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Traditional and Social Media

The speech given by David Beers pointed out the shift in the publishing industry. How the social media affect the operation of the print media.
Decades ago was the era of print media, the production of news is the job of the professional journalists who have to own the power to set the political agenda. Now, the power of voice is scattered to individuals.

I won’t disagree with the fact that “the internet blew up the newspaper” in a way that the audience is drawn to online content instead of buying a physical newspaper. Front the perspective of a staff in the traditional media, he would say it is a risk. But as a reader, I don’t see it is a risk but fostering the freedom of speech. Issues shown in the newspaper are often limited to content catering to the majority. The TV channels and newspaper produce discourses which are institutionalized and safe for sustaining the revenue. If the media can achieve the state that it doesn’t rely on corporate revenue, it would be able to be truly unbiased and free from self-censorship.

I think social media is where the counter-public can flourish. When the reportage on stories of abortion, LGBT, ethnic minorities, fashion, food is too niche for mainstream media, social media becomes an outlet where the minority can build their community and support each other. The large number of pages, apps and videos on fashion and cookery reflect the demand of these types of information, which are not common in the mainstream media.

I think the paramount problem faced by the traditional media was the high cost of production. Once you have to care about the revenue and profits, the principles and rules of generating profit have to be altered to adapt to the market economy. Whereas for social media, you gain your freedom of speech when you do not care about money. Social and traditional medias both have their opportunities and risks. It is readers’ choice on what to read.

Fake News

I was the kind of person who was easily tricked by my classmates when I was in high school. There were time they said “ There is a test today,” and I said “Oh, really?” I felt cheated as I found out they lied to me. Since then, I have become more suspicious towards things and people. It is a bit pitiful to distrust people but it is a lesson to learn to be critical and not to trust everything out there.
While my friends tricked me for fun, fake news tricked us by confusing the readers and intends to shift the the public opinion in an influential way. In a Ted talk, veteran journalist Ali Velshi discerned fake news with sponsored content, satire and editorial mistake. To him, fake news is made with an intention to look like a “real” and factual news with credibility.
A piece of fake news could sparked controversy, damages the credibility of a person which are the ugly goals behind the producers. During the US election, there was a news claiming Hillary Clinton involved in sex trafficking basement of a pizza restaurant. The news went viral and before it was identified as fake news and the pizza restaurant didn’t even have a basement. Edgar Maddison Welch, a 28-year-old man, because of the conspiracy theory, fired the restaurant to seek the truth. In the end, he found no eviedence of human trafficking for the store. The impact of this fake news is tremendous in a sense that it stirred up people’s emotion and drove people insanely firing a restaurant. Irrespective of of the intention of the producer of fake news, the article triggered a crisis to Clinton, brought harassment towards the restaurants owner which are undesirable. Fake news brings people’s integrity into a question and provokes unnecessary dependence for one’s integrity.
It would be too ideal to say I can trust in everyone around me. Likewise, it is too ideal to believe in the articles what appears on Facebook, Buzzfeed and Reddict. We should bear in mind that these webpages are user-generated social media that allows individuals spreading fake news easily with a low cost. All you need is an eye-catching subject or an controversial issue to play with. The “retweet”, “share”, “follow” and “like” buttons allow audience to react to a certain news easily. This often generates a responsive  on different social media.This creates an echoes chamber for the audience to believe in the news since being shared and forwarded overwhelming.
The consequences brought by the emergence of fake news do more harm than good to the society. Audiences are misled by the “facts” and change their perceptions because so. We should pay attention to the impact of social media in generating discourses and shaping audiences’ opinion and understanding of the world. As a blogger writing this piece to you, I am reminded of the significance of channelling credible sources with you since fake content can damage the credibility of the me.
The spread of fake content also damages the credibility of the media. A hoax that George Michael has not died came out after the reportage of his death by CNN, the New York Times and other media. The fake news confused people by making the to question about the traditional media in doing so. That means readers have to take up more effort in checking whether the information is reliable.
The good thing about the emergence of fake news is it encouraged readers to be critical about what they are reading. Instead of passively receiving the information from print and digital media. readers are required to actively surfing for multiple resources find out the “truth”. In the meantime, they are exposed to different media platforms, newspapers and TV programmes which each of them stands in a certain political spectrum, investigating the incident from different perspectives. This could be a chance for readers to reflect on their way of consuming information and see their role in being a fact checker for themselves. With fake news, it is a time for confusion, but it is a time for the emergence of clear-minded readers who have an critical eyes on what they are reading.
Meanwhile, individuals are trying to reclaim facts and journalism by themselves. Philip DeFranco, whose youtube channel earns as much as many as 1.5 million views, providing his aggregation of reportage on issues and an open-atmosphere for everyone to engage in the heated issue. In his video, he announces that he is launching Defranco Elite, a fan-funding initiative through Patreon and vowed to make the next great news networks that is independent of corporate interest. “A network that is run under my vision of it is okay to have and share opinions but let’s get the facts right first,” he said.  He claimed that he is  not hiding any existing content behind a pay wall and his success proves that individual can counter fake news with an endeavour to seek for the truth.
As an blogger, I see the importance of building my site with credibility. The public is looking for reliable information on certain issue and opinion with fair judgement. The yearn for authenticity is growing amid the booming of fake news. As a reader and a writer, the responisbility to dive in the issue is undeniable.
References:

