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Weekly Review


This week went pretty well.  To start off I did four posts plus the one for class which I think has been my most active week so far. In order to post more regularly I have been planning my posts a day in advance, so that way once I finish one I can hop right onto the next.  I also have been checking news sources so see if there is any fun new information like 3D printed food or Subway that I can write about.  Additionally, I think I should add more categories.  One I will most likely add will be food marketing.  Spoiler I’m working on a post about Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl ad so stay tuned.

As far as assignments, the reading went well and I found the information to be decent.  But I wasn’t sure about one part of anotating. “Discuss them on your blog, create a diagram or map that collates the ideas, post a slide show or presentation on prezi.”  In order to gain some guidance I looked at what other classmates had been doing and all that I had seen had simply wrote blog posts about what they had found and linked to their sources.  So that’s what I did except I added pictures.  When I am browsing on a web checking out new blogs, if they don’t have pictures I immediately close the tab which is why it is important to me to include visuals in all of my posts.

For my post on the Retttberg reading I chose Shaping Disscussions on Blogs – Prompting Discussions. I knew of a few examples I could use for this post which was why I chose it.  Tweeting has been pretty slow.  I don’t often think to tweet about what I am working on unless I just posted.  Otherwise things are going well and I am reaching out to different readers by tagging a variety of topics.


Prompting Discussion

We are accustom to a society where we can tweet at our favorite online personalities, post comments on their videos or blogs, and get a response in a reasonable amount of time.  This type of communication is far beyond what anyone could have imagined when the written language first became popular.  The development of communication from oral to written is briefly touch on in Jill Walker Rettberg book Blogging.  Socrates is refereed to for his position for having been very much been against a written language.  One of the arguments that Plato wrote was about how a written work cannot defend its statements.  But, as technology evolves bloggers have been able to find more ways to connect to their followers.  The book touches on many forms of digital media and I will present how bloggers, both through traditional text and video prompt discussion.

A common theme I see bloggers do to create discussions on their blog is for them to prompt a question.  Generally at the end of a post the blogger asks the reader a question, by doing this they stimulate a discussion on their post as well as give readers a direction for their comment.  Blogger and youtuber, Elle Fowler does this in her blog.  She wrote a post about her goal of the week, asked if her readers accomplished their goal, and then readers comment on the post either answering the question or making statements about her post.  To go even further many bloggers try to respond to comments made on their post in order to stimulate discussions.   Priss & Vinegar does a great job at comment back on her posts.  By commenting back to people the blogger is able to go past their post and connect more intimately with their readers.


Casey Ho has some topic driven posts on Blogilates.  Her workout videos have become quite popular and there is even a community based on her fitness blog and members are called popsters.  This blog is a good example how posts can create discussion between users.  In the example images I am using Casey asked the popsters “Why did you start working out,” which is a way for her to control what the discussion will be about as well as given readers a reason to post a comment.

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My next example is not a blog per se but I felt the need to share how this channel connects with its viewers.  Rettbergs definition of a blog is a “frequently updated website consisting of dated entries arranged in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first”.  So according to this definition a YouTube channel is not much different than a text blog, youtubers simply produce their content through video.  Also some youtubers even have a written blog on the side because it can be easier to post more content more often.

A very interesting way that content producers connect with the people that watch their videos is Sourcefed.  Sourcefed uploads a few 3-5 minute videos a day about current events and then at the end of their video they ask their viewers to answer a question that relates to the topic of the video.  Then on the weekend they post a video called Comment Commentary where they go through the comments and pick out their favorite comments.  This is something different that I haven’t seen done by other content producers.  It shows how the producers realized how important the relationship is between subscribers and the content producers.

With these examples we see that a post simply acts as a prompt for discussion.  The topic of the post then inspires its readers to form their own opinions and post comments.  Those comments are then expanded on and can be commented on by the writer of the post creating a dialog, or by other readers as well.

Ups and Downs of Bootcamp

blogI have read blogs for the past few years, but en3177 has forced me to produce one myself.  Choosing a topic for a post is the first hurdle, sometimes it comes to me easy other times not so much.  I have gotten into a bad habit of posting every other day, oops.  Personally I like time to reflect on what I have written, look over it a few last final times, and then post.  It is very difficult for me to post just anything, that’s what twitter is for.  Even though I attempt to put such time into my posts, they haven’t gotten my posts to reach such lengths compared to some of my classmates. It’s not a competition but I would like to surpass at least 200 more often.  Though I’m not sure how to accomplish this besides more in-depth looking into topics and linking more.  A good place to start may be the the Daily Post, WordPress has daily and weekly challenges to produce content.  I think this would be a good way to connect with the community of WordPress as well as motivation to posts new and exciting things, daily.   Additionally I had anticipated that there would be more direction from the daybook, perhaps it’s the name, on topics that we would be posting on.  So far class posts included: RSS, Creative Commons, and intro.

I have had a twitter from way back in the day when it wasn’t cool yet and you would receive tweets in the form of text.  After googling how to find my first twee for at least 10 mins, apparently mine was “Wow i just spilled my spaghetti on the carpet floor, the sauce went everywhere. good thing half of it didnt fall so i can still eat something”.  See I’m a foodie at heart, even my first tweet was about food.  I don’t really have anything ever to tweet about.  I enjoy scrolling through other peoples tweet but writing them myself hasn’t been happening for the past few months in general let alone about class beyond linking to new posts.

Commenting on other peoples work has been alright so far.  It can be a struggle to read others people work about topics your not particularity interested in, but it is good challenge because it forces me to expand my horizons and learn about new things.