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The end of a chapter but the beginning of a book

The end of a chapter but the beginning of a book

For as long as I can remember, my camera has always been my side-kick.  Something about being able to capture a moment, an emotion, or a light in turn captured me.  From the beginning of the semester I knew I wanted to create an online space for my photography. In reality, it was the reason I enrolled in PUB 101; while I didn’t lack initiative, I lacked the knowledge and tools to create and curate a platform for my photography.  Finding a domain name and aesthetic was the first challenge.  It was important to have a very visual, professional, and clean blog – a space where images could stand out. Eventually, after much thought, I settled on One More Klick.

One More Klick features a blend of photography, travel, and the outdoors. “Klick” is another word for kilometre, which was very fitting with both the outdoor and travel aspects of tis blog, marking the distance traveled, in addition to klick also being the phonetic sounds of a camera’s shutter.  Since traveling, photography, and the outdoors are a passion of mine, I aspire to always challenge myself by going further, reaching higher, and persevering through the fear of the unknown.  For these reasons, there will always be one more klick – whether it be one more photograph, or one more kilometre.

With the help of photographs taken during various travels and adventures, my blog aims to share the stories behind photos, and provide context.  While some posts feature more personal stories, they still hold some informative content – whether it be in the form of tips and tricks, political context, or specific photography settings to achieve a photograph.

Currently, the majority of the audience reading One More Klick consists of direct family and friends, with some page views coming from countries outside of North America. Some of the perks of traveling abroad include creating friendships and connections across the globe.  Maintaining these friendships are even easier in light of the digital age.  According to the 2018 Digital Media Report, there are over 4 billion active internet users across the globe, and there has been a 13% increase in active social media users since January 2017.  The internet allows for greater connectivity, breaking the barriers of time and space.  In just the touch of a finger, users can connect with anyone, anywhere.  This immediacy has allowed me to connect with people from around the globe in little to no time.  For example, I reached out to Hasham to ask for his permission to post his photograph for the Friends in Foreign Places blog post.  Despite residing in Qatar at the time, within a few hours I received a response and we were connected once again.

This is especially useful for this blog, as I hope to expand the audience internationally.  Already, this blog has most of its’ international traffic coming from the United States, with other countries including France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Croatia, Ireland, and Luxembourg to name a few.  

It’s possible that some of the page views from the countries above are just bots, which are basically software that run automated tasks over the internet.  This would become more apparent when cross referencing with the amount of time spent on the page and the bounce rate.  Because I don’t know of anyone personally in Kenya, Sri Lanka, or Russia, I would assume that they aren’t actually real people reading my blog.  If you’re reading this and you are currently in Kenya, Sri Lanka, or Russia, let me know!

With the goal of eventually creating a stronger following and international audience, having a strong social media presence would be a huge asset.  Currently, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram hold the podium for most popular social networking sites:

2018 Digital Media Report, page 68

“Let’s face it: we have entered an era of media convergence that makes the flow of content across multiple media channels almost inevitable.”

Henry Jenkins, 2003

In his article Transmedia Storytelling, Jenkins (2003) highlights the importance of using a multitude of different social media platforms as opposed to restricting your content to just one.  The advantage here is not only more exposure, but also meeting your audience where they are.  With this is mind, I have created a Facebook page to share my blog posts.  Having a separate page for One More Klick that is independent from my personal page means traffic won’t be restricted by my own personal privacy settings.  Eventually, I will create an Instagram page which will feature different photographs linking them to their blog posts.  If it weren’t for social media, very few people would know about my blog and even fewer would be reading it. 

With blog posts being shared on social media, it was increasingly important for my blog to be responsive and mobile friendly. In Design Machines: How to survive in the digital Apocalypse, Travis Gertz (2015) criticizes the homogeneity of basic website designs. While I was trying to create a unique and customized aesthetic for my website, I ran into some serious challenged. While the desktop version worked perfectly, the layout didn’t translate well for mobile devices. As the majority of internet users access websites on their mobile devices, it was extremely important for my website to be responsive and mobile-friendly.

Social media allowed for networking and collaborations with other artists.  My first essay 21st Century Nudes covered the topic of censorship of artistic nudity on social media platforms. This essay was inspired by Vince Hemingson, a photographer, filmmaker, and bestselling author based out of Vancouver, who’s beautiful photographs routinely encounter censorship.  In wanting to share my essay on social media, I reached out to Vince for permission to tag him.  Not only did he agree and share my article with his network, he commended my work and asked for my feedback and comments on his Artist’s Statement for his Nude in the Landscape series.

