Throughout the course of this class, I have noticed what I believe is a large improvement in my writing in general. When I look at the blog in particular, I can see the evolution of my public writing. I think my strengths have generally stayed the same since my reflection on the midterm. I try my best to pick relatable topics; I did not want my posts to just be class-related, but also wanted them to relate to my target audience i.e. the class. I think I’ve also successfully continued to utilize my skill of engaging language. I think that it makes readers believe there is a real person behind the posts, not just a college student who wants to get an assignment over with. I have also been lucky enough to have oddly specific things happen to me that ended up by being right on topic, like my talk with my friend about how TV has changed. My weaknesses are still more prevalent in my comments; I tend to not leave them as open-ended as my posts. My event-related posts are also noticeably less open-ended than all my other posts. I tend to think that just because they were there, that means I don’t have to head my readers into a certain direction, or elaborate on something more specific that happened. I think I have improved after my reflection on my weakness from the midterm portfolio. I have definitely been utilizing the internet in general more by linking Wikipedia articles and blogs and pictures, and I think that that strengthens my posts and makes them less boring. Comments in general still challenge me because for some reason I find them harder to write than posts, but I let my comments lack the elements which I improved on in my posts.
When I think about how my sense of making has developed, I like to look at two specific posts of mine. The first one, “The American Scholar and Making,” made me think about how making has evolved and how it isn’t really a new idea, but a Renaissance of those ideas. Also, it is just always a good idea to study the history of something to gain a better understanding of its present-day state. The second one, “HackPittsburgh,” made me think about making now, and what elements have made it evolve, as well as the future of making. In all, my sense of making has gained a greater depth from not only talking about what it means to be a maker, but also from a deeper understanding of all the ideas that have and are going into it. I don’t think that making so much depends on the ability to write in public spaces, but that it helps it to proliferate. As I saw from Thoreau, he did not have public writing ability even close to our degree due to the internet, but making was obviously still around. Looking at today though, you can see that this more accessibly public writing space has made the idea of making more universal to people.