Archive for February, 2013

Academic Portfolio

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

In May of this year, I will finally be graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English for New Media with a Certificate in Digital Photography. In order to display my work for future employers, I have created an online portfolio using WordPress. Feel free to explore it by clicking on the link below!

My Online Academic Portfolio!

Review of Wikipedia

Posted: February 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

We are always searching for something whether it’s our “magically disappeared” keys, love, the next big fashion fad, and, as always, information. The World Wide Web has given society the gift of instantly finding what we’re looking for when it comes to the big questions, or smaller inquiries. Where does one turn to for straightforward, organized information that’s all in one place? A place that is peer reviewed and provides reliable sources at the bottom of the page? Welcome to the wonderful world of Wikipedia where all of this and more is offered to you, the user.

As I reminisce of my high school days, I remember my English instructor forbidding our class to use Wikipedia as a reliable source on any of our research or term papers, which I oddly wrote on depression and Johnny Cash. I cursed Wikipedia for being so convenient to use. I could not utilize its forbidden fruit to benefit my compositions. Upon arriving to college, the same rules on Wikipedia applied in my Composition courses. This was much to my expectation, but the user friendly and easy access qualities of the site called softly to me. It was just too good to be true.

Today, I mainly use Wikipedia to quickly find basic background information on a subject. I realize that scholarly articles and print materials are the most reliable sources to use when it comes to references, but Wikipedia has always been there for those last minute moments. I never edited or created a page for Wikipedia. I will leave that to the “experts.”

As always, toodles until next time!

YouTube: How I Broadcast Myself

Posted: February 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

For the past few years, YouTube has been my main source for audio and video alike. Whenever I wanted to view a new music video or hear a new song in general, I would migrate over to YouTube to do so. Even this past year, if I missed the Presidential debate and/or President’s speech, I would not fret as YouTube would save the day! If a friend was in need of a good laugh, I would find an Ace Ventura or Spongebob Squarepants clip to post on their Facebook page. Yes, even in college, I still search for Spongebob videos!

I never really had an interest in using YouTube as a way to post videos or anything like that until this past year. I realized that time was precious with family and friends, and wanted to keep those precious moments of my life in video format. The first video clips I posted were from a Skillet concert I attended at Lifelight this past fall. I made sure to give the band credit for their songs before posting. I then made videos using Windows Movie Maker of my family from two different weddings. I then posted these to YouTube as one humorous video for my family to view once I posted them to Facebook.  I also added a video of my younger brother dancing with his cross country team in my high school’s first ever dance off. I find that YouTube videos work much better than trying to upload videos using Facebook. My English for New Media video composed for my Foundations of New Media class is uploaded to my channel as well.

I also subscribe to several channels such as music groups I like, as well as singers who are not quite famous yet. YouTube finds videos related to items I have searched in order for me to find other clips I may enjoy watching. I enjoy this feature, especially while viewing clips of my favorite music groups.

Check out my channel if you wish here!

Toodles!

Twitter: A Rediscovered Medium

Posted: February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

In media today, it seems everything includes a hash tag something or other. I find it kind of infuriating that some use it on Facebook as it has no purpose, but media such as commercials also include hash tags to follow. As far as Twitter goes, I do have an account I built only for following purposes. What I mean by this is that I can follow favorite musicians, comedians, and actors as well as friends.

Lately, however, I have been exploring Twitter more so and have found numerous friends and connections to things such as writing prompts. I even discovered my seventeen year old brother uses Twitter more than I do! (Totally blew my mind considering his personality). During the past week, I have been trying to utilize Twitter by either posting and/or conversing with said brother and other friends as well. I definitely don’t use it as much as Facebook, but I am slowly, while dragging my feet slightly, becoming part of the Twitter world. Here is a screen shot of my profile below.

Twitter profile

So far, I have posted 17 tweets since I began and have 51 followers. I am currently following 98 people as well. These numbers may change, but these are approximate numbers. Here is a link to my profile:

https://twitter.com/Screams_Silence

That’s all for now folks! Toodles!

