The first weeks of PUB 101
For the last 4 years talking to strangers in real life wasn’t an issue for me. I believe it’s mainly due to my experience as an international student. When I first came to Canada, I was a bit shy and insecure about my accent. However, I had to push myself out of my comfort zone. Talking to unfamiliar people became an essential skill, which was needed in various situations: from asking for time or directions – to building a social circle. I also once worked as a barista in a pop-up coffee shop, where I had to greet passers-by and ask if they would like a cup of coffee. It was a pleasant experience, seeing some positive responses from people and engaging with them in small talk.
This time I decided to start a conversation with a girl, who was sitting next to me in a lecture hall. I opened a pack of candies and offered one to her. I was glad that she accepted it because I was a bit worried about her reaction. If she had declined and ignored me, I would probably feel a little upset. I guess I was lucky, as I´ve met people that don´t want to socialize before.
In his article How to Talk to Strangers, James Hamblin refers to the act of talking to strangers as “breaking the rule”. He states that “It’s up to us to know when and how to break those rules in ways that don’t unduly offend or put other people out”. For me, social context is a huge factor that defines how likely I would initiate a conversation with a person and the way I would approach them. It wasn´t hard to engage in a dialogue with that girl, considering that we’re both students, who are taking the same course. Although, I still tried to be careful with the words and pay attention to nonverbal cues.
Hamblin, J. (2016, August 25). How to talk to strangers IRL. The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/08/civil-inattention/497183/
Well since I heard that CONTENT POST ARE NOT GETTING GRADED. My motivation to make these post have been cut down in half, this whole website is only up because of this class I am taking. And I do say I may be a little disappointed about just hearing this recently about these post not getting graded. But I shall stop complaining and just finish what I started, so here you go.
First lets start off with the donut series progress, I am sure you want to see the how my progress went over the week I was making this donut.
Bet you werent expecting to see a realistic looking donut huh? Well what you just saw was a sequence of picures a and progress I did over a week. And it probably took you 1 minute to look at those at least if you took you time, instead of scrolling to the bottom for the finished product. Well its not over just yet, I made a animation of this donut sliding in the frame of this scene and this was the most fun part of this project. Here it is!
Now that I look at it. This should be a post of its own, sorry for the plot twist. But I feel it is appropriate for this kind of post, adding any more would seem a bit much right? well thank you for looking at this. Any questions? please comment, I haven’t got any in these lat few months!
Once things go off the ground, it is almost impossible t avoid trolls, In today’s community people hide behind mask of anonymity to spread hate, Why is that? as a psychology enthusiast, I understand why people would want to let off some steam, and use method of emotion displacement to feel better about themselves. So I will try to slow down and not let anything get to my heart or not start a fight. I really liked the video shown in tutorial, where when the trolls were confronted they just apologized and turns out they were going through something of their own.
The ted talk by Jon Ronson was also very insightful about how something so small can turn into so huge and ruin someone’s life. On internet, People tend misread people’s emotions sometimes, as there is lack of voice, intonation and expression. which makes matter of fights on internet worse. It is never black and white, and it is almost impossible to stop yourself to get in this spiral of people hating you.
As for my website I am going to set the guidelines of comment to need approval before posting so that it stays a safe place here.
Transmedia is a fascinating concept now more then ever when there are NFCs growing in popularity, after reading about how Pokemon uses Transmedia, I was fascinated, from the show to playing cards, and now as technology has advanced, pokemon go and NFCs. the pokemon universe seems never ending. I couldn’t find many ways to include transmedia for my page, I may go forward and make a youtube or a tiktok page for psychology hacks, or maybe even start selling little pins saying “brainiac”, which might indicate being part of this intimate community and well, using psychology the right way… or wrong
as my page is not an entertainment community I think the potential for transmedia is less, but if I ever get an opportunity to, I will not shy away form it.
My google analytic did not provide much data on my audience, as mostly right now only users Direct, which may be from the course itself, so I think I should better start using right words to attract audience in.
I have a very bittersweet relationship with SEO, as it never seem to work for me. I first came across the word when I opened up my etsy store, where I struggled a lot to drive traffic and eventually failed, although still working, my etsy page has made very less profit. The article “15 Reasons Why Your Business Absolutely Needs SEO” was very helpful and insightful, and brought up many reasons why I should pay more attention to SEO for both my etsy store and my website.
The article brought up many reasons why SEO is important which were new to me, one of which were how Seo impacts buying cycle, SEO Brings New Opportunities to Light both of these reasons points towards how seo is a tool not just for consumer but for me a creator to understand the needs of consumer. how t perfectly use seo is not an easy thing to learn and skills for the same can only be gained with time. For me I am going to use as many terms as I can to attract consumers.
I don’t have comments enabled for most of my blog posts.
