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Process Post 12

For my website I developed one community guideline. I put it under my ‘About’ section and it says this:

“1) You can comment whatever you want, but if I think it doesn’t belong on my website, I will remove it.”

I feel like this is the best guideline I could make. In theory, I could come up with an extensive list of don’ts, but what would happen if someone wrote a comment that was completely fine according to my guidelines, but personally I thought it was a bad comment? Of course I wouldn’t post it. If I did that, however, what would be the point of guidelines that I wouldn’t always follow? I have no intention of lying to my audience.

That’s why the one guideline I settled on is broad. I welcome critique and harsh words towards myself on my website. Even if the critique is not critical and just a long rant about how I’m an idiot, I don’t really mind. That actually sounds kind of funny and I’d love to see that on my page.

Despite this, I do recognize that if my website were to get big, I would want firmer guidelines in place. The world is a nasty place, according to Jon Ronson’s TED talk on online shaming.

I should be careful, as Justine Sacco had only 170 Twitter follows and still got torn apart by the world. I don’t think that anyone could get too offended by yarn bombing, but you never know.

The Guardian also noted that the majority of abused writers on their website are women. It’s a good thing I’m not talking about feminism or I’d be torn apart. Perhaps because I’m doing such a traditionally feminine task no one is out to get me.

If there were many people on my site having conversations in the comments, I’d want better guidelines. I don’t mind people bashing me, but I would want to protect the people on y site and make it a safe area for them. My one guideline would still work in that case, but if I had many people mingling on my site, I’d need guidelines in place to regulate their conversations. One person doesn’t have the energy to moderate comments 24/7.

At the moment, though, I don’t think my website gets enough traffic from real people to need firm guidelines. And even if I did put guidelines, would anyone really listen to them? The Guardian has extensive community guidelines, but still face abusive comments on a daily basis. The best guidelines for me are the ones that give me wiggle room to assess comments on a case-by-case basis. Implementing my one guideline will be easy since I have control over which comments get posted. And since no one has commented thus far except Suzanne and spammers, I think I’ll be okay.

Process Post 10

This week I really liked the article about Pokémon. I had never really reflected on how transmedia worked, but the articles this week helped my thinking. I don’t really believe that YouTubers are ruining the publishing industry; they are just taking advantage of another medium.

Spreading your work out is important, especially when you’re catering to a wide audience. Videos, images, articles, and interactive elements work together to help you in the long run. The Pokémon article made me realize this. The card game, TV shows, books, movies, and video games all contribute to Pokémon‘s continued success. There is a love for Pokémon that carries on as a person grows up; this was intentional.

For my own blog, I use photos, words, and some small “videos” AKA gifs to make my website seem more alive. I don’t think I’d ever be able to videos by myself, but if I were to get a large group together, it might be fun to make a timelapse video of a yarn bomb.

Some interactive elements I’d like to pursue are quizzes and scavenger hunts. I downloaded a quiz plugin and I hope to make a “What Kind of Yarn Bomber Are You?” quiz before my time in this class is up. I also want to make a series of scavenger hunts around SFU campuses. I would put up yarn bombs and get people to find them, take photos of them, and then send them to me for a prize. I don’t even know if scavenger hunts appeal to people any more, but I’ve heard they can be effective.

Either way, I’m a strong believer in transmedia. And I know some people are angry about YouTubers making books, but I think it’s a good idea. For many people, books are a way to collect their best works and give fans something physical to hold onto. This reminds me of the “Humans of New York” photographer who eventually put his best photos together into a book.

Maybe one day I’ll write a book. I think it might be fun.

Process Post 9

My Google Analytics findings were mostly anticlimatic. I’ve looked at them twice and and only twice have I’ve seen “high” traffic of around 20 people. The bounce rate for both times was around 90%, so that’s not promising. It seems that bots like my site quite a bit, but not actual people.

I don’t mind this too much, honestly. After all, I’m having a lot of fun making my site, and also looking at the sites of people in this class. I’m really impressed by how professional some of them are, and I hope some people will choose to keep their sites. On the other hand, I hope none of them turn Facebook-level evil. But if they do, I guess it wouldn’t be so bad. They’d make a lot of money…

The articles this week touched on Facebook’s scummy behaviour, especially around the Messenger stuff. I find it funny that people still migrated over to Messenger after Facebook let up and still let you message from their main site. I don’t have either of the Facebook apps; usually I just go on it through a browser. This move was bold for Facebook, and we know their pockets are getting a little bigger because of it.

As for me, I’m not going to make too many changes based on my Google Analytics stuff. At the moment, I’m using this website to test different things out, see what I’m good at it, and figure out what needs to be improved. Aesthetic is a big thing I need to work on. I have an Instagram account for my crochet stuff (as mentioned before) and my theme is all over the place. I have troubles sticking to a colour palette, so my feed tends to disjointed.

To iron that out, I’ve been contemplating making two Instagram accounts, one for yarn bombs and one for crochet products. That way I could have a place for clean shots of items and grimy shots for my yarn bombing.

Another thing I wanna try is being less angsty. Of course, angst has been my signature throughout the course, and it is a great motivator, but it doesn’t come off as very friendly. Being friendly isn’t necessarily my intention, but then again even Rorschach found time between his angsty fits to pet the doggies.

Yarn bombing is often a solo task. That said, I’ver always wanted to be part of a crafting group. Maybe if I was less ‘grr’ and more ‘hehe hi guys i’m sooper friendly >w<~!’ maybe my dreams could become a reality. However, I’m sure I could start a crafting group without changing my personality. That would be nice, too.

