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This class was the first one I’ve had to take that has required the students to write blog posts each week. We’re not only writing for our classmates and professor but for everyone on the web as well. I think this has improved my skills as a writer because this is the first time I’ve had to write for a wider audience than just my professors and classmates. I think writing in blogs gives you the opportunity to show more of your personality in your writing than you would for a normal assignment that only your professor would read. I think I’ve always shown my voice through my writing. One example of this is for the DH project evaluation paper. I chose to examine the September 11th Digital Archive site. For this paper we got put in groups and had to edit and proofread our group members papers. I remember one comment from one of my group members said that he liked the way I let my voice show through my writing. I think in some ways this is effective, especially writing in blogs, because it allows the reader to connect with the writer on a deeper level than a more formal assignment.

I think blogging is more relaxing to write than a paper that is for your professor. Even though my professor, classmates, and other web users read what I posted, I think blogging is more personal; it takes some of the pressure off. Blogging has changed the way I write because I feel more comfortable to sound more like myself in my writing and let more of my voice show through. I think professor Pignetti did a good job at allowing this because of the open posts we had to do each week along with our other post that was about a specific topic. The open posts could be about anything related to our course goals and I really enjoyed seeing what everyone else posted each week. I think for the open posts everyone let their voice shine through in their writing and I think this makes the blog seem a little more inviting. Another thing I liked was that professor Pignetti would also do blog posts and would comment on our posts. In her posts and comments, and even teaching in class, she would talk to us in a casual tone and I think this also helped put everything at ease. Writing in the blog didn’t seem like an assignment sometimes because I usually always enjoyed what I had to write about and share with others for the open posts. And since our professor would do blog posts too that also helped make it seem like it wasn’t an assignment sometimes.

This link takes you to my very first blog post for this class. I couldn’t tell you what the assignment was about but I think this is a good example of sounding more personal in your writing. One thing that I would change now that I have reread it is in the last paragraph I talk about how I like Bobley’s definition of Digital Humanities. I wish I would’ve said what that definition was and explained why I liked it because now that I’ve reread it I don’t remember what his definition was. For most of the blog posts I just wrote it on the spot, read over it once for any spelling and grammar errors and then posted it. Normally I would write something, let it sit for a few days and then go back to it and make changes. I think writing for blogs forces you to be better at writing on the spot and writing something good the first time. Blogging is definitely good practice for that. For my editing class I think about how my professor was telling me how reporters would sometimes have to write stories and they would get proofread once and get sent out to the press. I always wondered how they could write something so good so fast and get mostly everything right the first time. Now that I have a little blogging experience under my belt I’m not too intimidated by writing something on the spot and still feeling confident about it.


This is a website I found that shows the top 7 digital humanities projects. These kind of relate to the project that we just did, some even look a little familiar but I wasn’t sure if anyone picked those websites or not. It’s interesting to look around and see what we could possibly be doing with this concentration!


<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/brookerl1369/911-digital-archive-presentation&#8221; title=”911 Digital Archive Presentation” target=”_blank”>911 Digital Archive Presentation</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/brookerl1369&#8243; target=”_blank”>brookerl1369</a></strong> </div>

For this project I decided to evaluate the September 11th Digital Archive. I chose to do this one because one of my friends was just in New York and she told me she went to the 9/11 memorial and was telling me all about it. I was interested to see if this website was anything similar to the memorial she went to. One of the things I really like about the website is that it’s easy to navigate and the layout and design is very simple. It’s easy for anyone of any age group to look around. Reading the stories was very interesting. Most were stories about what the person was doing when the attacks were happening; they weren’t actually there. Even though most people can relate to those stories I think it would be really interesting for there to be more stories shared by people who were actually there when the attacks were happening. One of the things I didn’t like about the site is if you want to view a video you have to download the original media first instead of being able to view it on the website.

One of the other websites that caught my attention was the Speech Accent Archive that Lucie explored. I think it’d be really cool to just play around on the website and see what all the different accents sound like. I like how current the website is and that anyone around the world can make an account and record themselves reading the provided paragraph and put it on the website.


Below is an image a saw on Facebook yesterday. I’m not sure where the person who posted it found it but it’s showing other countries and who they would vote for. I thought this was interesting because I had no idea that other countries really paid attention to the election going on here. It’s interesting to see who they were rooting for.


Here is a link I found talking about how social media played a role in the 2012 election. It talks about posting pictures of the lines, ballads, and the “I voted” stickers everyone received. I thought it was funny that some people put the sticker on their dogs, I wish I had seen some of those pictures! It also mentions that after Obama won he posted a tweet saying “Four more years.” The post was retweeted more that 225,000 times making it the most popular tweet of all time. Personally, I saw that #voteobama was trending all day on Twitter. Obama was also posting a lot of tweets about the election throughout the day, I even saw bursts of tweets where he would post every minute. I wasn’t watching the election on TV but I was on Twitter and Facebook the whole time. Every post I saw was about the election and some people were even arguing over Facebook about it. I saw the picture below posted on Twitter and I thought it was really funny. Definitely one of my favorites haha!


Tweet, Tweet, Retweet: Conversational Aspects of Retweeting on Twitter is a paper by danah boyd, Scott Golder, and Gilad Lotan.  This paper examines retweeting on Twitter. Retweeting doesn’t really seem as popular has using hashtags or @user in your tweets. Since Twitter only allows 140 characters for a tweet, it’s sometimes hard to retweet someone. This paper was published in 2010, so the codes for retweeting have changed. This paper mentions that a retweet looks like this: “RT @user: message.” This raises the problem of possibly having to shorten or delete words when you retweet someone. There’s a term called “disemvoweling,” which means that you can delete some of the vowels in the tweet to shorten it but you are still able to have the same message or idea that the original user tweeted. On danah boyd’s Twitter she asked her followers what some rules of the rules are for retweeting. One user said, “Tweets of 130+ characters are too long to be retweeted.”  Another user said, “You can change whatever seems to not alter the original content.” And finally, some other users agreed that you can delete words that are unnecessary or too wordy or you can shorten words as long as they are “text message style.” On danah’s Twitter, she also asked her followers why and what they retweet. She found that people retweet to gain followers, to promote a cause, to entertain a specific audience, or to start a conversation. They’re retweeting things like time-sensitive material, breaking news, or anything that is fun and entertaining.

I haven’t been using Twitter for very long but I can tell you that things have probably changed over the past two years. Whenever I see one of my followers retweet someone it shows up on my feed like everyone else’s tweets do except at the bottom in small font it says “retweeted by @user.” This is nice because you no longer have to worry about going over that 140 character limit when you retweet someone.


Haha! I think this is funny. Nothing’s “official” until it’s put on a social media site.