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What a Semester of Blogging Taught Me


Starting a blog can be intimidating, scary, and a little bit exciting. Depending on who you are and what kind of interests you have, blogging can be either fun or a hassle. For me, I fell into the latter category, but that has slowly changed through out the semester, and while I don’t yet fall into the category where I consider blogging to be fun, it has long since been a hassle. I no longer dread doing the weekly blog, and it has become easier each time. I will give new bloggers five tips for blogging, coming from a non-blogger that thought this semester would be torture.

1. Just do it. The worst part about blogging is dreading doing it. Knowing that Thursday is getting closer and closer means that I’m going to have to do the blog soon. Once I actually sat down and did it, it really wasn’t that bad. Just sit down, do the blog, and don’t do it Thursday morning or late Wednesday night and you won’t dread doing the blog any longer.

2. Blog about something you are interested in. Each week we receive blogging topics which serve as guidelines for what we must blog about for the week. But within these guidelines it is pretty easy to find something of interest to yourself. For example, one blog we had to critique a film critique, and we were able to pick a movie that we watched and enjoyed.

3. Try to have fun with it. Even if you don’t like it after a few weeks, find ways to make it more fun. Blog about something you don’t know about, so then you can spend some time learning something new.

4. Get rid of all expectations. You may expect blogging to be one way, and find it to be completely different. That is what happened to me. It really isn’t bad and can be fun but if you go into it with the expectation that it will suck, it will.


5. Remember that it is only for a semester. If it really is the worst thing ever, and you hate it, remember it is only for a few months, once a week, and you can get through it.

Happy Blogging!


Blake Griffin Next Athlete to Fall

Blake Griffin has become the face of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA franchise. He had built himself a relatively good reputation throughout his first few years in the league, but the past couple years he has started to become viewed as more a dirty player, and the latest news on Griffin isn’t good for his reputation. Griffin has been charged with one count of misdemeanor for an incident that occured in a Las Vegas nightclub in October. Griffin was there with teammates Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, both very famous NBA players that have clean reputations, when Griffin got into an altercation with a man, squeezing his hand and shoulder and slapping him in the face. Many people were taking pictures which angered Griffin, and he grabbed the mans phone.The Clippers have yet to comment but Griffins coach Doc Rivers commented, saying “I can’t say much, but I feel very confident things will work out.” You can read more details of the story on

Blake had a reputation as being a silly nice guy, as you can see in this footlocker commercial:

And is also known for his amazing dunks:

But has recently been seen as somewhat of a dirty player:

With everything that went on this summer with the Clippers, it is important that their star player keeps up a strong reputation. After the Donald Sterling fiasco, they need as much positive press as they can get to try and repair the damage Sterling did on the reputation of the franchise. Especially with the Clippers becoming THE team in Los Angeles (the Lakers suck now), being in such a major market that gets so much national attention, Blake needs to get his act together. Will this misdemeanor change his perception in the public eye? Maybe and maybe not, but it could be the start of a long list of offenses. It seems like every athlete starts with one and then more and more offenses start flooding in. For the sake of his team, the league, and his own reputation, Blake Griffin needs to stay out of trouble.


I found an app called Zedge a few days ago because it looked like an app where I could get some free backgrounds. Even though I only use my own personal pictures for I had it, all I did was scroll through the various backgrounds available. They are endless for the most part, and there are many many categories that can be searched under, Auto & Vehicles, Holiday/Occasions, Sport, and quite a few more. After I messed around with that for a while, I explored to see what else I could do with this app. I found that it also offers notification sounds and ringtones. I checked the ringtones first, and I was impressed. The most recent ones were some Halloween songs, recently released music, and stuff from TV shows. For example, I downloaded Stewie from the show Family Guy repeatedly saying Mom Mom Mom and made it the ringtone for when my Mom calls me.

Beyond that I downloaded many of the other songs and various noises and applied them as the ringtones for friends and family. After I spent way too long on that, I moved on to notifications. They were pretty similar to the ringtones. The main difference is that they were much shorter. For example, the old spice whistle was on there, as well as the Hunger Games whistle. I got a few of those as well and applied them.

The best part about this app is that everything was free. No charge for any of the ringtones or notifications. I downloaded about thirty total sounds and even got a couple wallpapers. On iTunes that would have cost me quite a bit of money. The app was also very easy to use and navigate, and it was free to download. Overall, I would give this app a 10/10.

