Okay. I am slightly freaking out. I will be home in less than two weeks… where has this year gone?!
When I signed up for this class, I honestly had no idea what to expect! All I knew was that I enjoyed technology, computers, and discovering new things. This class has really opened my eyes to the different uses for technology and media. Yes, computers can be used for personal, fun, recreational purposes. But more importantly we can utilize these insanely awesome forms of technology to make a difference in the world. It doesn’t have to be some HUGE revolution started from behind your personal computer. I think a great first step would be just being nice and loving towards one another across social media. We may not all be able to edit a cool looking video or create a graphic that explains important statistics, but we can all easily spread love and happiness. I sound kind of like a technological hippie… but I feel pretty strongly about this! If we think before we post, where would we be?
First of all, I’d say I’m pretty proud of myself for keeping up with all of the blog postings assigned this semester! I never skipped one, and I sometimes added a random video or quote blog post here and there. One observation that I’ve made about my writing over this semester is that I really like to write about things I can connect with personally. That seems like such a no-brainer, but I guess I’ve only noticed it until now. When someone else writes something that tugs at my heartstrings or makes me think in a new way, I want to comment on it! It seems like I can write a blog posting for days when it possesses a subject that is very personal. I feel like I could write for hours on end about subjects I truly enjoy or I am passionate about. For example, one of my first blog postings, The Dance, was about… well… dance. I LOVE TO DANCE! Writing that blog post made me think back to when I was three. “Ever since I was three I was hooked; the rush and adrenaline created by performing is incomparable to any other feeling I’ve experienced.” It brought back sentimental memories. How cool is it that writing can do that?! It can make us remember things we love; it can bring back memories that we haven’t visited in a while. I feel like some of my best writing comes out of situations like this.
Another thing I’ve noticed about my writing is that I like to use dashes to make my writing have a certain conversational flow. I also capitalize words to enunciate them as if I’m talking to you. Because our class has been using a blog I’ve given myself more freedom to write not so “MLA-ish” if you will. I’ve always appreciated blog authors that write TO the audience. (There I go with that capitalization) It’s like a conversation! My first couple of blog postings weren’t as casual. I was still getting a feeling for the blog and how I wanted to write my posts. I was transitioning from the forming writing I was used to doing first semester to the more casual blog-style. I think where I started to get more “casual” was in my post You Learn Something New Every Day. I posted this in my last paragraph: “I’m just a font nerd. I’ve even watched a documentary about one of the most revolutionary fonts in the 20th century… Helvetica! I can guarantee you that you have seen this font with out even realizing it. It is used CONSTANTLY.” In this blog post I realized that hey! This is MY blog. I have total freedom of how I sound and what I say. Another blog post that I really used this in was Is it consuming my life? When I read that blog post over again I laugh out loud. I can just envision myself saying those words out loud! I finally got into the groove and wrote exactly how I was feeling. The dashes and the capitalization helped me express my feelings. “When I was with friends on Saturday and not checking my phone constantly, I felt more free. It honestly felt good not to have to keep checking Twitter like it was my job. Uhm, light bulb! Social media is maybe… slightly… consuming my life?”
As a writer of this generation I think it is essential that I utilize all of the digital genres that I can. There is SO much out there on the internet for us to use. Tumblr, Worlde, WikiSpaces, WordPress, FaceBook, Pinterest… and countless others. To get the most out of your writing, try these different outlets and see what you like best! WordPress is great because you can write and share pictures. You have your computer screen (blank canvas), your keyboard (paint), and your fingertips (paintbrush). Make a work of art! Use your words wisely. Express yourself. That’s a major thing I have learned this semester. Utilizing all of the new technology around me to express myself is important! I have accomplished a body of work that provoked me to think about different issues as well as effectively express myself. One of my favorite passages that I wrote this semester was from my blog post Tough Stuff. I wrote, “The beauty of words is the way we interpret them. Each reader can take away something different from a story or a poem. A song can even make each listener feel differently. The freedom and creativity words hold is insurmountable.” Being able to freely express my thoughts and feelings through this blog has broadened my horizons. Just simply pouring out what I’m thinking helps me sort out my innermost beliefs.
Reflection is really important in life. In order to grow and become a better person, I need to look back on this year and see what I have accomplished. I also need to see where I struggled and what I learned from it. Reflecting back on this blog experience, I have compiled a grouping of my strongest/favorite work throughout the year! Voila.
- I like this comment because of the high dive anecdote that I included.
- I connected with this blog post because I consider myself a musician. I used to play the piano, so I definitely related to Stephen’s views.
- I really liked the first because I called myself out! I criticized myself, and it made me question why I do things a certain way. I think that’s imperative for continued personal growth. The second blog post is strong because I wrote about something I care about. It is easy to expand on a topic when I have strong feelings about it.
My most stretching blog post:
- This blog posts made me think! It took me a while to write, but I really enjoy the finished product. Thinking about literacy in a non-writing sense stretched my imagination.
My strongest analytical writing:
- Even though this blog post isn’t very long, I really like some things that I concluded. In my opening paragraphs above, I included a passage from this blog post that I enjoyed.
My best use of a visual image:
- I like this idea of including the photo of the webpage you’re talking about. It gives your audience a visual to work with. Instead of them typing out the blog URL, they can just glance at the picture and get an understanding of what you’re talking about.
My best use of a hyperlink:
You Learn Something New Every Day
- I created two hyperlinks that connected back to an article. Doing this as a blogger gives you credibility and offers your audience more resources.