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tenth process post

Car pool Karaoke Collab 🎤🎤

Hello friends!

This week, among our busy schedules, Theona, Jade and I were able to come together and shoot a VIDEO

We three have been friends since the first tutorial, and when the opportunity to collaborate with other people in our class we realized we had a similar idea for a fun video!!! 🤩🤩🤩

This is the outcome of one rainy Monday afternoon in Jade’s sisters car, with Theona’s IPhone 8 and Jade’s spotify playlist.

Enjoy!!!

Peer Review 1

At first glance the blog “An international Student’s Life in Canada” strikes me as professional and an easy to navigate blog. He clearly displays the main focuses of his website while further elaborating on them in his “About” section of the blog. In addition, he has menus which allow you to easily navigate to the section of the blog which you are interested in viewing. I’m particularly interested in how the blogger is originally from Hong Kong and whether there will be any similarities or differences from those of a Canadian. This especially ties in to his “About” page where he states that there was a culture shock when he first came to Canada and the thoughts a person may have when first coming to Canada. Some of the critics that I have for his website would be for the music portion of the blog, photography, and travel. The content there already gives us a good idea of the author of the website and the passions he has and what kind of entertainment he enjoys. Examples of this include the list of his favorite songs as well as his enjoyment for the band Cold play. I especially enjoyed how he discussed why he supported this particular band and gave us some background to them. The one critic I have for this section is that if he was going to do this on a weekly basis or as a common re occurrence. That he maybe selects a few songs each week instead of submitting a whole playlist. That way he won’t have to create a mass playlist each time and will be able to constantly have content for that page. He could even go in depth on a couple of songs or Artists and the reasons behind his enjoyment for them. As for the travel part of the blog. There isn’t anything currently there right now and I’m not sure what you’re going to add to it since it’s going to be difficult to travel to many places while taking classes at SFU. Maybe he’ll be posting stories and photos from places previously visited and explored. Either way I’m extremely excited to the see what fills this currently blank page. Finally, pertaining to the photo part of the blog. He explains his passion for photography and displays some wonderful photos of Hong Kong. I’m not sure whether these photos are his own or not. Although, if they are then I’m thoroughly impressed. I’m assuming he’s going to either post photos of his own here or perhaps photos that he enjoys and what they mean to him. Furthermore, if posting his own photography; I’m sure adding the specs of the cameras that you’re using will be of great interest to others who have a passion for photography as well. Either way, I’m looking forward to the beautiful photography that’s going to be captured on this page. Overall, I’m rather pleased with the crispness of the website and the ease of navigating its menu’s pages. I’m presuming this blogs layout isn’t completely developed yet. Although It’s currently on the right track and I look forward to seeing it’s future development and the interesting stories, photos, and music that come along with it.

ninth process post

🎵 Join the club 🤙 🎶Join the Club 👀

Hello Friends!!!

This week is all about the REMIX

A few weeks ago, my friends and I were hanging out in our usual spot on campus at the Interfaith Center (a space where religious clubs and groups are able to practice their faith on campus and engage in fellowship with other students in faith).

One of my AWESOME sisters in Christ, who I also lovingly call my Ate Dana, wowed us all with an impromptu freestyle over Yo Gotti’s “Rake it Up”.

In the song she gathers all y’all to join our club! Catholic Christian Outreach is active on 15 campuses across Canada, and with the beat backing her up, she provides some insightful and persuasive ways to get you involved. Also, me and my bro Gabe in the back had to support as dancers!! Enjoy 🙂

 

eighth process post

💸💸 Cha-ching 💸💸

Hello Friends!!

This week we played around with Google Analytics and discussed monetization of our site.

 

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Yee that monaay schmoneeey  😆 😆

 

But now on to a serious note, Using Google Analytics was more than a little confusing, and all that really interested me were how many people went to my site. It’s pretty amazing that Google can offer us that information…but also creepy they’re all up in our business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

 

It’s cool I can see how long people have visited my site for, and the amount of people per day that visit my site. This visual presentation of data is extremely useful.

