What's Your Passion Project?

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6/18/2015
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An interesting life is defined by having passions. Those who's passions overlap career are able to have a fulfilling life as work becomes much more than a way to pay the bills. Having a career worthy passion isn't a stroke of luck, rather in most cases it's cultivated. The beauty of the "long tail" internet is no matter how minute, how obscure your passion is (e.g. the love of Chipotle,) you can connect to others who share your interest. Build a big enough reputation in a niche and you can build a career around your passion.

You've started working on your blog this week. This could be another assignment that you do just well enough not to fail, or it could be the start of something big. We're allowing you to blog about anything you want, take advantage of it. Think of something that you're really passionate about. Something you think about all the time, that you would enjoy doing for decades regardless of pay. Take the energy you have and channel it into your blog. If you hustle and work hard, you'll get attention and create opportunities.

Your passion doesn't have to be popular or even exciting to most people. I'm passionate about productivity (how boring, right?) But I turned it into a successful side business, by designing and developing a project management tool.

Even if you don't become the next ProBlogger, there are numerous advantages to building a blog full of compelling content. Employers love to see passion. If you want to secure the best jobs you need to differentiate yourself... everyone is going to have a degree, but not everyone will have a passion project.

Think about how you're going to take advantage of this course. Let us know in the comments how you plan to make your blog more than just an assignment.

Comments & Feedback

Student

It's not very business-like or career making in anyway but golf is my real passion and I really believe aspects of golf can be used or at least help in the world of work. It's been said before that business is done on the golf course and it's absolutely true. I caddied for three years at a nice course and the members were always talking about business and stories from legal proceedings in the court room. Golf, to me, teaches patience, mental fortitude, commitment and a desire to always better (or outscore) yourself.

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By making this blog I wanted to talk more about local experiances in lansing and east lansing.  I made my blog about food because I really want to push myself to explore more of lansing food and lifestyles.  I plan on using my blog to motivate myself to explore more areas and experiance more durring my 4 years at MSU.

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So in class we have to make a blog about something that could possibly become a great passion of our. When making my blog I chose the topic of weight lifting because it was something that I was truly passionate about maybe 1 year ago. I was so into it that I would constantly watch videos about fitness and read about dieting and of course workout all the time. More recently I have grown apart from the lifestyle of lifting and it remains something that i am still knowledgable and passionate about but I don't participate as much in. This blog honestly if I continued to add content to could become very resourceful to somebody who is eager to learn more about lifting and who doesnt choose to figure these things out of their own. I have a pretty clear idea what things I could include that would prove to be heelpful to people just starting out. As far a making this blog more than an assignment? I could continue to add content as well as advertise the blog so that others may be aware of it(by using SEO) and having a better quality blog layout. Like I said if I chose to take this blog further I do believe it would be very useful to some however it would be difficult to differentiate it from the sea of other fitness oriented brands and youtube channels already available. 

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I have a few passions but decided to focus this blog on food and spots in Michigan. I did this becuase I am always amazed at how little locals know about all the amazing restaruants,foodtrucks, etc. cities in Michigan have to offer. I grew up in Northern Michigan where we still have a lot of locally owned restaurants and shops. I think this not only spurred my interest in food but also spoiled me as moving to East Lansing and not being familliar with the area, all I saw was chains. As I have now lived in the Lansing/ East Lansing area for about 6 years now, I have found so many incredible places that I often find people haven't heard of, as its unlikely many of us venture outside of East Lansing or a spot close to campus. I am hoping that I can make this blog more than an assignment by peaking others interest in all that is offered in Michigan. If someone can find out about something they really love because of content I wrote, I think knowing that alone would be very rewarding. I think when you are really passionate about something, people can see that and it captures their attention. 

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I wanted to comment on this again because I think that  when you have a passion, SEO can be useful to help others benefit from it. I think that SEO should be used not only to people who are already passionate about the topic of your blog, but for people who want to learn about it. I found a lot of useful articles on SEO and one thing that stuck out to me was the future of SEO. This not only means how it will be used more widely in the future, but how it can be used to strengthen passion and knowledge.