Already, creating this blog has allowed me to build concrete skills by learning how to use WordPress and Google Analytics, along with broadening my artistic and professional network. This blog acts as a live document, changing and improving as I continue to learn and create. I plan on continuing this blog alongside my adventures, and hope that one day it might flourish into something larger.



References

Gertz, T. (2015). Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse. July 2015. Retrieved from https://louderthanten.com/articles/story/design-machines

Hemingson, V. n.d. Artist’s Statement: The Nude in the Landscape. n.d. Retrieved from http://hemingsonphotography.com/fine-art/nude-in-the-landscape/

Jenkins, H. (2003). Transmedia Storytelling. January 15 2003. Retrieved from https://www.technologyreview.com/s/401760/transmedia-storytelling/

Kemp, S. (2018). We are social – Digital report 2018. Retrieved from https://digitalreport.wearesocial.com/

Transmedia Reporting and Electronic Music

This morning I was reading an article by lecturer and professor Henry Jenkins about effective use of transmedia forms and the entertainment industry’s slugish ability in adopting the form.

‘Transmedia’ is a term that describes a media phenomenon that exists across multiple platforms and which facilitates different user experiences depending on the platform. Pokemon is one of the best examples of a transmedia concept, as identified by Jenkins. The Pokemon world is one that exists across TV series’, movies, manga, video games, card games, and etc.

The Wartortle universe is expanded by this expertly crafted fan-music.

Transmedia Journalism

As the transmedia practice tends to enrich a users interaction with subject matter and offer a user opportunities to demonstrate agency with media interaction, I believe that the practice would benefit journalism.

In fact, journalism has exists transmedia since the printing press entered popular use, when one could,perhaps, receive news from both a town crier and a local pamphlet.

In this day and age, news about an event is delivered in print, on the radio, and across the internet in the form of news outlets, blogs, or podcasts.

Transmedia Music Journalism

Music reporting and journalism are, by definition, transmedia. Listening to the music of a local musician who I recently read an interview from will broaden my impression of that musician.

When writing about music on Ammeter, linking to that music or accompanying an article with a recorded interview is transmedia. I wonder about other ways that I can expand transmedia practice as a electronic music reporter. Below are a list of ideas. Let me know if any stand out to you!

  • Print expertly designed posters concerning electronic music events that Ammeter appreciates and paste them up around town.
  • Print and distribute local electronic music guide-zines that inform readers about Vancouver’s grassroots electronic music organizers.
  • Post emails or “letters to the editor” from readers concerning their experiences with particular venues or events.
  • Post music produced by Ammeter staff after they’ve attending a music production workshop.
  • Hand write and hand out endearing notes to dancers at music events that are “from Ammeter.”

It feels like linking to music and posting podcasts / or interviews are insubstantial in modern journalism. Branching out to new forms of media could only benefit the publication.

Adam

Peer Review #3

This week, I had the pleasure to visit Jill’s Book Blog.Jill's Book Blog Homepage

Jill’s Book Blog — Adventures of Accessible Reading, as it states quite clearly in the title tag, is all about books. Reading through Jillian’s blog, I learnt so much about her and her favourite thing to do EVER — Reading!! In 2018, she read 96 books in 365, which is so crazily impressive. Jill’s Book Blog at the moment features three categories: Book Reviews, Accessible Reading and Posiel. From the type of content that Jillian has been constantly posted, i think the intended audience of the blog are book lovers like Jillian herself. People who would be frequent visitors of Jill’s blog are people who love reading, who also love to learn more about certain books and how others think of them. And since most of the books that have been reviewed are mostly fictions, romance, thrillers, etc, I figure the demographic of Jill’s blog are the demographic of these books, which are mostly teens to young adults and young professional, predominately female. And lastly, in most of the post, Jillian’s tone of voice seems quite lighthearted, excited, and playful most of the time, which also leads me to believe that the age of the intended audience of Jill’s Book Blog are around 17 to 30.

