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Peer Review #3

For my third and final peer review, I had the opportunity to take a look at Austin Lee’s website http://austinl33.ca/. His website focuses on the life of his pet dog Koby, who is a beagle.

Upon opening up the website, I immediately saw an image of a dog and from that, I figured that the main stories of the blog would revolve around his pet dog. The design of the homepage is quite clean looking with some posts and some links to his Instagram and Facebook page. The social media links would give the audience a look into the other areas where the author is posting content. Based on my initial reaction, I come to the belief that this website is targeted towards other dog owners or those who have an appreciation towards pet dogs.

http://austinl33.ca/

As I look into the content of the page, I found some blog posts. The content of the posts are mainly photographs of Koby with a short caption about what Koby is doing. I feel that with the short captions, it would be difficult to keep viewers on the page as they would be finished looking through the content within a short period of time.

In terms of marketability, I can see that this website can be monetized if more content were posted. An idea that I came up with is potentially adding a variety of content to her blog. Some ideas would be to talk about the blogger’s experience in raising a pet dog or talking about tips and tricks for raising a pet dog. Such ideas, I believe, could be a way to gain more viewers for the website. I also think that adding videos about Koby onto social media platforms such as Youtube and linking it back to the website could help with drawing a larger audience altogether.

Although I am not a person who is very much interested in raising pets, I do find that looking at animal behaviours through a variety of media to be entertaining and I look forward to seeing how Austin will leverage his topic to gain a larger audience size.

Peer Review #3

Lets start by saying everyone should check out Enoch’s blog “On the faithful journey” via http://enochcheung.ca/. The content of his blog is about him being of Christian faith and how his experiences shape his journey and relevance to his lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. His blog is strictly a space for his own personal reflections so it would be difficult to say that his intention was to market his journey to a particular audience. However, people of Christian faith could be greatly interested and intrigued as to hear/read about his story. The way he could market it is to appeal to like-minded individuals who might share a similar situation that he is also going through. The demographic could be people of his age or students in general because it is an easier point of reference to know someone that is also going to school and is dealing with understanding Christianity more comprehensively.

I myself am in no position to explain Enoch’s interactions with Christian faith but I can see that his engagement with his site is reflective of his connection to Christianity. In his blog posts, he asks really high-level, thought-provoking questions that are relevant to anybody regardless of religion. It is important to question the world and the society we live in as only we can make about the change of our lives. Obviously Enoch is not to the level of a pastor as he is only a frequent church-goer but his posts seemingly ask an imaginary audience to seek an answer that he may/may not want to hear. I believe with asking thought-provoking questions within his blog posts and the acquisition of a suitable audience, he can really drive the engagement level as people can comment on posts and give their input in the questions he asks.

The design of his site is simple in a good way because there does not need to be any flashy images or ads as his content is distinctly personal to put those distractions would deprive his audience of the story he is trying to convey. He has paid great attention to detail as each page has an image befitting of what it is about. An example being a pen + notepad image in relation to his personal reflections and blog posts. On the main home page, only his blog posts are visible and none of the PUB101 content is apparent until you click to the menu. It is a smart move as his audience would not be as interested in his school course work as much as his reflective blog content. My only gripe with his site is that the “Home” menu button is redundant as clicking “Enoch Cheung” button on the top left corner does the exact same thing.

I have much to learn from Enoch’s management of his site as it is clutter-free and well-organized. His site has vast potential to reach a Christian-based audience and I believe that making it strictly personal may hinder the possibility of audience interaction. I am not a religious person but I will continue to visit Enoch’s blog as it might give me insight as to how one interacts with Christian faith. Well done and continue posting content!

GLFFJFL is not a typo.

Today I will be reviewing Hillary’s website GLFFJFL which comes from the english translation on a keyboard from Korean of her name. Her blogs main content is described as revolving around K-Pop (including related music, TV shows, and beauty products). Lets dive into how this translates into hitting her target audiences.

Target Audience

Judging by her websites description, I would assume that her target audience is women who also are into Korean culture. The minimalist design of the website coupled with photos of younger looking K-Pop stars also probably means that her target audience is younger. Likely in the 30 years of age or younger. This is all of the audience targeting information I can gather from her content.

