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Blog Review: Tyler Cowen’s Marginal Revolution

As I sit here watching two top academic schools battle each other in football (Notre Dame v Stanford) I’m reminded of my favorite economics blog. Economics is more or less the study of choices. Why people do what they do based on what they value. Now there’s a professor out there named Tyler Cowen that writes a blog called Marginal Revolution. This blog has very little media content and often has very little insight from Cowen himself. Yet, he links you to the best articles on the web. He covers everything from politics to sports. Whether you agree with Cowen or not is beside the point. It’s a great blog to bookmark for reference to other academic outlets.

Grading:

Appearance: D

Ease to navigate: A

Creativity: C

Grammar: A+

TLC: A+

Overall Grade: A

NOTE: Cowen’s blog is one of the most visited in the realm of economics. It’s appearance isn’t appealing to the regular blog reader. In fact, I doubt anyone that stumbles upon MR would stick around to read what he posts. Yet, his audience isn’t casual readers. It’s informed and educational readers. I grade blogs based on how they appeal to their audience. Example: I personally dislike the High School Musical films, yet for a teen that likes a musical, it’s a homerun. Same goes for Cowen’s blog. If you like data, numbers, and economics, this is the cream of the crop source as far as blogs go.

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Blogging Quick Tips: When to Post

Based on the blogs that I have run over the years, there are two main times throughout the day that readers stop by. I call it the Rule of 10’s.

10:00 AM EST

and

10:00 PM EST

Are the highest traffic times throughout the day.

Look to schedule your posts to be released one to two hours before these times! You’ll see your views-per-post increase and thus increase the value of your work!

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Blog Review: Secrets of 7 Scribes

A lot of what I’ll post on here will be representations of good and bad blogs. To start on the right foot, I found one that is really interesting. Seven female writers that compile personal stories and recipes into their own creation. There are several characteristics of this blog that would make me want to return. First, it’s well written. It’s also easy to navigate. Yet most importantly, it’s visually appealing. The authors include common photos from search engines as well as their own uploaded images. The target audience for these women appears to be 30+ year old women that have families. Now I’m a 24 year old single male… so I most likely will not be returning often. Yet if you happen to enjoy Pintrest, then I’d suggest you bookmark their blog!

Grading:

Appearance: B

Ease to navigate: A

Creativity: B

Grammar: A+

TLC: A+

Overall Grade: A-

Posts that are worth your time:

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Recipe for Success

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