There were many great tips from that list for my blog to be more successful. But the best ones l like were #2,#7,#8,#10(defiantly),and #15. I really need to make a calendar for my posts. Because one week i forgot to write the posts and till now i’m doing catching up. I think that will write 4 posts to catch up but for some reason i can’t with ongoing classes. Threfore, i need to just go outside in a nice environment and just type. Because i spend most of my time in a study room at kilmer. I don’t get enough thoughts or get bored writing after like 30 minutes. I can’t defiantly not take blogging break so #9 is of the list. I need to encourage my friends to read my posts because my friends are just as technical as me so they will know what i’m talking about and give me tips on what to write next.
Baumley, Megan. Personal Interview. 18 October 2014.
For my third annotated bibliography, I conducted an interview with my best friend from Preschool who is studying to be a teacher. Since she is also a senior, I thought it would be interesting to get the perspective of someone pursuing a teaching degree that grew up with the same technological advancements. From what I’ve seen, it seems like a lot of young teachers are incorporating blogs and other social platforms into their work, so I wanted to find out her opinion on that idea.
Because she is also still in college, she’s had some experience student teaching in a live classroom setting. She used a blog in the classroom to document students’ experiences and keep track of homework assignments. The students were in 5th grade and all had access to computers in order to complete their work. She viewed blogs in the classroom as a positive experience for all the added benefits that they were able to contribute. In her opinion, students didn’t really have any excuse for incomplete homework, as all materials were posted to the blog. She also thought that it did give students more of an opportunity to contribute. Overall, I believe that this interview will be beneficial to my blog because of the first-hand experience that Megan has had with teaching and blogs in the classroom.
LifeHacker.com is one of the 15 most popular blogs. There are many authors on the blog, but the writing style is fairly similar between them, and it’s fairly good.
1) The authors address the audience very specifically, using “you” and “your” and “we”, creating a sense of connection to the reader. The reader wants to continue reading because they feel like they are being spoken to and do not want to leave the conversation.
2) The articles tend to have longer sentence with several small “punchy” ones to keep the reader’s interest up.
3) The punctuation is pretty tame. Mostly periods, no exclamation marks or question marks. But, more advanced punctuation, such as semicolons and dashes, are used to create the longer sentences.
4) The writers tend to end their posts conclusively, with advice for the reader based on the content of the article.
5) The writing is obviously thought out, but I wouldn’t call it carefully crafted the way I would think of a novel, but it’s obvious that it was written thoughtfully.
6) The format of the blog uses white space pretty efficiently, using short paragraphs to keep the reader from getting bored and intermittently adding in photos for visual interest.
7) The writing is focused on the topic.
8) The writers use vocabulary that an average 8th or 9th grade student can easily understand. This allows the reader to read it easily without insulting the reader’s intelligence.
9) The writer does make use of of headings and titles
10) The writer is addressing the reader directly and indirectly at the same time. The “you” used applies to all readers.
Jeff Howe’s article reinstated an important fact that we know already about the Internet: the platform provides an endless amount of opportunities for future and professional success. This success, based on your craft and level of expertise is what separates you from others in this particularly competitive, rising industry.
The first point that really stuck with me about Howe’s piece was that anyone, absolutely anyone can be a photographer or videographers based on how low the costs are today. With prices as little as $1,000 for quality video equipment, it’s encouraging others who may have previously been amateurs to go out and pursue a hobby that they’ve always wanted to, on a professional level. It’s weird to think that anyone could just pick up a camera and become a photographer. Similarly, I often hear people say “everyone’s a journalist” and phrases alike because of the way the Internet has allowed people to share messages and more frequently communicate.
The idea that anyone can become a photographer, as brought up in the section about iStockPhoto in Howe’s piece, in a way makes me feel like new technology takes away from those that have spent so long mastering their crafts. For example, Twitter and other social media platforms have hugely contributed to the idea that anyone can become a journalist. The broader argument of professional journalism versus citizen journalism examines the way in which untrained individuals feel that they are delivering information and equivalent in accountability to those that have made a career in the field. More specifically, in the case of breaking news situations, these people are also the first to tweet and Instagram material as if they’re on the scene themselves like a journalist. This idea is particularly interesting through the lens of the Boston Marathon Bombing or even the Ferguson Missouri shooting. Anyone and everyone were picking up their phones to do what they considered “reporting”.
Another line that really stuck with me was, “The labor isn’t always free, but it costs a lot less than paying traditional employees. It’s not outsourcing; it’s crowdsourcing.” The idea that you can crowdsource goods and services are something we would’ve never deemed acceptable ten years ago. An interesting website that I’ve come across lately where people literally sell their services for $5 or less is Fiverr. Users on Fiverr will do almost anything for five dollars: from designing a personal logo to editing your five-page paper. I am constantly amazed by how the Internet has become a catalyst for personal success.
Other sites like Mechanical Turk have helped create opportunity for those also seeking employment. In Howe’s article, he talks about iConclude, and the company’s experience finding top-notch professionals with the ability to write repair flows. Mechanical Turk gave both the companies and established professionals the opportunity to work together.
Overall, I was very pleased with the points that Howe made in his article. What really stood out to me was the idea that on the Internet anyone can be anything and crowdsourcing has largely contributed to that notion.
Manjoo, Farhad. “Anonymous Comments: Why We Need to Get Rid of Them Once and for All.” Slate Magazine. 9 Mar. 2011. Web. 5 Oct. 2014. <http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/03/troll_reveal_thyself.1.html>.
This source is speaking about how a writer feels about anonymity. The writer goes into detail and explains that if people are no longer allowed to comment anonymously it will reduce the number of negative comments. Even though some people do use certain sites such as Facebook and Twitter to verify who they really are they seem to still comment negative things. Overall it has dramatically shot down the amount of trolling on this website. One huge fear that people have about using their accounts to make comments is that their personal information will get hacked. That is completely false and will not happen. I think that this article is somewhat a good source and I may be able to use it in my paper because it gave me a better insight on how effective taking away anonymity is.
I chose to look at adventure blogs. How people write about their journeys. I see that the have lots of pictures and videos than words. They just describe and tell about the place in couple of words and that’s it. They just let their pictures speak about their trips. But then again, pictures are worth 1000 words so it makes sense to put pictures up. As reader you are interested in knowing what that place looks like because you have never been there. I mean you don’t want to see something like, “it had tress and valleys” that doesn’t tell readers anything. so putting pictures up is the best way for adventure blogs.
1st blog : http://www.adventure-journal.com/2014/10/weekend-cabin-kielder-observatory-northumberland-u-k/c
2nd blog : http://migrationology.com
3rd blog : http://www.theadrenalist.com/adventure/gopro-let-me-take-you-to-the-mountain/
Second blog is about food in different places. “Food is the reason you should travel”. This way he is bringing diversity to travel blogs in which they just describe about places and put pictures up. He can write about two things food and travel experience. Which i think is pretty cool.
the 3rd blog give you POV video of different mountains he has been. That’s pretty cool because it make you feel that you are at the place. Which is the best way to get people’s attention is to make them feel that they’re part of something.
In this source Maria Konnikova discusses how typing destroys children’s ability to learn. She writes that when children’s learn to write by hand it activates 3 part of our brain that is crucial in child’s development. Children are able to learn quickly, generate ideas, and better retain information. Isn’t why we read and write to study in first place. She also points out that it is harmful for older people too. We’ve moved to digital world but i don’t think children should start using computers at very young age. This can be useful for my research paper because i’m writing on how blogging, twits and facebook posts have destroyed shattered people’s mind to write big papers and forgot about their vocabulary skills.