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The end of the community

The community standards I would set for interacting with my website would reflect the overall satirical tone of my content, while still ticking off the basic things which I will not allow.
I would format my guidelines similarly to those of BookRiots; short, simple, and to the point.
Firstly, I would clearly state that any threats or hate speech in the comments section, be it sexist, racist, homophobic, etc, would not be tolerated. Father down I would clarify that I was the one with the final say on what would be retracted.
I would create this rule for the safety of others enjoying my blog, and for my own safety. As “the dark side of Guardian comments” reading points out, most harassment and online abuse is directed at women, and I’m already aware that if my audience grew I might be targeted.
However, I would be extremely careful interacting with people o my blog, as I would interact with comments as Fysh, and would not want to take away from the surreality of the website. I would make sure to include more ridiculous rules, such as any threat involving the boiling of mutant pigeon bones will result in immediate expulsion! to keep up the facade.

If anyone wished to contact me as Zoe, I would have a submissions or contact spot on the blog.

Community Guidelines

Rules when visiting my blog:

  • no hateful/harmful comments
  • no anonymous posts
  • comments disagreeing with one another are alright, as long as they are not disrespectful
  • understand that everyone perceives art differently; your opinion is not the only one that matters
  • no claiming other people’s art as your own

How these apply to my blog specifically:
These rules apply to my blog specifically because the last two are centered around art, and my blog is based on photography.  The last rule is especially important to me as I value artistic integrity, and hope that those who visit my site do too.  The second rule is based on the statistic given in this article: 25% of people say they have left a comment anonymously.  In my opinion, you should not be saying anything that you wouldn’t claim your own.

Process Post week 12: My community guidelines

For my site, my blog is focused on self-reflective content. This is primarily focused on people that like learning something insightful, grow in self-reflection and put  their reflection  into reality. My blog is an open ongoing dialogue  and collaboration among my audience and any newcomers. I truly appreciate those that …

Retroactive Remix: Beauty In Strength

Women are often still portrayed as whimsical creatures of beauty. Or at least, that’s what we’re supposed to strive for. But I do not accept that. I find beauty in many different forms, but especially in strength. Women are strong, courageous, and mighty. We are also soft, gentle, and whimsical. Women can embody strength in all its forms. For my remix I have photoshopped a sword into a picture of a Mark Spain painting. The woman is beautiful, and appears ethereal and elegant. But by adding a sword to the image, I’m conveying her strength as well. Women are not just one thing and we should not be constricted to one set of ideals. You can be both strong and beautiful. You can find beauty in strength, as I do.

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Process Post 10

Community Guidelines

Beauty As Art is a community promoting self expression, confidence, and self love. It’s meant to be a place of support and safety for all viewers. To support this mission, the following guidelines will be enforced regarding conduct as a community member. Users can be banned for any of these offenses:

  • Attacking other users, including name-calling, insulting, or threatening
  • Posting irrelevant, abusive, or inappropriate comments
  • Posting comments which target or degrade minority groups

These guidelines will be enforced to create a safe and supportive community for all users on this site.

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Community Guidelines

The rules are simple people, don’t be an asshole. And this isn’t like the Google motto of “don’t be evil” then proceed to be an evil ass. Seriously, don’t be an asshole, if you wouldn’t want someone to say that to you, then don’t say it to someone else. I will delete your rude comments, try me, I dare you.

As for all of you who don’t act like assholes, continue as you are and thank you.

The Evolution of My Publications – Essay Two

Launching a blog this semester has been a great challenge and creative outlet. My passion for makeup has been growing for a few years now, and many of my friends have been pushing me to find a way to share it with more people. This course gave me the perfect opportunity to explore this as an opportunity. I knew early on my blog was going to have a focused concept driving my content: makeup. I drew inspiration from bloggers I looked up to like Tanya Burr and Zoella. The most important thing I learned from examining both their websites was twofold: be consistent with posting and be yourself. When you’re true to yourself and your voice is clear to your audience, you have the ability to hold their interest. I keep going back to those blogs because I can count on them to be producing new content and I can count of the quality of that content. Despite our drastically different styles, they are still my role models for blogging and brand identity.

