When the idea of writing for our Corvias Blog is presented to both current scholars & alumni, the answer tends to be one of the following:
“I don’t write very well.”
“I don’t have anything too interesting to talk about.”
“I don’t have time to dedicate to writing every month.”
“You won’t want to read what I want to talk about.”
“I’m not into that whole ‘blogging’ thing.”
I am here to tell you something – you don’t have to be good at writing, you don’t have to have the most interesting life of all time (though we all have super interesting parts of our life that we may not even always notice!), and we ALL want to read what you have to say. Also, if you fall into that last category that I didn’t directly mention because I can’t imagine how someone COULDN’T love blogging – give it a chance! No better platform to start off on than our Corvias Connects page.
So, here are a couple of ways that you may not have originally considered that you could provide material for our blog.
- Photo Story
You can post an entire story of just photos that highlight a recent trip you took, a study abroad experience, a service learning experience, your year in school, a cultural tradition, the way your city celebrates a holiday, a bunch of inspirational quotes & self-love posters, a collage of your four+ years of college that demonstrate how you’ve evolved, etc. Seriously, the opportunities are endless with photos.
A fancy blogging term for a video blog. Many individuals like to watch people in a video so that they can listen while doing other things. You can upload a video of yourself talking about something you’re interested in or passionate about, a life update, a tour of your new college campus (there are SO many beautiful ones out there!), a review of a book you just read, or even your 4-minute story that we developed during the Corvias Alumni Summit.
- Traditional Written Piece
I typically go for the written piece because I can start, come back, and edit as I please. However, these can be written in so many fashions – lists of tips/tricks for school or a specific hobby/talent, movies & shows to watch, music to listen to, best places to go in your city, top reasons you are thankful you found or have X in your life, etc. You can write a narrative about an experience you had or a topic you are passionate about. This can be formal or informal, documenting thoughts or facts & literature. It can be personalized to fit whatever you want!
After completing your piece, you can send to Katie Newton, Paul Hovey, Tom McGuire, or myself (Samantha Seifert) to upload directly to our account for publishing. Next step – everyone loving it & telling you how great of a blogger you have become in such a short time. 😉
I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and let others be impacted by the things going on in your life & your mind. You never know who might need to hear what you have to say.