Once a week, as an assignment for my Introduction to Digital Social Media course, I write and publish a blog post. Weekly blogging, my professor says, strengthens the writing voice and helps develop a credible online identity.
I've blogged before, and have always been pretty comfortable with (and frankly, proud of) my writing voice, so figured I'd take this opportunity to establish myself as an "expert" in digital social media. I imagined sending the blog to potential employers, and including my best posts as writing samples on job applications. As soon as I started blogging as my future job-seeking self, though, I completely lost the conversational tone that's always defined my writing style.
So. From now on, I'm blogging as my current self, a digital social media grad student who's SO excited to learn about online engagement, audience development, and content creation. I'll still publish my weekly memos, because I'm already writing them for class so I might as well. In my other posts, though, I'll share the most interesting things I'm learning in school, and discuss my "journey" as a grad student. I'll work on educating readers (and, let's be honest, my future self) while still letting my genuine, nerdy enthusiasm show through. It'll always be a work in progress, and could end up being REALLY hard, but... that's what school is for, right?