Each day in my Digital Humanities class I have been blogging about information being given on the Internet. Whether the information has been professionally put together, like through Manifestos, or more informally written like Twitter Tweets, it has all been relevant to my goals. I have always though of myself as a good creative writer, but never a good structural writer. I wish to improve on my online writing skills because I discovered that I have a lot to improve on when it comes to blogging.
I will admit that some of my blog posts had very little thought put into them, however that was not the case with most of them. Unfortunately, no matter how much thought I put into my blog posts they never seem to come out how I want them to. I have yet to fully improve on explaining my ideas on a subject. I would like to practice writing out my thoughts before hand, then making sure I get my point across before posting something.
I also discovered that I have troubles with discovering good sources. When I look for a Blog topic I never quite find that golden story or picture. In order to be a successful blogger, or writer of any sort, there needs to be a good supporting subject. I’m sure that if I found a more interesting story, or picture, my blogs would have been much more interesting, and easier to write. This also affects my essay writing skills. I have never been good at finding reliable, useful sources, in order to back up what I am trying to say.
I recently looked through all of my blog posts and discovered one that I truly put all my thought and effort into, and tried the hardest on. It was my very first blog post. With a sort of irony, my most thought went into my first and last post for Digital Humanities class. When it all comes down to it, I work my hardest when I need to write about myself. I know more about myself than any other topic, making writing about me the easiest thing to write about.
In conclusion, I need to improve on some very important parts of writing. Without putting more thought into what I write, I will never have clear thoughts on paper. Once I start putting more thought into my writings, I need to learn how to explain exactly what I mean. After I have mastered these techniques, next will be finding more scholarly sources, and searching farther than the first thing I see on a Google search. I have tons to improve on when it comes to my writing, but I have learned plenty of new skills that I can improve on.
Our course goals will soon lead to me creating my own digital humanities project. I was, and still actually am pretty nervous about it, but at least now I have an idea on how to go about it. If I would have just went for it i would have been totally lost, but now I have notes from other projects on the do’s and don’t of creating an interactive website.
After sitting through all of the presentations and taking notes I had an epiphany. I still do not know how to put it in words, but I am almost certain I know what digital humanities in now. Seeing all of the information and how people put it online gave me an idea on what I am getting myself into with this Digital Humanities stuff. I also learned a lot of information on history and art. It was pretty cool exploring the sites and learning new things in interactive ways. My favorite project was the Speech Accent Archive. It was fun to be able to hear people speaking from all over the world, but also interesting to hear how different people that live in the same country as me can sound. I felt as though I did a good job discovering what can be done on the valley of the shadow website, there was a lot of hidden things I didn’t even find until I was almost done making the PowerPoint. I also felt as though I explained what the site is, pretty decently. I could have improved on quite a bit though, the main thing was getting more images of the site, so people could see exactly what I was talking about instead of me trying to explain it.
I read the article, “Is it Really About Me? Message Content in Social Awareness Streams” by Mor Naaman, Jeffrey Boase, Chih-Hui Lai. In this article, I read about the idea’s that people who have the social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and regularly use it to update their lives to their “friends” who they may or may not know in the real world. The article states how people are able to update their status to certain people and set privacy settings, but by default on both Facebook and Twitter it is to every single person out their who wishes to view it. People who are unaware of this will just update it and not think anything of it, even if the person who it was about is their “friend”.
The article goes on to talk about how the authors used coding and how they were able to depict user’s updates and whom the updates were shown to. The article says how the authors wanted to, “identify different types of user activity, specifically focusing on message content and its relationship to patterns of use.” I think that it would be cool to see who I post to the most, as well as who I message the most.