Comparing Content

Michelle Jacobson

The Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Allison H. Fine does a good job of applying their theory to real life situations; it’s about applying content instead of simply the content itself. For example, in the beginning of the book they talk about an individual, Peggy, who used the internet to raise money for the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund using free agents (Fine 6). She didn’t know very much about using technology but that didn’t stop her from trying and she managed to master the basics (Fine 7). A large part of her success was due to free agents as is indicated by this statement: “Her cause had gone viral, meaning friends of friends were doing things on her behalf without Peggy having to ask them to do so directly” (Fine 7). The concept of free agents was vague until they used Peggy’s story to show how people that we…

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Looking Back

Michelle Jacobson

64194985I don’t like to look back at my work. I hate reading what I’ve written because I’m never satisfied with what I’ve produced. Even as I’m writing this, I don’t plan on looking back at what I’ve written to make sure it doesn’t need any editing but I will because I want to like what I’m writing. To start I’m not going to look back on everything I’ve written this semester; I’m going to start with just a few blog posts that I can read without completely torturing myself; I’ll save that for another night.

LehrerOne thing that I really don’t like about my reading is that I generalize way too much; I don’t like to get personal when I’m writing. It makes it hard to write when I’m trying to write about something that happened in my life without actually talking about it. I can’t really explain what it…

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One Day I Could Potentially Make a Difference

Michelle Jacobson

netflix2I canceled my subscription to Netflix almost six months ago, maybe more. I have contemplated paying the eight dollars a month or whatever it costs now but I decided that it worth the money because I didn’t really have time to watch it anyways.

My mom has an Amazon Prime account that she gave me the password to. The selection on there isn’t the best but I’ve made do; I’ve watched five seasons of Workaholics at least three times because it’s one of the only TV shows on there that I enjoy watching.

Even though I’ve ran out of new shows to watch, I haven’t given up and gotten a subscription to Netflix. One thing that Amazon does is it picks out movies for you based on what you’ve watched. There’s one movie that I recently watched that got me thinking about blogging more often.

bluestateThe movie, Blue State, is…

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Writing with a Purpose

Michelle Jacobson

BMAWDKBCMAEZ1lpBeing a part of a team to work with Jail Chaplains has not only been beneficial with helping them improve their social media, it has also helped me improved mine. I thought that I knew must of what was going on with Facebook but as I watched Katie show Geri the ins and outs of Facebook I realized that I had a lot to learn. In Content Strategy for the Web (CSW) by Kristina Halvorson and Melissa Rach they suggest getting into a group to help improve our social media (180). I don’t think they meant physical, in person groups but the concept is the same; we can strengthen our shortfalls by seeing what other do well and learn from what they’re doing.

CSW also mentioned a website called that allows you to find people in your area that you can work with (180). We didn’t end up using…

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Pleasing Myself

Michelle Jacobson

635e3c7c9d0eb1d05b32e4715bf8c0b8My strategy for social media in the past hasn’t been one that has helped me gain many followers. I’ve always been afraid to post on social media because I don’t know how people are going to react to what I have to say. It’s not like I’m saying anything that would upset anybody; I was more afraid of posting things that I know are socially accepted in the wrong way. It was a silly fear but I think it’s understandable; in high school in particular I always felt more pressure to conform to what was going on around me than just being myself. So what was my social media strategy? Don’t post anything and then people won’t think what I’ve shared or posted is weird because there won’t be anything to look at.

My previous strategy is the complete opposite of what should have been happening. I should have taken…

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Moving Online

Michelle Jacobson

couch-potatoWhen I think about what a social network is I always think of the online communities but neglect to think of networks as anything other than what they are online; I thought of them as something new that has developed in recent years instead of something that has been evolving since the beginning of time. In The Networked Nonprofit they point out that social networks are not a new thing; they just moved online when we “turned into a nation of couch potatoes” (26). If you keep this concept in mind it’s not as hard to think about how to network with other people because some of same principles that we use in face to face relationships can be utilized online.
One thing that is great about social networks having moved online is that people who are shy, awkward, and seemingly socially inept now have an easier time making connections…

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“Using Social Media is Hard”

Michelle Jacobson

caution-social-media-is-hard-workIn The Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Allison H. Fine they make a point of saying that it’s not hard to use social media (9). For somebody who has been using it for years and has made social media part of their daily routine I would agree that using social media is not hard. It’s not hard to figure out how to use it; the mechanics of it are pretty simple once you play with it for a few minutes. Making it part of your daily routine is the hard part; when you’re not used to something or you don’t have time to learn new things because you have a million and one other things that have to be done by yesterday social media can seem like a very hard thing. The worst part is the time that it takes to use it, especially when you’re still learning how…

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