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vice versa. Presenting myself nicely from the outside has always been a passion of mine due to my creative side and love for fashion. I always used to be in very good shape, eat healthy, exercise get plenty of rest – until I came to college. I think once you go to college or hit the full time job field not having time for that extra workout or money for a healthy meal I think harms us physically, mentally and emotionally. I have tried countless times in college to just get a little more energy or spent plenty of money on face products to get rid of that after drinking puffiness. After reading recently of the benefits water can give you, though we are all taught and told this everyday, it really intrigued me. The results some men and women had were amazing, some very subtle on the outside but comments about just feeling healthier in general caught my eye. A 30-day water challenge isn’t asking to much and hey, water is free! I want to be able to generate this blog towards college students, and mostly ages 18-23, from someone who is real and very busy like most of us in that age category. I want to use my graphic design skills to layout the blog so the reader can read it fast, effectively, not get bored and see some pictures that makes them want to start the challenge and if not just start drinking more water. We all know college kids are poor so there can be no loss is reading or participating in the blog. 

My real passion is art and design and I want to take this blog for this class and have it help me learn and generate my own blog on my portfolio website to attract future employers.

Student
My blog is a typical "girly blog" about all the things we love such as fashion, and beauty. I want to make majority of my blog post about my daily experiences as I transfer into adulthood. I wanted to tie it all together on my blog, because I feel that as a young woman, one of the most important things about transitioning into an adult is figuring out who you are. Finding out what makes you happy, learning what flaws you want to fix and what flaws you want to own. Figuring out what makes you different, and ultimately becoming confident with yourself on the inside and out. I want to post style and beauty tips for a diverse group of women. All differnt backgrounds, sizes, ethnicities, and even personalities. My goal is to not be biased with my own personal favorites on all my post, so that just about anyone could relate. I also want to discuss things like life goals, and passions, doing what makes you happy because those are the most important things in life.
Student

I had to comment on this blog post again because my second time around writing my blog I felt just as excited about it as I did the first. Finding something you actually enjoy writing about is awesome. 

I work at the Michigan Apple  Committee as a marketing/ communications intern. Today I wrote my first blog for them about my first month interning. Luckily, I love the job so far so writing this blog was actually fun, rewarding and interesting to write about. Same goes for my second blog post on wordpress. I really enjoyed writing about music and hopefully people find what I have to say interesting. Even if people don;t find what I have to say ammusing, it is still nice to put my opinion down and words and express my interests rather than just keeping it bottled up in my head.

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I think the biggest advantage that I’m going to take from this class will be the experience of creating and running a real Blog. There are so many famous bloggers out there posting their thoughts and knowledge everyday. Many of those posts were interesting to read and some taught me a lot when I had problems, however, running a blog was so unreachable to me because I had no idea how they made blogs or how they put their blogs on the searching engine. I think I’m passionate about organizing things; make things clear and orderly. It’s true that one of the reasons to post things on my blog is not to fail this class, but I’m actually enjoy running this blog because it’s so cool to understand how a blog works and share ideas to the public. My plan for this blog is to make it clear and easy to read as much as I can.

Student

 After going through lecture of optimizing your blog, I feel like I have another perspective on reading blog. I always focus on content from the blog instead of noticing how to manage a blog. I’ve been reading blogs about social media for weeks. I believe that social media is the next potentially tools for people to communicate and share information in any category. I realized that I am more interested in blog and it is an efficient way to improve your writing skills

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I am passionate about art, especially on Jewelry design. Althought most of the students who take this class are majoy in advertising and business, I am also curious on how to promote products to clients on social network. As the technology developed, people are taking information and shopping online more than actaully see the product. My blog is focusing about three social media that I am addicted mostly. I think taking this class can help me to understand how the social media works on promoting goods in my future career. 

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I know I echo a lot of people when I say a blog (well, this particular blog) is something I've been thinking about starting for a while now. Fortunately, this class has given me the perfect opportunity and motivation to turn my thoughts into action. It's also helping me to realize what's most important when it comes to blogging. I've managed blogs before, but I easily got caught up in design features, spending hours searching for just the right CC photos, or the perfect theme. I'd put more effort into the appearance of the blog than into creating its content. After doing some reading, though, I've learned this is a trap many people fall into. So my goal now is to put more effort into creating content that readers want to see, that's useful to them, and will keep them coming back for more. Because my blog is about a budding passion of mine, I do plan to make it more than just an assignment; I imagine it growing well beyond this class, which will enable me to continue expanding my skills as a writer, provide an intereting passion project I can use as a portfolio piece, and could potentially end up driving my career. 

