I started my journey to pursue higher education in 2006, its a HR major with MMU in cyberjaya. I am also glad to say that i am now at final stage of my education and achieving my dream as i only have 3 paper to complete. On that note, the only paper i have for this semester is ICT for Managers.
The main objective of this subject is as follows:
- To learn about the basic concepts of computing and appreciate the roles of Information Systems in business functional areas,
- Comprehend the applications and importance of internet and multimedia in daily and business activities.
- Expose students to the social and ethical issues related to computing.
In all of the subjects offered in my course, there is a requirement to complete two assignments and the same applies to the subject of ICT for Managers. En Rozaini who is the lecturer has requested to suggest 10 ways to further improve my personal blog and therefore below are the top 10 ideas to further improve my blog.
To be successful in anything and everything, the basics like the foundation of a building is dedication and motivation. If i am a serious/ardent blogger, i must be dedicated to my blog, which means dedication of time, effort and energy to blog and also take it seriously about my personal blog.
2) Stay on the subject
In my opinion, the 2nd best way tom improve my blog is to better write a short post straight to the point about one subject, stead of writing a very long and drawn out posts with heaps of information in it, in a lighter note from KL to Kedah in order to go to Penang. Instead i think the big topics up in several smaller posts will be easier to digest for my readers and will give me several blog posts to write about.
3) Niche for my blog.
Now that i know the topic i would like to write about, i will have to scale this topic down and find a niche topic that i could write about. For example, i am passionate about being a vegetarian and within that i should blog about where is Kuala Lumpur or anywhere i should travel that i can get vegetarian food. By choosing a niche topic, it will be easier for me to rank my blog, for example for the search term ‘vegetarian food in kuala lumpur will be less competition then for the search term ‘vegetarian food ’.
4) Use and link with social media.
You probably all heard, “if Facebook was a country it would be the worlds 3rd largest” so why not use it to our advantage? Facebook and Twitter are two of the most popular social media sites i could create a fanpage on for my blog, but there are many more social media sites like, myspace, tublr, digg, linkedin and many more i can use to increase my online presence.
I would If or if aren’t ready yet to set up a fanpage for my blog yet, why not i just share my posts on my own facebook wall or post on twitter. I am sure it will be amazing how many people will share my post with their friends.
5) Increase Traffic website hits
I will need more then just a good looking site to attract visitors, think about it this way, how can people come to my site if they don’t know it exist? So I have get traffic to my site and increase website hits. Well lets think advertising, and there are plenty of ways to do this on the internet, such as
networks or forums
comment on other blogs
One of the first things i will do after my blog is setup is submitting it to search engines & directories. They are both very similar but there is a difference between search engines & directories. I was told that i either manually submit my site or there are paid services that can do this for me to further populate my site. To start with, I would just stick with submitting my site manually to a few search engines & directories and continue doing this regularly, i might just get lucky.
6) Be Brief
Blog posts should be succinct. Most blog readers don’t want to read lengthy posts, so keep i shall post length to a manageable amount for people to digest in just a few minutes, so i can focus on creating content that matches my audience’s expectations and preferences. This applies to my overall blog post length as well as to paragraph length. Long blocks of text are overwhelming online, so i should use a lot of short paragraphs, headings, and bulleted lists. .
7. Stay Focused
What is my blog topic? I should Stick to it. I was always sure that i should blog about anything and everything about my life, like the many roles that i play, Dr Stephen Covey mentioned in his book 7 habits that an average human has a minimum of 35 roles in any average persons life. If my writing i must veers off in too many directions, visitors won’t know what to expect from my blogging. They’re coming to my blog to read about a specific topic. If I change topics every day or in ea h post, they won’t want to try to weed through the clutter to find the posts that interest them. Therefore, it’s critical that i just stay focused on my topic in my blog post content.
8. Simplified Writing
Most blog readers expect content to be quick and easy to read. They’re not looking for research papers, so write in a personable style and i should use words that match a young reading level. Writing at a fourth grade reading level might seem shocking, but it can improve overall readability (including scannability) and boost my blog performance metrics considerably. To put that into perspective, President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address was scored at an eighth grade reading level according to the University of Minnesota Smart Politics analysis. Hahahaha!
I should take some time to consider my blog topic, my target audience, and also my goals, and then write at a reading level that matches. I should also keep in mind, that this trick depends very much on my blog topic and target audience. For example, the writing in a blog about neuroscience with a target audience of PhD students would need to match the expectations of that audience.
9) Blog cosmetics
I should focus on giving my blog a facelift or a better cover, a shine as they call it. My blog should be attractive for readers from all walks of life. It should be updated with video, links to other website and also social site icons. This will also increase my chance for return visitors.
Last but never the least, i should enjoy and be passionate about my blog! if i were to just write something without any enthusiasm the readers will will likely feel that i am not being honest about and i am sure it will fall apart. I should also read and visit other blogs regularly and that way i can also pursue ti improve my blog….michelle thilaga’s of blog!