Thursday, March 15, 2018

Blogger Tips

Marlena Madden
Study Abroad Ambassador
Fall 2017, Tokyo International University

Study Abroad Blogger Tips

The first step to writing a blog post is often the most difficult. Deciding on a topic can be a challenge. Hopefully, this post can help.

While you should always consider your audience, you also need to keep yourself in mind. Always try to write about experiences that you are comfortable with sharing. To me, blogs are like journals without all of the personal commitment.

Here’s some tips to help with your blogs:
Look at other travel blogs
Everyone has different experiences, but looking at other people's blogs might give you some ideas for developing your own.
Take and share lots of pictures
I’m not suggesting that you remain committed to photographing everything you encounter, but it’s nice to look back on photos when you return home. I love looking through my photo albums.
Update regularly 
It’s important to keep up with the blog on a regular schedule. If you don't do this, it might be difficult to get into the habit of posting. You don't want to look back and wish you would have been more active while you were abroad.
Share on social media for friends and family
Your friends and family probably aren't aware of this blog site, and want to know about your adventures. By sharing your posts on social media, you can keep them in the loop.

Some suggestions/ ideas for possible blog posts:
Life in your City/ University
This could help others decide if the country or university is the right choice for them.
Local Foods and Drinks
I know that this might seem boring at first, but I find that many Instagram accounts are often dedicated to food.
Experiences using Foreign Language
Stories about language communication and barriers are often very entertaining. Telling these stories can make your blog very lighthearted and entertaining to readers.
Famous Places/Popular Travel Destinations
Describing the cultural importance of these places can be a great conversation starter. You can also make all sorts of useful suggestions for others who might be interested in visiting these sites.

There’s an endless amount of possibilities when it comes to making a blog post. Keeping up with a blog might be stressful, but it is something amazing that you can look back on!

While trying to decide on which tips to share, I found this awesome blog post which goes way more in-depth than me: https://capaworld.capa.org/15-tips-for-writing-an-awesome-study-abroad-blog 

Marlena Madden


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