In my opinion, Jillian has done a great job in terms of keeping her audience engaged with her constant and high-quality content. The design of her website is fairly simple. There is quite a lot of white space, which is a great thing, since it makes the blog seems way less cluttered. On that note, the fact that there are not too many menu options also makes the blog seems less overwhelming. When I visit Jill’s website, I always find myself feeling calm and collected. And a lot of that has to do with the timeless design that Jillian has chosen. One thing that I do wish Jill’s blog could improve itself on, would be the homepage. At the moment, when users of its site opens the homepage for the first time, it has all of the most recent posts on one page, positioned vertically, and it causes the homepage to be quite long. Since most of the audience of Jill’s blog are around our age, I think it would nice to make the homepage slightly shorter with more directions to the posts. In that way, her audience could find what they want a bit easier, and it would decrease the bounce rate of her site. Another thing that I think could be improved would be finding some way to break up some of the text-heavy content. Since it is a mostly text-based site, it would be nice to see some more breaks in between paragraphs, it could be by highlightin certain quotes, adding images, or just adding simple lines and subheading, in order to keep her audience even more engaged with her content.

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed Jill’s Book Blog, and I am excited to see where this blog would develop and process in the future.

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Process Post #13 (Paper #2)

This semester I created an amateur personal blog for our Publishing 101 class and learned the basic “ins and outs” of WordPress templates for online content creation. While some of my classmates created blogs about food, travel or websites showcasing their musical career, I focused more on learning about online content creation and website building. My website’s content was more of a personal blog, as I found content creation to be the hardest part of the exercise itself. I felt as though I wasn’t accomplishing anything (this semester) interesting enough to have a blog about, as I go to school full time and work an average of thirty hours a week. So my audience was non-existent. That is not to say personal blogs don’t find audiences regardless. An example of this fact is comedian Mike Birbiglia. Birbiglia started as a blogger who would write about his travels and post his material online. The final result ended up with him turning the most popular stories into his first one hour stand-up special: My Secret Public Journal (Birbiglia, 2015). So it can be done. For me, I found I personally didn’t have the time this semester to do anything that would be content worthy, other than my weekly attendance in the inaugural class of Yuk Yuks University. I did manage to capture the attention of a small following. Ultimately though, the lack of time and dedication towards keeping the viewer’s interest proved the need for two important components in order to be a successful blogger: commitment and follow through on content. As a result, the most important take away for me from this course was: time management. I am excited to take more publishing courses in the future, but upon reflection, think I would excel more at the marketing and advertising aspect, so that the focus is less about the content creation and more about the message itself.

Publishing 101 provides an overall introduction to the world of publishing, especially for Communications students like me, who have no idea how to create the digital media format we have spent years studying about. Finally, a chance to do some “hands on” learning. My favourite readings included the week four reading: Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse (Gertz, 2015). I loved the way it outlined the similarities of how websites were built using the same site layout. Readings I did not like were: the week 7 reading by John Green (2013), I didn’t have an issue with the article itself, more so the fact that the link was broken and never corrected. The other reading retrieved from the website: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2017-who-replies-to-trumps-tweets/ felt as though it didn’t align with the course content. It felt as though it had been added more for the political aspect, rather than the context of the overall course content for the week.

While I found it enjoyable to work on the design on my blog, I don’t think I will continue using my blog for now. For me, it is about the commitment of the time required to be a successful blogger. This course has inspired me to pledge more personal commentary on online articles, since I have opinions to voice on social media. The websites I frequent for news and culture tend to be: Facebook and the A.V club. The only other online attachment I participate in is watching YouTube. As an online content creator, I think the medium itself is in a bit of a jumble. Facebook has lost its original message of “connection” for a few years now. Facebook used to be a place to build an online community. Participants shared images, wrote statuses, everything on the site was created by the users on your friends list, a personal newsletter from the key people in your life. Sometime in 2011, the focus began to change. Facebook became less about sharing personal updates and more about sharing content. When I go on my Facebook newsfeed now by comparison to 2011, it is mainly just people re-sharing videos and photos, I can’t tell you the last time I actually read a status update that was a personal comment and not a political statement. As a result, other websites have begun to form to recapture sharing people’s actual lived moments in time. Instagram is now the place for people to share their photos and post personal updates. Communication via Twitter is on the rise (not just socially, but academically and in the corporate world) as well (Williams, 2018).

Another website I find it hard to create content for is: YouTube. The original message of YouTube was “Broadcast Yourself” however, every two weeks it seems there is another scandal arising from Google combined with excessive demands required to participate. The way the YouTube algorithm works promotes the top viewed users approved by Google. It is no longer a social network of people sharing content, but more of a sponsored hub of creators that have the same Into/Outro/Personality. The top YouTubers’ of 2008 was a drastically different mix of contributors compared to the top YouTubers’ of today. Nowadays, YouTube is focused more on maintaining corporate relations and staying “advertiser friendly” – than letting its users find special hidden video content.  I’m not sure if it’s possible anymore for someone to create an account (out of the blue) and start posting videos, with no experience in content creation. Clearly, in today’s market there is a very visible bubble of who the algorithm picks to promote.

