As part of the 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada, each official Regional Delegate must introduce themselves and their platform on their region’s blog. Each post under their pen name today helps advance their campaign for the 2017 Miss Teenage Canada crown.

Each Delegate’s Quest for the 2017 Miss Teenage Canada Crown Requires Exhibiting Digital Communication Prowess

Every Delegate enrolled in the 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada competition has the inherent ability to shine online simply by using the digital tools provided on their regional blogs. Blogging on these powerful portals, they’re encouraged to communicate their hopes. dreams and aspirations toward making Canada a better place, starting with their own region.

The 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada has three blog challenges. These assignments are graded at 3% percent each with the 1% added for the prerequisite Introductory post, for a total of ten points toward their score in the overall competition.

windsor detroit bridge#1 Travel Blog – Become Your Region’s Travel Ambassador

The first challenge asks all Delegates to blog about their favourite place inside their region. This is a unique opportunity to become the official ambassador for a local family-run establishment or quaint local tourist attraction, or scenic location or whatever you like. We expect to see hot spots from Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia to Zeballos Inlet, gateway to Nootka Sound in British Columbia.  Show us Canada!

Your travel blog post on your provincial portal should be at least six hundred words, and have two or three original pictures. We also expect you’ll link to your featured business’s website (once is best).

The most interesting and satisfying travel journalism tells readers a story about the author explaining WHY and HOW this particular hot spot became their favourite place.

#2 Fashion Blog – Write and Submit a Fashion Article to Street Chic, then Promote Your Article on your Blog!Street Chic - fashion magazine

The second blog challenge is complicated, but rewarding on many levels. We are using our blogs to help grow a new online Canadian fashion look-book style magazine called Street Chic. Edited by Lily Liao this digital publication is made by the people for the people. Lily and her staff at this ad-free journal are hoping young Canadians like yourselves will show us what you think are the best fashions on-the-street.

Once again we expect six hundred words of detailed explanation about who the people are (no names) and what they are wearing – labels, colours, materials, and of course designer’s names and the stores where the fashions were purchased and even the prices paid if possible. We also want to know what street you selected. The street is very much part of the story in Street Chic – read this example, COMING SOON.

Street Chic in Toronto

Executing this assignment will require following these five steps.

First you must venture forth and find (arrange) inspiring fashions in your area. Its important that you photograph the subjects on the street in your small town or city.

Secondly as indicated earlier, authors must record their subject’s first names (only) and write a bit about WHO they are, and then detail exactly what they’re wearing. Your article should have the who, what, where, when (no why or how required). The post should be about 600 words..

The Third Step is to email the article draft to Rob AT Smojoe DOT com as well as Info AT Streetchic DOT ca. The article can be pasted into the body of the email or attached as a Word doc but WITHOUT PICTURES. The images for your article should be included as jpgs or pngs separately, attached to the submission email.

Fourthly you must patiently wait until the editors and administrators at Street Chic lay out your article submission and publish your work.

Finally promote your published post on your own blog. Add another picture (ideally one you didn’t use in the original piece) and truncate the best parts of your article into your promotional blog post on your MWC provincial blog. This is good digital marketing.  Show us all the fashions you advocate on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ as you promote both pieces. (Include @Roberrific on Twitter to alert me.)

PRIZES – there are prizes for the top five posts and Lily Liao and Rob Campbell will score and combine #visits to the article as the final metric. Prizes to be awarded at the 2017 Sponsor Party – every blogger gets a Street Chic T-Shirt.

experience the sponsor party

#3 Event Blogger –  Communicate the Experience of Attending the 2017 Miss Teenage Canada Sponsor Party as VIP.

The third and final challenge is to write about a event full blog post with pictures and anecdotes detailing ALL of the many business people present at the 2017 Miss Teenage Canada Sponsor Party on the first night of the pageant experience week in Toronto.

Does that sound hard? It’s actually the easiest of the three challenges because all Delegates have to do is expand a prefabricated hot script with names, business logos and website links already prepared and sent ahead as ‘hot script’. Delegates simply have to add pictures and their own stories.

COMPLETION

Assignments #1 and #2 should be completed before the end of the July.