To be honest, I was surprised when I checked my google analytics and adhering to the lessons I learned from their blogs was working in my favor. As I checked my google analytics, I was somewhat shocked to find people actually reading my posts, and not immediately leaving my site, but staying to see more. When researching how to understand google analytics, I ran across a brief walk through in the Social Media Examiner which helped me gain the most basic overview, including what an exit rate was and how it should be interpreted. I learned how people were linking to my posts, staying on them (and presumably reading them), and then instead of immediately closing the page some viewers continued exploring my site for more. For me however, the most exciting and interesting thing to be learned from my google analytics was the locational breakdown of who reads what posts. Seeing where in the world they were when they read my blog fascinates me beyond measure.

However, the growth in my analytics did not happen by chance. I noticed the shift in my analytics report around the same time I began actively utilizing social media channels as a part of promoting my blog and developing my brand. Instagram and Facebook are the most effective tools at this stage. When I started sharing posts with links to Instagram and Facebook my readership immediately increased. I must be doing something right, because according to Forbes magazine, improves brand loyalty, helps the brand become recognizable, elevates the authority of the brand, increased inbound traffic while decreasing marketing costs, and aids with search engine results. The utilization of social media does not just attract new readers though, it also helps the consumers of my content feel personally connected to me, which in this age is key to brand loyalty.

Beauty As Art is definitely still a work in progress. When it began I had a few unreasonable ideas about what I wanted it to look like and what I felt my voice as a creator was going to be. I wanted to be a space for absolutely anyone to feel they could relate to. However, that is an unrealistic expectation when developing a brand. You have to understand the niche your writing is for. BasA is a blog for people my age. This blog features looks which reflect me as a person which means it’s likely to reflect such a demographic in the viewers the blog attracts. As my ideas about myself as an online creator and who my audience is have evolved over the semester, so too has how I’m planning to structure my blog. My ideas about what my posts will look like and how they will showcase my makeup and products is going to be restructured in the coming months. Drawing inspiration from She’s In The Glow, I’ve decided to implement some of the advice I received in my final peer review. I’m going to build in a Shop category to better showcase the products being used in my looks. Not only is this a better way to manage products on the blog, but it will also help with the readability of my posts in general. My biggest concern with my posts thus far has been length because I am a very wordy writer.

This semester I was able to start a blog I am proud of and am passionate about. Beauty As Art is something I am planning to carry forward with me. Blogging has given me a creative outlet to showcase my skills and artistic abilities with makeup, as well as giving me a wonderful opportunity to write. The content I’m creating also has a place of value to my readers. I’ve heard from some of my friends who found my site through social media that they love my blog and the looks I’m creating. They feel they are learning about new products and how to create fun, new looks they can be confident about. And that’s really what my blog is about: helping people have the confidence to  express themselves and be proud of who they are. I know my blog is helping me feel even more proud of who I am and what I’m capable of.





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Retro-Process Post Wk.6 – Peer Review Reflection

The peer review that I received was insightful and I appreciate any critiques that come my way. The design change I made was to adjust the font size for the preview posts under the “Recent Posts” section of the website. I went to the Appearance > Customize > Typography section on WordPress to adjust the font style and font size. I also made sure that each row had two posts between the width of the web page as to differentiate each post from each other.

Retro-Process Post Wk.4 – Design Reflection

I believe my site has a welcoming design. The burgundy bands are, in my opinion, warm and comforting colours that are befitting of my site. The horizontal banner of Koby on first glance is what draws the viewers gaze and it should initiate an “aww” feeling for the audience. My font choice for the title and sub-title are relatively simple as it is thin and legible. My site has stayed consistent throughout the term as I like the simplicity of it.

Essay 2: Putting It All To A Close

Insert Coin(s) to Continue has always been first and foremost, a blog about my experience and thoughts surrounding game design. Having game design concepts be communicated in a written blog was more of a way for me to get my ideas and understandings centralized in one place. Continuous blogging got me to look for different topics to write about, and research further into the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of game development. By doing so, I could address a broad audience with my take of my subject of interest, while pointing out things in a manner that just about anyone could pick up and relate to. I picked common aspects that occur even from the most casual of games to the hardcore, pointing out what seems to be the blatantly obvious, but simple themes no one stops to think about. In this sense, I had envisioned my public sphere to be much more than a single demographic of readers, but rather anyone who has even the slightest interest in games.

