

  7. I’ve actually had a bunch of MSA students take this course over the years, and they’ve all done very well. So, I have high hopes for you, too (it’s definitely the least accounting-y course you can take). I know the presentation scares some people more than others, but I do think it’s an important skill to learn….and you only learn through practice. Believe it or not, I used to get panic attacks before having to speak publicly. Obviously, I have gotten over it. After some really public screw-ups, I learned to laugh at myself and realize the world went on after all. LMK if you need help preparing any of it.

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