While I think it is important to have a digital identity, I find the people I talk to about social media, are just tired and fed up. Social media has become more of a hotbed for political propaganda and scandal, for example: Facebook’s recent Cambridge Analytica indiscretion (Wikipedia, 2018). Society appears to be leaning towards avoiding or just completely deleting their social media accounts, as the trust in these online websites has disintegrated. I believe something new is on the horizon and will stir things up in the world of online social media. We have been stuck in a digital monopoly for quite some time and it’s starting to show in the content of the websites themselves. It is ironic to me that in 2004, Facebook was initiated under a cloud of theft and fraud with Mark Zuckerberg being accused of stealing the algorithm from his dorm mates and now fourteen years later, the very same accusation in relation to data mining, may be its undoing (Carlson, 2010).

References:

Birbiglia, M. (2015). My secret public journal. Retrieved from: https://mysecretpublicjournal.blogspot.ca

Carlson, N. (2010). At last – the full story of how Facebook was founded. Business Insider. Retrieved from: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-facebook-was-founded-2010-3

Gertz, T. (2015). Design machines. How to survive in the digital apocalypse. Retrieved from: https://louderthanten.com/articles/story/design-machines

Green, J. (2013). On self-publishing and Amazon. Retrieved from: http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/31026577075/on-self-publishing-and-amazon

Mosendz, P. (2017). The seven types of people who tweet at Trump. Retrieved from: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2017-who-replies-to-trumps-tweets/

Wikipedia, (2018). Cambridge Analytica. Retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Analytica

Williams, S. (2018). 4 ways to use Twitter for schools to increase engagement. Campus Suite. Retrieved from: https://www.campussuite.com/4-ways-use-twitter-for-schools-increase-engagement/

Process Post (Week 12)

This week, we were asked to create community standards for our website. Here is the list of guidelines I have created:

In general, please move through and interact with the website using respect. You are encouraged to share your opinions and interact with me and others. Please feel free to share my content, making sure that you give credit to me.

For comments, please avoid:

  • Racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive language
  • Personal attacks on others
  • Threats
  • Sharing viruses
  • Promoting commercial content

I have chosen these guidelines because they promote a positive, respectful environment. There are not a lot of them because I do not want to bombard my readers with rules. If any activity becomes a problem, I will address it and adjust my guidelines accordingly.

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Process Post #12

Process Post: Develop community guidelines for your site. Why are those the right guidelines for you? How will you implement them?

My website doesn’t really have any social aspect to it for commentary or discussion. However, I do feel that community guidelines are an important part of a website. I believe people are entitled to say what they want as long as it isn’t harmful to others, but also guidelines can be used to keep things on the topic since internet comment sections are notoriously bad at keeping on track. I think giving people upvote/downvote systems work as a way of self-moderation as people socially want to get thumbs up, as well as the community itself moderating each other to keep the discussion positive. I don’t personally use sites like Reddit that often but when I need to find information there are certain pages on Reddit for the things I’m looking up info on like bands I follow or updates on things I use like apps. (Pokemon GO’s online community is a Reddit page and all information is on their Reddit page, it is the one place to go for updates on the game since I am the last person still playing it that I know of), and the discussions are on topic and comments are sorted by most useful by the highest liked comments as voted by the community.

Process Post #11

Process Post: Create a story out of media only: a sequence of images, an audio production, a video production. Avoid using text if you can.

 

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Not my best, but seriously this weeks lecture was good I enjoyed the little writing workshop we had. I feel like that is something that’s missing from High School to University is that transition from high school writing style to full-on APA University Academic “smart talk” its something I still struggle with as I like to write similar to my own talking style and use a lot of slang and made up phrases. I find I struggle the most with commas in essays and papers, as I either use, too, many, or not enough. I’m not sure why it was just something we never really thoroughly covered in English 12. I just remember reading Jurassic Park and watching Macbeth and somehow from that I got a B+.