Student

After going through a week of blogging, I find myself looking at events differently. When I watched the NBA Draft (what my blog is about) I started looking at is as more of an analyst than as a fan. I was watching it looking for things that I could make a compelling post about, which I believe I was able to do. I think having a blog is an excellent addition to a portfolio. I can show a potential employer that I have excellent written skills by creating content that is aimed at grabbing readers attention.

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I was actually super excited to start last week assignment. I have always wanted to start a makeup blog, but I just didn't know how exactly to start one. Makeup and fashion is a passion of mine and has also become a hobby of mine. Just how others have a sense of fullfillment when they play their favorite sports, that's how I feel when I do my own makeup. Sounds cliche and super girly, but that is what I love to do. Many people on YouTube do it as their career and make lots of money off of it. It would be wonderful if I could turn this passion of mine to a career. I totally agree with you when you said, "everyoe is going to have a degree, but not everyone will have a passion project". Being passionate at your work place will help you enjoy what you do for a living. 

Student

Nancy, I am curious to know how you differentiate your makeup blog from all of the other YouTube pros. Will your blog include videos or step-by-step posts with pictures? Also, what type of makeup--every day, movie recreations, special occasion, etc.? I know I have learned every day tricks from these experts, like how to fishtail braid and create a winged eyeliner look. As a fellow fashionista, I am always looking for new tips and tricks, and would love to follow what you're doing.

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Am I the only one who doesn't really know what their passion is? Yes? Ok. I know what my interest are, does that cout? I love music, I like to sing (when I was younger I wanted to be a singer, until my mom told me that wasn't a real job), I love animals. When I started MSU my major was pre-veterinary medicine, until I quicly learned that I am terrible at math and science. I also love writing. Which is why I switched my major to English, but I am not sure what exactly I'm passionate about or how to make it my career. In my blog I decided to focus on a subject that has been dominating the media. I am the type of person who doesn't typically post their opinion on Facebook, or twitter, mostly becuase I prefer to avoid an argument. Everyone is entitle to their opinion so why argue of social media? It does not help at all. But with this blog I want to be able to voice my opinion without feeling bad or worrying about offending anyone with my thoughts on the subject. 

Student

Antionette,  I think it's 100% okay to not know what your passion is yet.  Like you, I have "likes" and maybe even "loves" but not something that I would qualify as a "passion".  I think that through trying new things that we will eventually find what we are passionate about.  I too didn't really know what I wanted to study when I was an undergraduate and switched my major around a lot.  Now I'm a graduate student studying health and risk communication and I feel like I'm doing what I'm meant to do and really enjoy it.  My suggestion for you would to be talk to people in fields of study that you are interested in, apply for internships, try new things, and rethink what your weaknesses are.  Just because something is hard, doesn't mean you are bad at it.  

Student

 

Antionette, you are not alone. I don't really know what my passions are as well. I love music, and enjoy singing as well. I sometimes do my own music covers and post it on internet. I once wanted to be a singer or an artist but I left this thought behind when I found out there are tons of talented people who are better than me. Not everyone has the chance to become famous and popular like those celebrities. I used to major in Finance and wanted to have a career in financial field, but it turned out the field wasn't what interested to me after I done with my summer internship. I am still figuring out what would be my passionate but I started to have some clues when I got a chance to be the event coordinator for my church. I would recommend you to try as many new things as you can. Talking to people in different fields would help you to have a better understanding as well. Don’t be afraid to learn from mistake or try new things. 

Student

I have always wanted to truly be me when it came to social media but was never allowed to due to the following in college sports and I think this will give me a chance to express myself. While the course has its requirements I think I am going to expand from there and hopefully continue this blog after the class duration traffic depending. Now that I am about to be finished with college I will have a lot more time on my hand and this could be a chance to take off with blogging.

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By now I have figured out my passions as I have more than one. My problem is figuring out how to put that into a possible career. I am a very realist thinker and when I even decided on a major I was taking in the pros and cons of careers based on their job outlook, pay and level of difficulty. I have been in circles of what I should do with my life and I stilll seem to be a little unsure. My passion for music is insane and I love sharing my expiriences with others and would like to help people gain insight on what it is actually all about. My plan is to take time to really put thought into this and prepare me for a future blog. As I learn what its really about I am thinking of taking some of my other passions such as health and creating an even better blog that I could use to inspire my friends and family.