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The Search for Miss Teenage Canada Delegates have some digital housekeeping to do as they inherit their predecessor’s blogs (or new regional domains). Here’s a list of first things they must do to streamline their platforms:

Miss Teen Blogger To Do List

1. Update your blog Headshots, to show readers who is blogging,

How To Update Headshots

headshots in profileClick on the “Headshots’ link in the navigation menu at the left side of the screen. Authors will see the list of headshots stored in the media library.

the headshots option in sidebar expandsClick on any headshot to open it.

Update the name of the headshot (currently ‘Replace this with your own headshot’) then click on the image to bring up the  ‘Set Featured Image’ popup.

headshots media upload in blog network

Users can drag and drop an image into this area or click the ‘Select Files’ button to browse their computer.

Once it is uploaded authors simply have to click the ‘Use as Featured Image’ link. Then click ‘Update’ on the post to ensure the headshot is saved.

2. Write your introductory post.

See instructions here 

 

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Hello Search for Miss Teenage Canada Finalists. To properly start your journey as bloggers on the Miss Teenage Canada Blog Network, you must write an introductory post that will appear above the bumper separating you from last year’s title holder.

Headline must be Hello from ( your REAL FIRST NAME), Miss Teenage (TITLE) (YEAR)
example: Hello from Christi, Miss Teenage Elliot Lake 2016

Siera Bearchell in Toronto after winning the crownIt will be the first result that appears in all search engines for your name as a search query forevermore – unless your name is Kate Smith or something common or shared with another popular celebrity. Check it out – type in any of the girls’ names from last year and you will see their Miss Teenage blogs are first result on Google.

Pictures – this post should have pictures and there are three different ways that can happen.  Read this special PAGE for in detail instructions on How To Add Pictures To Your WordPress Blog.

Write descriptive text about yourself, expand on your bio and give readers something to contemplate about your life. Describe the socioeconomic, cultural or geographic situation that is your own unique perspective on life in Canada as a teen girl age 14-18.

Hello, I’m __name___ from __geographic location __,  and I’m really interested in _____ (skiing, surfing, horseback riding, auto racing etc)  local activities  WHY.. Image if you were just recruited a citizen journalist for a lifestyle web magazine that’s interested in your area… What would you write about?

Give readers a wide angle picture showing yourself doing whatever it is that that you do best…  For example if you ride horses or keep tropical plants or fix homeless people’s signs we want to see a picture of that    Stand beside your baked goods, homemade beauty products, or handcrafted teddy bears.  Give readers something to remember you by.

Accomplishments: I’m the president of the blank blank high school debate team and I’m also a power wrestler. Here are pictures of me and my friends inside my high school having a debate, making music or playing sports.

This first post should be all about you and why you are so special. The most important part is to format your headline, for example: ANNE DOE, 2011 Miss Teenage Ontario .

This introductory post will be mashed up into other media and so it is important to get it right, even though its not scored and is in fact the only post wherein blog network administrators can add and subtract text, and add links to national sponsors.

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YOUR BLOG IS WORTH 10% OF YOUR FINAL SCORE!

 

MTC Contestant Blog Scoring

40% Technical prowess
30% Originality, creativity and storytelling
30% Quality of work in 3 assignments

Three important criteria for Judging the Miss Teen Canada Blog Network

40% Technical Prowess – Are there two pictures in every post as required? Are these photos aligned either left or right (good), or are they left unformatted in the center of the doc? or at the end of the doc? Are links in text under words as they should be, or are they exposed, naked links showing the ‘ http’ of the hypertext transfer protocols? (that’s ugly) Are there any unsightly gaps in the content? in the post text, or in the sidebar Bio bytes? Are there any broken links? Does everything work?
30% Originality – Did the blogger get creative and tell some exciting, interesting or informative stories in a unique and original manner? Did they post about any fun and unusual elements of their lives? Did they go beyond the call of duty and break a local story or somehow offer insider or expert knowledge? We encourage bloggers to write about their preparations for the national pageant, and being creative here can really help attract a national following.
30% Quality of work, Blog Assignments. Did the blogger complete all three assignments correctly and on time? Were there any problems with the work? Too short? too long? What about the quality of pictures? Is it celebrity magazine quality journalism? BONUS What has the blogger done to promote readership of their blog?