Content

On the main page there is a beautiful full screen picture of a Korean woman marking her calendar, this paired with the text “2017 K-POP RELEASES” leaves no questioning what the site is about. Scrolling down is a neat list of album covers and titles that I assume are new releases of K-Pop music. In terms of marketing to her core audience this is perfect. There has been almost no navigation to find the meat of her content. A couple suggestions, maybe add something to that initial banner that loads to tell the user to scroll down. Another thing would be to add some functionality to the album covers? Make them clickable to play a sample of a song or even open up a new tab to buy the music?

Clicking to the next content page titled K-Drama, there is a couple blog posts written. In terms of content it is good. It includes a picture of the show and a fun writeup of her experience with the show. I think that a quick recap and endorsement of the show is what her target audience would be looking for. People could scan through her posts and decide if they want to engage with the content she is describing.

Design

The aesthetic of the site is pretty minimalist as I previously mentioned. I think this is good for her target audience because it allows them to focus on the content. If Hillary is creating content that aims to help people decide on music or TV shows to watch, you don’t want people to be distracted by all this extra stuff. The recommendations will be better read and received when users can easily find what they are looking for. However, I am not a fan of how her blog posts display.

I am not a fan because it looks disorganized, especially with not every post having the same sized thumbnail if any thumbnail at all. I think that this page would be way more visually appealing and align with the minimalistic and clean design if the layout of these posts was better. Especially concerning her target audience as earlier mentioned.

For the design of this blog, I believe that the content could be better organized to improve her audiences time spent on pages. Instead of having separate pages for each content piece, if Hillary page all of her blogs in categories (such as TV shows) one scrollable page so then users could quickly scan through TV shows and move on to ones that they read and want to watch. In the Kissane article, she cites that NPR switched to this design and saw an 80% increase in page views. I believe that this could greatly benefit the GLFFJFL blog.

Final Thoughts

I think overall the design and content of the blog is heading in the right direction in terms of audience marketing. In my opinion, if she made a few tweaks to clean up design and layout then she would truly be optimizing the website. All in all, definitely a great website that has a unique audience that is easily identified which means it is designed well.

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@jessefinkle

Peer Review #3

By Emily C.

Emily has a good sense of style and it really shows in her blog in the way she designed her layout and the colour choices she has in her images. I think her blog really displays her interests well. I really like Emily’s photographs that she has in her blog posts and on her Instagram feed, they are very nice to look at.

The only thing I would say to this blog and to Emily is that, for the last 2 peer reviews, I’ve seen the same theme as byemilyc. I know this theme is very popular because of it’s minimalistic appearance and simplistic design. It attracts a lot of people because it is so simple and pretty, but I think it’s overused. It’s no one’s fault that this theme is popular, and I’m not saying the theme should be changed, but I think some minor changes would at least bring some originality to your blog and your personality online.

As your reader, and as someone who is interested in the arts and artistic things in general, I think the strongest point on your blog is your images. They stand out against the white background and pull all the attention. Your photographs are what attracts your readers, I would like to see more of them when I click onto the home page of your blog. I think a header image that sums up what your blog is about or what you want to present yourself as is an eye catcher and would help your readers understand at first glance what your blog is about.

I feel like your title could be improved with an image displaying your calligraphy skills. The font imitating the calligraphy wouldn’t be as strong in conveying your interest in calligraphy and art as would an image of your own calligraphy. It would also be more personal and could help to connect with your audience on a deeper level.

I really think your Instagram feed on the side is a great idea and really connects you to another outlet. I noticed your Twitter is set to private which I respect but I think the more social media you make accessible to your audience, the more connected they become to your content. A suggestion I might have is to create a separate public Twitter just for your calligraphy and your art.

Overall, I think your blog will be successful. It’s attractive and the content is creative. The posts such as “Finding My Career Path” is a good post for connecting to your audience as it includes the drawings you have done in the past and they are very good, I must say.

I do think your blog will inspire people to be more creative and to live a more fulfilled life, I certainly have felt inspired to do more. Like Michelle Phan said, “influence is the new power–if you have influence you can create a brand.” (Robehmed).

I think you did a good job, Emily! Keep up the good work!

