My blog was made for a number of reasons. For my main objective, I was interested in experimenting with different digital media’s-Twitter, Instagram and Facebook-to create new infrastructures that would lead to my blog. Most importantly, I had a fascination with the comment section. Through dialogue, I wanted to build a relationship between my readers and myself. I was interested in this relationship because it could improve my audiences understanding the writer(myself). However, I am having trouble popularizing my blog and therefore a lack of people comment on my posts. Initially, I tried to take initiatives and have friends comment on my posts, but it took a lot of my time and their time to read my posts and create them. I am currently trying to create more posts that are shorter, easier to read and humorous.
In terms of creating a better comment section, I have been interested in adding an online chat in the future. In the article, How Facebook Messenger clawed it’s way to 1 billion users, stated that Facebook messenger was created as a means to increase the productivity of online chatting. One feature that I am interested in is creating an easier way for viewers and myself to interact. Hypothetically, if I were to increase my number of followers in the future, it would not be realistic to engage in conversation with every single respondent. I began to ideate ideas on how I could make communication more productive, similar to the external Facebook Messenger app. What made Facebook messenger so successful was that “people can instantly communicate with each other without anything but a name and internet access(source).” Although I do not have the competency or money to administrate my own communication app, I can utilize instagram, twitter and facebook to act as my messenger app.
To use Instagram, Twitter and Facebook effectively, I need to first establish the conditions of my external “communication apps (CA)”. Here are the guidelines for BookRiots commentary section:
Being able to monitor the comments will be an integral component in my interventions with my public audience. To limit the number of offensive comment, I will delete any rude or insulting comments based on my standards. In terms of freedom, the public is not free to insult others as my blog is personal and subjective. I aim for followers who understand the basis of my blog, a digital platform for creating content based on my own experiences.
An issue that I stumbled upon due to the asynchronicity of the conversations, through my media platforms, is the inability to respond quickly to my audience. Asynchronicity is a communication that is an email and message board (source). Asynchronicity is problematic because its people does not communicate face to face with long durations of pauses. Emails or message boards tend to take long segmented pauses in between replies. Ideally, I would love to reply constantly with my followers, but as my crowd grows a longer gap for me to respond will increase. As a result, a disengagement with my audience is prone to happen and I may lose the audience that I desire-A supportive community that empowers each other. Although these consequences are possible, I am still interested in will continue to grow my audience. Ideally, I will be able to grow an audience with similar beliefs as myself and naturally form a supportive community without my constant interventions.
Before I can grow my audience, I have been trying to create an aesthetic for my blog that is calming and minimalistic. These aesthetical choice are decisions that I’ve chosen, hoping to attract people who are seeking content to read that is relatable. I want to create a feel-good space that looks trustable and vulnerable. I used imagery of myself segmented parts of my face and hands to depict vulnerability. At first, it seemed strange and uncomfortable to see a disfigurement of the body.
Original header image
New header image
I changed the header because I felt the original image did not depict my own self properly. I did not want my audience to view my blog as someone who is insecure, but as an individual who was faced with insecurities and found confidence through experiences of being a victim of harassment and depression. My new header is an image of my own art that depicts a person as a weapon. Not a weapon for harm, but an individual who can protect him/herself from a toxic world.
In conclusion, my newest feature on my blog is the story section. I wanted to use this section to speak to my audience without needing to reply to them. By creating a story, I am able to narrate my life in the form of an online book. I am planning to post a short new chapter every week that works practically with my own work schedule. I do not have a set day that I will keep posting consecutively, but I may change that as my weeks become more free or vice versa.