Process Post (Week 11)

A couple weeks ago, our TA suggested that we should collaborate with other classmates to create content for our blogs. I paired up with Jade and Sam to create a YouTube video where to try not to sing or dance to catchy songs. We wanted to do this because it encompassed all of our blogs themes (YouTube, music, and vines). Here’s the final product.

 

 

 

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Process Post (Week 10)

For this week’s process post, we are supposed to discuss how we plan to integrate more transmedia into our online publication.

Over the last few months, I have been building my online voice, and as a result, I have started to represent myself on many different platforms. Currently, my website allows people to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify and YouTube. Since I am trying to create the same type of persona on all of them, I would consider this one of the ways I am making use of transmedia.

Moving forward, I want to dive into a persona that I have been developing for awhile. I want to talk and share about my experience growing up in both America and Canada. This is what I like to call my “americanadian” persona. This is a unique story that I wish to tell people about on multiple platforms. From posting about my daily struggles of bouncing between the two countries, to writing about culture and reverse culture shock, to comparing the two nations. I plan to do these things on Facebook, YouTube, and my website. I want to use these platforms because I think they are all different, and will allow me to tell my story in different ways.

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Process Post #9 Analysed

This weeks lecture was all about the ins and outs of Google analytics and other sorts of algorithms. Stuff like this really makes the course feel like a CMNS course. That’s what I think I like about the Publishing program is that it feels like a technical CMNS course where we actually get to see and make physical things instead of sitting around reading about McLuhan and Marx over and over again. So it was nice to see something new! The guest lecturer was also very interesting although I felt he was trying to get us all to follow him on Twitter. But hey the course is all about self-promotion so no biggie

Process Post: What surprised you about your findings in Google Analytics? Demonstrate how it may change your online publication in concrete ways.

My results didn’t surprise me as again this is more of a personal blog so I have done little to promote it but it is nice to know how/what to do with GA for when I need it in the future!

Process Post 10: Peer Review 3 Lemons to Oranges

Peer review #3 Lemons to Oranges http://woolleyh.com/

 

First Impressions:

When I first landed on the page I was greeted by a very colorful transition intro page, sticking to the main theme of Lemons and oranges. After the colourful splash page there is a vote section for what to do when life gives you lemons with humorous responses.

 

Accessibility:

The top menu works great although a slight issue I would have is that the dark font is hard to see on the colourful header although once I scrolled down a background appeared which made the menu options visible, but other than that all links work and I tested the site on a Microsoft Surface 3 and iPhone 8+ both using the chrome browser and the website looked fine!

 

Content:

The about page is very detailed in well… About info and the random facts are again humorous, the best part of the about page for me personally was the section labeled “My Cats” as the section contains six lovely photos of cats.

The Blog page contains multiple recipes and how to tutorials, as well as a few personal posts. What’s really nice is the implemented feature to allow custom serving sizes to change the recipe to match that request.

The Gallery page contains artwork drawn by the author (I assume?) clicking on the artwork leads to a zoomed in picture one could use to save/download the image. A feature I would like would be maybe a small description or reason/description of each image. Just a little something-something to go with the image

 

Final thoughts:

This is a really cute little food blog! I really like the recipes although I feel like those and the articles marked “random” should be separated perhaps? Other than that I like the use of bright colors and opening page feels really welcoming. The only question I have is, in the beginning, it says this is a blog for transforming. Leading me to think it was going to be some emotional journey blog, with a nice colorful backdrop, but turned out to be less emotionally investing. This isn’t a bad thing but first viewers might be scared off by the thought of having to be emotionally invested as the opening text might suggest the content of the website is about. Other than that it was a great website to read and I am looking forward to seeing what else comes out of it! *****

****Correction, I thought the posts were together but I realized there was a menu on the top of the site labeled “travel” however on the bottom menu the one I used while reviewing the Travel section is not there. An easy minor fix!

Community Guidelines

In light of past, recent, and unfortunately continuing stories of people being harassed online, it has come to my attention that guidelines must be established if there is to be a comments section.

Maria Konnikova (2013) writes about the ‘online dishibition effect’, which is basically where the moment in which one sheds their “identity the usual constraints on your behaviour go, too”. This is especially true in cases where users can comment anonymously, which may encourage participation, but has just gone to increase uncivilly and incredibly negative comments.

I would like to encourage participation, but it seems necessary that I point out that there is a fine line between free speech and hate speech. Due to some of the sensitive topics that may be discussed here on this blog, it might be beneficial for these guidelines to be understood before writing a comment:

No racism, sexism, or any sort of hate comments whatsoever.

