In this class, we have been learning a lot about how to engage other users meaningfully. We’ve learned about the right way and the wrong way to tweet, we’ve learned about how to set up a WordPress account, and we’ve learned some basic video editing. All well and good. However, despite my best efforts, I still have no idea what I’m doing, or at least, I’m reluctant to do more than dip my toe into the world of reaching out online. Here are five reasons why.
1. Lack of Direction
I’m currently going to school to learn journalism. I like to go places, meet people and tell their stories, primarily because I feel like their stories are more interesting than my ho-hum life. I’ve been putting all of my time and energy into being a good journalist not because I want to sell myself, but because I’m a storyteller.
2. I Lack Expertise
It’s hard to write a blog post to the world wide web and hope that it becomes viral, because I feel like I don’t yet have valuable information to provide. I mean, I’m funny. I have a good sense of humor. But I don’t know if I have information that other people would classify as NTK. I don’t know that I have to add to the conversation.
3. This Final Project is Freaking Me Out
I’m probably stressing out too much over this, but it’s because I’m taking this class alongside Publicity & Public Relations, meaning I’m still trying to figure out what an offline PR campaign should look like, let alone an online PR initiative. It’s like, I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing in between class periods besides the reading and the blogs. I get the overwhelming feeling I’m missing something, and it’s making me anxious.
I’m caught in somewhat of a double-bind. Online, one is supposed to be up front and honest, but I worry many of my opinions will land me in hot water somewhere down the road. A journalist is supposed to be objective, and I’d hate to be ruled out for a job because of a cursory Google search. I fear that putting too much information out there too quickly will turn off potential employers, specifically because of the career I want to go into.
5. I’m Behind on the Reading
By about two chapters.
6. I Can’t Count
Am I being crazy? Do people want to hear more from me? Should I quit whining? What should I tweet about? Let me hear from you in the comments below.