At first, it was because the first few posts I created weren’t aimed at receiving commentary—they were just to set up the premise of my blog. I have two thoughts about this now:
- If I open up comments on my blog posts, this blog space can become an active community space where I interact with my audience.
- If I don’t open comments on my blog posts, this blog will serve as an informational hub, but to connect with my audience, I definitely should have other platforms where there is open communication.
With the latter thought in mind, my post last week on how I might incorporate transmedia storytelling seems like the most ideal situation for my audience. However, in “The Psychology of Online Comments,” Maria Konnikova states that moving from a single blog post to larger environments on social media “often produce less than desirable effects, including a diffusion of responsibility: you feel less accountable for your own actions, and become more likely to engage in amoral behavior” (Konnikova, 2013).
It’s an assumption, but I don’t think Pokémon GO players spend all of their time commenting on blogs—they probably come here for what they need and take off to where they normally spend their time online, so it’s possible that turning off blog comments isn’t the sole cause of such “amoral behaviour” on a broader social platform.
The thought of opening up to commentary in a community I’m technically responsible for is quite daunting, and feels different than if I’m a business responding to potential customers. WordPress has the ability to let you approve comments before they are shown under a blog post, and most social media platforms have comment filtering functions to ensure that certain words and phrases you won’t allow will not show in your comment section. However, limiting comments too intensively can also negatively affect the comment section. As mentioned in the article, removing comments can lower your audience’s willingness to engage with your content, which will affect whether they share it with others (Konnikova, 2013).
With all of this in mind, I’ve come up with short list of community guidelines for my blog:
- Is it respectful? Even if you disagree with somebody, they should be treated with respect. Avoid using derogatory language and dishing out personal attacks.
- Absolutely no hate speech allowed. This is a community where everybody is welcome, so discrimination, hatred, and violence against individuals or groups of people for any reason is not tolerated.
- Are you trolling? Please do not post comments with the sole purpose of provoking others in the community.
- Do not promote your own products or services, or post irrelevant links.
- Please have fun! This is an open environment where fellow Pokémon GO Trainers should feel safe to interact with each other, no matter how little or often they play.
Konnikova, M. (2013, October 23). The Psychology of Online Comments. The New Yorker. Retrieved April 11, 2023, from https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/the-psychology-of-online-comments
Well… this is it! My last process post for PUB 101. I’ve learned so much about blogging, marketability, and the online self in this course, and hopefully it shows through melatonin gone missing.
Reflecting On The Process
Despite this course only being 13 weeks long, it feels like I’ve grown exponentially over the semester, probably because posting weekly has forced me to consistently critique and improve my site. It feels like decades ago when I was feeling frustrated trying to set up my site, which is mostly documented in my second process post From Pinterest to WordPress. At that time, I was completely uneducated about what it really meant to own a website. So when I slowly started to pick up on blog design, SEO, user experience, accessibility, readability, typeface, analytics, and everything else I’ve touched on in my process posts thus far, I was a little shocked that there was so much that went into the websites and media we interact with every single day. Even if at some point in the future I forget what the term “personal cyberinfrastructure” means (although highly unlikely), I will always perceive published media through a different lens. A more critical one, but also one with more respect for the effort that goes into actualizing every single detail we take for granted.
My blog feels a lot like a gallery or a scrapbook of the beginning of my publishing journey, and it always feels extremely rewarding and fulfilling to scroll through and see how far it has come. I’ve grown to be very fond of blogging, and I am quite proud of the site I’ve created. I mean, I made and own a whole website… that’s pretty cool. melatonin gone missing truly feels like my own digital garden, and I’m not quite ready to let it die!
That being said, I’m excited to continue blogging and sharing my most unimportant thoughts here. I thought of a few ideas of ways to expand the site in my post Melatonin’s Many Channels, which are always paths I could look into pursuing (especially social media), but before going any further with expansion and development, it is important to establish community guidelines. An easy and effective way to ensure user safety and my own safety is to add a page outlining what users can expect and what they should abide by on my blog. Some of the things I would likely include in my community guidelines are:
- Be respectful and kind
- No spam or hateful comments
- Respect people’s privacy
- No personal promotion
By having these guidelines made explicit, it should hopefully prevent any uncourteous or unwanted behaviour from my blog, which is meant to be a safe and cozy space for all. From my list, it is clear that most of these guidelines are related to blog comments and social interactions. In the modern age of social media, the effects of online hate have proven to be a) very real, and b) severely damaging. As discussed in the Jon Ronson’s Ted Talk “When online shaming goes too far“, and the article “The dark side of Guardian comments“, people’s online behaviours can be incredibly harmful, and can escalate into dangerous and out of control situations. These guidelines essentially are to prevent these situations from arising on my site.