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My mom has raised me to follow my passions in life, and not just "the money". I think this blog of mine could be the start of my baseball coaching career, and at the very least it's a great vessel to throw all of my thoughts regarding baseball and pitching into, instead of bottling them up inside and wishing I could still be playing today. 

Student

I agree.  It's imporant for a starting blogger to write what they're passionate about, no matter what.  Making people know about your interests can create connections with other people online, and you can start to build yourself a foundation

Student

I agree that everyone shold search for their passion and pursue it as a career, no matter the pay or circumstances. I believe that doing what you love will let you lead a more fruitful life than doing something that will make you more money. I plan on using this blog to forward my communications career. I have been considered working in the field of Journalism and the way my blog is structured can really help me prepare for the future.

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I have personally never blogged before, but after seeing how interesting they can truly be I became pretty excited for this assignment. My blog is about notchback mustangs. These cars were produced from 1979-1993. The cool part is there werent many of them made in those times, especially in a v8. My passion for these cars have grown through the years and now I want to share my passion for these cars with others through this blog. My plans for the blog are to allow it to grow where people can buy and sell cars and car parts in one section, while learning how to build and fix notchbacks in another section. Of coarse there will also be a general discussion page where people can share pics and opinions of there rides. This blog opens not only a window for myself but for others as well to explore all kinds of notchback mustang knowledge. The concept is pretty cool and id love to see my notchback blog grow.

Student

I agree with everyone in the sense that a passion will take you far places. I think passion can take you farther than knowledge, actually. I think it is also great that blogging is a fairly simple way to share your passions with the world. It can really connect people in my opinion. I think it can also be an effective way to learn new things, share and expand on ideas, and create solutions for common problems. I think when passionate people share their passions it only can bring help to others, which is very useful. I think companies who use blogs also would benefit from building their brand.

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For my blog I decided to finally create a place in which I am held accountable. I have been on a journey of trying to become a healthier individual. Unfortunately, I fall off the bandwagon frequently. I have always hated the people who get on Facebook and constantly share photos where they are scantily dressed and sharing too much information. However, I have always wanted to do something similar so I can hold myself accountable for my exercise and eating habits. 

So I decided that this blog assignment would serve as that platform. I am using it as an accountability platform while doubling it as a source of inspiration and tips for getting healthy for anyone. 

I hope that it can be a cathadaric experience for me, while also connecting me with a network of people who struggle in the same fashion that I do. I recognize that this is not a hugely different idea, so I am hoping to find a way to differentiate my blog from other health blogs as I develop into a more confident blogger. 

Student

I think that this course will really improve on my online skills on blogging and social media.  I have a goal of owning my own businesses so the more skills I learn on promotions and managing the better I will be.  Learning to Blog well will help me communicate to followers and be a great skill I needd to practice. 

Student
I have decided to make a hybrid of this assignment. While I have a passion in being a food enthuastist or critic, I am also taking this class as a chance to get ready for the big stage (blog writing for a company). Sure, blogging can help you communicate better, build a portfolio for employers to see, and facilitate creativity. However, isn't this class NEW Media TRAINING? I consider my writing skills to be exceptional, but I've never had experience blogging. Here's my opinion:
While I think it's a great idea to pick something you're passionate about, I don't think you should have this blog be a "huge thing" or "lifelong passion" if you're afraid or not ready for your work to be on the internet. I also contest that a lot of people's favorite things to blog or talk about might not be a topic that is suitable for a good blog. I'll give an example from my own unique situation. My number one choice was a dog blog, one that I could help write to help sheltered dogs find homes for pets currently in the Capital Area Humane Society. It would be extremely fruitful, but difficult to write about this because of a variety of factors. For example, how do I know their temperament? Even if I took the time to meet with the dog I could be putting another person or the dog in harms way. Creating a blog that you are most passionate should be a very time consuming task, meaning 15+ hours a week.
It's important to keep practicing because practice makes perfect, and I think it's equally important to have passion about what you're writing about. That, I agree with you upon. Great article, and I agree with your opinion on more levels than one, I just wasn't reading a lot of articles in opposition. For that reason, I felt a unique perspective was needed.
Student

I've always wanted to start a blog. I have in the past started a few blogs, but never managed to keep up with them. I always felt that my web design skills were too poor, and I never had a big enough excuse to go to the trouble of learning it all. No more. I'm determined to figure this out, and create a blog worth reading. I love music and I don't care if I get any readers. Even if no one reads it, I know that I do it for my own self amusement, and if others care to join in, let them. 