 

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Hello Miss Teenage Canada Regional Delegates from Blog Network Admin. We thought perhaps it might be time to add some fresh content to the Blog Tutorials here.

Its almost time for the big show…

Miss Teenage Canada

As each year develops, the Miss Teenage Canada Blog Network gets busier and busier (the official blog assignments will be coming down the pipe shortly so stay tuned) and in July the traffic spikes up right before the grand finale.

But of course we are always reading the blog entries, all year long. Its true we really start paying attention in March, April, May and June as the new Delegates introduce themselves. We really enjoy reading about each new delegate and seeing pictures of their surroundings, and learning about their regions – we hope you’ll all continue to use your blogs after the grand finale on Saturday July 23rd 2016 to tell the world your stories. You’re each building a unique legacy, and in the future, other Miss Teenagers from all across Canada but especially from your region will surely read your posts and be impacted by your journey.

Have you ever wondered what makes a good blog post?

There are a bunch of factors, the first of which is having a great idea. The best blog posts are loving handcrafted articles that transcend time (which means they are relevant next year, and the year after, etc)  The best posts are rare and precious because they are written by a young person and they communicate her thoughts and feelings and not just a lot of data and interesting information (which is also important). Writing great blog posts requires doing some research and we like to see delegates visit the setting or the location of the story and take pictures.

Length  – between 600 and 1000 words

Embed Original Photos and Videos even if you have to record the media on your phone – the iPhones today have great camera and Android phones are okay too but often its hard to get the media off the phone. Make sure you know how to do it before doing any ‘live blogging’.

Use original photos. Crop and touch up your best images to use in your posts. One or two is good, but three or four pictures are GREAT. Make sure you remember to add proper Image Titles and Alt Text attributes and even Captions if you dare (they can really mess up your formatting – TIP add them at the end, the last thing you do before you post).

Quotes – If you’re talking to somebody who is somebody then record a quote and either put it in quotes or use the block quote function and attribute it to them.

“Blogging is character building.”  Rob Campbell  Toronto SEO Expert

This is real citizen journalism, and its what people notice and what really good writers use to shape compelling arguments in their editorials, especially in opinion pieces (like good blogs).

Facts – Do some research. Find out cool stats and share them in your posts and its also standard practice to link to the source of the information if its rare and special and not so much if its common knowledge or Wikipedia page.

Promotions – After the piece has been published, its good practice to tweet the blog post’s URL (permalink) and add it to your Facebook page to widen your audience.  Be sure and include @TeenageCanada in your tweet, and we’ll be quick to retweet.

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Introducing the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada – Official Blog Assignment #1

Tell us why anyone should want to visit your city, town or region of Canada?

map of Canada

Every destination across our great nation has at least one special thing to offer the public that more or less defines that location. Its the one thing people say most when you tell them where you’re from… “Oh isn’t that where ‘X’ is?’ And you could substitute X for anything from a Big Apple monument alongside the hwy, to a Zoo for wild buffalo.

Here’s a picture we snapped at The EX here in our region, downtown Toronto.  This is a good picture to use to show you all what we expect here at MTC Blog Network Admin concerning this assignment.

event photography

The task requires the author create a lifestyle / travel blog post that highlights a popular tourist destination in their region, and please do put the name of the attraction in the blog post title (along with Assignment 1). Then follow a journalistic approach describing the best parts of the hot spot.

Where is the place exactly? Who owns the joint? What do people do there? How do they do it? When do they do it? and WHY?  The best blog posts have been well researched and share rare tidbits of knowledge and little known facts.  Give us the history of the area and be sure and relate any myths or legends that make the setting extra cool.

exploring tourist attractionsThe article should also have some personal accounts; how did the place make you feel when you last visited?

Also, and perhaps most important, what little secrets can you share? Being as how you live in the area you must have some rare insider knowledge of things like the maybe the best menu items? Or the best places to park your car? Or the best place to sit to watch a show, or the best deals on souvenirs or even drink specials. Spill the beans on the situation.

Bonus points for bloggers who can make videos at the location and host them on YouTube and then embed them into their blogs by copying and pasting the embed code (in the html editor) into the blog post.  That’s advanced.

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