Against my expectations, there have been a few comments on my posts from my friends and classmates that have all been sweet and supportive. I’ve learned that blog comments are a really fun place to interact with others and trade complements and ideas, in a different way than the usual social media comment. I think this is because there is a sort of detachment from your personal life, since you can choose any name to display with your comments (on WordPress, at least). Maria Konnikova explains that anonymity encourages participation, which is further expanded on in John Suler’s discussion of facets of the online self, and I think this is demonstrated in the comments on my posts. For example, Tori Vega’s comment on Toe is Broken (Up).
And that’s it! To Dr. Norman and all my classmates, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you and making content for you to stalk. I’ve really enjoyed this class, and it’s sad to say goodbye.
Lastly, huge shoutout to Micky, who’s support means the world to me! I’m so lucky to have a TA who understands and appreciates my content posts on a personal level
Alright, melatonin… officially going missing.
Basu, T. (2020, September 3). Digital Gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet. MIT Technology Review. Retrieved March 2, 2023, from https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/09/03/1007716/digital-gardens-let-you-cultivate-your-own-little-bit-of-the-internet/
Campbell, G. (2009). A Personal Cyberinfrastructure. EDUCAUSE. https://er.educause.edu/articles/2009/9/a-personal-cyberinfrastructure
Gardiner, B., Mansfield, M., Anderson, I., Holder, J., Louter, D., & Ulmanu, M. (2016, April 12). The Dark Side of Guardian comments. The Guardian. Retrieved April 11, 2023, from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/12/the-dark-side-of-guardian-comments
Konnikova, M. (2013, October 23). The psychology of online comments. The New Yorker. Retrieved April 11, 2023, from https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/the-psychology-of-online-comments
Ronson, J. (n.d.). When online shaming goes too far. Jon Ronson: When online shaming goes too far | TED Talk. Retrieved April 11, 2023, from https://www.ted.com/talks/jon_ronson_when_online_shaming_goes_too_far?language=en
Suler, J. (2001). The Online Disinhibition Effect. The Psychology of Cyberspace. https://truecenterpublishing.com/psycyber/disinhibit.html
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If I had all the time in the world, what would I do?
I took a nap the other day—or what was supposed to be a nap—and woke up half a day later more refreshed than ever.
That was probably more sleep than I had gotten int he past two months.
But if I had all the time in the world, what would I do with it?
Maybe, let’s narrow it down to a day—all the time in the day.
Sleep could not be more valuable than now, but I know that I’ll need it even more 10 years from now. As a student, I could care less about my sleep. Like, yes I care about it a lot, but there’s not much I can do when I have a semester’s worth of assignments due in the next week or so.
Plus I have to keep up with work and everything beyond school and work without completely botching it all. So for the time-being, I could care less about my sleep. It’s 12:53 AM and counting and I don’t have time to sleep.
Travelling is one of those long-term goals that I don’t need to fulfil right away, but I can definitely dream.
If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be Europe. Just Europe. All of it. Don’t make me pick and choose specific countries because I cannot handle decision-making and this will only stress me out more than I already am. This is a discussion for years from now.
Anyway, I don’t know if it’s the food, architecture, or aesthetic—it’s probably all three and more—but something about Europe just seems like a beautiful place to visit. Something about the landmarks, cobblestoned city roads, and European food just screams ‘chef’s kiss.’
3: Explore the city
Now you might think that ‘explore the city’ and ‘travel’ are kind of the same thing… but they aren’t. Travel is a broad-scale, long-term goal-type of adventure. But explore the city is like a mini, everyday-type of adventure that I can easily manage on almost any given day. No need for advanced planning and extreme saving. Open mind and comfy shoes required, and that’s it.
Though what would I explore? You name it: food spots, landmarks, places I’ve passed by a million times but have never actually stopped to see, you get the gist.
Whenever someone asks me what hobbies I have, I panic because I never know what to say. I am so busy with school, work, and everything else on top of that to the point where I don’t have time to get into traditional ‘hobbies.’ I have time to write papers, work, listen to music, transit place-to-place, and that is pretty much it.
BUT with all the time in the day, I could probably relax and paint, read a book or two, try playing an instrument, or learn to origami-fold all my old homework because why not?
5: Spend time with friends and family
As much as I hate to say this (especially because my parents think this too), I think I spend more time out at school and studying than I do at home with family. That’s just what the job responsibilities entail but it is just sad. I cannot even imagine being a full-time student working full-time at the same time. To the people who can do that, bravo.
If I had all the time in the day, I’d meet up with friends who I haven’t seen in months—maybe go to dinner, go shopping, or just sit and chat in a café; watch movies with my family; take a group trip somewhere; the possibilities are endless.
