I felt very good about the project two weeks about, but last week was kinda tough. I was determined to post four times, which I did so that’s a win. For some odd reason last week was just off for me. I pushed through by posting drafts so that I was always posting things, and then go back to them to later and expand the post. What gave me the most trouble this week was that I just couldn’t sit and write. Additionally I didn’t feel invested in the topics I was writing about which probably was the source of my issues. What I would do differently would be work on the post in shorter segments of time, and give myself time to reflect on what I’ve written before adding more to it and posting. Post this past week include:
This week went really well. In order to make things easier on myself I have been compiling a list of topics on my phone whenever I have ideas for future posts. This has been working pretty well and I have avoided that awful moment when you need to write a post but have no inspiration for a topic. The posts I did this past week consist of:
4/06 Coconut Water Wha’ts So Good About It?
4/05 Nuts, Far More Than a Tasty Snack
4/03 Smell has a Major Impact on Taste and Our Purchase
4/02 Drinking Your Calories Absentmindedly Leads to Weight Gain
Considering my experience in writing posts such as these I feel very proud of the posts I have created during this project. I tend to write these as if I were writing and article. I look at multiple sources, preferably ones from within a year, analyze the information and bring it all together in my own way. For one post it takes me at least a few hours and based on that I think I’m doing good work and I pleased with the end product.
This past week there wasn’t any new advertisements to make posts about. In order to find recent topics about advertising I have been using ad-week as my main news provider. Ad-week is nice because they have this handy dandy food & beverage section. Other advertising/marketing magazines I have looked into so far just don’t have the type of content I’m looking for. So the only trouble I have come across is that sometimes there just isn’t any pop news about new ads.
Additionally I have learned that I need to make an effort to present all sides of the story, like with the coconut water story. I shouldn’t just dismiss it as a product because no health benefits has been verified, it still is beneficial for hydrating and if someone likes the taste it is a great alternative to other sugar sweetened beverages.
I will continue to move forward in a similar manner with my posts. Maybe I will try to do a post from one of my categories that isn’t used as much to add variety to my blog.
For my project I decided to continue blogging about food, nutrition, and marketing of food products. My goal is for this blog to be informative and to inspire others to make healthy decisions and become more knowledgeable about the products they consume. So far I did two posts about nutrition and one on marketing:
I enjoy doing research on the nutrition topics.
I enjoy the marketing posts the most because I can use my knowledge of consumer behavior, which fascinates me, to analyze how marketers are advertising their products. Through my posts I would explain what they are trying to accomplish through their advertisements and how they manipulate our minds. The trouble with marketing posts is that I would like to do them on recent ads and I can not assume that there will always be new sources of content in a timely manner. However, I could do some research articles about the practices of advertising.
The trouble that I ran into was that I am really trying to push myself to write posts that are at-least 750 words. In order to do this I look at multiple articles and try to fully cover each topic as much as I can. The marketing posts will be relatively short and I will use them stay active on my blog while working on the longer posts on the side.
The world of wikis. I feel like there is still so much about wiki culture that I haven’t learned. Like why would someone work in thread mode instead of document? Someone please clue me in, still a little hazy about the double lines. For our assignment I added content to Social Determinism and Digital Culture Divide. Luckily for me I had already started working on social determinism so this week I was able to expand on it. I’m very intrigued by the theories of whether we shape technology or technology shapes us. This week I focused on learning about determinism and social theories.
Side note, since I’m attempting to move up in the world and get a job after graduation I decided to include my blog on my resume, particularly since I’m a Marketing Communications major and we’re all about web. On my blog I created a special online portfolio tab which I found to be very easy to do and useful.
This week I started contributing to wikis, or doing what I thought was contributing to wikis. I’m not quite exactly sure what it means to contribute to a wikis. So far what I have been doing is looking at information on such topic and then writing a summary in my own view. Basically like writing a mini paper. I’ve been working on this page.
I’m looking forward to learning more about wikis. So far I haven’t felt like I’ve been able to gain much insight because I was down in the cities during class last week at a career fair, yay future, gah. Class tomorrow I’m sure will be insightful.
Research has shown a links between processed meat consumption and premature death. This particular researcher found a link between processed meat consumption and increased chance of early death, especially from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Deli meats are been under critique of whether their good or bad for quite awhile.
So what is processed meats? Generally anything that is cut and then ground. The term typically refers to meats (usually red meats) preserved by smoking, curing, salting or adding preservatives. Ham, bacon, pastrami, salami and bologna are processed meats. As well as sausages, hot dogs, bratwursts and frankfurters. Few studies have defined processed meat to include turkey and chicken slices.
More research is necessary before any conclusion can be made on whether processed meat is safe because their is a variety of aspects like the smoking process in smoked meats, the salt, and the fat. In the mean time be more cautious about the amount of processed meat you consume and try switching it out for white meat that you slice yourself.
Become more knowledgeable about what your putting on your sandwich. The main three things you need to watch out for are:
- nitrates (jury is still kinda out about these, nitrates can react with amines that occur in some types of food which then form carcinogens. But otherwise nitrates are generally harmless to your body)
- saturated fat
I am comfortable saying I have the concept for wikis down and how they are beneficial. The video was the most helpful in explaining the processes of a wiki. Wikis aren’t very good at describe themselves because it is in their nature to link to many other things, so there is usually not one page that covers everything you need to know. All About Wikis
As far as actually working with a wiki I think that there is a lot to learn. Like many things it has its own little world and I will have to learn the new lingo and practices of things. The best way to learn this is to immerse yourself, so I will learn as I start to contribute to wikis this upcoming week.
It’s been kinda sad not writing posts as often. I thoroughly enjoy writing on the topics that I have and there has been some ideas for new posts but because it is no longer an assignment, they fall to waste-side and other priorities move up the list. Perhaps I should look into posting twice a week or something in-order to stay connected with my blog.
The name “Wiki” was inspired by the Hawaiian word wiki or wiki-wiki, which means “quick” and is often used as a term for taxis and airport shuttles.
What makes wikis work:
Wikis at their core are all about a collaborative movement to provide information on topics that can be viewed and edited by anyone who visits the wiki.
“A wiki is nothing but a collection of Web pages interconnected with each other through internal links” – How Wikis Work.
The openness of wikis turns many people off from them. They think the web is a big bad place where people will mess with the text of your wikis and edit it negatively but this isn’t necessarily true. When learning about wikis I thought of how much simpler a wiki would be for communicating with classmates rather than a Facebook obnoxious message. Out of all the web pages in the world, I doubt any trollers would go out of their way to mess with some college kids wiki about their next class assignment.
Does a wikis possibility of being altered make it unreliable? Well not necessarily. The key thing that makes a wiki work is its community. Contributors to a page can use tools to in a way moderate pages for vandals, dummies, and spammers. The community, the web sites regular visitors, work collaboratively to edit pages and create well-written articles.
“Changes to a wiki will with be accepted, altered, or rejected by the community. In that way, pages on Wikipedia are expanding and changing all the time.” Wikis Wikis work because of the community of people who contribute to it and make it successful.
Why they don’t work
Not everyone is a expert in a topic, even though they think they are and these people could revise text and make it incorrect. But this is a double egged sword, just as someone could change the information to make it wrong other community members can make the information accurate. Or at least we think it is accurate, there is no actual stamp of approval on a wiki that insures us that the information is reliable.
Working with wikis
For my future work with wikis I found these Wiki Social Norms to be helpful. Always be respectful. I’m best at learning hands on so once we start contribute to wikis I will become more informed about thread mode and document mode.