No promotional comments unless previously validated through the admin beforehand.

Any violation of these guidelines will prompt the removal of the comments by admin. Comments are taken down if admin doesn’t think it contributes to the conversation or is irrelevant or hateful in any way, or threatens other readers or authors. If there are any questions, please email the admin for more information.

When it comes to people’s safety, some form of filtration is necessary. If a comment is not constructive to a conversation, it will not be included. I love to hear feedback and opinions on the matter. But in a space that is supposed to be one in which people should come to for positivity in an already hate-filled world, I need to establish this before my website goes further. 

A Winter Story

All the reasons to love winter for those who suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder):

    

Please dismiss my childish artistic skills. I just want everyone to try and look at winter more positively! I definitely didn’t cover all of it either. What are your favorite things about winter?

Transmedia Ideas

Some transmedia ideas for my health and wellness blog include:

  • Podcasts/audio segments — perhaps on Soundcloud?
  • Youtube (interviews with others, videos in general)

This would probably need to come with a more structured timeframe on when to post. For example, a blog post every Monday to start off the week and perhaps a video or audio segment every Friday. It would be a bit more structured than a vlog, and would allow for different interactions with the website in many ways for readers, leading them to become part of the conversation by being listeners and viewers as well. For me, I find my passion lies more with video editing and what not so I would prefer to do health interviews with students over video but I know some topics like those revolving around mental health are a bit personal so the interviewee may want to be anonymous and having an audio segment instead of a video one might be less invasive.

Transmedia Integration

As my blog stands today, it is quite non-visual. This decision is something I’ve talked about a lot before as something that comes from a place of wanting to keep it purely text based and not being able to find images that really coordinate with lying.

I’m sure there are visuals that can speak to lying, but I haven’t found any that really stood out to me or have the inspiration to create any that can perfectly encompass my ideas.

One image simply cannot put into words or can symbolize what lying means to me.

But a video can.

As an art student, my focus tends to veer toward critiquing media and imagery found in media, whether it be magazines, commercials, or advertisements, I use video to parody it or critique it in some way.

I believe this extends to my blog as it can serve as a parody of online persona. It also critiques authenticity of self on the internet.

I think connecting these two ideas and media platforms is a good way to broaden my field as well as including some visuals into my blog.

Peer Review #3

By Emily C.

Emily has a good sense of style and it really shows in her blog in the way she designed her layout and the colour choices she has in her images. I think her blog really displays her interests well. I really like Emily’s photographs that she has in her blog posts and on her Instagram feed, they are very nice to look at.

The only thing I would say to this blog and to Emily is that, for the last 2 peer reviews, I’ve seen the same theme as byemilyc. I know this theme is very popular because of it’s minimalistic appearance and simplistic design. It attracts a lot of people because it is so simple and pretty, but I think it’s overused. It’s no one’s fault that this theme is popular, and I’m not saying the theme should be changed, but I think some minor changes would at least bring some originality to your blog and your personality online.

As your reader, and as someone who is interested in the arts and artistic things in general, I think the strongest point on your blog is your images. They stand out against the white background and pull all the attention. Your photographs are what attracts your readers, I would like to see more of them when I click onto the home page of your blog. I think a header image that sums up what your blog is about or what you want to present yourself as is an eye catcher and would help your readers understand at first glance what your blog is about.

I feel like your title could be improved with an image displaying your calligraphy skills. The font imitating the calligraphy wouldn’t be as strong in conveying your interest in calligraphy and art as would an image of your own calligraphy. It would also be more personal and could help to connect with your audience on a deeper level.

I really think your Instagram feed on the side is a great idea and really connects you to another outlet. I noticed your Twitter is set to private which I respect but I think the more social media you make accessible to your audience, the more connected they become to your content. A suggestion I might have is to create a separate public Twitter just for your calligraphy and your art.

Overall, I think your blog will be successful. It’s attractive and the content is creative. The posts such as “Finding My Career Path” is a good post for connecting to your audience as it includes the drawings you have done in the past and they are very good, I must say.

I do think your blog will inspire people to be more creative and to live a more fulfilled life, I certainly have felt inspired to do more. Like Michelle Phan said, “influence is the new power–if you have influence you can create a brand.” (Robehmed).

I think you did a good job, Emily! Keep up the good work!

 

Check out Emily’s blog: byemilyc

 

Sources:

Natalie Robehmed. For Many YouTube Stars, Next Step Is An Old-Fashioned Book. 2015Forbes.