6: Alone Time
Lastly, I couldn’t forget to have some time for myself. Take a break from my phone; go on a walk first thing in the morning; paint my nails; read a book; bake a cake; clean my room; enjoy a movie; watch a sunset; or just sit in the comfort of my own presence without a worry.
I could add lots more to this list, but I can’t get too ahead of myself. There’s too much for me to get done right now, but in the meantime, I can always dream.
Comments. You can find or hear them almost anywhere.
Under your posts on Instagram; under that YouTube video you watched a couple days ago; from the hairstylist you see every few months; or behind your back and you may not even know.
Now those are just comments in general, but I’m here to look at online comments in particular.
The realities of the Comment section
While the Comment section of a social media post or blog are there for readers and viewers to express their thoughts and opinions, they aren’t always the safest places to be on the internet.
Depending on your platform and audience, these types of spaces can fill with aggression and mockery, anonymity and false information, and more (Konnikova, 2023).
Konnikova (2023) notes that this may have to do with the “online disinhibition effect” that John Suler coined and that I’ve brought up in conversation before. It’s that feeling of being able to say and do anything like nobody is watching because nobody knows who you are. Your identity is hidden by the shields of the internet, you could say.
At the same time, anonymity must be credited for its ability to encourage participation. Instead of fearing uniqueness and difference, commentors feel a sense of community. There is little to no fear in speaking one’s mind and the opportunities for creative thinking are practically endless.
Creating and implementing guidelines for commenting
To mitigate these potential issues, it would be good to create a set of guidelines for commenters and their commenting.
If I made a list for Two A.M. Thoughts, I’d make sure to include things like being respectful of others and their comments; keeping comments relevant to the post; using appropriate and clean language; and have fun with the discussion.
These guidelines are likely something you’ve read or seen before many times, but they are things that I would hope to see in the comment sections of my site too. They are values, if you want to call them those, that I uphold when I comment. So, it would be great to see that reciprocated.
In terms of implementing them, I would most likely create a page on my site dedicated to community guidelines. However, I wouldn’t expect every visitor to read that page before getting around to their commenting. Perhaps a disclaimer above comment forms with a link to the community guidelines page may do the job. Ultimately, it will have to be something moderated and reiterated until commentors catch on.
Konnikova, M. (2013, October 23). The psychology of online comments. The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/the-psychology-of-online-comments
This past semester has been quite the learning journey. Below a summary of my online self through Two A.M. Thoughts, deconstructed and summarized.
Above is an infographic I made that should reflect what melatonin gone missing is all about!
This cute little guy was spotted outside of the YVR airport during the day. He was so tiny; maybe only ten inches tall. When I looked up owls in the area, I found out that this little fella was a young Short-eared Owl.
According to allaboutbirds.org, you’ll want to look for Short-eared Owls during winter. Look for open fields, grasslands, or airports and visit near dawn or dusk for your best chance of finding them. They may be sitting directly on the ground or flying low and erratically as they hunt.
After twelve weeks of non-stop posting, PUB 101 has come to an end. But that doesn’t mean that Spilling the Royaltea has run out of potential, so here’s the plan for what’s to come.
To the Future
Over the course of these twelve weeks, I’ve really developed a love for blogging. I get to write about things that interest me without having to worry whether it would work well for an essay or whether it would be enough to get me a good grade. And having the opportunity to do things that I’d never get to do in other academic contexts, like using slang, or contractions, or starting my sentences with “so” and “and” has been so refreshing. I get the space to publish my own thoughts without thinking about what my prof will think with every word I write. So for all the above reasons and many more, I will be continuing with Spilling the Royaltea after the end of PUB 101.
In continuing my writing process, I’ll definitely keep writing posts for my hot takes, ranked, and news categories. In particular, the news category will have tons to talk about in the coming weeks, with King Charles’s coronation coming up in May. All in all, I’ll keep challenging my audience to think differently about issues and not always take for granted what they read or hear in the mainstream. And if they want light and fluffy, they’ll still have that too in the form of the “ranked” category and “Fashion, FAST!” segment.
I also want to bring back my “the chronicles of Harry and Meghan” category. Since I won’t be taking any courses in the summer, I’ll have plenty of time to watch the documentary and read the memoir, and I’m sure I’ll have lots to say about both.
And I might even create a few new categories too, like a “hot topics” category. I’ve noticed that when writing my hot takes, there are some things that I haven’t really made a final decision on, like whether the monarchy should be abolished and whether we should be worried that Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will end up like Prince Harry. So maybe in this section, I could discuss both sides of the argument and invite readers to weigh in too.
Even More Web Design Improvements
Of course, I still want to work on my website design skills. I might even take off the training wheels and redesign Spilling the Royaltea without a template, like Gertz suggests. Now that I know the basics of WordPress, I think it’s time to branch off and try to do things my own way instead. There are still a bunch of elements I’d like to change, but my template is preventing me from actually making these changes.
