In summary, I have learned a lot about blogging.
Firstly, it isn’t as easy as I first anticipated. Discipline in keeping up with deadlines and keeping content consistent, accurate, and “fresh” requires a lot of work.
(I created and posted this image on my personal Instagram)
How to Improve
The above picture was a one-shot attempt near the beginning of the semester to advertise my blog. Aside from the faces of transfer students, this isn’t a very photo-heavy subject at first, and therefore, harder to implement advertising and attract attention on photo-heavy social media, like Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, a few of my favorites. It required work like putting together the branding and above image in Photoshop to capture an audience outside of the people I was directly talking to. So, I need to use social media to promote, and do it more often. Occasionally, I used Twitter to update when I created new content.
In the near future, I have a few more interviews to post. Further along, I’d like to revisit a few of these people to see where their transfer experience has taken them, and if my interview with them triggered any rethinking about how they were approaching their individual situations. Or at least to see how they are doing in general.
Those people in The Quad who pass out flyers and set up tents have the right idea. I should do more outside of the digital realm to attract transfer students to comment on posts, maybe even offer incentives. I used our class’s Facebook Group to get the first few initial interviews, and that worked out a lot better than I expected.
This is not the end of the blog to say the least, just winding down for this semester. I hope to post a little bit more before Christmas, then pick back up and talk some more during the Spring, when potential transfer students will be hungry for information like what I’ve posted here. Thanks to those of you following now – feel free to share with your friends. There’s more to come!