 

 

 

 

 

Google even goes as far to track which times per day people most regularly visit my blog, where they are coming from and from what device.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It makes me a little weary of how much Google tracks my online data, where I shop, browse and visit most frequently. Google analytics isn’t just proof people go to your site, it’s proof Google can track which sites we visit.

This issue of Google’s thorough coverage of the Internet is discussed in the article by Nilay Patel, where they make a note of this “Google makes the lion’s share of its money on search, and Google search doesn’t work if the web isn’t searchable, so Google has a huge interest in making the web profitable for media companies, so they can search all that content” (2015).

 

Reference

Patel, Nilay (2015, September 17) “Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web” The Verge. Retrieved from: https://www.theverge.com/2015/9/17/9338963/welcome-to-hell-apple-vs-google-vs-facebook-and-the-slow-death-of-the-web.

 

 

 

 

seventh process post

Someone else’s work…is someone else’s work!

Hello Friends! 😄

This week we are discussing the use or no use, the correct and incorrect way of crediting another fellow contributor, the policies of Copyright!

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Copyright helps both parties, it makes sure the credit goes to the right person and that person is protected, and that you don’t look bad taking someone else’s work 😎

In our publishing lecture this week, Jon Festinger from the School of Law at UBC spoke on “Copyright Topics
(& a little bit of contract law)”.

He said in essence, “copyright…means the sole right to…reproduce the work…in any material form whatever…”(2018). As I reflected on this, I immediately thought of Instagram and it’s copyright culture (or lack thereof). As social media makes it incredibly convenient and simple to screenshot or download someone’s content on their feed and timeline. With the rise of business utilizing Instagram, and making partnerships on the platform, we have seen some professional and formal crediting taking place. However, it is not the common culture. We see photos being reposted all the time, and sometimes it can be hard to trace a photo back to its original taker.

 

 

 

There’s a story by Max Dubler, a professional photographer working with downhill skateboarding. He explained his situation in the article, with having one of his photos being used by a longboard company on their instagram; and that for this particular use (as they are a profitable company) it is expected he get a fee. He simply messaged them asking for payment, and was rejected and told they would take it down. But the point he made was that despite them taking the photo down, he would still need to be compensated regardless; as the value and impact of his picture for their company on their Instagram was already spent.

With this in mind, moving forward we can be more aware of not just crediting people to the work they put out, but acknowledging the power and impact our posts can have. If that means adding a logo to your pictures to protect yourself, or making your fees and business procedures public.

I personally haven’t dealt with issues regarding stolen work or copyright, but this blog can be my starting point to protecting the words I write and videos I make.

 

 

 

References:

Festinger, Jon (2018, February 28) “Copyright Topics (& a little bit of contract law)” Lecture Files Week Seven. Retrieved from: http://posiel.com/2018/02/lecture-files-week-seven/

Dubler, Max (2017, July 13) “No, You Can’t Use My Photos On Your Brand’s Instagram For Free” PetaPixel. Retrieved from: https://petapixel.com/2017/07/13/no-cant-use-photos-brands-instagram-free/ 

fifth process post

 You said what now?!

Hello Friends!

Hope you all had a good break…read a lot hopefully 😉

This week, I am reflecting on a post that focused on a subject I am always needing work on…ME 🤣😆😅

Joy from With Love, Joy took time outta her day to take a look at my blog, with the design as her main focus. Let’s give her a hand for that!! 👏👏👏 I really appreciate anyone taking the time to look at my blog, let alone make note of what works and doesn’t; especially as design is not my strongest point!!

Going into making this blog, I already expected the layout and design of my blog to be difficult for me, and to be honest, it makes me less enthusiastic to do something when I have no clue what I’m doing. It’s not that I don’t WANT my blog to look super cool and hecking awesome, but it’s just…well, NOT my area of expertise. I’m fully ashamed to admit how long it took me to find online tutorials on how to change my font and font size..(so long I still haven’t figured it out).

So reading Joy’s review was extremely helpful, and also a little frustrating. It was helpful because a fresh set of eyes always notices things you don’t! There were many things she noted that I was already aware of, which frustrated me as I lack knowledge on how to fix those things and silently hoped everyone else just ignored them.