Blogging Discoveries

Posted: February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

In the world of blogging, there are always opportunities to not only connect with others, but also become inspired from others’ work. After diving into my classmates’ blogs, I must say I am surrounded by talent in my Foundations for New Media class. I also was surprised to discover that I share many ideals and what is considered to be “old” pieces of technology. I found that many share Sarah Sproul’s opinion about social media, specifically Facebook, from her English New Media Blog, “You don’t want to live through a computer screen.” As an English for New Media major, I do have an appreciation for social media and new tools to make the experience even more rewarding, but there is more to life than the glow of a computer screen upon one’s face all day long.

When it comes to design, I really appreciated Chelsea Kruse’s blog, Athena. The background design template features almost old world imagery, and darker colors. This is not only unique in that it is not bright colored and simple like most blogs, but it portrays English for New Media itself in that the old aspects mix with the new technology and social media characteristics of a blog.

Mary’s Life Outside the Woods  and Ashley’s A Study in New Media presents amusing animated images as well as creative compositions within their posts. Their style makes me take a closer look at my own writing!  Although I would love to mention every single one of my classmates’ blogs, I feel this discussion would be twice as long, if not longer than what I already have written. Well done peers of mine and keep on writing! Toodles!

What Makes a Blog, a Blog?

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s me again! Save your applause and tears of joy for later because I’m going to discuss some in depth aspects of blogging as well as present examples of other blogs today!  Relax and arrange yourself into a comfortable state and let’s get started!

This first example portrays the blogger’s art work as well as brief descriptions about each piece. The blogger does not include any advertising as some blogs do. This is perfectly alright as the blogger’s art is the main attraction for readers. The blog is clean, simple, and easy to use. The background is a light color which allows her to use black text. This makes the blog look friendly and inviting.

Another example of a blog that does not use advertising is 44 Interactive, which is an online marketing, web design, and web development company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Instead, the blog is used specifically for the company. The blogger is payed to blog about 44 Interactive and all sorts of categories within the company. Again, the blog is clean and organized and has a light background with dark text. The lime green accent colors really make the page pop, as well as represent the company by matching the logo.

The Madison Arts Council (MAAC) blog discusses events and other activities with art and culture within the Madison community. It is made through WordPress, my personal choice of blogging tool, which makes the blog look professional and neat. Neutral colors of black, grey and white were chosen for simplicity again. The blog only advertises other blog posts and its Facebook page. Basically, the blog advertises itself, something to keep in mind while blogging. Market yourself!

The fourth blog I examined was the Madville Times blog. The blog talks and comments about the issues in Madison and the surrounding area as well as South Dakota itself. Here there are many advertisements from the blog’s sponsors. There are many comments, both negative and positive, on the posts’ topics. Some of the topics are controversial, which invites more people to comment, whether they agree or disagree. This creates a discussion among the people who comment as well as the blogger, however negative or positive it may be. Sometimes controversial topics must be posted in order to receive some feedback.

What do you think about posting controversial issues on your blog? What about the use of advertisements? Blog design templates? Comment as you please! That’s all folks!

Super Bowl Highlights

Posted: February 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s that time of year again. The bitter cold of winter forcing us into the refuge of our homes, the grocery store is a nightmare of starving customers, frantically searching for their party needs, and a battle between two top football teams. Of course, there is the Puppy Bowl, where some retreat to escape this madness to watch balls of fluffy cuteness wrestle over stuffed toys and each other. I spent a good share of my day watching this, until the actual Super Bowl started that is.

The Super Bowl would not be complete, however, without the new commercials for the year. This is probably what I look forward to the most, besides the junk food that is! It is incredible, and on the verge of ridiculous, how much is spent on these thirty second short films. Here is a blog I found about the Super Bowl commercials from “The Atlantic Wire.” It displays video history as well as what others are saying about the commercials via Twitter. Check it out!

As for my choice of team, I decided to cheer for the underdogs as usual,  the Ravens. Even though I’m pleased that the 49ers beat my rival team, the Packers, I would still like to see the Ravens steal a win in this one. That’s all I have to say for now! Enjoy the Super Bowl, however you celebrate! Toodles!