Process Post #10: Press Release

Take a drab press release and add some pizzazz. Choose a platform and create a new and improved press release. I chose Twitter as the platform for the new press release. Twitter will allow the CBC to post short yet attention-grabbing tweets, which users can respond to directly, and re-tweet. There can be multiple tweets: […]

Process Post #9: Google Analytics

I was surprised by a lot of things I found in Google Analytics. I looked at a period from February 1 up until now (March 14). Altogether, during this period, I had 43 sessions and 184 page views.

Audience

Looking first at where my users are from, unsurprisingly, the great majority are from Canada (with all coming from BC). But very surprisingly, I had 5 sessions from India (3 being new users, 2 being returning), 5 from the U.S. (spanning across California, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Texas), 3 from Russia (all from the same city but different users), 1 from Austria (but this had a bounce rate of 100% so was most likely a bot), and 1 from Portugal (most likely also a bot). In terms of language, most sessions were English but it was cool to see that I had a few in Russian, Chinese, German, and Korean, and Portuguese. In looking at my user flow, 4/5 sessions that came from the US visited my fake news essay. The Austria session also visited this post.

Behaviour

32 visitors of my 43 were new visitors and 11 were returning. Looking a bit deeper, it looks like users see an average of 4 pages per visit. This is fairly reassuring. To me, this indicates that people are actually somewhat interested in my content and are not simply leaving right away after clicking on my page. (My bounce rate overall was pretty low as well). This encourages me to make an effort to put more thought and dedication into my content and really make each post count. In terms of specific posts, other than the home page, many page views are looking at my process posts and about. Aside from these two things, the individual post that has the most page views is my essay on fake news (as I essentially alluded to above). I put a lot of work into that post so this is nice to see! There are also a couple of blog posts that have gained more page views than others. One I made about visiting Normandy and one that I made into more of a reflection on the current political climate are the specific ones that have more page views. It’s interesting to think why that would be. This will definitely incite me to put more effort into my blog posts, perhaps incorporating more reflection.

Most people are using Chrome to look at my blog, but some are using Safari. (One sad soul used Internet Explorer). The great majority are accessing my site from desktop, with only 5 being from mobile. I have looked at how my content appears from a mobile device and although everything looks normal, I do like the way it looks on desktop better than mobile. I just think the general layout of the site works better and appears more crisp when viewed from a desktop platform. Seeing as how most people do access my site through desktop, I think I will continue to develop my content with that in mind. However, that does not mean I will ignore that people are increasingly viewing content on mobile devices. I will definitely make sure that my blog posts function as they are supposed to on a mobile platform. It was interesting to note that out of the 5 sessions that viewed my blog on a mobile device, 2 had a bounce rate of 100%. So I am assuming 2 of those sessions were bots. (But the 3 that accessed through an iPhone seem to be legit!).

Acquisition

Looking at how people came to my site, 60% were direct. 10 sessions were through organic search. It’s unfortunate that Analytics doesn’t let me see what specific search terms landed people on my blog but it’s still cool to know that it happened. Finally, 7 sessions were referrals. Now this is the really interesting part. One referral came through this site. It’s some sort of weird Russian blog where this guy is accusing Google of being a lying thief. Then two referrals came from motherboard.vice.com, which is a legit site. Specifically, from this article. The article references the Russian guy that made that weird blog and says that he had been bombarding Google Analytics accounts with fake referrals. So now it makes a bit more sense. Essentially, the referrals were fake (or at least, that’s what I’m taking away from that). Looking at the behaviour flow, all visits from those referrals only visited the landing page then dropped off so it seems even more likely that they were just spammers. Such a weird thing…

 

Process Post #8: Monetization

Monetizing my site is something that I go back and forth on a lot. I have already expressed doubts about advertising being something that I don’t think will work for my blog. My blog is more of a reflective platform rather than promoting a service or brand so I just don’t like the idea of having ads on it. I feel as though the presence of ads would look almost out of place. I’ve had a lot of trouble trying to get Google AdSense to approve my blog anyways, so this may work out for the best. Now this leaves me with other possible options of monetization. As I learned through the guest lecture this week, there are actually quite a few ways to make money through a blog. For example, I could reach out to organizations to ask them for money in exchange for writing a review about them. However, considering my blog is about nature, that type of content doesn’t really fit. However, I did write a blog post about New Zealand so I suppose I technically could have reached out to the specific places I mentioned. Yet I doubt that would have resulted in anything. Tourist places are not places in which to make money through blogging about.

I think I would have to change up my actual content if I did try to make money through sponsored reviews. And that is not something I am willing to do. Right now, it seems as though I am heading in the direction of not monetizing my site. And I am okay with that. That was never a desire for me when I first started it and it still isn’t now. My blog is more of a place where I can reflect on things I care about and share those opinions with others.

Process Post | sunday.5th.march.2017

REMIX SOMETHING

“Remix something”… That’s all the instructions provided… This had me stuck for a while, so I did what everyone does these days when their brains don’t provide all the answers… I went to Google. Yeah, you guessed it – that did not help. I thought about it a little more and decided, what better to remix than myself. I took the photo I have on my ‘About Me’ page, mixed it all up with Photoshop and the results were… well… a bit odd.

The original for reference (really I just put it here to prove I don’t always look like that): 

TRACKING

This weeks results are fairly consistent. There wasn’t any days that I spent a drastically higher amount of time on my phone. I have noticed that I have begun to be less purposeful with trying to reduce the amount of time I spend on my phone. By no means have I given up trying to reduce it – but I think about it less now than I did when I first begun tracking.

*Note: Ignore Thursday’s results. I know for a fact that the results on Thursday were faulty as I accidentally shut the app down for the majority of the day.