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Weekly Review

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:

4/8 Chipotle Focuses on Promoting High Quality of Fast Food
4/10 Microwaving Food
4/13 What Benefits does Organic Food Offer?
4/13 The Many Forms of a Oat


Weekly Review

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.

Review of Project

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:

3/26 What’s the Deal With Fat?

3/28 New Chips Ahoy Ads Appeal to Kids?

3/30 Eggs: Why the Yolk is Good and the Breakfast Sandwich Trend

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.


Weekly Review

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.

Weekly Review

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.

What’s in That Deli Meat, and is it Good For You?

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 hotdogcardiovascular 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.

processed-meatMore 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:

  • sodium
  • 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

Weekly Review

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.

All About Wikis

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:

  • collaboration
  • community
  • links

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

  • revisions
  • accurateness
  • reliability

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.

Weekly Review

Social media is always an interesting topic to me so Rettbergs Ch. 3 was a nice read.  I was especially interested in how we present ourselves online: personal branding.  Can you tell I’m into marketing?  While doing research for my post on the reading I came across a TED talk that caused me to think how the web affects our life in general, so I wrote a post – Everything Has Gone Digital –  as part of a spring board for my main post.Personal-Branding-met-Social-Media

For my topic on the reading I wrote on colliding networks, wasn’t quite as easy as I thought.  There are many articles on the web about how we should present ourselves online and what happens with work life and home life collide, but I didn’t really find anything on negotiating multiple audiences.  What ended up happening is I talked about how what we post online can affect us, which is kinda about colliding networks if you want to make a stretch. Branding Yourself for the Web.

I feel like I have been slacking on the comments lately.  This may be due to the fact that I think many of us decided to focus on our assignment and not post daily.  Regardless I need to step my game up.  Other than that this week went very well.

Oh and in case you haven’t done it yet see how much time you spend on Facebook.

Branding Yourself for the Web

A symptom of the web is that often two social networks that are meant to be separate collide.  As social media sites became more popular and attracted a variety of users, the social spheres of work, family, and friends collided.  People responded by taming down their profiles so they would be acceptable to all audiences.

Some sites allow you control the information you put out into the world through privacy settings, others like a blog do not.  Contrary to social media sites you do not have a specific group of friends that only you approve to see your content.  With a blog run through WordPress and similar services your work is out there for anyone to see.  This can cause some trouble depending on the type of content posted.  Old post don’t simply disappear.  “Most blogs automatically archive  posts as they get pushed off the front page by newer posts.”  Especially since digital documents stay around for a long time, if not forever, so it is not always as simple as hitting delete.  Rettberg said “while most of what we post on Facebook may seem harmless, we should consider that it could be used in other context”HEART-LURKER

With a blog you have an invisible audience.  A larger majority of readers are lurkers like me.  Lurkers rarely participating in social media conversation, but we are still consuming the media.  New research suggests there are 12 different social media personalities.

Since the audience that can view your content is anyone, you are forced to negotiate these audience and not post anything that would be too unacceptable to a network. Your online identity is extremely important.  One of the first places people go to find out more information is the web, and they are doing it increasingly more to find out information about people.  There is specific ways we present ourselves on the web. The term personal branding – the process in which we market ourselves to others – was coined once we realized that we needed to present ourselves positively to the rest of the world.  What people find can affect your professional life, personal, and university acceptance.

Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 5.20.40 PMI have repetitively been told how important that it is that my profile has strict privacy settings in-case my future employers.  What is posted today could impact your future.  People are checking on what you have been up to, Kaplan’s survey showed that colleges are increasingly using Facebook and Twitter to recruit, furthermore of those admissions officers who look up their applicants 353 percent discovered something about an applicant that negatively impacted their application — a 218 percent increase over the previous year.

Also authenticity is more commonplace.  Pseudo names to protect your personal identity aren’t attractive to readers, they want to know that there are connecting to a real person.  So it wont do you much good to make a blog under a fake name because somehow it will be traced back to you.  We tend to drop a few pieces of personal information in here and there.  Combined they complete a whole profile of who we are.  The different services we use always want to link to each other; connect through Facebook here and link to Twitter there.  I have noticed that what I do on my cellphone connects to what I do on my computer, and then to my Xbox.  If find this to be a bit weird, convenient in some ways I’m sure, but feels intrusive.  There will no longer be borders between your online self and your offline self, both will be equability representative of yourself to the rest of the world for better or for worst.

Maybe you should check your online identity and make sure nothing surprising pops up.