PandoraExplores.com: a Travel Blog

For my capstone project, I chose to do something I’d wanted to do for a very long time: start a travel blog. The idea was to combine my skills in writing and photography with my passion for travel. Going in, I had plenty of content ideas, lots of pictures from my journeys, and even a domain name I’d bought about a year earlier with the intent of starting my travel blog. I knew I wanted to integrate skills I’d developed as a Comm student, such as web developing, WordPress, and social media marketing.

In the year that I’ve been working on my capstone I have developed the ideas I had into thought-out written posts, organized my photography and began editing it, and designed the site to look the way I want. I have created an intensive marketing plan, made an aesthetically-pleasing Instagram with over 2000 followers, and learned Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques. The research I’ve done using various textbooks from classes I’ve had has helped me learn about how to write for a blogging audience, put a focus on imagery and photography, and market using social media. Other research I’ve done on successful travel blogs, travel writing and photography from around the world has provided me with inspiration and education on what engages viewers.

Finally, I have presented my website to my professors and peers. It’s been a long, overwhelming journey, but it’s not over yet. I plan to continue my website as a passion project throughout my future travels, and I hope you all will join me, at pandoraexplores.com

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Capstone DO’s and DON’Ts: Tips from a graduating senior

For every Comm major, Senior Capstone is the last project you have to face before graduation. It can can be very stressful and time-consuming, but it’s also your last chance to leave your mark before you walk the stage. The process can be tricky, so we’ve put together a few do’s and don’ts to help guide you through Capstone.

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It’s 2018! Do the Shepherd University communication professors have New Year’s resolutions?

Happy 2018! There’s only one more week of winter break left until we head back to Shepherd. So, it’s the perfect time to set some goals for the new year. Are you going to study more this semester? Or take more naps on the couches in Knutti? Whatever your New Year’s resolution (or if you don’t have one yet!), you can always count on your favorite comm professors for some wisdom.

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COMMon Myths Episode 3: What’s the Deal with Social Media?

The final installment of COMMon Myths looks at a popular trend in media today, social media, and whether you should take a class in it. By the way, we’ve got such a class. It’s called COMM 322 Social Media and it’s taught by Professor Matt Kushin. COMMon Myths sat down with Professor Kushin to answer the question: “What’s the Deal with Social Media?”

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Basement Baking: Holiday Cookies

What do you picture when you think of the holiday season? Family and friends? Finding the perfect gift? Holiday traditions?

What about sweet treats? The holidays wouldn’t be the same without them! So in this edition of Basement Baking, we’re serving up two delicious cookie recipes that perfectly capture the holiday spirit… with a twist of course! So this winter, keep yourself warm and try your hand at baking… the Comm way!

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