 

Check out Emily’s blog: byemilyc

 

Sources:

Natalie Robehmed. For Many YouTube Stars, Next Step Is An Old-Fashioned Book. 2015Forbes.

Assignment Peer Review #2


So So So SORRY, My Peer!!
Whatsapp users should be familiar with this ‘man bowing’ emoji. Yes, this is me right now. Terribly sorry to my peer who has been desperately waiting for my review! (without which she cannot start writing her new process post…)

Before going into the peer review, I must first apologize to my peer, Kimberly Wong who unfortunately got paired up with an irresponsible peer, for keeping her waiting. I hope this review can really help her fine-tune some elements of her blog to make it even better. And, of course, many thanks to Kimberly’s in-depth review on my blog which contains suggestions on each tab as well as many details.

Entry to Kimberly’s Blog: First Impression

Once I entered Kimberly’s blog, the header image was so eye-catching that for a second I thought ‘Activity Fuels Activity’ printed right at the centre of the image was the blog name. The top menu really matches with the simplicity of the theme, categorizing blog content into simply ‘personal posts’ and ‘school posts’. In Kimberly’s review of my blog, she mentioned the little mess of my top menu which can be better managed by more thoughtful categorization.

 

What I see when I enter Kimberly’s blog. I realize the composition of the header image is similar as mine, with a huge blue sky on top, occupying half of the screen. 

Feature Image for Each Post

I really like this idea of having a feature image for each post. The post’s feature image can visualize and summarize the post content so that readers feel more comfortable looking for what they want to read  in a sea of posts. For instance, Kimberly uses a close-up of a dog for her first peer review which immediately tells readers she’s reviewing a blog about dogs. Here I must point out that one of the feature photos is especially outstanding in terms of photographic aesthetics but I’m not sure if it’s taken by Kimberly herself (I’m assuming it was, given that there’s no credits).

I have a little suggestion though regarding images within her posts. I realize that only the feature photo is in full size but all other subsequent photos are thumbnails. I tried clicking on those photos, like photos she took during a trip to Squamish, and noticed those are actually in high definition!

I’d love to see the wonderful view of Squamish in full size and high definition, without needing to click on it!

Text Layout

I have some suggestions regarding the text layout throughout her blog:

  • Content Structure

From the above screen capture of one of Kimberly’s blog posts, it looks a little bit weird that the text in such a small font goes all the way to the edge of the screen. A larger font plus paragraphing would make it look nicer. More importantly, it’d be a lot more reader-friendly especially for those who view the blog with a 16:9 screen. Also, adding subheadings to long posts is a good idea to structure the text layout.

This is a good reference for a well-structured text layout. (Source: Gertz, Travis. 2015. “Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse.” July 2015.)  
  • Play With Typography!

There are a lot more Kimberly can do in term of typography to make the text look alive and reflect her emotions! It doesn’t have to be fancy but working with the bold, italic, underline, and many other simple typographic elements like selecting font family and size, can help effectively communicate with the target audience. The bulid-in text writer only allows the author to simply type in chunks of words without any typographic functions, but there are numerous plugins that are free for users to try. 

Overall, Kimberly has a wonderful blog sharing her hobbies and daily activities with lots of nice photos as well as texts that are written casually like conversations between friends. I’m just wondering if it’d be a good idea to have social media links so that visitors can get to know more about her as well as share her posts on other platforms. Keep up the good work!

Peer Review #2

For my second peer review, I had the opportunity to review the blog of my fellow classmate, Annika McFarlane. Her blog is contains art content that she has created. 

Here is the link to her website: http://annikamcfarlane.com/

Upon arriving onto her website, There some beautiful images that are on her home page. As I look around her website, I found that everything on her website’s homepage is well-positioned using a symmetrical layout. I also like the theme and the minimalist design style. The white spaces around and in between each image makes it look more organized and easy to look at because of the colour contrast. The font is easy to read, elegant and in reading some blog posts and other pages on her website the spacing between lines is adequate. The website also has a button on the bottom of the page that leads the audience to the blogger’s instagram profile.

However, I feel that the navigation of the website can be improved. When I arrived onto the website, I felt somewhat lost as to where to go next as there was not a lot of words on the home page. I finally figured out where to go next when I saw the menu bar and figured that there is where more information is contained. I also felt that the identity of the website is unknown upon entering the  website. Although I know that the website itself is an art portfolio for the blogger, I believe that those who come onto the website not knowing what the website is about may feel confused with the purpose of the website.