Velshi, Ali. (2017).How Fake News Grows in a Post-Fact World How Fake News Grows in a Post-Fact World. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkAUqQZCyrM

How to fake George Michael’s death, and other tabloid lies. Boing Boing URL: https://boingboing.net/2017/01/04/how-to-fake-george-michaels.html
Hsu, Spencer S. (2017) ‘Pizzagate’ gunman says he was foolish, reckless, mistaken — and sorry. The Washington Post. URL:https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/spencer-s-hsu/?utm_term=.d11e93f35128

 

DeFranco, Philip. It’s Time For you To Know…(2017) URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7frDFkW05k

Process Post: 10-17

After reading through Annika’s review of my blog, I am looking into making some changes to my website.

I have, so far, made one change regarding the insight I have received from Annika. Her recommendation was to include a photo of myself to eliminate possible ambiguities over the identity of the author. As I want my blog to be very welcoming and open to people, I used this opportunity to add an image of myself in order to give more of a personal touch. I have also adjusted some of the spacing on my “about” page according to Annika’s recommendations.

As for the different headers that Annika recommended, I am currently exploring potential photos that I can use, as well as trying to learn more about how to code my website in a way that will change the header image for each page.

You Know It’s An Issue When…

The rise of social media has brought with it an increase in connectivity; facilitating networking, socializing, and communication of information. I, for the most part, have only ever benefitted from this improvement in accessibility; thanks to social media such as Facebook and Snapchat, I have been able to maintain and develop relationships across the country […]

Some Quick Changes

Dio reviewed my blog last week and after taking his words into consideration, I’ve attempted to make some changes to my blog. He spotted some very specific flaws and I appreciate his efforts. He noted that at the very top left, there is a tab which brings up a submenu that gives the option to direct the reader to the “about” page of the website. He found it a little redundant because there is already an about section on the dropdown menu and I completely agree. With high hopes of making my site better, I have to say that I struggled a bit when trying to remove the about page from the submenu. I only wanted to remove one or the other but I ended up removing the about page from both locations. Since I don’t think that is a very big concern, I will keep experimenting with WordPress and its function throughout the weeks. Another concern that Dio had was that my website lacked social media integration. To be honest, I’ve tried inputting my social media icons during the first few weeks but I just wasn’t satisfied with how they were awkwardly placed on my blog and unless I do some sick coding, I think that was all I had to work with. I do agree with Dio that since my blog is about traveling and lifestyle, pictures from other platforms would really compliment my blog. After reading about that, I quickly made the change even though the placements were still awkward but at least I still have some social media integration. The only place that I found that wasn’t too awkward was at the bottom. I know it’s not the best placement because it doesn’t stand out to readers but I guess it can be like a little bonus/surprise for those who are able to find the icon!

