By: Luke Modzier
Pop-Up Leadership is a weekly leadership workshop held in one of the Rutgers Student Centers that engages students on a different topic of leadership every week. I stand at my table and speak with students walking by about leadership. Each week, during the process of researching and putting together that week’s workshop, I temporarily become a mini-master of whatever topic is being covered. The knowledge that I have gained benefits those that I have spoken to, myself, and that’s it. I don’t like that. So here’s my attempt to change that. I want to write these posts after the latest Pop-Up because 1) I’ll still have all the knowledge I’ve gained that week and 2) I will have spoken with students at the table and gained their perspective into the issue so that the voice you hear in the post isn’t just mine. Here we go.
The titles this week for Pop-Up was “Express Yourself” and dealt with the benefits of blogging. At the table, the question I asked students was “What are you passionate about?” My thought was that most students don’t blog, but if I ask them what their passion is and describe the benefits of blogging to them, perhaps their passion can then turn into a blog.
After speaking with the students about their passion, I transitioned to the benefits that blogging could offer them if they were to start. The three I identified were:
Sharing your ideas
Working on your writing skills
Building your brand
Share your ideas. I know one of the reasons many people are hesitant about blogging is that others may criticize their ideas. Blogging, much like asking out a crush, can be scary if you approach it with the wrong mindset. Both scenarios have the opportunity of someone saying no to you. The fear you may have for what others could say should act not as a deterrent, but as a motivator. It signifies something worth doing, even with the risks involved. It means you have an opinion and are willing to share it with the world. Even if that opinion is attacked by others, at least you put yourself out there. As Winston Churchill said, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
Working on your writing skills. You only get better at running by running more. You only get better at painting by painting more. You only get better at writing by writing more. Writing is a part of a short list of skills that just about everyone will need to use in their future. Regardless of job or rank, the ability to articulate clearly your thoughts should be something you are constantly working on. Blogging allows you to do this in an atmosphere without the fear of failing a paper or handing in an inadequate report at work. By writing about whatever you want, the words will come easier and more frequently. Write more and you will write better.
Build your brand. The image you portray online is just as important as the one you have in person. It is one thing to have a neatly kept Facebook and Twitter pop up when someone Googles your name. It is another to have a blog, which you actively maintain, to appear. The former shows that you are worried about the way others may view you; the latter showing instead you are passionate about something and want to share that with the world.
I’ve started blogging… what R U waiting for?