Final Blog Portfolio
My best post, Makers: An Admirable and Unparalleled Group, helps me to display me genuine awe for the special group of people who creatively innovate on a daily basis.
My best comment was in response to Anky’s post, “It’s the end of our first semester at Pitt already?”
My next best post is “The Hillman: Breeding Ground for Us Makers”.
After completing the midterm blog portfolio, I thought that blogging and online
communication were two activities in which my skill level had in many ways
plateaued. Sure, I had taken giant leaps and perhaps helped my peers better understand my arguments and ideas, but my feelings towards blogging after the midterm revolved around the notion that I could simply not overcome some of the inherent “holes” in my writing. However, upon analyzing my 3 best posts/comments, I have discovered the true extent of my development as a both an online communicator as well as a maker.
The three blogs that were categorized as my “best 3” all exhibit my triumph over the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that I had recognized upon completing my midterm blog portfolio. In general I seem to sound very politically astute in my writings, and am able to provide a personal touch various academic topics. Specifically, I discovered that my writings have been engineered in an anecdotal fashion, as I draw upon numerous personal events that help to substantiate my arguments and ideas. Since the midterm, I feel as though my online blogging skills improved in both style and clarity. As I analyzed my best 3 blogs I discovered that the major “hole” in my writing had been filled since the midterm. Weeks ago I was using unnecessarily large words in order to relay my thoughts, which in turn obscured my arguments and confused my readers. However, I now am able to still use rather eloquent verbiage in my writings while still being able to connect with my peers on a personal basis. Thus, understanding my writings as whole has certainly become simpler and less stressful.
Of course, there challenging issues with my writing that must still be surmounted. Although my message to readers has become clearer and more powerful, there still exist some fallacies in my organization and structure. I agree that blogging and writing in general consist of personal styles and tones, but I feel as though I consistently adhere to a strict plan when writing. As the year drives on, I must find a way to break out of this “high
school era” style of writing. The years to follow may brusquely erode my vocabulary skills and succinct ideas only to reveal a layer of rudimentary abilities that were elements of my past. Thus, I must fortify the skills that I have learned in these last 4 months in order to ensure that the strength of my writing does not wither away during the next 4 years.
My sense of making has in many ways been substantially affected by my blog posts as whole. Prior to our fieldtrips, I was simply ignorant of this very special and innovatively creative culture that simply “makes” for the betterment of society. Websites such as boingboing.net and instructables.com display the advents of making and how such a group of bright and inventive individuals have made everyday life easier. My blog as whole has helped me to discover the maker in me, as I too am able to apply a creative polish to my writings that was acquired through the teachings of our maker themed class. Writing in a public space truly helps to bring out the best in writers, as it reveals their true identities makers and bloggers. For me the ability to write with an underlying sense of freedom has truly helped me to exhibit my truly innovative personality to my peers and professors. Thus, I applaud the maker culture for providing me with an avenue to display such skills, and kudos to the advent of blogging for allotting me an online space where I can show the world all the knowledge Making/Hacking/Composing has lent me.