Opinion: BuzzFeed Isn’t Killing Writing


In December 2013, Esquire published an article by Luke O’Neil in which he bashed viral-content producing sites such as BuzzFeed and Gawker, lamenting that these websites, which are dependent on the shareability of its content, were making “veracity, newsworthiness, and relevance” a notion of the past. 

O’Neil referenced an Atlantic article which showed that the most shared website on Facebook by leaps and bounds was Gawker, beating out the likes of The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, and BBC. To him, this was meant to be evidence of the decline of journalism, the end of solid, meaningful writing. That all we care about are “15 Puppies That Will Make Your Day Better” and not tragedies abroad, or even in our backyard. Forget elections, give me cats in sweaters!

But the thing is, these “puff” articles O’Neil is referring to on sites like BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog, Gawker, and the like aren’t intended to be journalistic writing at all, not really. They’re not meant to steer us away from Benghazi. They’re meant for a break.

As someone who had contributed to one of these sites before, I have to say the backlash against these sites is rather frustrating. Just because I’m not writing about politics or other heavy news topics  I don’t think makes me any less of a writer. I just have a different mission with my words: to make people feel less alone, to hopefully inspire, or to make someone laugh. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

Whether you agree with O’Neil or not, you have to remember that just because something is of lighter substance, doesn’t make it any less meaningful. We all need a break from all of the terrible things happening in the world, and that’s why I think these viral sites are pretty awesome.

Travel While You Can

Just graduated? In your early twenties? Drop everything now — because if you aren’t traveling, you’re making a huge mistake.”

For the longest time, I thought I would have to be rich or old or both to travel the world. However, I am a 23-year-old broke college student and last summer I lived and worked in Ireland for three months. Thanks to the amazing study abroad programs and scholarships here are MSU anyone can travel the world. If you need further motivation than that to get your butt exploring the world, check out “You Don’t Have To Quit Your Job To Travel In Your 20s”.

Job Hopping Damages Job Prospects

You hear all the time that jobs are looking for years of experience. However, according to Bullhorn research, it looks like the job hopping that usually accompanies this building of experience might hurt you in the future.

The company surveyed 1,500 staffing recruiters, corporate recruiters, and hiring managers to ask them which factors most affected a candidate’s job prospects. 39% of them said hopping jobs is the biggest obstacle, compared to 31% citing unemployment for over a year.”

 Check out the this article for Bullhorn’s research and the infographic below for more details.

P.S Just in case you were wondering, this article that will let you know how long is too long when it comes to working for the same company.

Here's an infographic from Bullhorn's resources with the details
Here’s an infographic from Bullhorn’s resources with the details

The Design Process of a Book Cover


When you think about all the work that goes into a book, you probably don’t think too much about the cover design. You probably think about the labor of the writer, maybe the editor. However, the cover design is almost as important as the story itself, as it is what grabs a potential reader’s attention!

This article from Mashable explores this idea further, and how much work truly goes into designing an awesome book cover that doesn’t reveal too much, but invites the reader into the pages it’s holding. It definitely brings a whole new appreciation to the publishing process. Enjoy!