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Group Blog Recap

April 25, 2010 Leave a comment
This week I tried to think of something that I could create that the blog really needed.  We are always trying to write more and more reviews of locations but there has never been a way to organize them so I decided to make a map.
I posted the Google map on the blog and then also created a “Reviews” page that will serve as a permanent home.  Hopefully this will make it a lot easier when people are looking for specific reviews or are just seeing what the blog has to offer.
I also wrote another edition of “Living Cheap” which concentrated on air conditioning since it is getting warmer.  I’m really pleased that I have been able to keep the department going for so long now.
Next week, I’m going to continue “Living Cheap” and hopefully come up with another idea that will help organize or promote our blog more.  It might be time for a Move-in Morgantown facelift too.  The right frame on the site looks a little cluttered the last time I saw.

Group Blog Recap #4

April 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Everything was pretty straightforward this week at Move-in Morganotwn after a little bit of a respite over spring break.  Personally, I worked on the two articles “Consider a Mobile Home” and “Living Cheap: Water.”  Both stories were relatively simple to write but I tried to emphasize adding as many links as possible.

I am also trying to come up with the best way to distribute the QR code I developed last week.  Now that we have it, we need to see how it works after being placed around campus.  I was thinking possibly printing them off on stickers and using them as part of a “guerrilla campaign.”

Next week I plan to continue with the “Living Cheap” series and maybe take a look at electric bills.

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March 28, 2010 Leave a comment
This week I feel like I finally was able to make some headway on some of my goals with the group blog.  I began the week by finishing an interview that had eluded me for the first two weeks.  It was the article about a fellow college student who was buying a house under his name.  I also continued the “Living Cheap” department with a transportation section.
I was most excited about trying to promote the blog with the QR Code I developed.  I plan to place these codes around campus and hopefully will generate some interest from them.  It seems like an exciting and new way to promote a blog that most other people haven’t utilized yet.
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Group Blog Recap #2

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment
This week was definitely a little more challenging than last week concerning my group blog, Move-in Morgantown. I had two ideas that I was going to pursue (dorms for upperclassmen, and a student buying a house) but wasn’t able to interview either of the parties for the stories.
Luckily, I was able to start a new department, “Living Cheap,” that I hope to continue as a weekly column and concentrate on “Staying Healthy in a Dorm” instead.  I was in great shape once I began these two posts but it took me a little bit of time to change gears from my initial ideas.
Next week I plan to keep “Living Cheap” alive and also to finish the story about a student who is buying a house.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get the interview and follow through with my idea.

Twittering Recap: SMC #7

March 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Coincidently, Twitter entered my life just a few weeks before this assignment.  I had an account for over a year and had used it maybe twice (which is how the majority of people use it).  So, I heard a lot of people talking about their experiences on Twitter and decided to join in with a brand new account.

Since then Facebook has become obsolete.  I sign on to Facebook under five times a week but usually am on Twitter five times a day.  The main reason for this is accessibility.  Twitter works so much better a on my phone nd is much easier than Facebook so I find myself tweeting a lot more.

I’ve also found that I communicate with people in a meaningful way more on Twitter.  Facebook didn’t foster the same kind of conversations that I am having on Twitter for some reason.  Maybe FB is just becoming a little stale after ruling my computer for so many years.

I think my next step on Twitter is raiding some people’s lists and following more twitterers.  I’m still adjusting to everything so haven’t tried to follow everyone on the planet yet but I’m sure I’ll get there.  Hopefully I can keep the conversation going.

By the way, for anyone who is interested… Follow me! @evancmo

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Group Blog Recap #1

March 15, 2010 Leave a comment

This week was especially interesting because we had to get our new blog, Move-in Morgantown, off the ground and running.  Doing this took a lot of communication and organization between group members.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever sent that many emails over such a short period of time before.

After the blogging began and things calmed down, I wrote reviews on The Augusta and The District, apartment complexes in Morgantown.  I was actually surprised at how much research this took because there are many things that the landlords keep hidden.  This took some time sifting through leases and agreements and reading all of the fine print.

I also tried adding polls into those posts but so far no one has used them.  I’ll try to figure out a way to become more interactive in these posts (maybe polls aren’t it).

This week I think I am going to take a break from the reviews and post about two other subjects I found interesting.  I know of a student who is buying a house and also want to look into why upperclassmen live in dorms after freshman year.

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Monongalia County Health Code Violations

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Here’s a map we did for my interactive blogging course of all of the health code violations in Monongalia County for the month of January ’10.