Some Readership and Writership Balance

I found that it would be pretty hard to get noticed online without my social media. I think I have a pretty large following and most people are interested in what I am posting, particularly when it comes to creative stuff. The blog I have now is more a health and wellness blog as well as personal. But, I have been thinking about starting another blog; it could piss a lot of people and corporations off, which means it’s necessary to be anonymous. I would still need to use my social media to get it out there and bring attention to my new blog, so when I think of Google Analytics I compare how the two blogs would do in my mind and I realize that I’d need to find other means of social medias and attention in the new blog in order to stay anonymous. My Google Analytics has also shown me that a lot of my family and close friends are super interested in my health and wellness blog, as it is a bit more personal, but it would be cool to try and post some of my posts to specific pages on Facebook and see if I can branch out a bit. Using the annotations will help me keep track of what posts I post where, and I can see where the biggest audience is. In my other blog, once it’s created, I wouldn’t want to post too much on other pages on Facebook through my account in particular. However, it would definitely mean I would need a separate Facebook account and Instagram and other social medias. It would be especially cool to keep track of the analytics alongside with the Facebook account and see what people look at more! My blog now is pretty personalized, so I have a few different strategies on how to branch out into more people. For example, I would like to interview a few friends who are also students about their struggles with mental health and gain some perspective and tips with them. This is also another good opportunity to either film or record it as a sort of podcast too. This would also boost online attention because the people I interview will most likely share their stories online and I’ll increase my reach the way.

Monetization

I monetized my site through Google Adsense mostly because I didn’t think it would affect people from reading my content anyways. We ignore ads all the time, and I placed them accordingly throughout my website that won’t interrupt people reading. I downloaded a new plugin called Ad Inserter to make the process easier as well. Other changes I will have to make is to make sure that the ads don’t slow the loading time of my site, interrupt reading, and don’t move anything around where it’s not supposed to be. Also, I will need to filter out certain kinds of ads so nothing irrelevant shows up on my website.

On the self-reflection side of things, when I am asked about my data trails and digital footprint, I definitely haven’t made an effort to minimize my footprint, but I haven’t necessarily just thrown-in the towel either. I’m very aware of the information I’ve put out there, but I am a bit biased. The technology I use everyday has only helped me with my every day life. In fact, more opportunities come to me through all my social medias and activities. I’ve been offered jobs and been contacted by employers through social media. I find that my information is a fair trade-off for using these apps for free. I also just feel no one is really interested in my information unless they just try to sell me things, which hardly works, but I am comfortable with how things are progressing with technology. I love convenience, I love the speed of information, and I think that data is a necessary thing that already exists and we just need to adapt to it because it isn’t going anywhere.

There is No Easy Pill to Substitute Hard Work

No tricks, gimmicks, special pills, special potions, special equipment. All it takes is desire and will.” — Richard Simmons

 

*Please excuse the worst Photoshop skills to ever be presented online. Hopefully the message is still clear.*

Week 3 Process Post

This week I installed and activated Google Analytics and the Ultimate Category Excluder plugins to WordPress so I can easily track my views and prevent these posiel posts from appearing on the front page of my blog. I planned the layout of my blog so that #posiel posts would be accessible on the sidebar rather than the main navigation menu.

One of the readings this week came from Craig Mod, “How I Got My Attention Back”. I would like to share a quote from his article:

“Our measuring sticks for life tend to be optimized for material things, things easy to count. Houses, cars, husbands, babies, dollar bills. Attention is immaterial, difficult to track.” (Mod, 2017)

This quote resonates with me because I can often see how our world is radically becoming more advanced and how visual media is increasingly becoming a the cause of consumerism. In a world where we seem to live thriving off material and physical objects, it is so easy to become absorbed into this culture of consumerism as a means to measure the satisfaction of our personal life. As a result, people are increasingly less aware of the every day situations that are occurring around us as they pay more attention to their own lives and personal obsessions. Attention, like time, cannot be bought or exchanged.

I find that whenever I put my phone down for a few hours, I tend to feel more productive with my time and feel more mentally invested in the work or activity I am doing without constant distraction. That being said, I don’t think I can be offline for a month even if my life allowed it without harming me. For being someone who relies on social media to stay in touch with friends who live hours away, I can’t imagine the time needed to transit to them just to discuss a couple of things with them that could easily and quickly be done in a matter of minutes.