There are places where I found that font can be adjusted. I specifically noticed that in places where there are indented bullet points, the font changes and is less bold which can be more difficult to read.

I would also suggest adding more artwork or pictures on the home page. The current design has four photos with three photos per row which means one photo is on the left side of a second row, which makes it look slightly imbalanced.

Overall, I find the website to be interesting and am interested in future artwork the blogger produces. Although, I believe that there are changes that can be made to make the website easier to navigate and read in some areas, the minimalist style of the website and the colours from the artwork make the website an interesting visit.

Peer Review #3

With an assigned peer from the other section of PUB101, write (appreciatively, constructively) a review of their website’s marketability to their intended audience group. Link well, use resources from your readings please. The review should thoroughly assess both content and design from the perspective of a reader/user. Your review should be 400+ words and posted to your Process Blog, with clear links to your peer’s site. Asia’s blog “Juice Feed,” is about a journey in self care. Immediately, the viewer...

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Peer Review #3: Perla Ramirez

For my third and last peer review of the semester, I was paired up with fellow classmate, Perla Ramirez, owner of the blog, Perla Ramirez, AKA, the user, Celeste Silverfrond, on Dungeons and Dragons.

Along with looking at the design and content of the blog for this peer review post, I will also be assessing and analyzing Perla’s marketability for her intended audience.

Homepage of Perla’s blog, I like how her user for DnD, is bolded.

The very first thing, that caught my attention was the username of Perla’s character, Celeste Silverfrond, as it was big, bright and bold. It was also used as the head title, along with the subtitle of “combating school and dragons.”

However, because of this, I wasn’t too sure if Perla’s blog title was supposed to be Celeste Silverfrond or Perla Ramirez. In any case, I went for the safe route, and assumed that her blog is called Perla Ramirez, as it is the title of her URL to her blog.

I could tell Perla’s blog was about gaming seeing how she has an avatar of a character and the content of her blog posts are heavily-related about the game, whether it was about the music, items she collected, or campaigns she has participated in. I haven’t played online games for a while, so initially I had to look at her about page to see which game her blog was about, and found out it was Dungeons and Dragons

What I really loved about the design of the page was the background picture. It’s colorful, visualizing and majestic 🙂, I can only assume its from one of the many wallpaper/background from the game itself or perhaps an original artistic interpretation of a location within the game. Furthermore, I like the fact that Perla’s avatar is an avatar of her character, presumably. 

Perla’s blog is simplistic in a way, that everything can be easily accessible. Right beside her about tab, is a tab for our publishing course, in which she labeled “Pub 101 Assignments”. If you click on it, you can see a drop-down list of all the process posts, peer reviews, and essays she has published.

Perla’s take on monetization.

When I explored her blog, I realized there was no displays of advertisements. However, after I read Perla’s reasoning why she didn’t want to add any ads, I appreciated her honesty :mrgreen:. There is a truth in what she wrote, which she indicated that she would have felt that if she monetize her site, it would feel more of a commitment and a job, than rather having the blog as an expressive hobby.

Another thing that stood out to me for Perla’s blog is that she doesn’t incorporate too much of her personal life with her gaming life. I believe this is a good thing for her to continue to do, as I have previously played online games such as Gunbound, Maple Story, Wonderland, etc., and I would read blogs from players who would put too much of their personal lives published (⊙△⊙)

In this way, by not putting too much personal information about her life, Perla would not be subjected to the concept of “digital trail” in a negative way. A digital trail is known as “…a trace you leave behind you. It’s almost like breadcrumbs. Sometimes intentionally,  sometimes unintentionally…” It is known that data that are posted online is sent elsewhere and is accumulated and collected over time. (Jamali et al., 2016). Should Perla put too much personal data about herself, the data could possibly be accessible by people who would use the information in the wrong way. 

Perla’s about page.

In order to get to know Perla better, personally, I explored her about page, which was located through a tab on the very top right corner of her home page. I also wanted to see if her about page would indicate who her targeted audience group might be. From reading her the page, I discovered that her targeted audience are fellow Dungeons and Dragons players. 