For example, when readers click on one of the categories on the menu bar, I want them to see little previews of several different posts instead of the big featured image being the first thing they see. I also never got around to making a logo, which I think is one of the most important parts of website branding. So I will definitely get to that too.
Overall, these changes will culminate in realizing the ultimate potential of my personal cyberinfrastructure, which will represent me and me only. And, since the site will no longer feature PUB 101 content, I can focus solely on royal family content. I might even consider archiving the PUB 101 section and making my site a fully-functioning royal family gossip site with no affiliations to SFU.
I also hope that in my future content, people start interacting more with my content, so with this comes the responsibility of creating community guidelines to ensure that Spilling the Royaltea remains a safe and uplifting community for royal family followers.
The four pillars I’ve developed for Spilling the Royaltea include respect, tolerance, openness, and togetherness. These four aspects relate most strongly to the comment section, which can end up pretty nasty if not carefully regulated. Konnikova even writes that the magazine, Popular Science decided to ban comments because of the “culture of aggression and mockery” it can cause. So that’s why I want readers to be respectful of each other when commenting, tolerant of others’ opinions and ideas, open to listening to and learning from different perspectives, and feel a sense of togetherness and community for learning and sharing.
And to protect both myself from seeing any hate comments (which, thankfully, I haven’t received yet), I’ll be regulating my comment section from those “anonymous” users who think it’s so easy to hide behind a screen and comment mean things just because it’s harder to identify them, like Konnikova describes. I’ll approve of comments as they come, and hopefully, this will keep things safe, inclusive, and welcoming on Spilling the Royaltea, which is all I could ask for as a website owner.
Here’s to the last process post and to a new chapter of Spilling the Royaltea. Olivia, signing out.
Campbell, G. (2009). A personal cyberinfrastructure. EDUCAUSE Review, 44(5), 58. https://er.educause.edu/articles/2009/9/a-personal-cyberinfrastructure
Gertz, T. (2015, July 10). How to survive the digital apocalypse. Louder Than Ten. https://louderthanten.com/coax/design-machines
Konnikova, M. (2013). The psychology of online comments. The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/the-psychology-of-online-comments
Wong, O. (2023). Hot takes. Spilling the Royaltea. http://spilling-the-royaltea.com/category/hot-takes/
Wong, O. (2023). Ranked. Spilling the Royaltea. http://spilling-the-royaltea.com/category/ranked/
Wong, O. (2023). News. Spilling the Royaltea. http://spilling-the-royaltea.com/category/news/
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For the final week of content and process posts, and more than that, the final week of classes, I decided to write about everyone’s (least) favourite musical TV program, Glee. The general love-hate relationship theatre fans have with Glee can be distilled into an equal amount of hate for the way the show progressed, from one foot in reality and one foot in the absurd to both feet in their own grave, and an equal amount of love for bringing musicals and diegetic singing to television. More than that, though, it also inspired the rise of high school show choir, and introduced countless young people to the performing arts, something I will always fight for and be grateful for when done in mainstream media.
In terms of course content, this week focused on the interaction of the online and everyday self, and furthermore how to reconcile the difference. I am particularly interested in the little blurb for the week on the POSIEL site. I know it’s not technically a reading, but it asks a lot of crucial questions about living in a technological age. Specifically Are the facets of human experience threatened? By now, my opinion on AI and a growing pertinence placed on the development of convenient tech that can be integrated into everyday life is all over my blog, but I really do think that it is so important to acknowledge how a technologically determined future will have ramifications on the facets of the human experience. The most recent publication of the Literary Magazine for the faculty I am minoring in deals with this subject directly, placing an emphasis on how the human experience cannot be commodified or technologized because the human experience cannot be synthesised. There is simply too much human experience in the world to distill into something digestible and authentic.
Further, the final question the prompt begs: Does privacy matter anymore? It harkens back to the week 3 reading on the disinhibition effect and how anonymity emboldens controversy. I think privacy will always matter (especially in my position on AI), and that despite the new movement of putting your real name and real experiences and real personal information online, that is, to be genuine in your online persona, will begin to see consequences in the years to come. I think people will begin to become unmoored by the lack of separation of the online and offline self, such to the extent that in a couple years, there will be think pieces published about the benefits of online anonymity – something I look forward to digesting.
One of the most important classes I ever took was “Introduction to Publication,” as it has been quite helpful to me thus far in my early academic career. I’m happy to say that this course was a success for me and that I learned a lot from it.