Essay #2

Since the semester started, we have been publicizing our self online using this blog. I have had experiences before blogging online many years ago, but with more personal life in the content. To compare with the blog, I am doing today, and before, this one will be more topic focused, audiences targeted, and have certain goals to achieve. In fact, participating this class introduced me what an individual online publisher should look like, gave me the information of how can we do our work, and helped me to organize and connect to the information. Also, the class provided discussion and reflection to let us think deeper about the relationship between us, publication, and media in nowadays society.

It was very perplexed when I have to decide what I am going to blog about at the first time since I cannot think of a thing that I am very into and have a lot of information that can share with the world.  Therefore, I turned the focus into things that I do every day, and I came up with the idea of sharing my cooking and gaming life. As a passionate gamer and a person who cook for the house, my first plan was sharing interesting information, or useful tips to the people have similar interests with me. However, the plan did not go so well, I was either too busy to cook or did not take record while I am cooking, but I have been posting about my gaming life or gaming article. After getting the suggestion from class and from friends that had read my site, I decided to change my blog content to share about an interesting thing that happens in my daily life, whether it is about gaming, cooking, or a restaurant review, or even about my kitten’s life. By making this change, I think it will help me develop audiences pool starting from people around me who want to know more about me to people have similar interest with me, and later on to people who search me from the internet. This change will also help me to develop richer content on my blog since I will have different information for the different audience. The Youtube channel, Bob’s Your Uncle inspired me for the idea.

This Youtube channel primary purpose is to share cooking information to his audience, but in the same time, he loves to talk about the social topic when he is cooking. His sharp speech is also the main reason why he is very popular in HongKong. He also produces video and information in travel or just discussion about hot topic around the society or even politics. His channel illustrates the audience today living in information flooding world, want to see multiple pieces of information as a package, edited and pack to one, and they can receive everything through one perfect piece.

Link Here

During the whole term, I have changed my site’s layout many times. The biggest change was the entire theme of my site, from a black and white minimalism to a theme that contains picture slide, and with more vivid color. The first theme I choose was aiming to let my blog fit into the gaming style, but I changed it because it was boring, overused, and could not represent who I am, which, described in the article Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse. You cannot tell which site belongs to which companies since they all look the same. I cannot stand in the copy-cat culture, just as how everyone is using iPhone or Apple Mac book. Therefore, I changed my site to a theme that can be more unique and can represent my identity online more.          

In the other hand, I am also trying to connect my blog and my Twitch channel and Youtube channel to provide different ways for my audiences to read my context. As a publisher and an audience at the same time, a piece of information only have text could not get my attention and let me stay on the site. So, I believe my audience, who have similar habits and interest with me, feel the same way too. Also, the topics I am sharing will also increase their power if they come with picture, sounds, or video.

However, the blog I am doing is against the thinking I have for publication now. I notice how people are paying attention to other’s life every day instead of their own; I see how every individual’s publishing themselves through the social network have ruined our society. But I am still one of them, sharing my life with others. At the beginning of the term, I consider the word “publication” explain the action of people who are publicizing themselves and their thought to the world. Yet, I had never been aware of the issue that publication nowadays brings to our life. For example, the psychology article which explains the different ways we act in online and in real life; Or, the fake news in the social network; Or, how the technology are taking away our attention, etc. After this term, I think more before I share a post, I check the authenticity of a news story or a video, I also, try to be aware how am I publishing myself online, and my identity online.

Looking forward, I will try to keep the site online as a tool to share my thought to the public. Although I am still in the beginner stage, my goal is to become a successful publisher, bringing some influence to the public one day.

 

 

References

Suler, John. 2004. “The Online Disinhibition Effect.” Available from: http://truecenterpublishing.com/psycyber/disinhibit.html

Gertz, Travis. 2015. “Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse.” July 2015. Available from: https://louderthanten.com/articles/story/design-machines

BBC News. 2017 “Quebec mosque attack: Fox News deletes tweet after Canada complains.” BBC News. February 01, 2017. Available from: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38821804

煮家男人 Bob’s Your Uncle. 2017 “牛肉意粉卷 – 特首選舉 Beef Cannelloni – Lesser of Three Weevils.” March 25, 2017. Available from: https://youtu.be/XDfeWlAmfyI

Mod, Craig. 2017. “How I Got My Attention Back.” Available from: https://backchannel.com/how-i-got-my-attention-back-c7fc9297d347