While, Perla has stated that she hopes “…to reach those that have hectic life such as myself and still find the time to socialize and learn such complex game such as DnD …” I believe her blog is great in being marketable to a wider range of audience, besides other than DnD players ( ◞・౪・)

First of, the blog is about gaming. There are millions of people who are and would consider themselves “gamers.” In this sense, her blog is more likely to attract gamers. More so, Perla had written in her own words from her process post that she hopes to attract, “…an audience who has a craving for fantasy or fictional like stories….or someone part of the digital or physical gaming world…any nerd or story lover…”

Another point that makes her blog marketable is that her writing style is feminine and her point of view is written from a girl’s perspective. With this, her audience would more likely cater to females in general, and to be more specific, female gamers. Because of this, a lot of girls may be recurring visitors as they have someone they can relate to, seeing how, in games, girls are generally treated different from male players.

If I have to critique, I would suggest that Perla should add more content in her blog posts, maybe writing more for each entry. Furthermore, her posts would be a lot easier to read if she breaks up a big paragraph into smaller ones. That way, her audience won’t be looking at a big chunk of words. Also, I believe that if more pictures and pop of colors was added, it would brighten her blog posts and perhaps attract more people to her site.

Overall, I believe Perla’s blog is great establishment, as a gaming and Dungeons and Dragons blog. I do enjoy the fact you get a feel of her personality through her blog posts, making her posts feel more authentic. Once there’s more content and updates, overtime, I believe Perla will attract a larger audience 🙂.

References

Jamali, R., Jaroodi, R. A., Lazo, J.A., & Phillip, G.,(2016, May 6). Digital breadcrumbs: the data trail we leave behind. Pod Academy. Podcast retrieved from http://podacademy.org/podcasts/digital-breadcrumbs-our-data-trail/

 

Peer Review #3

Here is the link of my peer’s site: http://thewisechild.ca/

I will begin with the peer review with my thoughts on the content of the website from the perspective of a reader.

First of all, I like the “About Me” section. This was the first thing I read on this website and it gave me a good explanation on how the website was named and what the topic was. Also, I found that Kaiya minimized her personal information such as major, origin or hobbies in her introduction. Considering that she said she did not want to be labeled (except feminism) , I  think this minimization helps readers to keep an open mind.

Also, I think the topic for this blog, self discovery and feminism, is very interesting. I am also quite into this topic and I really enjoy reading the posts. However, I  think it would be better if my peer Kaiya could dig deeper into feminism. As a reader who is also interested in this topic, I hope to encounter something more specific and more personal (since it is about her own self-discovery) such as Kaiya’s thoughts or comments on a particular event that related to gender issue.

Next, I will also review my peer’s design.

First, I like her choice of pink color. Usually people would link pink color to female so it fits the topic of website (though some may argue that linking pink to female could be a stereotype). I also found that pink color frequently appeared in Kaiya’s photos which matches to her design.

However, I found the categories are somehow confusing. I could not find a tab that can take me to the posts of PUB 101 directly. In order to find the process posts, I will have to go to “Posts” and then choose from categories on the right side.

Also, under the category of “Posts”, there are sub-categories such as Race, Gender or Body. When I clicked them, I found that the sub-categories  are still empty. I think some of the existing posts could go under these sub-categories. It would be better if Kaiya could organize her posts.

The “Travel Gallery” and My Aesthetic” are also somehow confusing. I  like those photos but I could not find the relation between the photos and the theme of this website. It would be better if Kaiya could tell the readers some stories behind the photos and how these pictures related to her journey of self-discovery.

I am looking forward to know more stories of Kaiya, the Wise Child. 🙂

Peer Review #3

For my third peer review, I was assigned Ji-Yun’s blog shiksohyeda, with the focus on her marketability for her intended audience group. Being an avid music lover, Ji-Yun uses her blog to express her love of music by sharing videos of various covers and artists. In turn, there is a lot of potential for monetizing in...

Peer Review #3

For our third peer review I was assigned kadunbar.com, a baking blog run by Kathleen Dunbar. Right away Kathleen’s site is welcoming and definitely gives the message of what it’s about. You’re greeted by a logo: a K wrapped in a wreath of leaves that looks like it could be the logo for a coffee shop or an independent clothing store.

