Yep — that’s me. And you’re probably wondering how I got here. The internet, that is.
Well, I guess you could say I was born into it. While I sure remember the times when dial-up was still a thing (loud, cranky noise and slow internet gaming), I don’t remember a time when the internet wasn’t a thing. For some, that’s a blessing and others a curse. For me, it’s a blessing. Why? Because the internet has revolutionized the way we communicate, and the internet is the reason we have blogs.
Everybody loves a blog, right?
Who am I?
If you couldn’t tell by this site’s URL address or title, my name is Kaleb Turner. I grew up in Pangburn, Arkansas, (a town of 601 people) and now I go to Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, (just 20 minutes away) where I study public relations.
I’m the editor-in-chief of the Petit Jean yearbook at Harding. (It’s a national award-winning book, y’all). That’s where I spend most of my time. I’m also a resident assistant on campus, which basically means I make sure the 27 freshmen guys that live on my hall don’t burn down the dorm.
Why public relations?
Communication has always seemed like a natural fit for me. It’s always come easy and seemed like a thing I’d be good at. The fall semester of my freshman year I decided public relations was the right fit for me because of the people studying that field at Harding. I think that says something special — public relations is all about connections and people, and it’s connections and people that brought me to the field.
What do you do in your free time?
What’s free time? Haha! Funny joke. But, really.
If I do have any free time, you can find me in Armstrong 239 where I’m snoozing away or you can find me around town with my friends.
I also love to travel.
Who knows what post-undergrad holds? Really, though — who knows? Please tell me how to get into contact with them. Maybe it will find me in an agency, at a nonprofit or on the campaign trail. Those are just some possibilities.
Back to blogging
Like I said, everybody loves a blog. Well, probably not. But a big audience of people do, and utilizing a blog correctly can reap a big harvest.
For McDonald’s, blogging takes the corporate facade and translates it into the story of the thrid-generation McDonald’s owner/operator.
For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a blog lets donors know where their money is going because they read the story of how the newly-purchased equipment found new treatment options.
For me personally, blogging is just a way to contain my conscious stream of thoughts. Spring break trip? Going on the blog. Christmas Day pictures? Going on the blog. 2016 year in review? On the blog, for sure.
No matter the purpose — blogging puts a voice on a subject or topic and tells a story. And at the end of the day, that’s what communication, in whatever form, is about. It’s about telling a story.
I hope you’ll continue to read as my story unfolds.