The Social Media Trap

Social media seems to have taken over the world. Everywhere you look, people are on their phones using social media. Celebrities and professional athletes get in trouble all the time for stuff they put up on social media. Sometimes it feels like people care more about what’s going on in the twitter world than what’s going on in the very city, or even room that they are in at the time. Personally, I don’t care to much for social media. I think it leads to a lot of drama, a lot of dumb pictures being taken and posted, and a lot people hurting their own image because they slip up and say something they would never say out loud or to the media. People tend to have much less of a filter when posting on Facebook or tweeting than if they were talking to somebody else. The other main reason I’m not a huge fan of social media is because of all the time it wastes. You get on for one thing and end up spending half an hour on it. All this negativity aside, I use social media daily in 2 forms, Facebook and Twitter.

I use Facebook at least once per day but no more than twice per day. I call Facebook the Facebook trap, because as I mentioned, I get on to check one notification and end up spending a big chunk of time scrolling through posts and pictures, a majority of which I could care less about. That is why I don’t let myself get on more than twice a day, because if I did, I would end up on Facebook all day.

I only got a twitter because in high school my girlfriend at the time wanted me to, and I didn’t care too much so I got it. I rarely used it, because I came to the realization that it is 95% drama, 5% information I care to know. I quit using twitter for almost a year and about 2 weeks ago I downloaded it again, but this time I got rid of almost every person that I follow and just followed fact type tweets. Now Twitter is the Twitter trap, because I get on and before I know it its been half an hour. However now that I follow different types of tweeters than I did before, it is very interesting and I have learned some cool facts.

Top 10 Best Exercises

Public relations is all about image. Nothing creates a better image than being in great physical condition. Well from a PR perspective, that isn’t true, but being in shape does create a good self image and send a better image out to the public than being overweight and not taking care of yourself. While it would be impossible to pick the 10 best exercises because so many of them have different functions, this is my personal list of top 10 best exercises.

1. Squat – What else could I put at the top of my list? The squat is my favorite exercise and by itself it is a great workout, specifically for the quads, hammies, and glutes.

2. Planks – Everybody wants a 6 pack, and a plank is the best way to get there. By far my favorite core exercise, the longer you go the harder it gets. To make it even tougher, add some weight on your back.

3. Dumbbell Bench Press – My favorite upper body exercise. Similar to the more popular bench press, the biggest difference with this exercise is the increased range of motion.

4. Pull Up – A great exercise for the back and arms both. Simple as that.

5. Dumbbell Row – Great back exercise. You can build a lot of back strength with this lift, and simulates many real life activities, such as picking something up.

6. Dip – Great triceps exercise.

7. Hammer Curl – Great exercise for the biceps and the brachialis, a less commonly known muscle that contributes a lot to grip strength and holding onto things.
hammer curl

8. Vertical Jump – Go jump as high as you can as many times as you can in one minute. I guarantee you will be exhausted by 20 seconds and jumping no higher than 6 inches by the time the minute is up. Very good high intensity exercise.

9. Ball Slams – This exercise is very fun and can be a great stress reliever. Using a medicine ball, hold it directly over your head, use your abs to bend your body while slamming the ball into the ground. Feels great and if you do 10 really fast, you’ll be exhausted. Just watch out for the ball coming back and hitting you in the face. It is both painful and embarrassing.

10. Running – Any kind of running. Sprint, jog, anything in between. It’s all great and every speed has benefits. It can be a great stress reliever and also help get your mind off of something in a difficult time.

But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

It took me awhile to pick a blog to review because for me, many of them seemed boring or about something I didn’t care for. Then I found the blog spinsucks, and on this blog I found a post titled “Do Selfies Sell?” and immediately got mad, so I knew I had to do this post. It isn’t that I hate selfies, because I am guilty of taking some, it is that I hate what they have become. It seems like everywhere I look, people are taking selfies, to the point where it feels like selfies are more frequently taken than any other kind of picture. And through reading the blog I learned that roughly one third of all pictures taken by 18-24 years olds are selfies. After reading that I nearly gave up hope for humanity but reading on I discovered some benefits of selfies.
Selfies can be used to advertise. There are several “selfie strategies” that a company could use. Companies can do selfie contests, which could help grow its database for potential customers. Selfies of customers using the product would allow for other customers to see the product being used by all different ranges of people, and perhaps in new ways. This also can be used as a way to get feedback from the customer about the product, showing the company cares for and values the opinion of the consumer.
While reading this post certainly didn’t sway my view that selfies are a terrible, overused trend for teenage girls, it did offer me some insight as to how they can be used for a good reason. However, it really is sad that instead of taking pictures of meaningful relationships and memories, we are taking pictures of ourselves doing things of very little importance.