I can without a doubt say that the course has helped me grasp the numerous facets of academic publication better. I’ve learned a lot that will help you publish your research in the future, from understanding peer review to knowing about the various forms of publishing. Doing peer reviews for other people’s publication websites is, in my opinion, a fantastic method to encourage cooperation, education, and development within a community of authors and editors. Peer evaluations provide people the chance to get helpful criticism on their work, which can help them get better at writing and hone their concepts. Peer reviews can also encourage an environment where writers and editors can share thoughts and viewpoints in order to produce the greatest publication possible. Peer reviews can ultimately result in content that is of a higher caliber and foster a greater feeling of community among those participating in the publication process.
The training has given me practical skills that are necessary for effective academic publishing, which is one of its biggest advantages. For instance, I’ve learnt how to craft convincing posts for my submission, which might be crucial when I’m attempting to motivate those around me. Additionally, I’ve learnt how to properly convey my research findings, which is essential for producing influential articles that other people read and quote. I believe that publishing has taught me a tremendously valuable skill that I can apply to a variety of my passions: how to write effectively and perform great research. By developing these abilities, I may produce articles that interest readers, instruct them, and persuade them to act or change their viewpoints. Persuasive writing and thorough research are crucial skills that help me effectively convey my views and accomplish my goals, whether I’m fighting for social justice causes or creating captivating stories. Finally, because of how adaptable and transferable they are, these abilities are a great advantage for anyone aiming to make a difference in their personal or professional endeavors.
The fact that the course has given me access to a professional network in your industry is another crucial component of it. By interacting with my peers and teachers, I have gathered useful information about the publishing process and discovered fresh possibilities for disseminating your findings. For students who are just beginning their research careers, this can be quite helpful because it can lead to new opportunities and collaborations. I think that the “Introduction to Publication” course is crucial for me as a university student overall. Other students may find it helpful to use the knowledge and abilities I acquired in the course to assist them negotiate the complicated world of academic publishing and improve their chances of publishing significant research that is read and cited by others.
I believe that community guidelines are essential for any website, but they’re even more crucial for one that sells trading cards. These guidelines are meant to encourage civil and beneficial discourse while also creating a welcoming and safe space for users. In this implementation plan, I’ll mention a few community guidelines that I believe are appropriate for a website devoted to trading cards and explain why I’ve chosen them.
First, I would create a rule mandating that users treat one another with respect and kindness. This would entail refraining from any kind of bullying, harassment, or hate speech. We wish to foster a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and at home on our trading card website. We can encourage users to participate in meaningful conversations and share their views and experiences without worrying about being mocked or judged by others by encouraging respectful dialogue. Any publication website must include rules requiring users to treat others with respect and kindness. Online interactions can occasionally result in negativity and even harassment, which can turn away readers and harm the website’s reputation. You can make sure that visitors to your website feel secure and welcome by establishing clear rules that encourage a pleasant and inclusive environment. In addition to fostering a sense of community and inspiring reader interaction, this can increase reader engagement and grow a devoted following. It can also help to create the tone for the publication as a whole by defining rules that demand users to treat others with respect and kindness, ensuring that the content is presented in a courteous and professional manner.
Second, while being open to learning from others, I would advise people to share their knowledge and experience about trading cards. To do this, a policy that encourages people to share their own knowledge and experiences as well as to ask questions and seek help from others would need to be developed. Our mission as a trading card website is to build a community of knowledgeable, enthusiastic collectors who can share their love of trading cards and learn from one another. We can build a friendly and cooperative society by encouraging a culture of learning and sharing. A publication website can benefit much from encouraging users to share their knowledge and experience regarding trading cards while also being open to learning from others. The topic of trading cards can be intricate and deep, and readers frequently have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. You may create a feeling of community and promote participation on the website by inviting readers to offer their knowledge and experience. Furthermore, by being open to learning from others, you can make sure that the information on the website is correct and instructive, which can support the development of credibility and reader confidence. Additionally, providing a forum for readers to contribute their knowledge and gain from that of others can draw in new users who are searching for a place to discuss topics with subject matter experts and pick their brains.
Thirdly, I would create a rule that prohibits users from contributing spam or unrelated material. This might include advertisements or links that have nothing to do with playing cards. We can make sure that the website remains pertinent to and helpful to visitors by maintaining the focus on trading cards. Additionally, it aids in streamlining and organising the user experience, making it simpler for users to locate the information they require. I would make a community page on the website outlining the standards and rules for users in order to put these rules into practice. Users would have easy access to this website, which would be clearly posted and frequently updated to reflect any modifications or additions to the rules. In addition, I would employ moderators to keep an eye on user conduct and guarantee that the rules are being adhered to. This would entail keeping an eye on user posts and comments on a regular basis and interacting with those who might be breaking the rules.
