Week 2: Reflection #1

Use the results of your in-class brainstorming exercise to develop three possible topics for your blog. To get started, you might select any one answer from your list and turn it into a blog idea. For example, if the places you want to visit in Ann Arbor are all burger joints, you might create something like Michigan Burger Boys. You might also combine any ideas from your list to develop something new. For example, if your hobby is cooking and you also love archival research, you might create something like Cooking in the Archives.

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For each of your three ideas, do a quick Google search to identify your competition/colleagues. Who else is writing about your topic? Who are their audiences? How could you differentiate yourself from their blogs? 

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Now that you have looked at the competition, toss out the topic that seems most thickly covered. Which two topics are you sticking with, and why? 

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Of the two remaining topics, how could you make a your blog stick out? What new angles haven’t been tried? 

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For each of these two blogs, what materials would you need (camera, expenses, time to attend events…)? 

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Which of the two remaining topics are you learning toward? Take that topic and develop five possible blog titles: 

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Pick your favorite site title and check to see if it is available on WordPress. If not, try a few different versions until you find a title you like. Then create your site and start blogging!