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The More {words}, The Merrier

I think this blog really engaged my audience and inspired online conversation due to the article I found with the funny title of “Size Matters.” This article was extremely helpful, though, in confirming my stance about the length of photo captions. I also used concepts discussed in class regarding online writing and design by writing with a personality and including visuals that will keep my readers engaged. This post satisfied the last objective of extending course readings and discussions and connecting them with my personal interests because the iffy reliability of Wikipedia reminded me of the not-so-trustworthy ads and recommendations that I see all over my Instagram feed.

This blog post fulfills the qualities of a successful blog entry that we have previously discussed because I write the way I speak, which helps create a more personal feel when reading my blog. This came pretty naturally to me and, once I got started, it was easy for me to continue my train of thought and get my point across. I also chose a stance, that long posts are typically more personal and meaningful, and this allowed my readers to either agree or disagree with me in the comments. I also tried to leave the audience with something they would remember, like #AllLengthsMatter, that summed up the post. I tried to do this in all of my blogs and it reminded me of how I always like to finish my formal writing with a good closing statement as well.

This blog is representative of the strongest features of my blog this quarter because I really like the outside sources I was able to find. I felt like they were just what I needed to support my argument. Compared to some of my other blog posts, I like that this blog kept up the personal and peppy vibe that I like all of my posts to contain. I want my reader’s to be entertained and really get into what they are reading and I think this blog succeeds at doing that. I know I have read some blogs and clicked to another page before I was done because I was bored by it, but I’d like to think this blog keeps the readers attention until the very end.

Can You Film Me Squatting? I’m trying to go viral here…

This ~viral~ blog of mine, lol jk, uses my personal writing style to engage the audience and inspire online conversation due to the fact that just about everyone sees fitness videos show up on their social media at some time or another. I applied concepts discussed in class to improve this blog like adding the relevant YouTube clip and including the dictionary definition to break up long paragraphs and inform the reader just how viral the word viral has gotten over the years. I used the course reading about the traits that typically make a story go viral, which allowed me to really take my blog in any direction I wanted to.

This blog post fulfills the qualities of a successful blog entry that we have previously discussed because I have continued to use my own style of writing that is comfortable and fluid to me. Hopefully, it is engaging to the audience as well. Throughout my short blogging career, I have made sure to post immediately after I was done writing and to read my posts out loud. Sometimes I get worried that my reader’s won’t read something quite the way I intended to write it… but I guess that’s just how technology goes sometimes.

This blog is representative of the strongest features of my blog this quarter because it used a lot of different components such as the definition, the YouTube video, and the list. I liked how all of these connected to each other and made the post more interesting to read. I chose a lot of which other blogs to read based off of appearances and I think this blog is visually appealing. The sources in this post were both informative and funny. The last link, to the woman with wine weights, was a silly way to end my informative blog.


The More {words}, The Merrier

Thoughts on Wikipedia? I know you have some… Since I first started aimlessly clicking around on the internet years ago, I remember being warned how untrustworthy this site was. Ironically, now Wiki is typically the first site I go to if it’s available on a subject I’m researching. Anyways, in 2006, WIKIPEDIA posted an article on the reliability of WIKIPEDIA… conflict of interest? I think yes. It goes on and on about different studies that compared Wikipedia to other well-known encyclopedias and results were it ~typically~, ~sometimes~, ~most of the time?~ measured up to its competitors. Convinced Wikipedia is reliable yet? Same.

All this talk about untrustworthy posts on the internet got me thinking about the hundreds of posts I scroll through each and every day (religiously) on my Instagram app. I’m sure you’re familiar with this concept. Can we really trust what we read on there? Did Mary really lose 20 pounds by becoming a vegetarian? Did Tyler really bench more than “any NFL player ever” last week?? The world may never know but one trend may give us insight into what types of posts are more believable than others.

A study titled, “Size Matters: Word Count as a Measure of Quality on Wikipedia,” compares the word count of articles posted on Wikipedia to its quality and also its probability of becoming a featured article. They “achieved a 96.31% accuracy in the binary classification task” of separating articles that contained more than 2,000 words. Does this mean that we should trust instagrammers who post novels underneath their photos more than those who don’t? Personally, my eyes feast on short, witty captions AKA maybe I’m just not trendy enough?? Although the Instagram app itself hasn’t changed much over time, the way we use it definitely has. Think of all the workout routines posted as captions, the diet ideas, and the *inspiring* quotes we are exposed to on a daily (hourly?) basis. We’re getting more in depth with what we share on social media and experts are catching on.

Whether you’re a celebrity, a wannabe celebrity, a human, or just your average social media-loving college student, we can all agree that people are gettin’ a little wordy on the gram, right? An article titled, “Are Super-Long Instagram Captions the New Personal Blog?” dives into this idea (I smell irony in the long title about the long posts… just sayin’). It shows popular examples of posts with more words than Instagram should allow… where’s the word count, Insta?

Recent Example (I’m sure you’ve already seen this since Selena has 127 million followers):

selena gomez

A common theme, present in Selena’s post above as well, is that captions tend to get longer the more personal we get. People want to explain themselves in a way that’s not short and sweet, but long, emotional, and detailed. This brings us back to the idea of trust. Do more words and longer captions really make us trust someone more?

Just like lengthy Wiki articles, long posts get more attention. Maybe we get caught up in the idea that a longer caption means more work went into it therefore it should be rewarded more? Whether you think the length of the post matters to its credibility or not, we can all agree that #AllLengthsMatter.