In conclusion, community rules are an important component of any trading card website since they aid in fostering a welcoming and inclusive community for users. We can build a community that is informed, encouraging, and enthusiastic about trading cards by setting rules that encourage respect, learning, and relevancy. We can make sure that the website continues to be a helpful resource for collectors and hobbyists by putting these rules into practice and keeping an eye on user behavior’s.
More transmedia integration, in my opinion, may significantly improve the user experience and increase engagement in an online magazine for trading cards. To do this, I would concentrate on a multi-channel strategy that makes the most of the advantages of each platform to give users a smooth and engaging experience.
An online publication for trading cards can dramatically improve the user experience and increase engagement by integrating additional transmedia elements. A single story or narrative is told through a variety of media channels, such as video, social media, and interactive experiences, in a process known as transmedia storytelling. You may give readers a more immersive and interesting experience that keeps them coming back for more by employing a variety of mediums to tell a story. When it comes to trading cards, adding transmedia components like films, interactive games, or social media posts might assist readers get a better grasp of the trading card industry. Transmedia aspects can also aid in creating a sense of community for the magazine by allowing readers to communicate with one another across various media. In general, I think that adding more transmedia integration to an online trading card magazine can significantly improve the user experience and boost engagement, helping to establish a devoted audience and expand the publication.
To start, I’d concentrate on using social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to advertise the book and display the trading cards. Social networking is a great way to spread the word about new releases, engage with potential readers and collectors, and share graphic content. Instagram and other social media sites, in my opinion, can be quite efficient in promoting a website that publishes trading cards. Social media is the perfect instrument for advertising the publications on your website since it offers a strong platform for sharing content and interacting with a wide audience. You may stimulate the curiosity of potential readers and increase traffic to your website by posting excerpts and teasers of your material on Instagram. Additionally, social media gives you the chance to interact with your audience and get feedback, both of which may be helpful for enhancing your publication’s quality and content. In general, I think that Instagram and social media can be really helpful in spreading awareness of and promoting a website for trading card publications, allowing you to expand your following.
Second, I might think about producing interactive content in the future, like games or puzzles that readers can access via a mobile app or the publication’s website. This would provide a new level of user interaction and provide a reason for users to visit the website and engage with the business. A trading card publication website can be effectively promoted and used to interest readers by adding interactive elements like games and riddles. You may give readers something special and worthwhile by providing an interactive experience, which increases the likelihood that they will visit your website again. By combining trading card themes and aspects into the interactive experience, games and puzzles may also be a powerful tool for promoting your content and business. Additionally, as readers are likely to tell others about the experience, interactive experiences can promote social sharing and word-of-mouth advertising. Overall, I think that adding interactive elements to a website for a trading card magazine can be a good approach to boost traffic and advertise the site while also giving readers a good time.
Overall, a multi-channel strategy that makes use of social media, interactive content, virtual and augmented reality, and collaborations can assist to develop a distinctive and engaging transmedia experience for consumers and ultimately spur growth and engagement for the online trading card publication.
In my opinion, website owners and marketers trying to expand their audiences can benefit greatly from the information gathered by Google Analytics. Google Analytics offers helpful insights into how visitors are interacting with a website and where changes can be made by monitoring website traffic, user activity, and other important information.
Finding out which pages and content are performing well and which are not is one method to leverage Google Analytics data to increase your audience. I believe that by letting website owners and marketers know which pages and pieces of content are doing well and which need improvement, Google Analytics data is a potent tool for increasing audience size. Website owners may identify which pages are appealing and engaging readers and which may need improvement by analysing important metrics like page views, bounce rates, and time on page. With this knowledge, website owners can improve their content strategies, update current content, or produce new content that is more suited to the tastes of their audience. Website owners may enhance user experience and eventually bring in and keep more visitors by continuously modifying and optimising content based on user behaviour. Overall, the data from Google Analytics can be a useful tool in the continual quest to expand and engage a web audience.
Data-driven marketing tactics have the potential to be quite successful. I believe that using data-driven marketing methods can significantly increase a company’s audience and conversion rates. Marketers may determine which channels and approaches are producing the best results and change their strategy by examining user behaviour and conversion rates. By focusing marketing efforts on the audiences and distribution channels most likely to result in sales, this data-driven strategy eventually increases ROI and promotes company expansion. Furthermore, data findings can aid marketers in honing their messaging and creative to better connect with their audience and spur interaction. Businesses can stay ahead of the competition and have sustained growth over time by iteratively testing and fine-tuning marketing plans based on data results. In general, a data-driven marketing strategy can assist companies in connecting with their audience more successfully and achieving greater outcomes than a “spray and pray” strategy that relies on assumptions and guesswork.