Although the intentions behind the blog was purely self-interest, over the course of the semester it has become more of a learning resource, not just for myself, but for my readers as well. Posing open-ended questions to myself and my public holds intrinsic value, as it gets me to think of addressing an audience, regardless of whether or not I have one or not. Google Analytics allowed me to rid myself of the uncertainty, by allowing me to track the traffic of my website, allowing for invaluable data for me to access. Examples of this would be to see what types of topics are the most popular, and what kind of demographic region my blog is reaching. Even by the end of this semester, where I was aware of just how few viewers were visiting the blog and posts, it never stopped me from keeping my ideas and prose open-ended for a wider audience. This is because envisioning the viewers as people I could actively talk to, making it easier for my writing to be a little more candid than the stiff prose I normally use for writing essays or other lengthy writing. In consideration of this, I deliberately chose not to implement advertisements on my blog, despite the possible monetary gain that can result from proper ad placement. But as a person who always has ad-block on, it doesn’t feel fair to my users to be detracting from their experience by distracting them with irrelevant material on the blog.

Coming back full circle to the course, and to the first page of PUB101, everyone is a publisher. An exaggeration at first, when thinking of the people who successfully establish their blogging presence. But that isn’t necessarily the case. No matter how small one’s viewership is, they remain to be a publisher so long as they continue to produce content. Which raises the question of whether or not that makes me a publisher after this semester is over. I remain uncertain whether or not I shall continue updating my blog on a regular basis, or even at all. So by that definition, do I still qualify as a publisher anymore? That question depends on how much interest I still have in spending time on blogging. But nevertheless, I still have the remaining 8 months of my domain in which I still have a writing space available. Insert Coin(s) to Continue certainly has been an interesting experience, to say the least. Not just the content-writing portion of the blog, but the gradual improvements of design over several months. One article of the required readings in particular struck a chord in me. It was titled, “Why I Am Not a Maker”, and particularly, the section where it mentions Ayn Rand in which she says: “any work that needed to be done day after day was meaningless, and that only creating new things was a worthwhile endeavor.” (Chacra, C., 2015). And to that, I wholeheartedly agreed. Before anything else, this blog was for school. There were weekly requirements to be fulfilled, essays to write, peers to review. On some days where I’d struggle to have time to write, school would have to take priority, thus further shelving the time for another regular post. And this is not to the fault of the course, having needed to teach and evaluate as necessary. But I shall abandon my blog for now, in hopes of one day I feel like I shall revisit it just for old times sake.



Bleymaier, T. (2013). On Advertising. Retrieved from http://on-advertising.tumblr.com/

Chachra, D. (2015). Why I am not a maker. The Atlantic. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/why-i-am-not-a-maker/384767/

Warner, M. (2002). Publics and Counterpublics. Quarterly Journal of Speech. Retrieved from http://knowledgepublic.pbworks.com/f/warnerPubCounterP.pdf

The Guidelines

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Community Guidelines

Process post #12

This is my personal blog, so while of course discussion and sharing is encouraged, I am sharing a part of my life so there is a need for respect for me and others.

For these reasons, here are the community guidelines I created for my blog:

  • Sharing suggestions is encouraged, but rudeness and put-downs to the way I do things is uncalled for.
  • Threats, shaming, or any other posts with intent to harm toward me or any other users are not allowed.
  • Irrelevant/automated comments will be deleted.
  • I don’t post too many personal things about myself because I think going fully public is a choice, so if you know me personally I’d appreciate  if you don’t willingly volunteer information about me… thanks…

These guidelines seem right for me at the moment because I don’t have a set audience/large audience and my blog is a personal blog at the moment rather than a promotional/monetary blog. If my blog should grow or change, then these potentially will need to be updated.

At this moment comments have to be filtered through me first and that is the first step in implementing my guidelines. At this moment there isn’t any social media linked to this blog so commenting seems to be the only way of interacting around here so it seems like I am the sole moderator of my own blog!