Process Post–My Audiences

As I started this blog, the audiences I thought of approaching are the ones who are interested in Korea culture, language, and K-pop. Although it might seem to be quite a narrow range of target audiences, I thought it is better than not having a focus.

Since one of the main focus of the blog is language learning, I decided against using an overly fancy design. It was a difficult decision because a fancy and exciting design would be more suitable for my other focus–K-pop. I ended up with this design because both language learning and K-pop is a relaxing activity for me during stressful situations.

My blog pages are still pretty clean and simple, but I am trying to find photos for backgrounds so that it might add excitement for certain topics.

For the word fonts, I did thought about using a different font for the K-pop pages. However, I am worried that the difference in fonts would make the blog inconsistent. Moreover, it is still a more informative blog as of now. The audiences I anticipate are here mostly for the information, which makes it important that the words are easily readable.

Peer Review 2

Through the Lens of Abad Photographer is a photography blog written by Guila Abad. In this review, I would focus on commenting the design of the whole website.

The navigation is simple and clear. The menu bar is placed under the title and footer of the website containing the three main pages of the website on the left side and other social website links on the right. Moving the mouse cursor to the pages would show a drop-down menu displaying sub-categories for the blog posts. However, the RSS feed button on the right seems not linking to the right destination, clicking on it leads me to a page of code. There is another navigation problem Abad should be aware of. When clicking on the main page without selecting the sub-categories, it would lead to an empty page without any blog posts. Overall, the navigation is clean but I would recommend Abad to double check if the RSS feed button is able to function.

The website also shows accurate usage of spaces. Taking the blog post titled ‘A Throwback to Spring Break’ as an example, the lines within the paragraph are not sticking too close together and blank margins are used between places the author visited. I would say the blog post is relaxing too read because the fonts are not crammed together. Abad also like to use point forms in her blog that adds in dynamic and spaces to her paragraphs. But what I like the most is the photo layout under the eye-catching headers. The reason is that Abad did some work on editing the photo sizes to deliver both symmetrical and asymmetrical photo arrangements. The focal points are different but not messy – something I would expect from a photography blog.

In terms of the fonts, I would suggest Abad increase the font size slightly. Small font size works well with short content or captions. But I had a hard time reading through the peer review post which consists of long paragraphs. I would also like to see Abad using different kinds of typography on the website. There are a lot of stylish Google fonts she can choose from which I think could further bring out the theme of her website. Black fonts contrast with the white background and so far I couldn’t find any conflicting colors.

 If you want to know more, please visit Abad’s website:

http://guilaabad.com/

Informed Imagination

When making decisions about images, copy, design, and production I have mostly been thinking about myself.

I don’t want that to sound selfish or conceited, but I am operating under the assumption that I know what I want and what I want caters to my target demographic. My target demographic is 20-30 year olds who enjoy visual art & photography and are engaged by behind the scenes stories. I believe that there is a large interest group from this that I am a part of and engage with on Instagram. I guess, I am designing for the target audience, but I am using myself as the ‘Persona’

Persona Definition
Personas describe your ideal customer. They help you make decisions about marketing and sales processes. These characters are called personas, and just like in plays and movies they need a full backstory so that you…can fully understand their goals, motivations, and problems.

I am also trying to create an authentic experience on this blog. Authenticity is something that I struggle believing in. Sometimes I don’t think it exists and sometimes I catch a glimpse of it (or at least think I do). When writing editorial, this is forefront in my mind because I want to come across as authentic as possible. I don’t want to seem over edited, too polished, or fake because I want people to connect. When someone lifts the veil, you lose the magic. What I mean by this is sometimes the connection comes from the mystery of not knowing. For example, when you are a kid there are so many great mysteries in the world. You connect with them so much because they seem like magic. When you get older, you figure it out and slowly realize that everything isn’t as it seems.

What I am trying to get at is my decisions on this website stem from self motivation. I am not operating under the motivation that I will be famous or anything. I am trying to write for myself, not trying to fool anyone, and hopefully that comes through in the stories and design and people can connect.

