Archive for December, 2013

Three months ago I walked into my first public relations class nervous as hell.  The lengthy syllabus was full of many deadlines and terminology that I was not completely familiar with.  To top it off, I had to miss my first class session due to a work conflict.

I had no idea what blogging was all about, and I had never used WordPress.  Blogging would become a major part of class assignments and deadlines.  I stumbled through blogging assignments for a while, forgetting how to correctly link my blog posts to the Blackboard, which essentially meant they weren’t turned in.  But blogging became my best friend as I quickly found my voice, and learned how to connect my research with the writing.

The Instagram assignment was a breeze thanks to my teenager who had recently helped me open an account and shown me the ropes on my cellphone.

Creating a Twitter account was another assignment I found easy.  However, I still have not found comfort with tweeting messages.  I have a personal Twitter account that I occasionally pay attention to.  Unfortunately, my PR class Twitter account fell quickly by the wayside and continues collecting virtual cobwebs as I write this.  I’m not sure I will ever understand using Twitter for any reason other than to promote a product or service.  Since I’m not currently promoting anything significant, I will continue to stalk the posts of those I follow, and hopefully gain new insight as to how to effectively tweet when the time comes.

“Think” was a good read, especially for a textbook.  I learned many interesting facts, and found it easy to understand concepts that were being taught.  I enjoyed the way it connected the subject matter with the real world of PR, using relevant and current examples and company names.  I’m hopeful that the exam based on the book will be a reflection of the things I’ve learned through the reading assignments that were given during this class.  (Fingers crossed)

The speakers were my least favorite part of the class, although I do understand having them come in to try and give information and answer questions about the PR profession.  I’m sure that they were beneficial to my peers’ classroom experience.

However, the biggest frustration I encountered during this semester’s class was the Plan Book.  It looked as big and stressful on paper as it ended up being every time I attacked a deadline.  One of the most difficult things for me personally was having an assignment that was abstract and broken up piece by piece with no tangible example or template to draw from consistently.  It could be anything I wanted it to be as long as it had the right content, but in the back of my mind I knew it had to be something I wasn’t sure I was correctly portraying, so the perfectionist in me was in a constant state of anxiety.  No matter how many times I received clarification of assigned pieces of the plan book, the minute I would go attack them I would second guess everything and stress out completely.  Secondary research was the hardest for me to grasp.  I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to be researching, and I spent hours in the library one day feeling more lost as the minutes dragged by.

Organizing all of the pieces of the plan book proved to be as difficult until I was able to get some perspective during peer review.

I’m still not convinced that I nailed the plan book project, but I am very happy to have it printed and bound, and I’m ready to turn in once and for all!

Through all of my personal stresses and trials, over all I have enjoyed this public relations class.  Would I want to take it again?  No.  But I’m glad that I did, and I know that any student pursuing a career in the public relations field will benefit greatly from what it has to offer.







Date: Monday, December 9, 2013

Hey Everyone,

As promised earlier, after the incredible buzz around his blog post below in the past week (there have been more than 360,000 views of this blog post in the past 7 days) Michael Gungor expressed to me a desire to write a follow-up blog post to this original post he wrote almost 2 years ago.

I am excited to announce that Michael emailed me his follow-up blog post that he just finished two days ago, and you can read it immediately, by clicking on the link below.

Michael Gungor: A Follow-Up To My Blog Post On The Problem With The Christian Music Industry





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