• Process Posts

    Civil Conversations

    Today’s lecture was very eye opening. Just from the mere introduction and background story that Suzanne gave on David Weissman, I was beyond interested. It is not common to hear a republican switch their views, especially openly on social media, so, I was interested to see what he had to say. More specifically, I was interested to see how he bounced back from the abuse he received across platforms. Generally, “to the person targeted, it can feel like the perpetrator is everywhere: at home, in the office, on the bus, in the street” (Gardiner, Mansfield, Anderson, Holder, Louter & Ulmanu, 2016, para 27). The biggest takeaway from Weissman’s story is that…

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    The First Page of Google and Keywords

    Process Post #11 Today I want to talk about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Search Engine Optimization and how important the process is for websites to gain traction. As Hollingsworth (2013) explains “SEO is important for greater searchability and visibility” (para 1). As humans, we are “cognitive misers”, wanting to solve problems in the most simple and straightforward ways. We like to receive answers, good answers, at our fingertips. In fact, “a clear majority of the world that has access to the internet is visiting Google at least once a day to get information” (Hollingsworth, 2013, para 10). Therefore, when we organically search, we want all the best information to appear in front of our eyes. We don’t want to…

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    Digital Breadcrumbs

    Process Post #10 “Data helps inform and educate. But at what cost? What is your personal feeling about data trails? Do you try to minimize your footprint or have you thrown in the towel?“ Before this class, and our lecture from last week, I honestly hadn’t given data trails much thought. I knew they existed, but I don’t think I was aware of to what extent and how many platforms they can be left on. An immediate example I can think of is the daily clicking of “accept cookies” that I do, without even knowing what cookies are, or what I am accepting.  When thinking of the question “Do you…

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    Can You Tell What’s the Truth Anymore?

    Process Post #9 Toward the latter half of the lecture this week, Susan brought up many relevant and important points about advertisements and being transparent as a writer, content, creator, or what have you. At one point she raised the question “Are you linking because you endorse it and truly like it or because you want to make money?”. This immediately sparked interest in me, and I was quickly reminded of influencers that I stay up to date with that fall into both ends of this spectrum.  Although I have been only watching YouTube for maybe 10 years (or less), I feel as though I have seen many transitions between aesthetics of…

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    Biases, and Digital Literacy

    Process Post #8 This week, I have decided to explore the ideas of biases and digital literacy that were talked about in week 7. What stood out to me the most from lecture that inclined me to look and reflect deeper was the slide about “Three Particularly Impactful Biases” (Norman, 2021). I was also intrigued about confirmation bias, specifically MySide Bias, as something sparked within me when I heard Suzanne read out the question “Do you see in yourself what you so easily see in others?”.  With that said, I had a look at this article to find out a little more about what this bias entailed. Essentially, “Myside bias occurs when…

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    Following Up

    Process Post #7 I have made a few changes based on the peer review I received from Brianna Carniel. First off, she expressed that my website would look more cohesive if I removed “the exclamation marks around [my] About Me and Contact Me pages”. That said, I made those changes as well as removed the one in my Introduction category under my Home page. I agree with this critique of Brianna’s as it didn’t really make sense to only have it on a few menu items. With fresh eyes and an alternate opinion, I was able to see where I lacked cohesiveness (Pagé, 2021). Brianna also mentioned that it was “quite difficult” to find my social media and could only find…

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    My Audience

    Process Post #6 Chittenden (2010) expresses that “without having cues about who will view a post, an imagined audience provides a necessary way of envisioning who should be present” (p. 512). Therefore, at the beginning of my planning and designing process, when I created my vision board, I also imagined an audience that would be viewing the blog that I was about to create. That said, the audience I have been imagining for my blog has been people like me. I have thought or have wanted my content to reach out to females that are around my age group, such as young adults ranging from 17–25-year-olds. However, I am aware that…

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    Continuing the Process

    Process Post #5 Mauve Pagé’s (2021) lecture video was extremely informative and brilliant! There were many things she touched on that I never would have thought of. She also did a really fantastic job of keeping everything simple and concise, specifically helpful for a beginner web creator and designer – I guess that is her specialty. With that said, I was able to use her video as a checklist for my own blog. I realized that I had already implemented many of the things she mentioned, however, there were a few design practices that she analyzed that I could adjust on my end.  Firstly, I feel like I have done…

  • Fashion

    Jeans, Really?

    Blog Post #5: Do you ever wake up feeling like you need a boost of confidence in the morning? I feel you!   Picture this: You wake up exhausted, not feeling particularly cute. You have things to tackle on your to-do list like getting your nails done and picking up some items for tonight recipe. You want to leave the house with your bedhead and your lululemon’s because no one will care, right?  But it’s totally just as easy to slip on a pair of your favorites jeans and you’ll walk out feeling way better than you would have if you went with option one.  Or picture this: You’re in the…

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    The Last Hour of the Internet

    Process Post #4 “If you only had one hour left with the internet what would you do in that time?” When thinking about this question during lecture, I immediately thought about pictures.  I am definitely the type of person that loves to look at pictures as they always bring back the most vivid memories. I am constantly taking photos with my friends and significant other, specifically for the purpose of them to look at later down the road. I love looking at my mom’s photo albums from when she was a young adult, as well as the albums she made for me and brother. Some may say that you don’t…

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