¯\_()_/¯

@jessefinkle

 

process post #4

This week, I have realized that I do not really browse the web… When trying to think of a site whose design I could review for this week’s process post, I had a hard time being able to even name a site that I frequented. I guess there’s the social media sites such as Facebook, […]

process post #3

I often visit Aritzia‘s website when they have seasonal sales. It’s elegant and chic design perfectly caters to their brands’ fashion styles. The color scheme they use for their website is kept black and white except for their product pictures. They also use sans serif fonts only except for their Aritzia logo to keep everything minimal. This is intentional as they wanted to highlight their clothing rather than distract their visitors with the overall website. However, one thing that I dislike about their website is that they don’t have a “Sort by Price” option on pages. Visitors are only allowed to sort by the percentage of discount if there’s a sale page, but never by price. If they don’t even have a sale that’s happening at the time, then their usual page only allows users to sort the products by Size, Color, and Brand. That makes the user experience a bit frustrating if people like myself prefer to shop by price instead of having to scroll through all of their products.

In tutorial, we went through changing the font to our website. I found that the body font to my website doesn’t really match with the other elements on it. The body text is a serif font, while the other fonts are sans serif, which I prefer. It just makes everything look more modern and clean.

Process Post 10-03

Throughout the week, I’ve been thinking about the identity of my website and how to make it easier to read. On my home page, I noticed that the section that contains some information about me as well as links to recent blogs, appears to be a bit too wide for my comfort. I contemplated on making the section narrower in order to make it easier for reading and has tried it out. I got the right coding on desktop more, but when I looked at it on my mobile phone, I realized it was not the same. In fact it looked worse, and so I deleted that code and am still currently thinking about how to make my website more attractive in another way. Following a peer review of my blog by Ran Bi, it was written that I should include more photos on my blog posts so I will be incorporating those in future posts.

Process Post–Blog Design review

Upon learning the complicated decision making process behind each design, I thought deeply how I want to change my blog in response to the peer review I received with the new knowledge in designing.

I decided to keep the light theme colour. I tried using a darker shade of blue as suggested by my reviewer, but the atmosphere became a lot more serious than I want it to be. I do think that I will add more photos to my blog posts in the future so it is not all words.

For the title of my process posts, I followed the suggestion in the peer review and leave out the date. I initially added the date because I did not post the process post on the day of the class, and want to be clear which process post is for which class.

I am also thinking of adding a K-pop music playlist to my blog page, so that the audiences will be able to listen to Korean music while reading my blog.

Review: Daily Hive Vancouver + This Week

Without a doubt, Daily hive is one of the most relevant outlets to find trending content of Canada’s largest cities. Thanks to Facebook, I get to see at least one Daily Hive’s post on my feed every day. For such a mainstream and developed news/entertainment outlet, I was curious about what their actual website looked like. I then went ahead and visited their Vancouver-based website. My first impression of the site was that they’ve integrated a very minimalistic design for the navigation aspect which made their posts more outstanding. Each post features a high quality photograph as the thumbnail and it is relevant to the post content. The header is very clean and sharp as it features Daily Hive’s logo, a dropdown menu, a separate logo that leads to a link of Daily Hive’s food related posts and a search bar on the right-hand corner. I would say the header still has a lot of “real-estate” or white space that makes it look “naked”. However, Daily Hive may be planning to add on more of their own domains on the top, just like the “dished Vancouver”. To look for specific categories, you would have to click on the dropdown menu and while that does not clog up the front page, I think putting some categories along the header will be more accessible for readers and it can also fill up some white space as well. The dropdown menu is also represented by a faint gray three-lined icon which does not stick out to me and it may not be recognized as a menu for some people.

I like how the thumbnails are organized in an asymmetrical format but it still looks balanced since there is an equal amount of white space framing the website. I really appreciate that you can see the trending content right away because being a news/entertainment outlet, people look for the most up to date and relevant news. Since Daily Hive relies heavily on their social media platforms, I think bumping their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram widgets more to the top would be better. I like how the website has an end and it is not an infinite scrolling site because that would be too overwhelming. Overall, Daily Hive’s website looks professional, clean, sharp, and simple.