One of the things she suggested was to make my titles and captions more distinct, with an easy fix such as grammar!

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I chose to fix this example because not only was it the simplest and quickest fix, but c’mon sam!! man, I gotta get it together 😂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, thanks Joy!!! 🙂

 

Process Post #12: Annnnnd….It’s a Wrap!

Wow. I can’t believe its already over. It feels like just yesterday that I was sitting in class wondering how the heck I was going to figure out word press and what the heck I was going to write about. I was clueless to say the least and scared, very very scared.

I didn’t thin there was a subject that particularly interested me and so personal blogging seemed liked the rout to go. Thank god I did choose it since it helped me in so many ways not just academically but personally. It was a way for me to unload about my personal life but also create content that I felt mattered and that I wanted to do. I wasn’t writing in order to please any professor but simply for the joy of publishing, the joy of creating content and sharing it with the world. I know this all sounds cheesy but it did feel like that. It was such a great experience to rediscover my love for writing outside my academia. I now know I am not just Veronique Brissette the communications student, but really I am so much more than that.

Thank you PUB 101.

-Awkward Girl.

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Process Post #11: Fake News…Am I Fake?

I ask in the title if I’m fake referring to be anonymity. I wonder if though this journey my anonymity makes me “fake news”. Although I am not hurting anyone or saying anything untrue, I am being misleading about my true identity. I think that fake news has done quite some damage in the arena of social media and has caused many upsets and disagreements that have lead to individuals never being sure about the truthfulness of information they read online. Unfortunately , this uncertainty is not going away any time soon as our online world is flooded with fake news. It has become our civil obligations to become aware and practice our media literacy in order to reduce the chances of misinterpreting falsified information.

In most cases of fake news derives from political news stories but has anyone ever considered that perhaps fake news could be extended to other ways of falsifying information on the internet? I personally do not think that I am spreading fake information but perhaps the better term for what I am doing is cat fishing ?

I think that anonymity will always be an important part of my story as a blogger identity and that although readers do not know exactly who I am, I think it contributes to the way my audience interprets and relates with Awkward Girl.

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Process Post #10: Transmedia

Today in class, we had a speaker come in talk to us about the importance of spreading our brand in different ways to do so. Like discussed in Kathryn Lyndsey’s article “UNPOPULAR OPINION: These YouTube Authors are Ruining the Publishing Industry”, she argues that although different forms of media have perhaps taken away the traditional sense of publishing, the importance of sharing content across different platforms is not to be ignored, it has become a hallmark in today’s pop culture society.

There is Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Youtube, the list goes on! So many different ways we can connect our blogs to different platforms with the end goal to grow our audience and get our message out to the most people as possible. In my personal circumstance, I cherish my anonymity within my persona and sharing my social media outlets on my blog would mean that readers would get to see who I really am which in my opinion, defeats the whole purpose of the anonymity I have created with Awkward Girl.

There are many individuals in the class that have linked their social media’s to their blogs which has very much helped them grow. I think that if I were to continue on in this journey of blogging and was adamant on keeping my secret persona, I would need to create different accounts to my own personal ones in order to be able to participate in this transmedia style of publishing while assuring the brand (no one knows who the other is) that I wanted.

-Awkward Girl.

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Process Post #9: Marketing a Blog

Today, we had two speakers come in and talk to us about the ways in which we can market our brand as well as ways in which we can monetarily benefit from our blogs through elements such as advertising. Brand marketing is so crucial when it comes to blogs because you need to be able to reach out to your intended audience, find them, keep them engaged, and keep them coming back. Before you can even dive into ways in which to do so, we were taught to consider who our audiences is, what purpose are we filling in the world of blogs.

One of the speakers which I found very inspirational had started off in selling candles. He saw that there was an opportunity to make money in his neighbourhood selling candles during the holidays and made a name for himself for the years following. Taking his experience and applying it to our blogging, we have to try and identify the need or the want of our audience in order to ensure their subscription.

