Taking Pub101 this fall has helped me start my blog. I would say that the beginning of creating a blog has made me super excited. The process of learning about different widgets and customizations had made it fun. When I first created my blog I was going to have it suited towards music and photography. However, as this fall is over, I’ve been focused on music and abandoned photography.
My blog never really had any views and activity going on. However, my intention was to have an audience that enjoyed music and like to be low-key. I found that having my design to be black and white has an impression of being laid back and chill.
As we’re talking about the value of my blog I would say that I’m not and do not want to monetize my blog. I wanted my blog to be a place where I escape to and share my interests to people who are interested in learning more about me. I find that music taste shows a lot about someone. I would find it super cool if I can reach out to my audience and learn more about their music taste and what songs they recommend. Especially when music is such a broad subject, there is an endless amount of discovery. I also want my blog to be a place where people would check it before they sleep just to enjoy some music before they go to sleep.
Since the beginning of the term, I honestly had no clue what publishing was about. Throughout this term, I’ve learned so much and had a better understanding of what the publishing industry is all about. Firstly, I remember the first question asked in this class was “is everyone a publisher?” I would think that a publisher would have to be a professional. Someone who has a license and knows what they’re doing. However, as of now, I think that anyone who posts something online or delivers their creation would be considered a publisher.
I find this idea super interesting. Besides this, I have learned many jobs and tips from guest speakers that came into our class. It was much more engaging having to know that there are well respected guest speakers coming into our class to tell us about their journey. Even though, sometimes I would think about how tricky it can be to stand out, since everyone is a publisher. However, having the guest speakers come in, it gives me a sense of belonging and security to know that my dream to work in publishing is possible.
Jose van Dijick’s article on “You have one identity”, has connected to a discussion in class. Are we a different person online compared to reality? Social media has encouraged the fact of having to perceive yourself to be the best of ourselves, or even better. I am guilty for posting pictures online of me filtered and looking so much different from what I actually look like in real life. But now, I post pictures of me being the opposite of what I’ve done before. I actually find it so much better being true to yourself. Especially, when I find it so fun to post pictures of me being goofy.
In Forbes article, it has made me think about the use of blogs and how it may lose the sight of out undigitized past. Taking two publishing classes this fall had made me realize that all the work I’ve done has been using the computer. Everything is digital. Moreover, it just makes me forget about what I’ve even done when I was young without being on the computer or having a cellphone. I don’t mind blogs being online, but thinking about the comparison of publications online versus hardcopy, it really just depends on what the publication is. For example, I prefer books and magazine to be a hardcopy. I find it very pleasing to have a bookshelf full of books and magazines. I also find it super nice to have the copy physically in my hands and flipping the pages while admiring how detailed the design of the magazine is.
“When tech culture only celebrates creation, it risks ignoring those who teach, criticize, and take care of others.” This article from The Atlantic has sparked up an interesting topic. These days I find that people only care about creating content. As long as you create something then you’re considered worthy or cool. However, if you don’t then you’re the opposite. They often forget that it’s not just about creation but the fact of being to deliver your content to people and start a discussion. As well, to know that your content is being digested and being able to teach or help someone. I find that when you post something online, like a blog, it’s important to settle down with what your blog’s purpose is. Who is trying to reach and how will your blog benefit or change them in a way.
Even though the fall semester is over, I would still like to continue with my blog. I do like my concept of a “song of the day.” However, this time I would work harder towards getting my blog out there. Moreover, I would like to change the theme and the overall look of my blog. I found that I slacked off on my blog starting in the middle of the fall and I wasn’t quite pleased with the look of my site. It didn’t satisfy my aesthetic. Furthermore, it was too late to change my theme; therefore, I think it’ll be great to spend my winter break polishing up my blog.
Chachra, Debbie. “Why I Am Not a Maker.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 23 Jan. 2015, www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/why-i-am-not-a-maker/384767/.
Dijck, José Van. “‘You have one identity’: performing the self on Facebook and LinkedIn.” Media, Culture & Society, vol. 35, no. 2, 2013, pp. 199–215., doi:10.1177/0163443712468605.
Leetaru, Kalev. “In A Digital World, Are We Losing Sight Of Our Undigitized Past?” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 29 Sept. 2017, www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2017/09/29/in-a-digital-world-are-we-losing-sight-of-our-undigitized-past/#5271bc59cd01.
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