This Week:

After week 4’s lecture, I realized that there are many aspects to a website that allows you to personalize it to fit your identity and customize for an appropriate audience. I always thought the thing with WordPress is that it’s limited to its templates and default settings but I was wrong. Working with a template is a good starting point but I’ve come to realize that there are so many things on the website that can be changed and shaped into my liking, with the right codes of course. This week, I’ve been experimenting with adding custom CSS to my theme. I was able to change the font for my header, from a cursive style to a more bubbly and rounded font. I thought it fit my overall theme better and it was easier to read. At the same time, I thought it would be appropriate to change the tagline font as well, and I did. I also found a working code that spaced out the characters, and I specifically remember from lecture that it was a highly suggested method. After spacing the letters of the header, it occupied more “real-estate” and it made the website more balanced. It might be only a few changes, but it took me quite some time to experiment with different codes. One down side of the change is that it shifted the words on the mobile viewing and now the header and headline are overlapping. Until I figure out how to fix that, the overlapping is going to have to stay.

Designing my blog

In this week lecture, I learned the importance of creating a blog that is aesthetically pleasant and easy to follow. It the the details –the font size, colors, leading, images that contribute to pleasant visual presentation.

For a decent blog, the format, tone, images have to be as consistent as possible. It is the combinations of consistent pieces that create a recognizable and distinct tone of the blog. While bloggers may use similar themes and colors, it is significant to make your blog unique so as to build up a distinct online representation. When you want readers to remember you, you have to stand out from the crowds.

After reading Rachel’s review on my blog, I adjusted the size of my image, reorganized my menus and sorted my posts, hoping to bring my audience a better reading experience. In the meantime, I am figuring out the fonts and colour palette for my blogs. Any suggestions for me? Feel free to leave your comments.

Here are some really useful tools that I learned from the lecture and would like to share with you:

Cropping and resizing images: Webresizer 

Fonts: Google font and Font Pair

Happy blogging and stay tuned!

The Idea of ‘self’

To me, the idea of ‘self’ is not singular. Self is ‘multiple’ in a sense that it changes as my roles (student, daughter, friend, employer……) change. Meanwhile, it is fluid as we behave differently in different contexts like we dress differently for different occasions.

Suler’s article points out one’s true emotions, no matter they are benign or toxic, can be easily expressed with our online identity because of dissociative anonymity, invisibility, asynchronicity, solipsistic introjection, dissociative imagination, minimizing authority. To a large extent, I think the online platform allows me to express the true self. Using myself as an example, the sense of ownership of having this blog drives me to produce something more “me”.

In the process, I do have to, to a certain degree, brand myself, please the audience. However, pleasing the audience doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice the self. Instead, I am trying to make my blog more reader-friendly, through crafting the sidebars and menus. I am learning to fulfill readers’ expectations at the same time retaining my voice.

Suler points out the possible benefits and risks of the disinhibitions of self. I think the online self and the real self are constantly negotiating with one another.  In“Is there a real you?”, Baggini suggests that “what you are partly doing, at least, is actually creating your true self.” In this sense, building an online self can actually change the “self”. Through sharing your opinion online, you may in the end become a more outspoken person with more confidence. Self changes as we have new experiences, memories and ambitions. The key point is to beware of how the ‘self’ changes and try to limit the toxic disinhibitions of self ‘online’. We should be considerate and respectful to ourselves and other online users when we use the internet.

 

Week 4: Design Decisions

We are all familiar with Buzzfeed, the social news and entertainment site that drives students into a seemingly unending procrastination train. Plastered all over our Facebook newsfeeds, Buzzfeed produces over 700 pieces of content every day with an average of 7 billion views a month. With the impressive amount of traffic it’s quite crucial for Buzzfeed to maintain a user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing online presence.
Upon first glance, the home page (shown above) is crammed with bright, colourful photographs. It screams “Read me!!!!”: from the small carousel under the navigation menu to larger images in the main feed section to the blocks of images in the right side bar, Buzzfeed clearly wants the reader to indulge themselves into their endless collection of articles. Where do I start first?