Reflecting on Awkward Girl, it was never my intention to create it for the purpose of views or hits since it was mostly for myself although, if I were to think up of way to meet a more specific demographic in order to generate more traffic on my website, I think I would take the approach of foodie to my blog as previously mentioned in another post. I would centre my information around Vancouver locations in order to target a certain demographic specific to this region.

Another area which we discussed could be beneficial to some were advertisements. For some, such as Alex Rose (http://djalexrose.com) who is making a website to cater to his DJ career and business, I can see this approach working very well in his favour since it is more of a business model type blog where it serves the purpose of showcasing his work although I do not think that it would work well for a personal blog like mine. I personally believe it would take away from the look I want for my website as well as the intimacy and authenticity I want to project to my audience.

All in all, I think that if I were to continue this blog after this course and wanted to make it a more public and successful blog, I would take these approaches in order to do so.

-Awkward Girl.

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Process Post #8: Collaborations

Collaboration week was in my opinion quite successful. Keeping in theme with my blog, I teamed up with a couple of my friends to ask them so of their most awkward moments. I thought it would be nice for readers (the intended audience) to know that awkwardness happens to everyone not only myself. The whole point of the blog is for individuals to feel like they have a space, a space where they feel like it’s okay to not be perfect and polished, we all go through embarrassing moments and sharing them will hopefully help my readers into realizing this.

Through this exercise, I realized how beneficial it could be for bloggers or online publishers to collaborate with another in order to create more content that could potentially reach a larger audience. In the first week of publishing class, I had told the class that I thought that publishing was the sharing of information and although my views and thoughts on publishing since then have much expanded and broadened, I still stand by the fact that publishing is the act of sharing. Sharing not only with the world through means of technology but collaborating and sharing ideas and capabilities with peers in order to continue the constant flow of sharing.

My blog being the nature that it is, doesn’t often make room for collaborations since it is mostly my own experiences and daily life recording although even in a space such as this one, I have come to realize what collaboration can do to enrich one’s online experience, perhaps even broaden their mindset and inspire them to come up with new content.

In this 21st century, it is often said that our generation spends far too much time stuck in our technologies and we have lost what it means to connect with people around us. We have lost the ability to interact with one another with arguably has hindered the way we learn but what publishing has taught me is that sharing is alive now more than ever. Media as a whole as permitted us to share in a whole new way which yes, isn’t quite the same as before but still holds an importance in today’s digital world.

-Awkward Girl.

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Process Post #7: A Review of my Review

I received my first peer review from Carly Camera and it was eye opening to what my blog came off as to others. I hadn’t really considered an audience at this point and I was more so writing for myself and what I thought was interesting. What I realized from this review is that I can have a personal blog with it representing my authentic self all the while catering to a certain audience and I needed to keep that in mind.

She suggested that some of my writing was a bit too casual and at first I didn’t quite agree because what I had envisioned for my blog was a comfortable space where people could feel like they were reading something their friend wrote, content that was not be intimidating or exclusionary. Although, after I had considered her critique, I could appreciate her point of view and where she was coming from. I can be relaxed and casual with also conserving a certain level of professionalism.

Another critique I had received was for my website design which I have very much changed since the feedback. Chloe suggested that the website seemed broken up since the colour stopped after the header and didn’t flow through the entire web page. I too very much agreed with this feedback and wanted to change it. I had realized that I needed to change my theme completely as the one I had originally chosen was to restrictive for the changes I wanted to do to the look of my blog.

Doing reviews for me are a bit hard because this blog is very personal to me and it is truly a work that I wear on my sleeve. It means a lot to me and so having it critiqued by individuals who also know that it’s me who wrote it intimidates me. Like in Suler’s piece about “The Online Disinhibition Effect” in his section about anonymity, thats what i most appreciated from having a blog in this course. It offered a level of comfort and doing these reviews removed that security blanket that I had been hiding behind as a publisher.

Even if the critiques are difficult do to myself wanting to hide behind my persona, the feedback is very much appreciated and I can’t wait to keep improving until my next review.