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After reading your post I totally agree that if you want to be happy then you have to do what makes you happy.  Sometimes what makes you happy is something that you have to pour blood, sweat and tears into but that makes it all the better for you in the end.  I want to do something with my life that I can look back on and say, "wow, I actually did all of that to get to where I am now".  My passion is in music and I think that in order for my long-term happiness I have to do something in my career that involves the music industry in some way.  Even if I don't get paid for it, I want to try and make a difference in it.  That is the meaning of being passionate about something.  I hope that by starting this blog about music and its effect on the world will broaden my understanding of music and engage others in the wonders and magic of listening to music.

Student

Reading your blog has made me think about what I really want to blog about. I am very a passionate fan of sports and I would like to start writing my blog around sports happening today. Unfortunately the basketball and hockey seasons just ended, so games will not be taking place until after this class is over. However, the Baseball season currently going on, and I would like to use my blog as a form of keeping up to date with the MLB. Giving players of the week for some of my favorite teams and keeping up to date information on the biggest news that is happening in the MLB.  

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I've been passionate about video games my entire life, and I've always wanted to make something out of. Something more than just playing the games. I honestly feel like this class has already given me that little bit of a push to get started on making video games into a project. I want to make my blog amazing, post frequently, make sure that the content is unique and purposeful and gain a following. From there, I would love to use that following to start my own stream on twitch.tv. Streamers with a high number of viewers can make a good income by doing what they love, playing video games. The fun in streaming is that it's a community of people who all love the same thing you love. I look forward to how far I can take this, and how this class helps prepare me!

Student

Everyone has at least one thing that they are passionate about, I am lucky enough overlap my passion with my schooling and future career. For the past few years I have thought about creating a review blog. I actually tried once, but had no idea what I was doing. Good thing this class is pushing me to learn about something I've wanted to do. Reviews may seem boring to some people but I LOVE every bit of them. I could read reviews every day, all day. They really are a key aspect to me buying products new and old. Reviews are a great way to share your opinion to people that WANT it. They are looking for exactly what you're writing about. I hope to use this blog to use whenever I have free time, I WILL create something that will be used, and useful to many different demographics. 

 

When creating this blog, I will continue to connect it with my career. When I do this, it will be a powerful way to network. I hope that future employers will be interested in my work and use that as a hiring technique to set me apart from other applicants. 

Student

To be honest, when I first started to think about what I was going to do my blog on, not much came to mind. I thought I would just pick some random topic and run through the assignment. I finally came across a topic I actually enjoy talking about, music. More specifically, music people don't know about and music people can listen to at different times of the day, with different people, at different locations. I hope I continue to love writing about this, because when I began to write, my thoughts began to spew out faster than I could type them. Having your passion cross over with your career is a blessing, but maybe it's not as impossible as I think it is.

Student

Writing is a powerful art form that can now reach millions of people in one day, thanks to the internet. I intend to make a blog that is reflective of my writing abilities, along with my passion for animals, more specifically dogs. Growing up, I've always had many different pets, which have taught me how to be a compassionate, caring person. I have always liked animals more than people, which is why this blog will be fun for me. I will give a voice to animals and share their stories. This blog isn't just about completing an assignment, it's about sharing a passion. I will invest quality time into the blog and create posts worth reading. I also intend continue posting after this class is complete. 

Student

Passion. Passion. Passion. Without passion we are boring irrelevant creatures. My greatest passion and what I intend to make my blog about is the passion of starting a successful business. My parents started their own business 25 years ago and have been a huge inspiration to me to follow in their footsteps, although not exactly theirs, they started a staffing agency, which I find incredibly BORING. Since my career at Michigan State has started I have started my own T-shirt Company and am loving seeing how it unfolds, the failures and the successes.

