As a student, the last thing that many of us want to do are write out assignments and type lengthy term papers. However, in the time since I’ve had to upkeep this blog for the semester, I have learned that blogging about something related to your own interests is not the same feeling as writing an assigned paper. As difficult as it was to post, it was still a good chance to write about something related to things that younger people are interested in outside of class.
The same could be said for one Northeastern freshman who spends a lot of time on her studies, but even more time blogging. Samantha Sugarman, 18, used her adventures abroad to stay connected through her blog, Adventures of a Sugarwoman. Originally born in California, she moved to Hong Kong and began to write her adventures for friends back in California. “When I go places, I always think to take a quick photo because I think it might be a good experience to show people in California,” she says.
Her out takes of life’s simple moments have also allowed her to make friends in Hong Kong and here in Boston. “I’ve actually made quite a few friends through it which is really nice. People would come up to me in Hong Kong and they’d say ‘Oh my gosh, you’re the sugar woman aren’t you?’ and I’m like, ‘That’s me!’ She continues with, “So it’s nice to have a little fan base and I make friends through the people that read my blog.”
In social terms, keeping a blog that attracts readers with similar interests allow for connectivity between like minds. It lets us know that there are people out there with similar ideas. In a college setting, it also gives writers a unique advantage to have published work over time and show progression. Junior, Kasey Alfonso is not a blogger, but reads a lot of blogs and agrees that having an online portfolio of posts allows employers to see not only what you are interested in, but also how you can effectively communicate your ideas. She says, “It’s good for resume building and also great to have a physical representation of all of your written work.”
As good as it might be, it is no secret that constantly posting, editing and uploading photos is time consuming. Sugarman is a sister of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and is also on the power lifting team here at Northeastern University, but she finds a way to balance these activities and writing. “I often use an event related to what I am doing for people who are interested in university life and the things I come across.”
With the success of her blog, she also stresses that keeping readers connected is important by keeping several pages where people can access the blog. Sugarman keeps a Facebook blog fan page separate from her personal page so readers can see all of the things on Adventures of a Sugarwoman. By also keeping a Bloglovin’ account and Instagram, followers can also get alerts every time she updates the blog.
Knowing small tips like these can also help another person looking to start a blog. With a market of young adults who surf the web constantly looking for things that interests them, it is bound to happen that someone could bump into your space where you express your ideas and thoughts. What were Sugarman’s biggest personal gains? According to her, a breath of experiences and a place where she can capture moments in time and record them for herself and others. “Having a blog has made me capture my experiences and record relatively soon after I experience that event. To truly capture how I was feeling and what went on, and then after I looks back on it in time, I have a more accurate recollection of what went on.”
Along with this post is my sit down with Samantha Sugarman. Take a look at what she has to say about keeping a blog. And also take a look at the cool gallery below of all of her adventures.