Blogs, writing about them is easy, creating, maintaining, and aggregating them is even harder. After a long, fruitful road, blogs have become a fren-emeny. Now that bend is turning straight, the end is seen. We have only one thing left to do the project recap.
My focus for my blog was tips, strategies, and acquired knowledge that I gain through experience in my freshman year of school through stories and experience. I would create a handbook for high school seniors that are planning to go to college with the goal that they will learn from my experience, or gain an idea of how to work through certain situations. I wanted to give experiences focusing on semester one for the first part, then on semester 2 for the second part of the 5 weeks.
What actually happened was very similar to my proposal. I had tips and stories that reinforced my tips. As I started I generated better ideas the further I went. Once I got to the end of semester one, I started make more generalized tips, focusing more on things I learned throughout my year, rather than in order. But otherwise I followed what I wanted to write about in the beginning.
When I started I was lack for ideas. The more I went, the more ideas I got, the better my posts became. I eventually came up with a usual outline to my posts; I like organization and routine, it keeps me remembering certain topics. This definitely helped me write and generate helpful advice. Once I got over the hump of the 5 weeks this is were things started to change. Here is where I started spewing out different tips that I came up with. I felt the need to give more insight rather than follow the semester guidelines even if I did bring it back into it.
A couple of times throughout my postings, I had forgotten notes. Starting over, I would have made a sound week by week, this is what I am going to post, changing my ideas later if I felt the need. I would have rather done this instead of going in blind on some posts. What I did find was that actual posting helped me get the feel that I wanted for this blog. I did not know how I wanted each post to be like, but what I wanted was simple rules or tips that one could easily read. I did not want long posts because personally I hate long posts, I do not like reading them because they seem like they take too much time.
Specific things I would like to change next time around:
- Have a way to have certain ideas together and categorize them according to topic. That way the reader would be able to pick what they want to read and not have to scroll through the whole postings to find what they want.
- More input from others. By having this, I could get more perspective on certain subjects that would help me make more solid arguments and tips.
- I found it interesting how I changed as I went. I would change how I started the blog. I like how strong it was in the middle. I want that for the rest of the blog. I liked the bullets and the numbering. This was simple to use, and easy to read. It helped the reader easily read what is happening and go on their merry way, hopefully changed by my fantastic words of wisdom.
I touched a lot on some of the things I noticed and what I would like to change in my weekly reflections, especially in the last reflection.
- Being that I saw this first hand to some extent, I still get a kick out of it. Relationships on the floor
- I cannot tel you why I like this post, but it got a lot of buzz with the star box! Money tips
- One of the first posts, I think this is where my ideas started to really generate. Be active!
Let’s Try These again:
- This topic I kind of already covered, so I could have added it to that post. Clubs and be active. ** I like the first active post and dislike the second one… interesting.
- This one felt pushed because I needed to meet a deadline. Who really cares anyway…
What I wish I could have seen more of is who is reading my blog. Seeing who was interested in this topic would have either changed or solidified my belief that the garnered audience that I wished would be better on a blog. That way I would know for future endeavors with this topic where the best spot to publish it would be.
A last thing is something that I would have liked to known before I started is the amount of work that goes into these. First is the planning, then the decision making with what to post and how to post, then it is the actual making the post. Blogs are deceiving little things that say “look at me, I’m easy… SUCKER!” I was deceived by the allure of blogs, I will be putting this in a letter to my past self.
En3177 has been an experience for me. I learned a ton about blogs , what they are all about, and even the power of micro blogs. Blogs are powerful things. It’s amazing that I had not noticed their power before. Although this road was difficult, I am happy with what I learned. SO for now, Later… and PEACE & BLESSINGS!