1. Showcase of my best blog questions/ comments
My Best Post: My Flag on the Moon
My Best Comment: Response to Anky’s Hackers of Pittsburgh
My Next Best Post: Back in the Good Ol’ Days
2. Reflection on my blog posts and writing about “making” online
The areas I wished to improve identified in My Midterm Blog Portfolio included developing deeper, more analytical questions in my posts and using the wealth of media that can be found on the web. After analyzing my selected posts, I feel that I have improved in both areas. In the post Back in the Good Ol’ Days, the question I pose about the effect that the Internet had on the Internet. This question requires more than a simple yes or no, to properly answer it one needs to analyze both how the Internet reduces workload, and how dependent people are on it. Also, in all of my posts after the Midterm Portfolio, I included at least a picture to either symbolize the major theme behind my post or to attract my peers into reading what I wrote.
On top of improving in the areas I set out to achieve, there are some things I believe I do well in general. For example, after reading my own posts I feel that my tone got across well.
In My Flag on the Moon, I believe my tone was filled with pride and excitement adding to the meaning I was trying to get across in my post. I believe tone has always been important, especially after analyzing James Fallows and feeling his tone “drip from the pages.”
An area still slacking in my blogging work is commenting on my peers’ posts. I find them to be a bit dry, like telling too much of a story and not enough analysis. If required to continue to blog, this would be my major point of concern. You (Dr. Vee) stressed at the beginning of the semester that the blog should flow, the comments on a post do not always have to linearly stem from the post. I did not do the best job of building on to the post, similar to how my writing was at the beginning of the year, very “linear” with no argument being built throughout.
After going on boingboing.net, I found a fitting post for this
assignment titled the Sunset of a Blog. The post focused on the end of a man’s blog, after the niche it once filled was no longer present. Glenn Fleishman’s blog was based on Wi-Fi hotspots, a new and exciting idea a short ten years ago. The creator of the blog wrote about how his blog once affected those involved in the computer industry. By being able to freely access his blog, people in the technology industry were influenced to continue to make. To give an example, Gizmodo– a well-known gadget site– was created after its makers read Fleishman’s blog and thought that they should do something like this, but with gadgets. It is this power of online communication– the power to quickly spawn new ideas– that fuels the maker community. I believe that the maker community is reliant on the online availability of ideas, to make new and innovative things
I believe my blog can be seen as an analogous to the work of a maker. Our class time discussions or assigned materials to read are the available, accessible, and common work makers rely on. In my blogs I attempted to put my own spin on the material, interpreting or looking at it from a different direction similar to how a maker will hack a old item to make a new one . Over time, I also learned how to effectively state my ideas online. In the beginning my posts were boring paragraphs, I simply did not know what I was doing. Here at the end of my blogging experience for this class, I feel that I have become a much better online communicator by utilizing different media sources and new writing styles.