My writing is now available in more places

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A little while back on the blog I alluded to new opportunities that had arisen for me and I can now tell you about one of them.

I am now a writer/contributor for a new exciting news outlet called “The News Hub.” It is an interesting place, where writers are incentivised to write engaging, quality content and a place where the community plays a huge role in governing the site and makes sure the best written and most relevant articles are easy to find.

Opportunities

I have been running this blog for two years now. It started as a place for me to share my thoughts and showcase my writing. Through my commitment to writing on this blog it has led to many exciting writing opportunities, including writing for other sites, apps, social media, other people’s books and my own book.

I have made no money out of this blog and in terms of traffic not hit the numbers I thought I would but this blog has done so much more for me than I thought it would. It has given me a platform to express myself and formulate my own thoughts. It has given me chances to experiment and work on what makes a good article. Most of all, it has kept me passionate about writing and active as a writer. To get good at something it takes practice and repetition.

Validated

I now feel validated as a writer because of the opportunities that have come my way and the people that have wanted me to write for them. Blogging is a powerful platform and there are many similarities in this new world between a blog and an article, with the lines between the two becoming more and more blurred.

One thing I would say to any other bloggers out there is – never under estimate the impact of your blog and your words. Impact can be measured in so many ways so don’t just think of it as number of viewers to your blog. Go after engagement and not views. Advertising and promotion can bring you views but it is good content that gets you engagement. It is better to have a small engaged audience than it is a big unengaged audience.

I hope everyone who reads this blog will follow my progress at “The News Hub.” To view my articles go to:

https://www.the-newshub.com/@adamsibley

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The Media we Let in to Our Lives

It seems more than ever in todays society that media is everywhere with people wanting us to consume as much of it as possible. From a click of a button or a swipe of a phone we now have the world at our fingertips. Not a moment goes by when you aren’t connected to the big world around you in some way.

The problem with this is the lack of control it gives us as viewers. We have no control over what TV channels, newspapers and websites will show us. On social media we follow and like people that we trust but again we are only trusting these people not to put up things we don’t want to see and have no control. Add on top of this the advertisements that social media companies show us without our control and our feeds soon get clogged up with a lot of things we haven’t asked to or wanted to see.

When you go on your newsfeeds and timelines on social media its like playing Russian roulette. For some people it’s exciting because you never know from one day to the next, but the thing is once you have seen something you didn’t want to see you can’t un-see it.

What we see, hear and read has so much impact on the way we think about the world around us. Without us knowing, our opinions and thoughts are being changed. The media in all its forms is such an impactful force but in many ways we are very blasé in how we use it.

Now I’m not saying we should boycott the media as I think that would be impossible in todays world and would be forgetting the good things that the media does. I would however encourage us all to become more educated users and think more about how we use it.

When was the last time you had a sort through your friends on facebook or the people you follow on twitter and asked yourself do I really want to or need to see posts from each of these people? When was the last time you really assessed a website or newspaper you like, to see what their world and political views and standpoints are?

What hold does media have on your life? Are we now conditioned to check our smartphones every five minutes? To post as much as we can, to like as much as we can? For the time we seem to dedicate to it what are we getting out of it? More to the point by consuming all the media we do what are we missing out on?