Are those buttons? Are they just decorations? What is “LOL”? “WTF”??
If you’re not a millennial, or someone who is up with the lingo these days, how is one supposed to know what these acronyms stand for? Are they clickable buttons or just static icons? What does the red one with the arrow pointing up mean? These aspects of the site doesn’t seem to speak the user’s language, but luckily the feedback of them (when I hover over them, they have a ‘bounce’ effect) tells me that it is in fact clickable, taking you into a different feed. Out of curiosity, I wondered how this effect would translate into the mobile version when a user can’t have the same hover interaction. To my surprise, they aren’t even present in the mobile site. Completely gone. Vanished.

An aspect that I see is done quite well is the navigation/menu bar. With a good amount of contrasting colours on a white slate, the bold and bright colours of the type is representative of Buzzfeed’s branding that is fun and exciting. Clean, legible type and a concise system of labelling gives the user at least some hopes of navigating through heaps of content and images.


 

This week, I dove into the CSS of the WordPress theme I am using to start to personalize my aesthetics into the theme. I am aiming to incorporate some of the natural & earthy tones as light accents and tinker around with the letter-spacing and padding of the elements. I’ve come up with a list of topics to write about so I am hoping to set a schedule to be more consistent with the frequency of posts.

Peer Review

Michelle Wong’s CONCEPT

CAN’T GO W[R]ONG.

Excuse the terrible pun, but WOW. Michelle’s website  literally made me say “damn.” I openly admit that I am incredibly impressed with the professionalism of her site. Maybe I was expecting that everyone else in the class would be first-timers with WordPress or blogging like I am… No, I remember it being mentioned in class discussions that we had some avid bloggers already. Regardless. Michelle’s experience is evident.

Aesthetic. If I were to describe Michelle’s blog in one word, it would be aesthetic. The all-caps, the sans-serifs, the desaturated colour scheme, the white space all work together to create a cohesive look that pairs well with the blog’s overarching theme.

Something I particularly like about the layout of her website is that she included an About blurb in the sidebar on the right of the page. With the blog and her most recent posts being the first thing you land on when visiting the site, I found it added a more personal and welcoming touch; this way, while you get straight to the content and what the blog is all about, you feel like you’re being greeted by Michelle herself.

In his talk “What Is Publication?”, Matthew Stadler notes that part of being a publisher is being a good host. By including a picture of herself in the sidebar, I think that Michelle does a good job in being a host, not just by having a friendly tone in her posts, but by being present as you click through the site. It makes it feel like you’re getting to know her on a more personal level as you read; taking away the dissociative anonymity and invisibility that John Suler defines in The Online Disinhibition Effect.

Looking more closely at the content of Concept, it’s evident that Michelle has put a lot of thought into her blog. I enjoy the introductions of each blog post — they act as great hooks, without being too obviously “hooky”, if that makes any sense. The introductions are informative on what the post topic is (as an intro should be), but is written in a casual way that is relatable and thusly inviting to continue reading.

The categorization within the blog shows focus and again, emphasizes the amount of planning Michelle has done. As the reader, I find it a nice touch that Michelle has allowed me to filter the content to whichever topic it is that I am interested in. Realizing that not all visitors may be interested in all of the different topics she writes about once again shows her compassion as a host.

It is clear that Michelle already has a coherent online identity built up from her time instagramming and working on her Wong Collective. I think it will be interesting to see this transition from a very photo-based, minimal word medium to a word-focused medium, but I have no doubts that Michelle will be as successful here on wongconcept.com as she is on Instagram.

Process Post #3

WHO AM I, WHAT AM I?

I am definitely struggling. The fact that I’m up at 2:35am is proof of that.

It feels as though I’ve lost my voice, or that I’m in that infant stage of trying to learn to talk. Better yet, I feel like I do when I’m trying to speak to my best friends (who are from Quebec) en français; I know (or at least I think I know) the story that I want to tell, but I don’t quite know how to spit it out. In a nutshell, that’s how I feel about blogging.

