Students starting Georgetown “blog hub”

Is Vox‘s extensive blog roll not quite satisfying your Georgetown blogosphere needs?  Well Laura Sortwell (MSB ’10) and Jessica Lioon (MSB ’10) are looking out for you.  Sortwell and Lioon are starting up a Georgetown “blog hub” that will aggregate content from blogs run by Georgetown students, alums, and faculty.

In a post on her personal blog, Sortwell explained the motivation behind the project:

We want to create a forum in which Hoyas can share their ideas, show their expertise on trends and topics in the industry, facilitate discussion, seek new career opportunities, establish business contacts, develop knowledge resources, showcase their work, seek advice, and meet other alumni/students with similar interests.

According to Sortwell, the website–inspired by the Mashable model—is their independent study project (both are studying marketing).  The idea came to her after she took an advertising class that focused on marketing and social media.

“There aren’t many schools doing anything like this,” Sortwell said. “It would be a one-stop place to stay in touch with Georgetown.  We kind of want it to be a continuation of the intellectual but fun conversations you have at Georgetown.”

Sortwell and Lioon wouldn’t say how many bloggers have approached them about participating, but Sortwell did say they have “gotten an even better response than we expected.”  The two are still looking for a good name for the site–they’ve considered names like “Hoya Network,” “Red Square” and “The Front Gates”—but they hope to have it up and running within a month.

8 Comments on “Students starting Georgetown “blog hub”

  1. This is a terrible idea. Seriously. If this was such a good idea, don’t you think that VOX or THE HOYA would have done this already? For MSB students, they don’t seem to know what “viable” means.

  2. SS:

    We are still in the beginning stages of our project and we would love to hear why you think it is not a viable project and any other constructive criticism you might have. To do this project correctly actually requires quite a lot of work, which may explain why someone else hasn’t done it yet. Perhaps you need more of an explanation of exactly what we are doing. Here is the project description:

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    We envision a website that rolls in blogs from various students and alumni and organizes them into different categories based on their content. We hope to create a place where current and graduated Hoyas can share their interests with the greater Georgetown community, connect and reconnect with each other, and have the intellectual-but-fun conversations that might normally occur over a coffee in Midnight Mug or a pitcher at the Tombs.

    The site will be extremely user-friendly and will include various forms of content. So, for example, you could roll in your blog teaching English in Japan or about personal development, your photos of NYC that you take every week as a hobby, the blog for your salad/yogurt restaurant business that you started, your commentary on the Republican party, the pictures from your last Hoya soccer game, your monthly video interviews with people in the entertainment industry, news and information about a club or group fundraiser/event, your fashion picks of the week etc, etc. This blog hub is a great way for us to promote ourselves and one another as Hoyas, and to see the various interesting activities, thoughts, and talents of the Georgetown family all in one place.

    Our main goal is to build a strong network of Georgetown Hoyas. Networking is about making connections and building enduring relationships, and we believe that this blog is the best place to start building this community, online and eventually offline as well. We want to create a forum in which Hoyas can share their ideas, show their expertise on trends and topics in various industries, facilitate discussion, seek new career opportunities, establish business contacts, develop knowledge resources, showcase their work, seek advice, and meet other alumni/students with similar interests.

    We are looking for people to roll in their blogs if they already have them, and we are also planning to get Hoyas who don’t have blogs to be inspired to start blogging and roll them into our site. Anyone can write/podcast/post video or photo on any topic as long as it has a consistent focus and corresponds to our mission (which will be very broad, and which we will develop once we have a solid team put together). Blogging is really easy to do, a small time commitment and the media of the future, and we believe that connecting Hoyas through this medium will be the start of a closer, more inspired and vibrant Hoya family.

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    We would sincerely love to get your feedback. Please email us at georgetownbloghub@gmail.com

    ~Jessica Lioon and Laura Sortwell

  3. What a fantastic idea! I hope the students and alumni of Georgetown will take advantage of the hard work and commitment of the creators of this project. Kudos!

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