Right around a year ago, I started this blog. Since it’s read by an average of eleven people each day, I will not go on about what a fun “journey” it’s been, because it’s not like my blog is really a huge deal. Honestly, having a blog has been a struggle – it has forced me to define what I want my blog to be about and what I want to accomplish through it.
I can’t say that I have figured that out, but I’m working on it. This summer, I realized that I don’t want my blog to be a typical “PR student blogging because that’s what PR students do” blog. Honestly, I don’t have a lot of inspiring, astute thoughts about how to use social media or how public relations works. There are a lot of fantastic bloggers out there who do write about that stuff, and they write about it well. I legitimately love hearing what they have to say – my Google Reader is filled with blogs that talk social media strategy or PR news.
I’ve tried to make my blog part of that conversation, but when I did, my writing sounded forced and uncomfortable and didn’t really give me a chance to really “express” myself in the way I think a blog is meant to.
This is not to say that my blog will now be a place for me to simply draw rainbows and sing songs all day. I still want readers to get something out of every post and I want to take it seriously. My goal is for it to be a place where people can see the world – a football game, a TV show, a magazine article – through a PR student’s lens. Hopefully that will spark discussion, make people think or laugh and inspire us all to make our worlds a little better in some small (or big) way.
Since “PR student” isn’t my only definition, it means I want to look at everything through the lens of a student who has dozens of other interests (some may call them obsessions): late-night television, New York, food carts, Motown music, 30 Rock, etc.
Blogging gets me excited – I love writing (nowadays, who doesn’t?) and I’m lucky to have such an easy, accessible way to share that writing with the masses. With a new school year (and thus new schedule, new room, new clothes, new focus), I’m hoping to infuse some “newness” into The Opinion Paige.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll stay along for the ride!
PS – I also changed my blog’s theme, as you may have noticed if you’re one of my average eleven readers. I like it right now, but there’ll undoubtedly be some changes in the coming months.