The blog looks like it could be the website for a small bakery. Kathleen’s photos are very professional, and therefore bring an organized, more presentable look to the site. It’s a clean layout, white, with a header that changes between photos she’s taken of her baked goods. There’s a variety of pictures to show the diversity of her skills and tastes. There are also links at the top of the website that lead to a contact page, a link to her process posts, an about section, and a section linking to all her food posts. The photos for her mixed berry scones are gorgeous and look very professional. The powdered sugar and placement of the berries as well as the colour scheme of the photos matching the blog continues to bring a professional quality to the blog.

Kathleen also includes her social media links at the bottom of the page as a part of the footer, but as an added bonus there’s an option to save her posts to pinterest if you hover over the images on her blog. For bakers with pinterest boards this is a must and definitely an added quality to her site.

Kathleen’s website could be improved by adding more posts, but this applies to most of the blogs in this course. She’s off to a great start, and it looks like she could easily turn her blog into a professional website for a bakery if she were to make a start up one, or at least any kind of baking business. She’s also got several comments on her post and she replied to all of them, which is great to lend a hand to being a part of an online baking community. An excellent looking blog.

Peer Review #3

PEER REVIEW #3 Audience and Channels: kimlaughasmuchasyoubreathe.com

JUST LAUGH AS MUCH AS YOU BREATHE

Kim is a second year university student who spent the first 14 years of her life living in Hong Kong. Her website ‘www.kimlaughasmuchasyoubreathe.com‘ details her adventures and experiences as she explores the foreign country of Canada. Her posts are written in first person and display a personal account of her travels both around Vancouver and the surrounding cities. The website is aimed at study abroad students living in Vancouver aged between 18 and 26. Assessing the marketability of the site for that target audience depends on two main factors; the content and the design.

CONTENT

The content of Kim’s blog posts are very well suited to her target audience. Detailed recounts of her trips to Seattle and Harrison Hot Springs paired with stories of local activities like laser tagging in New Westminster provide readers with ideas and inspiration, particularly useful for someone who is also new to the city. I believe that adding some posts about the differences between her new lifestyle in Vancouver compared against the lifestyle she grew up with for 14 years in Hong Kong would be very interesting. This would also be beneficial to giving some more relevance to the ‘exciting yet challenging’ aspects of exploring a foreign country that she references in her About Me section. There is an also an opportunity for Kim to monetize her posts by partnering up with some of the local businesses she is visiting (e.g. laser tagging) to do some sponsored content.

DESIGN

The design of the site is very simple and aesthetically pleasing. The bright green and yellow header image supports the theme colours chosen and also the positive, happy tone of the site’s content. Functionality wise, there are a few improvements that could be made to enhance site navigation. Firstly, the main menu has 6 tabs; Home, About, theREALfun, Musings, Blogs and Process Posts. From there however, there are no sub-menus. I believe it would be beneficial to add sub-menu’s under these sections (e.g. PUB101 > Peer Reviews, Essays, Process Posts | Blogs > March > Longer Days, America’s Rugby Championship, Seattle). This would allow users to open a specific blog post in one click. Secondly, the home page displays the entire posts rather than just a small excerpt from each post. This makes scrolling down the home page quite difficult – especially when some of the posts are quite long (e.g. the Seattle post). To fix this issue, it would simply be a matter of checking the ‘show excerpt’ checkbox in settings rather than ‘show full post’. Another design aspect that may benefit the marketability of Kim’s site is adding a ‘Contact Me’ tab to the primary menu bar so that viewers and potential sponsors can easily and efficiently get in contact with Kim.

Kim has successfully produced a website that is interesting, functional and engaging. The content is consistent and clear and the site as a whole is very marketable. Kim has a very clear target audience and her content and design works to support that interaction.

Making Changes

After writing a peer review on design and reading the review of my blog’s design, a lot changed. Feeling a little bit stuck in my theme’s constraints, I completely scrapped my old blog’s look and opted for a new theme. With a bit of research I stumbled upon the Sela theme, one of WordPress’s own themes. I loved the theme’s focus on bright photography, vibrant colours, and interactive settings. In comparison to my previous theme Zillah, this new theme creates a sense of openness and welcomes readers into the page in an interactive and involved manner.