-Awkward Girl

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Process Post 12

Community Guidelines 

Online comments are a bit of a double-edged sword – they can facilitate meaningful dialogue but they can also attract obscene and harmful content. According to Konnikova (2013), comments sections can produce a diffusion of responsibility because individuals feel less accountable for their own comments and thus, are more likely to engage in amoral behaviour. In order to combat this amoral and potentially harmful behaviour, it is imperative to establish a set of guidelines on what is appropriate vs. what is not appropriate.

In addition to this post, I think that I will implement my community guidelines under my About page or under a page where they can be easily found. In order for users to be aware of what constitutes an inappropriate comment, it is important that they first find, read, and understand my community guidelines. Therefore, it is imperative for my guidelines to be on a page that is easy to find.

The core values of Jkallu.com are sync with those of Book Riot. Jkallu.com values social justice, feminism, and inclusivity. Therefore, I have developed the following community guidelines for this website:

The following comments may be removed:

  • Comments that harass, abuse, insult, or discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, age, national origin, and/or disability
  • Comments that contain any computer virus or other malware
  • Comments that are threatening, defamatory, pornographic, or violate any party’s intellectual property
  • Comments that are posted for any obscene or immoral purpose

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Essay 2

Essay 2

Joseph Chan                                                                                                                4/10/18

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I developed my blog to express myself through an alternative method that doesn’t require Facebook or Instagram. My focus was creating a blog oriented towards people planning to visit Vancouver or locals who are just looking for more places to explore and visit. I reinsured the fact that I’m not a very expressive person when it comes to online publishing as I’m still cautious about my personal ideas and info that I share online with the public. However, I learned a lot about monetizing a website and different ways to appeal to the public eye and the proper way to grab people’s attention.

The main appeal of my website is that it’s very easy to navigate and the options for blog categories aren’t so vast that you feel overwhelmed and loss in all the posts. The first thing you are greeted with when opening the website is my most recent blogs and the image of the topic. I believe, that having an image of the topic was essential as it helps stimulate visual cues and may raise the curiosity of people who are visiting the website for the first time (Psychology of Cyberspace – The Online Disinhibition Effect, 2018). Although, at times I felt that it was hard to differentiate my blog from others as I looked at other people’s blogs in the class and noticed that many layouts were like mine and didn’t have any significant difference (Design machines | Louder Than Ten, 2018). I believe what draws people to my blog is that it isn’t overly complicated to navigate and it only takes a few seconds to find the post you’re looking for.

I believe that my blog has done a complete 180 turn from what I had originally envisioned and what it has become now. At the beginning my blog was lacking heavily in design and I was never able to sort my posts into their rightful pages until now. I also changed the theme of my website from “Twenty-Seven” to “Bulk”. I believed that this was a huge turning point as it allowed me to have better control over my website and change features such as the background image. I also went further in depth into my intro page by adding a photo of myself to give viewers an idea of what kind of person I am as well as the location of Vancouver in google maps. My blog has progressed rapidly from being a second-hand twitter website to one that reports on views, restaurants, and music in Vancouver.

My google analytic numbers showed that my website wasn’t encountering enough traffic to even consider monetizing it. I essentially confirmed what I already thought the results would show which is most the visits to my blog where from me, the Professor/TA, and students being forced to peer review my page. I believe that one of the main causes of this is that there already exists so many blogs like mine in Vancouver, which are already established such as “The Daily Hive Vancouver”. Furthermore, I believe that drawing in a new audience requires constant advertisement through platforms such as Facebook or Instagram. Something I don’t believe many of friends would interested in as they are already focused with their own school work and hobby’s. I feel that it’s very easy to lose an audience’s attention, especially if you don’t keep to a constant upload schedule (Forbes Welcome, 2018).  In addition, I have not received any comments on my website which I believe is due to the low traffic that I’m experiencing.

I don’t believe that I will continue to blog as It has nothing to do with my major or future job goal which is policing. However, I found that I learned a lot about website designing and addressing current trends and capturing an audience. I believe that these features will help me in the future as I have considered opening a business that has sales in security technology which will most likely required a well-designed website.