Community Guidelines

Of course, I want my blog to be an ideal online space where it is a welcoming and inclusive community. Comments and questions related to my travels posts are more than welcomed but this world is not perfect and we can’t have everything we want. If it is irrelevant but is non-offensive to anyone, then that is okay. As of now, my blog allows anyone to leave a reply, but it ultimately has to be approved by the admin, which is me, before they are visible to the public and on the posts. Spams that just plug in advertisements are automatically filtered to the spam folder. Filtering spams actually make a huge difference because they are usually long posts that are not related to the commented post. If I’m reading someone else’s blog and see a bunch of spam comments on the posts, I’ll probably have a negative impression on the blog as a whole. I kind of question its legitimacy and discredit the blogger’s effort because it’s easy to associate spams with viruses and that combination itself just has a negative connotation. To prevent that happening on my blog and to my readers, spams will remain invisible and stay in the shadows of my blog. For actual comments regarding my posts, I have control over approving them to be visible or not. Obviously, for those that are not harmful and genuine, I will approve them. Even if comments are constructive criticism, I won’t purposely keep them hidden.

Perhaps a guideline to breakdown the inappropriate behaviours that I feel should be controlled is more useful:

  • Advertisements and promotional content
  • Sexist and racist comments
  • Insults towards the creator or other users

I feel like if I have a huge following in the future, I’ll just let the comment section be public and comments also don’t have to be approved by me. If I have loyal readers that genuinely care for my well-being, they will come together to defend me when a hate comment is posted. The public knows best so it’s best to let them decide and create the guidelines to judge if I really deserve those kind of comments. But, I think it’s safe to say that no one deserves hate comments. Seems like a selfish act for letting my followers defend me, but that’s only if I have ANY following in the future. I can dream!

Community Guidelines

This blog is dedicated to sharing. It is also dedicated to being a conversation. As a creative outlet for myself, I will be posting my pictures and stories. What I would ask of you is that you would help me continue to get better. Be constructive and supportive. We are all striving to get better and I can’t grow unless I know where to grow.

Be Nice.

I would ask that you be kind when giving constructive criticism or your opinions. No one wins when hate is being thrown around and we all know that keyboard warriors love doing battle in the comments sections. There is no room for that on this blog. Here are the don’ts of this blog.


  1. Use of hate speech
  2. Use of Explicit Language
  3. Use of inappropriate usernames
  4. Creating accounts for trolling/harassment purposes only
  5. Use of offensive imagery
  6. Advertising in the comments
  7. Be a douche

If you are breaking any of these community guidelines you may be put on probation or banned from participating in this blog. All reports of violations will be seriously considered and attended to by a real human. However, I do reserve the right to change these guidelines without notice. I also can enforce or not enforce these guidelines at my discretion.



Process Post #11: Community Guidelines

The community guidelines for my website would look a little something like this:

  1. Be respectful to those around you.
  2. No trolling. Lack of context and argument will just lead to a bad time.
  3. No derogatory language, even as jest. You don’t know who is reading.
  4. No advertising. It’s unlikely pertinent to the content of the blog, and I keep the site ad-free, so do me that favor as well.
  5. Keep discussion relevant to the topic at hand. As much as I’d like to know your life story, the comments is not the place to do it.
  6. Avoid explicitly sexual content. It may become a relevant topic, but there’s other places on the internet for that.

Because the comments are moderated by myself and have to be approved before being shown, I am able to sift through offensive and/or inappropriate content. There are, of course, rules that aren’t stated above, but will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The general but important rules are covered above. Users who do not abide by the community guidelines are subject to having their comments being withheld. These rules can be implemented simply by having a page users can access from the menu, in which I can refer to this post or make a more extensive community guideline.


For my site, I have created the following community guidelines:

  • Be nice. Be respectful to the things I post.
  • Try not to leave rude comments.
  • Don’t be afraid to contact me through my social media.
  • When deciding to use my posts in any way, consult with me before.
  • Enjoy my content!

I like to have my guidelines to be simple and straight to the point. This helps because it does avoids confusion. I have implemented these guidelines on the sidebar on my homepage. I will be monitoring my site to see if these guidelines are being met.

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Process Post Wk.12 – Community Guidelines

On my site, I receive email notifications whenever someone posts a comment on a particular post. After looking at the comment, I can either approve or reject a comment from being posted on my site. With that, I can moderate and regulate the comment section on posts. Although I encourage my audience to post comments and interact with the site whenever possible, I do not tolerate any negative comments regarding myself or Koby on the site. So far, there has been no case of that on the site but with my sole control of approving/disapproving a comment, I can determine how relevant the comment is to the post. It may seem like I am only allowing comments that are beneficial/complimentary to the site but I do not mind a comment that constructively criticizes something specific within the post itself.