It’s funny to me though — I don’t plan for the blog to be the main attraction of my website. Despite that section being more or less the only part of my site that currently has any content, I have a Projects section in the menu, ready and waiting to showcase my design work. The end goal, for me, is for my website to be my professional portfolio. Hence the decision to keep my name as the title. After a lot of back and forth-ing in my planning, I decided that the blog will merely be a feature of my portfolio, a kind-of extension to my About page. Meant to capture my personality, life experiences, and demonstrate my communication skills, Rise & Grind would be a way for potential employers (and other visitors, of course) to get to know me in greater depth, and to (hopefully) be inspired or gain some insight from the tidbits I share.

As I noted above, the blog is the only part of my website that contains content — and it doesn’t have much content at that. I have been struggling, without a doubt, on how to present myself. Or, not how exactly, but more what it is I’m publishing. I’m comfortable and happy with the type of voice I’ve put forth so far; casual and friendly, yet not necessarily in an unprofessional way. I’m trying to present the truest self that I can to the world, but as John Suler questions in The Psychology of Cyberspace, what is the True Self? In my not-yet-published second blog post, I want to address what karate is. But it has literally taken me over a week to figure out what exactly I wanted to explain, and it’s only [right] now as I’m reflecting on my week of frustration, that I am finally making a clear decision.

My debate had been on how personal to make this explanatory post (and the whole blog, really). Thinking about Rise & Grind and what kind of audience might read this, I kept shying away from making it an overly personal story. I didn’t want this to turn into my autobiography — who was going to read that? So I began writing in a more detached fashion, but soon felt like I was writing a history paper. Um, yeah. No thanks. But I became stuck.

Re-explaining my vision anew here in this process post has helped me to refocus however. I stopped telling myself that no one was going to be interested in what I was saying, and instead I asked myself again, what is my goal with this website? What is it that I want to share with the world? And really, what I want to share is who I am — and who I am includes my personality, my profession, and my passions. So Rise & Grind will be about me. It will tell the story of how I rise to the occasion and grind away to better myself a little more each day. It will be for me to work on expressing myself and to become comfortable with that self-expression.

I’m excited now. I feel like I have my attention back.

Process Post Week 3

Instagram

I think that instagram would be the best social media platform to establish my online presence. Photos and images play an important part of delivering feelings and messages from one another. I believe by posting images on Instagram could work well side by side with the website

Instagram ID: mindflowblog

Plugins

This week I have been exploring plugins to add into my website. Other than Google Analytics I find these two plugins could add a nice touch to the blog:

Sticky Menu (or Anything!) on Scroll

This plugin allows users to stick the menu or any element they choose on the page. Therefore when readers scroll down the website the menu follows.

No Page Comment

Because I wanted to remove the comment section for my about page, ‘No Page Comment’ is able to disable comments on pages and posts with a simple click.

Instagram Slider Widget

Since I have chosen Instagram as the social media platform to work on, this widget allows viewers to browse the latest Instagram post I uploaded.

Design

I changed the theme for my website. The main reason is that the previous theme I used, “Anissa” had too many restrictions in terms of customizing. Therefore I spent some time searching for another theme and chose “Panoramic”. This theme is simple and allows more freedom to customize my blog. I kept the header image but changed the font color to turquoise just to match the soothing vibe I wanted to create.

Process Post 19th Sept 2017–Are We Ever Our True Self?

On-stage and Off-stage Self

Humans behave according to the situation they are in and the people they are facing.

We talked about how our online personal is different from who we are behind the screen. We select the contents we want to show to the world. But when I further think about it, this selective process does not only happen online.

I reflect on how I act when interacting online with strangers and with other people in real life, and realise that there is not too much different. When I talk with different people, or when I am speaking in different situation, I act accordingly. I am completely different person when I am with my family than when I am with my friends. I am quite talkative when I am meeting alone with a friend than with a big group of people. Even within my family, I act differently when I am with my cousins, my other relatives, and my parents. This makes me wonder if there is a time when people are not ‘on-stage’.

If being in presence of people means that we are ‘on-stage’ does it mean that we are only our true self when we are alone? Maybe in the past, being alone is truly being yourself. However in today’s world, a lot of our ‘alone time’ is spent online, in which we have a online-self. Does it mean that we are never truly ourselves? If that’s the case, who are we?