I’ve certainly become more alert about my online presence now and I think that I will be moving further away from having one. The reason for this is that I’ve discovered how open and easily accessible information is on the internet. What can sometimes appear to be private and secure information that only a select group of people you want to have access too can soon be spread across the internet (Gunter, 2009,/Qian, 2007) While I’m not shy of meeting new people and telling them information about me. It certainly frightens me how companies such as Facebook can get away with gathering tons of information from your phone and keep it without your consent. I’m especially cautious about the media that I share on Instagram as I’ve had to delete pictures from there that I don’t think future employers would find appropriate when looking for a prospective candidate. I’m moving further away from having an online presence to get to know myself better while attempting to keep my private information from being available on the internet.

When looking at the progression of my website I’ve noticed a steadier increase to a more detailed and public oriented presentation of the website with blogs written more like a review page then a blog. At the beginning, I wasn’t too sure what I wanted my blog too be and I would treat it almost like twitter and write random comments such as “Where has Fleetwood Mac been my whole life and why has my mom been hiding it from me?” However, as time progressed I realized that no one would want to read posts like this, especially when websites like twitter already existed (Bai, 2008). When I realized this I almost immediately switched towards writing my posts more like a yelp review to give viewers suggestions on the topic and give my own opinion on the subject itself.

I learned a lot about website design and the effort it takes to keep a blog constantly running and up to date. However, I don’t see it as the outlet for me as I don’t feel quite comfortable with sharing private information. Nor do I have an interest with writing my interests on reviews on it when websites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram already exist.

 

      

References

Bai, B., Law, R., & Wen, I. (2008). The impact of website quality on customer satisfaction and purchase intentions: Evidence from Chinese online visitors. International Journal Of Hospitality Management, 27(3), 391-402. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2007.10.008

Design machines | Louder Than Ten. (2018). Louder Than Ten. Retrieved 11 April 2018, from https://louderthanten.com/coax/design-machines

Forbes Welcome. (2018). Forbes.com. Retrieved 11 April 2018, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/shelbycarpenter/2016/05/13/the-toast-is-toast-and-its-devastating/#6e1ea7fe48f6

Gunter, B. (2009). Blogging – private becomes public and public becomes personalised. Aslib Proceedings, 61(2), 120-126. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00012530910946875

Psychology of Cyberspace – The Online Disinhibition Effect. (2018). Truecenterpublishing.com. Retrieved 11 April 2018, from http://truecenterpublishing.com/psycyber/disinhibit.html

Qian, H., & Scott, C. (2007). Anonymity and Self-Disclosure on Weblogs. Journal Of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(4), 1428-1451. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1083-6101.2007.00380.x

 

 

Week 12: Community Guidelines

The following community guidelines for Shaponders are set in place to protect the Pondering community. Comments will be monitored before they are approved by myself. Any inappropriate comments will be deleted and the commenter will be blocked immediately. Non relevant comments will also not be approved in order for discussions to remain on topic and relevant. This website is a safe space for my audience to interact with me, my content and with those of similar interest. I encourage you to converse amongst yourselves in the comments section so that we can build a strong community.

Community Guidelines:

  • Do not post abusive or discriminatory comments.
  • Do not promote anything in the comments sections.
  • Do not argue with others in the comments. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
  • No name calling or attacking in the comments section.
  • No hate will be tolerated in the comments section.

Violating any of these community guidelines will result in the violator being blocked from this website.

Process Post Week 12

I’m in the process of developing community guidelines for my blog. As I’ve created my website as a safe and happy place, I want to keep bullying and harassment to a minimum. If this requires blacklisting words, or blocking certain users, I’m prepared to do that.

However, there is a different between bullying/harassment, and a disagreement. Where I feel some sites go to far is when they silence disagreements between users, or disagreements to their own opinions. If a comment challenges, or questions the sites content, I find that these comments are deleted or shut down. This worries me because it silences a potential dialogue that could happen between a user and an author. As well, it worries me when I see every disagreement between users being moderated or stopped. When there is no bullying or harassment happening with a disagreement I don’t totally see the point in silencing it. I want my blog to be a place for dialogue, and If this dialogue includes  respectfully questioning or disagreeing with my own opinions, I welcome these disagreements and I am open to hearing other opinions.

