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Week 5 – Design, Design, Experiment.

This week we learned about website design. It was encouraging to see some of my peers websites and how they have been creative in establishing their vision. I loved the websites that had lots of white space and strong fonts.

I took some time to re-evaluate my website and found that I was using too much colour and my blog was feeling cluttered. There were elements that I enjoyed about the theme I was using, but overall I think it gave my website a slightly chaotic vibe which was very different from creating ‘Habits for Contentment’.

One of my favourite blogs is Andi Anne. She writes about nutrition, health, and messy stories from motherhood. I love this website because of its neutral tonal pallet and clean organization. It creates a sense of order in an occasionally chaotic cyberspace.

I especially love her about page, and how it flows from an introduction, to her philosophy, then to some of her best blog posts to get you started. It has a very well-defined flow and it beautifully draws the reader in to checking out more content.

Another thing this website does really well is linking to additional content. Andi has written a cooking E-book that is available on the page, and she also has links to podcasts and courses. This is a great way of synthesizing multiple media forms and having them all accessible through her website

And in every medium, useful ideas and experiments are eroding the old boundaries between industries and fields and creating vigorous hybrids designed for new climates.

Erin Kissane

I loved this quote from the, ‘Contents may have Shifted’ reading. It describes how exploring different mediums creates new avenues for art and expression, and I think that’s one of the beautiful things about blogging. It allows you to experiment with various mediums and artforms while portraying one singular message.

This week I will continue to hone in on some various design aspects to try and make the central theme of contentment shine through on my blog.

Cheers to another week of writing!

Process Post #11: Podcasts, Online Audio, and Games

This past week, Suzanne discussed effective blogging practices and provided insight as well as relevant statistics regarding what the general public looks for in a blog. She mentions how they are no longer just spaces that have blocks of text, but rather, websites possessing other engaging elements to them. Podcasting, for example, has proven to be a great way to connect with your audience. Suzanne also, however, elaborates on both undertakings possessing their corresponding opportunities and drawbacks.

There was additionally a discussion how “online audio” has surged in popularity, with millions of people around the world listening to podcasts (Norman, 2020). Suzanne shared some recording and editing software we can maneuver should we consider doing so. Smart speakers are also highly utilized tools and examples would be “Amazon’s Alexa” and “Google Home” (Norman, 2020). I personally listen to a podcast on a regular basis but never imagined producers/hosts using these kinds of speakers. Evidently, if I were to feature a podcast, it would most likely include interviewing people about books that have inspired them or had a significant impact on their lives.

 Amazon further uses the term “skills,” meaning “apps” (Norman, 2020). They have templates allowing people to make the desired content or “skill” and add it to a database, where other individuals are able to stream them, which I was completely unaware of until now.

Then, Suzanne gave us step-by-step instructions for creating “skills,” like games, through “Alexa Skills Blueprints,” a platform that does not need code (Norman, 2020). I think this could potentially be the next recurring aspect of Four Purple Walls. I have been exploring different channels I believe the audience will find interesting. I do want them to experience a more interactive side with my brand and what the following steps may encompass when going about achieving this feat are, initially, generating more creative ideas that involve means such as Alexa Skills Blueprints. Overall, I am very excited to investigate the many possibilities that I can incorporate onto my blog after the semester concludes.

References

Norman, S. (2020). Beyond Blogs [PowerPoint Slides]. Retrieved from: SFU Canvas.