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I have always had a passion for cooking growing up. I started out loving to bake as a kid, and as I got older and both my parents were working, I learned to cook good quality meals for myself and my family. Some of my close friends know I am a good cook, but it is not something that I have shared with a lot of people. Having a blog like this is a new way for me to share my passion with people. I have always been told I should write my own recipies and even sell the food I make, so by creating this blog, now I can share my knowledge with the world. I specifically want to share my knowledge with the college aged kids. A lot of my friends do not know how to cook, so by having a blog like this, it can teach them how to make simple meals on a budget that taste well.

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Passion might be the most important thing in my life. I'm the guy who always need passion to drive me to go deeper. This class teach me to choose a right way to become successful at a right time. I have to say that there are so many things in my life I am passionate about and sometimes I just can't keep going. This time I'm gonna to make my blog about something I used to be passionate about and explore more about myself. Never forget how great the life is and hope it could mean something in my memory when I get oldrer.

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I've always thought it was really cool that the internet can bring people who like random things together. Personally I've always been a huge sports fan and I've always enjoyed writing about sports so I'm taking this assignment as an opportunity to see just how good I am at doing so. Guys like Bill Simmons and Zach Lowe have jobs that I dream about. Who wouldn't want to write about sports all day everyday? Even if this doesn't turn into something that could one day become a job for me I think it will really give me joy and also improve my knowledge of sports and the things that go on off the court/field/diamond etc. 

Student

Funny how blogging had such a negative connotation in my mind until this class started and I had to redefine what "blogging" really was. I really enjoy sharing the ideas and thoughts I have to help others manage their social media accounts. It was eye-opening to realize if I can make a presentation about social media at a conference I should have enough to say about the subject for blog posts! It is a great sense of freedom! 

Student

It's actually great that you posted about this because it is exactly what I have been thinking about lately. Especially once the course began, I started to tihnk about what pet projects I could start up that were outside of academia/research. I made my blog about ballroom dancing (if you know me, you could have guessed this long before the course started) and making it easier to find information on local dancing opportunities and the like. As I started to read the book and thinking about our assignments, I started to even think about how I could take this a few steps further. Something I have always wanted to do is make some sort of app (even though I have pretty much no coding experience at all) but never really knew what direction I could take it or what the real purpose would be. However, I started to plan out my blog and think realistically about how I could find the information I wanted to share, I found it a lot easier to conceptualize future projects (like this mystery app). While I won't go into specifics (don't steal my idea!), developing an app as a more sophistocated and refined (and perhaps crowdsourced?) information exchange around local dancing opportunities and thoughts is starting to seem (slightly) more realistic. Needless to say, I am thankful for having a break from the usual stuffy academic work that I am used to so that I can think a little more creatively and out-of-the-box.

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I sometimes get discouraged that things I am passionate about will never be viable ways for me to make a living. I mean, really, how many people can make a living off of watching and writing about sports? ESPN employs probably 100 writers, and almost all of them have secondary education for journalism as well as 10's of years experience in the industry before getting hired there. With the decline of newspapers, the traditional sportswriter is dying. While traditional forums are dying off, many new forums are being introduced. I want to use this assignment as a chance to see if writing about sports (specifically the NBA) is a legitimate career path I could take. I see so many people turning their passion into their work, and this is a chance for me to see if I could potentially follow that route.

Student

I am taking this course at a perfect time.  I am working on launching a website for the MSU Healthy Campus Initiative.  I hope to have a blog on the homepage about health issues and topics that MSU students face.  So that's how I'm going to take advantage of this course and make my blog more than an assignment.  However, while I enjoy public health and my program of study (health and risk communication, I wouldn't say that this is my passion project yet.  Right now my interest in public health is so broad, I need to focus more in on a specific topic.  I feel that once I figure out what that topic may be, at that point I may discover what my passion project would be.

Student

I think you really hit the nail on the head with this post. When your work passion becomes your work, it is anything but work. Coming into this assignment I definitely wanted to blog about one of my big interests. However I planned to just crank it out for the grade, but after reading your post I now actually want to seriously consider continuing with this blog even after this class is over. I never realized that even if I don't want to be a professional blogger, having a blog about my passion can show a future employer that not only that I care about what I work with, but that I am knowledgeable about it as well. With more and more people graduating from college today than ever before, a general degree will only get you so far in your workplace because they are becoming more and more common. Instead you must seperate yourself from the pack and stick out. I believe having a successful blog is a great way to do just that. 

