Friday, 22 April 2011

Revision Day One - Getting Hooked.

You've now had your first lesson and have had time to really take it in. Now we would like you to take this a step further. Rather than just finding a blog and reading it - you need to think about it. You need to find five blogs with five different themes. You could write about them. You could take pictures/screenshots of the blog and put it into a collage stating the true theme and reason for the blog. Then comment with your work or send an email to:

Thank you everyone.
Work hard and you will be absorbing information without realizing it.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Lesson One - Getting Hooked.

So there you are - an inspired young writer, ready to change the face of the internet through your witty perceptions and challenging insights. But how to present your ideas to the general public?
Our first lecture will be just this - how to create a blog that will make people sit up and pay attention to you.

- Find a hook.
Look at all the biggest blogs in Stardoll history. Perez Hilton of Stardoll. Elite News. Stardoll's Fashion Police. They all had a hook, a theme. Find your own unique theme, and you pull in a whole new audience. The trick with this is to not pick anything too obscure - e.g. a blog called Medolls That Look Like Steve Buscemi. Because how far can you take that, really? Also, deciding to write a fully-blown film each week starring all the famous 'elites' on Stardoll may seem like a good idea at first, but you'll quickly get bored after the second essay. Pick an idea that can stand the test of time.
Create a whole new persona, if you have to. When you are acting, taking on a whole new character can enhance your confidence, and the same applies to blogging. Creating a new Medoll, a new name and a new personality takes you outside your comfort zone, and helps you to become a better writer. Of course, it's not always necessary - people respect you having the guts to put your own name to a 'bitchy' comment. And the golden rule of writing under a pseudonym? Never ever make that pseudonym 'Gossip Girl'.

I'll keep these lectures short, one point at a time.
Next time: Knowing your subject.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Start of the Semester.

Just wanted to inform all students and potential students that the first lecture will be posted early next week, so check the back here regularly. I would also like to remind all reading this that there is still time to enroll, by commenting in the first post of this blog, and of course, following this blog.
Please feel free to tell your friends about this project, it would be nice for us to be able to spread the word as much as possible.
Thank You