During the class, our assignment was to write blog articles about the assigned readings and discuss with the class about our take on this field. Below are my blog posts. Feel free to read them as I make my journey to become a master in the field of technical communication.
Each of these posts I wrote has a compelling story as well as a fresh perspective on the field. My approach in this class was to write in a casual and professional mode. My intent was to write to a wide audience who would enjoy reading about technical communication, communication strategies, and emerging media. Let me know in the comments what you think and maybe point to any topic I should cover next on my own blog!
I’ll be back regularly posting about my experience with usability testing, user experience studies, and content strategy soon. There has been a lot I have been working on in the last few years that I want to share with you.
It’s true. I first experimented with posting more photos in March 2014 when I went to Washington DC and New York City. I did the same when I went to Rochester, Toronto, and Chicago on separate instances.
Lately my photos have been fairly well-received from my social media network. Even Klout notices my social media impact.
Klout shows how much of an impact I have on my Facebook network. The more filled in dots, the greater the social media engagement I have on my posts.
What prompted me to take more pictures is to share my world with my network and elevate the experience people get when browsing sites like Facebook. I also want to set the standard for showing what you can do with a smart phone, great timing, and a few photo processing steps.
Having quality content is key to increasing social media interaction. For example, I think about the following actions when taking a great photo on my smart phone to get the most social media attention.
Take multiple photos
Take half a dozen or more shots. You can delete unwanted ones later. It just takes a few more seconds, but you’ll have more chances to get the right photo.
I took multiple shots of my subject matter. Mostly because she couldn’t stay still for the shot that I eventually wanted. One shot is never enough and I can always delete the ones I don’t like (especially the blurry ones).
Adjust the composition, such as zooming in or tapping the screen to adjust the focus or brightness.
Choose your photo
Pick one that looks great out of your smart phone shoot.
After tapping the screen to focus the lens, the picture turned out better. It’s not perfect for this example, but you clearly see the idea in action.
Enhance your photos
Use the built-in photo app to add filters, crop, or rotate (or use another app like Adobe PS Express for finer tuning)
The basic Facebook app is pretty nice to make quick adjustments before uploading your photos.
Other apps like Adobe PS Express gives you basic to advanced tools to adjust your photos.
Up, Up, Upload away
Upload the great photo to social media and watch social media engagement increase!
Experiment with your posts
Experiment with a variety of filters and adjustments. It really depends on what your audience likes, but now you can take better photos on your smart phone and post them to increase your social media engagement!
Here are some examples of what you can post on Facebook using your smart phone. I simply adjust the colors to emphasize the photo.
Share your life
These techniques work for personal and business social media interactions. Plus people will always love a great photo of what you do in life.
Yep. You can get a lot of social media engagement just by having fun and posting great photos.