Student

I think that it is true that passion drives people to become more successful. If you do not have passion for your work, where will you ever move to? I can not say I have found a passion yet that I can see myself doing for my whole life. I am unsure of what I want to do because there are so many different things I am passionate about. I do not want to choose one path because I always worry about whether I should be going down the path I did not choose. This course will give me a chance to explore more what I like about Advertising and what kind of direction I want to go to in the future. I plan to make my blog about everything I want to learn more about whether it is food, excercise, places I want to travel to, and really what I hope to do in my professional career as well as my personal life. I realize that having an online presence for jobs will make me more valuable as a professional.

Student

I whole-heartedly agree that being passionate about something is the key to a life worth living, and a career worth having. Having a career that you are passionate about will make it worth getting out of bed each morningand driving to work. Having passion won't ensure you get that promotion, or that raise you've been hoping for, but it will certainly help. Passion not only makes your career worth having, it will also make your work better. Countless times before I have been assigned to work on school projects where the topic was something I was not interested in, in turn I would put in very minimal effort. However, once put in charge of a project on something I was passionate about, I devoted time to the project and made it my best work yet. That is exactly what I intend this blog to be, my best work yet. To do so, I have thought over the various passions I have: English history and culture, Technology, Television, and so on. Finally, I decided on Gaming. Some of the earliest memories I have are of playing on the N64. Gaming has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and so it is something I am very passionate about, I hope to translate that into my work to show to future employers and say "look at this, I can effectively communicate with an audience," which, in marketing, is huge. 

Student

Many people believe that they know what the secret to life is.  Some think it's eating healthy, some think it's having consistent sex, and some even think it's rubbing peanut butter on your feet every night before you go to bed, but they're all wrong.  The secret to life is passion, finding the one of two things you care and love more than anything else in the world and doing something with it.  My dad is a dentist and he loves his job so much that he once said, "I hope the dentistry in heaven"  Having passion like my dad about something is too rare when it gives you the sense of purpose and a sense of being on the right track.  Both of those are irreplaceable attributes that separate the happy from the truly exuberant.  The thing I'm most passionate about (Besides chipotle) is music, but more specially music festivals and the types of vibes all the goers bring with them and because of this passion my blog is going to be about Bonnaroo!

Student

My blog will be a connection between my clients and me. A convenient way to show them my style and a sample of my work, It will be like a portable catalogue of my work to show people whenever and wherever they want, Instead of them to drive to my salon. This will attract more clients since is not everyone have the time to drive to see someone’s work sample.

 

My posted tips on the blog are to help them to be better at makeup! My blog will be a connection between my clients and me.  A chance to ask and answer their question, to know their feed back and improve myself, and emphases more they style and on the topics that are more commented and liked! And posting tips and tutorials will make more visitors to my page and it will be shared more frequently.

 

My blog can be as well a page to schedule an appointment for me. It is a convenient way to see my whole schedule, so my clients can choose the most suitable day for them. I will write my future trips dates so my clients from other countries will know when I’m visiting.

 

And most importantly it will be like a resume so my clients will know what degrees I got and know more about my experience.

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I can't agree more that passion and career overlapping is never a coincidence. The difference between these people and others is just whether a person has the courage to take and stick to the path of their love regardless its possible negative end. I feel lucky that I took this class and got this precious chance to stop being occupied and think about where my true passion is. I was doing this assignment based on my interest rather than just faking something that looks like what I care a lot. The thing I mentioned in my assignment such as building reader base relying on my social networking and improve the index using the tools I am about to learn next few weeks will be my start line. I will just consider it as my other habit and do not put any pressure on it. Hope there will be the time that I can harvest my fruit as well as those I am offering. 

Student
Like Kaitlynn, my blog will be something I can foward alongside my resume for future internship/job interviews. Yet, it will not be a source for writing samples. It will showcase my personality. Professors in Comm Arts and outside professionals who have look at my resume said that I am too perfect on paper and that I could easily be disregarded for that. They all wished the personality I presented in person would also come across on paper.
And so, surviving summer school (still coming up with a cooler name) was born. This will be my opportunity to show off my honest, funny (I think?), relatable side with my off-hand comments as well as insight from many years in summer school. Since I have been in summer school for the last seven years (to get ahead and yes that include high school), I feel this is a topic I am well versed in and have a lot to share.
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6/18/2015
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