Although it’s crucial to be mindful of its limitations, social data can also be helpful in expanding audiences. Social media platforms have the potential to reveal important information about user demographics and activity, but they might not necessarily be a reliable indicator of a website’s overall readership. Building awareness and expanding audiences require the use of search engine optimisation (SEO). Regularly updating material with pertinent keywords, constructing high-quality backlinks, and optimising website speed and mobile friendliness are some strategies to make sure your rating keeps rising. Finally, taking a look at statistics and trends on a worldwide basis might help us understand how audiences behave and what they want. For instance, website owners can improve their mobile user experience by using Data-ai’s State of Mobile report, which offers insightful information on mobile usage patterns.
Overall, the data collected by Google Analytics and other tools can provide valuable insights into audience behavior and preferences, helping website owners and marketers optimize their strategies to grow their audiences.
I am aware of the value of employing analytics programmed like Google Analytics and Facebook Insights to increase website traffic. I’ll go into great length in this essay about why these analytics tools are crucial for knowing your audience, enhancing the functionality of your website, and increasing website traffic. The behavior, interests, and demands of your audience can be better understood with the help of analytics technologies. You may get a deeper understanding of your audience and produce content that appeals to them by monitoring indicators like website traffic, bounce rates, and user demographics. For instance, you can adjust your material to your audience’s interests and preferences if you see that a sizable fraction of them are from a specific region, which will enhance engagement and loyalty.
Additionally, analytics tools might aid in performance optimization’s for your website. You can pinpoint problem areas and make the required adjustments to your website’s design and content by tracking metrics like page load times and conversion rates. For instance, you may utilize analytics to identify which pages are driving people away from your website and make modifications to enhance their user experience if you see that your website’s bounce rate is high. You can monitor the success of your marketing campaigns using analytics tools. You may assess the efficacy of your social media and search engine marketing campaigns by setting up conversion tracking. With the use of this information, you can tweak your efforts to maximize engagement and conversion, ensuring that the right people receive the correct message.
Additionally, analytics technologies can assist you in finding possible growth prospects. You may make educated decisions regarding your website’s future marketing efforts by keeping track of how your website performs over time. For instance, if you see an increase in traffic to a certain blog post or landing page, you can take advantage of this trend by producing additional content on that subject or improving the user experience of your website. Finally, real-time website performance tracking is possible using analytics tools. With this capability, you can quickly make data-driven decisions to keep your website optimizer for optimal engagement and conversion. You can keep one step ahead of the competition and accelerate audience growth by using analytics to track the effectiveness of your website.
In conclusion, analytics tools like Google Analytics and Facebook Insights are essential for growing an audience for a website. By providing valuable insights into your audience’s behavior, interests, and needs, you can create content that resonates with them, optimize your website’s performance, and track the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns. With the help of analytics, you can make data-driven decisions that drive traffic, engagement, and conversions, ensuring that your website continues to grow and thrive.
In this weeks process post, I have the opportunity to explore more about the importance of copyright, Creative Commons, and free music or content for creators and consumers alike. In this essay, I will explain in detail why these concepts are vital for the protection and promotion of creativity and innovation.
Copyright is an essential legal concept that protects the original works of authors, artists, and creators. It ensures that they have exclusive rights to their creations and that others cannot use or reproduce them without permission. This protection encourages innovation and creativity by providing a financial incentive for creators to invest time, effort, and resources into their work. Copyright also ensures that creators receive recognition and compensation for their work, which is crucial for sustaining their livelihoods and careers.
However, copyright can also be restrictive, limiting the availability and accessibility of creative works to the public. This is where Creative Commons comes in. Creative Commons is a licensing system that allows creators to share their work with others while retaining some rights. By using Creative Commons licenses, creators can specify how their work can be used, such as allowing others to use, modify, and share their work, or only allowing non-commercial use. This system encourages collaboration and sharing, fostering a culture of creativity and innovation that benefits everyone.
Moreover, free music or content provides a valuable resource for creators, educators, and consumers. Free music or content is often released under Creative Commons licenses or made available in the public domain. This means that anyone can use, modify, and share the work without restriction, promoting collaboration and creativity. Free music or content also provides an accessible and affordable resource for education and research, allowing people to learn and discover without financial barriers.
In addition, free music or content is an important tool for social justice and equity. It allows creators from marginalized communities to share their work and stories with a wider audience, giving them a voice and a platform. Free music or content also enables communities to preserve and share their cultural heritage, preventing it from being lost or appropriated by others.
In conclusion, copyright, Creative Commons, and free music or content are essential for promoting creativity, innovation, and equity. Copyright protects the rights of creators and encourages them to invest time and resources into their work. Creative Commons allows creators to share their work while retaining some rights, fostering collaboration and innovation. Free music or content provides an accessible and affordable resource for education and research, promotes social justice and equity, and allows communities to preserve and share their cultural heritage. Together, these concepts create a thriving ecosystem of creativity and innovation that benefits everyone.
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