The cliché birthday cards are correct, eight is great!
I launched this blog eight years ago while attending what is now called College Media Association’s annual fall conference in St. Louis. I recently returned from attending my seventh CMA conference in Philadelphia.
A session Joe Gisondi presented at the St. Louis conference all those years ago inspired me to launch the original version of this blog. Joe’s talk about blogging inspired me so much that I started Prof KRG that night from my hotel room.
After eight years and who only knows how many posts and visits (sadly, I changed platforms along the way and lost some of this data), I am pretty happy with the way this site is going. Of course there are things I would like to do, like write and schedule posts in advance and offer an eBook or two, but those things will come with time. After all, if this blog were a child, it would only be in third grade. There’s still a lot of time to develop.
What I am so happy with is all of you. Visits to this site, comments on posts and social media engagement on Prof KRG-related accounts continue to grow each month. For that, I thank you!
The most visited posts this year, aside from my weekly job lists, were:
- Stephen King’s quotable on motivation,
- How to Write a Professional Bio, a post I wrote to assist my public relations writing class with an in-class lab, and
- 11 Tips for Editing Your Own Writing, a post I wrote to help students in my media blogging class.
I love that the posts you view show the diversity of your interests and mine. The blog I launched in the middle of the night, without fully understanding what I was getting myself into, is fulfilling its purpose.
I launched this blog to help my students and those like them. It initially was meant for student journalists, but has broadened over time to address mass communication-related topics for media students and professors. Its current mission is to “to create an ongoing educational dialogue among media professionals, students and educators.” Between this site and the Prof KRG social media pages, it’s happening.
I appreciate all of you who are reading and engaging with me. Our conversations help teach and mentor professional communicators. I want to spend the next year serving your needs even better. To help me accomplish that goal, I need you to answer one question.