HBCU’s Must Inspire The Next Generation of Bloggers (319 hits)
HBCU’s Must Inspire The Next Generation of Bloggers
by Prof. William Jackson, Edward Waters College
Joshua Rodriguez and Jon Gregory students attending
Edward Waters College
The growth of blogging has transformed beyond the basics
of text, there is now Video Blogging, MicroBlogging,
Podcasting and a host of other platforms and tools to
share diverse and dynamic content. The importance of
writing can never be understated because in the areas
of business and even commerce, writing is crucial to
the sharing and disseminating of information.
Writing shows the foundation of intelligence and that
intellectualism still matters. HBCUs where founded to
encourage thinking, reasoning, understanding collaboration
and the building of innovators that grow as the world grows.
As an instructor teaching Educational Technology and
Social Media at Edward Waters College, I have seen how
blogging allows students to enhance their thinking and
reasoning. The challenge is to get students to see beyond
their writing limitations and expand their digital vision
to see the benefits of creating their digital footprints
that lead to exposure, networking opportunities and
collaboration that can lead to employment and the start
of careers never thought of.
Businesses are looking for young talent that have a passion
for challenges and can work in diverse environments; HBCU
students that can integrate technology with the human
element of thought, creativity and innovation have valuable
skills that they can market.
Blogging, Microblogging, Podcasting Vblogging can aid in the
Marketing and Branding of HBCU students especially those that
have the skills to give them an edge.
Conferences like, Blogging While Brown (the premiere blogging
conference for bloggers of color and culture), Florida
Blogging and Technology Conference (FLBlogCon educates and
empowers bloggers by teaching best practices in diverse
areas of tech for blogging), NicheParent 14 Conference
(for digital influencers and bloggers) and Florida Blogging
Conference for Educators where I was honored to present to
educators and students on the engagement of Social Media.
WordPress / WordCamp conferences where developers,
programmers, users and hosting services come together.
Educators are not left out, there are EdCamps of
all types nationally, a grassroots opportunity for teachers
to share with educator professional development in a new way.
HBCUs across the nation are teaching the intricate dynamics
of writing and applying writing to integrating with technology.
The growth and influence of blogging can be seen in its infusion
in Social Media platforms that are now money makers, business
ventures based on content creation. The resources online for
bloggers are free and even promote entrepreneurial goals.
There are many writing influencers for me and I encourage my
students to find writers that they an connect to, one of the best
influences for HBCU students is to find a blogging/writing mentor,
either virtual or in person. It is important to find writers with
similar interests and abilities to model. Reading is important
because content is based on research and background information
that will validate and carry your blog.
“I believe it is important to speak to your readers in person…
to enable people to have a whole picture of me; I have to both
write and speak. I view my role as writer and also as oral
These are strong words that can be applied to bloggers attending
HBCUs. Students must understand the ability to blog will assist
in creating career options and opportunities when meshed with
technology. Taken from BlackBloggersConnect.com
"Social media is the thriving pulse behind the blogosphere.
Bloggers and media moguls have expanded their networks, grown
their following and reached readers around the world by
effectively using social media."
Blogging, Vblogging, Microblogging, Podcasting, Ebooks are
media that allow HBCU students to create change through
intellectualism and developing themselves as a thought
leader and influencer. This benefit them in ways they
don't even realize until they are involved in their
careers and meet those that connect with them digitally.
Choose your words wisely and apply your passion, you will
make an impact in the world and be heard. Tell your own story
and do not allow others to speak your words.