My final portfolio!
I really didn't know anything about blogs when I first began this class. To be honest, I didn't even know that it was a blogging class until the first day. And I wasn't that excited about it. The only exposure that I had to blogs were the journals that some of my friends kept online, and I couldn't understand why anyone would want to post such personal things online. My initial reaction to blogging was a kind of confused one-I didn't really know what it really was and I wasn't sure if it was something that I wanted to participate in. But I had to do it, and the experience ended up being up being much more positive than I initially thought it was going to be.
A few good posts...
Despite the fact that My 4040 blog is amateur, there are some posts that I am proud of. These are posts that I feel reflect my personality and voice as a writer. I think that these posts are effective because they are personal...but not personal in that "wow, listen about how drunk I got last night..." kind of way I wanted to avoid at the beginning of the semester. I also considered a post to be better than average if it provoked comments from other class members.
I hate cell phones
This was one of my earlier posts, but for some reason I really like it. In this post, I was able to use something that really happened and by talking about it, show a real side of who I am. I was able to inject some of my personal ideas while also managing to keep the post light-hearted and humorous. It was also a post that other class members could relate to.
I had an extremely panic-filled moment today...
This was another post that I thought that other class members could relate to. It is another example of how I can really let my personality shine through when I write about the thing that is really on my mind at the time. To me, this is a post that I can look back on in twenty years and be able to see who I was in that moment. It is good example of my voice; I was able to express myself in the way I would if I was simply talking to a friend. In my mind, the best writing is when it is natural and honest.
This post is probably my favorite. Although it didn't get a huge number of comments, it got a positive reaction from Donna, which of course made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Also, I was writing about something I cared about, so I put more thought into the post...which usually leads to a better final product. I was able to show another little piece of myself and put an important memory out in the open.
Very bad posts...
Well, maybe not very bad...but these are definitely the posts that I would consider my weakest. I categorized these as "bad" because there were the posts that I put the least feeling into. They're kind of boring, and I don't think that my true personality shines through. They feel kind of forced, like I was just writing to get it over with. Which obviously doesn't lead to a quality product. Plus, there are no pictures or links, which is pretty lame.
Blast from the Past This post is just really boring to me. I could have said so much more about what happened, or made more connections to the subject matter that I was writing about. The topic is something that everyone can relate to, but I was unsuccessful in making it a worthwhile read.
This is basically one of those "I don't have anything to write about today" posts. I think I had the opportunity to make it like the cell phone post, but it was too blah. I could have talked about so many other things in relation to television. So again, this could have been a good topic, but the execution ruined it.
Boooorrring. I could have gone into more depth about my family, about the stigma relating to spring break, about being at home...basically I could have spiced up this post a lot more. And there could have been a opportunity for pictures, but obviously there are none, so that's no good.
Becoming a part of the blogosphere
We talked a lot about blogs as a community, and I think that it is a great tool for communication. I've realized that blogging is a effective way to find meaningful connections with other people. I was able to actively participate in this community by commenting on other people's blogs, and here are some of my comments.
Here's a comment I made on J L's post about underage drinking. I think in this comment I was able to show my opinion in a thought-out way and get my point across. It was a good discussion topic, and something that many people our age talk about. I almost wish that I had used this topic to create an entirely new post.
Here is a comment I made about hannel's post holy roller novocaine. This is an example of how blogs can connect people. I may not personally know hannel, but I can still create a meaningful connection with her about a similar thought that we both have.
It feels like we've only just begun...
I can hardly believe that the semester is almost over and that this class is over. I feel like I could have been a better blogger and more involved in the blogosphere, but I still feel like I've learned so much. I've learned :
1) what a blog is. Not that there is any one solid definition. There shouldn't be. My narrow perception of what a blog is has truly been changed by this class. As cheesy as this may sound, I have a a newfound respect for blogging.
2) How to be a better writer and how to relate to readers. I was able to see what kind of writing got a reaction. By putting yourself and your work out there, as scary as that might seem, you learn so much about what works and what doesn't. And being in the practice of writing several times a week helps form the writer's voice.
So it's the end, and I guess the big question is if I will continue to blog. I think the answer is yes. I have never been the kind of person to keep a diary or journal; I've tried many times and I always end up abandoning it. But I think this is different, and I think blogging will always be a great tool in my life. It not only lets me get my thoughts and feelings out, but it lets me connect with others. I feel like blogging has somewhat become a part of my life, even if I don't write everyday I have become a "lurker" of other blogs, such as waiter rant. I hope to continue blogging, and I hope to continue reading all of the blogs of my classmates.
And that's the end folks!