As of now these are the only things I know I want to include in my community guideline, but I hope to come up with more things to help my community be one of happiness, and one that lacks bullying.

Process Post #4: Website Style Overhaul

Today in class I got to really reflect on what needs to be considered when considering website design. Of course I had given thought before of what I like websites, what makes them functional and what my vision is for my website but I had never truly taken into account all the different elements that can contribute and slightly affect the comprehensibility and user friendliness of a website. Everything from font to text size to colour to menu bar, everything must be considered! Took get a better idea on how to dissect and take apart our own websites, we took a look at the oh so famous class website where we get our information about syllabus and weekly updates. Students of the class were opinionated to say the least…

We started by looking at the colours of the website (an oatmeal cream kind of colour) and talked about how it added or took away from the experience on the website. In my opinion, for the purpose this website serves, I don’t think it needs to be any wacky vibrant colour since it’s job is to serve an academic purpose however, taking into account the nature of the class (more of an arts directed creative course) a little more colour or illustration would be nicely welcomed I think by it’s users.

We also took a look at the menu bar and it’s functionality regarding the course as well as the side menu. We discussed how the side menu was not being used to it’s full potential as not many students had been utilizing the Twitter feature. One thing I had suggested to make the overall experience better a student using the website would be to have the weekly tasks be the first thing that shows up on the front “home” page instead of a link to the syllabus where you need to scroll down to the specific week in the course to retrieve current information. Having this feature would enable students to have some a sort of “quick glance at the week” which would prevent the whole clicking around different tabs and whatnot.

All in all, the class truly got a chance to pick apart every part of the Posiel website and after the exercise, it really forced me to reflect on my own website. I ended up actually changing my whole website style after this class. With my old template, I couldn’t even change my font and I knew after this class that even something as trivial as font can make a difference! I ended up changing the template, font, background image and theme colours. The only thing I have yet to change is my background as it had been brought to my attention that the polka dots might be a little too dark and distracting from the content of my website which I think is important to address. Perhaps lightening out the image in a photo modifying application will help me achieve the style I’m going for.

Were moving onto better website days, I can feel it! Until next time,

Awkward Girl.

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Process Post Week 12

For my website, I hope people can learn something for my blog and use it for themselves in the future. If I were to continue to work on my website beyond this class I would work in providing a clean and safe website for my audience for the upcoming future. I try to keep everything on my website as positive as I can get it. Positivity is the easiest thing you can do. Negative would draw away my audience and that would ruin the future for my blog. 

Week 11: Day In The Life Of An International Student

For today’s process post, the assignment is to tell a story using a medium other than text. I decided to take pictures of parts of my day – a snippet of my life. Presenting to you highlights of my Monday in pictures:

    Breakfast: Love crunch granola with 2% milk

 

Browsing through Pinterest to find of what to post on Instagram to promote previous blog post.

 

Working on CMNS 455 paper

 

Easter Egg hunt with my sister in the evening

Hope you had a lovely Easter.

Shazia xx

Process Post Week 11

This week in tutorial I had to analyze a Victoria Secret ad. This ad may get the wrong ideas when you look at it. The headline on this ad is ” The Perfect “Body””. First looking at this image many will see it as body shaming by the title and how only skinny models are on the front cover. Maybe feel that both plus size and skinny models should be featured because all bodies are perfect. But Victoria Secret isn’t preferring the bodies in their headline they are referring to the bra line they have came out with called “body” and below the title you will see it says ” Perfect fit, Perfect comfort, Perfectly soft”. Many people feel the need to call out skinny models and say that this is all their good for but no one puts into perspective how much work they put into their careers.

This Victoria Secret ad had a lot of controversy and a while after they posted this ad, they had eventually changed the headline of the ad to ” A body for every body” and kept the photo in the background the same. No matter what it will always be hard to meet everyones needs and expectations. Changing the ad headline is a start in the right direction to show that the ad title was misinterpreted.