I’ve loved working with this theme and am excited to continue exploring the many different features offered on this platform. Aside from the theme itself, I have also added a travel gallery, photos in my side bar, and an email registration prompt to keep up with my posts. I intend on exploring ways of bringing music into my blog, as well as share buttons for my posts.

Design is definitely a big focus for me in my blog as I know its a huge part of what makes me want to read a blog. Bad design is my #1 turnoff during first impressions. First it goes poor design, next is cluttered advertising , and to knock the website completely off my radar is bad grammar and spelling mistakes. So as I said previously, design is very important for me and I will continue to improve the look of my blog as I go!

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For lecture this week, we touched on digital literacy and the dangers of fake news. As an exercise we broke off into groups and searched different topics that have caused controversy; my group and I’s question being “Do refugees receive more financial support than Canadians on welfare?” After doing our research and looking past the top hits, the simple answer is no.

This rumour can be rooted back to this tweet by a woman named Carole on twitter. This tweet displays an image of false calculations displaying a yearly income of a refugee in Canada compared to the average income on welfare. With articles like this CBC piece and responses by the Government of Canada, this false claim is easily refuted.

Although fake news dominates our internet world, doing some quick research into the source of these stories can be the matter of spreading racist ideologies and being a positive ally to a population in need.

Peer Review #2

Here is the link of my peer:

http://devonzphotography.com/

Theme:

The theme my peer had selected is called Fotografo which seemed to be a theme specially designed for posting photos and images. The URL indicated that his website was about photography so I think he had selected an appropriate theme.

Customization:

On my first glance, I really like the title “Nothing Found” and what he said under the title: “Sorry, but nothing matched your search terms. Please try again with some different keywords”. I think this is very unique and would attract people to keep browsing this website.

I  could not find a lot of customization on his “About” section. The “About” section was not edited at all. It would be better if he could introduce himself briefly under the “About” section such as when he started photography and why he liked photography.

Typography:

There was only one post, the Peer Review #1. I found this post was quite difficult to read because 1) the font size is too small; 2) the background image is too colorful while the font color is too light. Like what we had discussed during the lecture, it would be much easier for reading if the contrast between the fonts and the background is strong. I would suggest him to change a plain background image or to make the fonts bold.

Site Structure:

On this website, it only has one major category which is for our course. It would be better if he could create more categories to present his photos and images.

Social Media Integration:

Because this website is about photography, I think he could add some links that direct people to his other social media account such as Instagram if he had one. Therefore, people who got interested in his photo could have a chance to contact him.

In sum, I like how he used the theme and designed the title but it would be better if he could amplify the contrast between font and background. Another problem is that there was not too much content that I could comment on. As a photography website, there was not even one photo yet. I would hope to see some of his works.

 

 

Peer Review #2

For my 2nd peer review I’ll be looking at the design aspects of Kaiya’s blogThe Wise Child.

On first arrival to the page, we see her title centred boldly on the screen. The caption, “In a world full of labels, where do I fit?” sits underneath and gives the viewer the impression that they’re entering a personal blog, with some elements of self reflection. Below the title are two images, one a classic painting, the other a dusty rose coloured stone. These images double as links to some of Kaiya’s posts which ad a beautiful element to her website and make her links more interesting. At the top of the website is a menu displaying an About Me section (with details about Kaiya and what she wants from the blog), a Behind the Scenes section (which details all the posiel posts and PUB 101 details) and and Aesthetic section, which link to a feed from her Tumblr account. The menu has the added effect of following you as you scroll so one doesn’t have to keep returning to the top of the screen in order to check out different posts.

Kaiya’s colour scheme of light pinks and creams gives a nice overall look to her website and I really like the addition of images to the headers and links of all her posts. It gives a visually compelling theme to make you want to read her posts further, and also hammers home the audience of the website, seemingly aimed towards women and reflecting Kaiya’s feminine personality. The images in her “Aesthetic” header help ad more of a feel towards her personality and are also matching the theme and design elements of her blog.

Over all Kaiya’s blog is beautifully laid out. If anything it would be nice to see more personal posts as well as Posiel ones to add to the theme, but from a design perspective the website is lovely.