• Posiel,  Process Posts

    Week 12 Process Post

    I have not received many comments on my website so far, and the ones I do have are from Ellen, Suzanne, and a few classmates. I would like to encourage active participation and discussion on my website, but I think that will not happen for a while because most of the people reading my blog right now are friends or family, and if they have any comments on my content, they will tell me in person or over text/social media. Once I expand my audience to people that I do not know, I believe and hope that I will receive more comments. In the meantime, I do think it is…

  • Posiel,  Process Posts

    Week 11 Process Post

    Currently, my only source of social media integration for my blog is the Instagram account I made for it. On that account, I have a link to my blog in the description, and most of my posts encourage viewers to go back to my blog to read my recent posts. It is going well so far, as I have amassed a fair amount of followers and my blog has gained viewers from Instagram, but I could definitely do better. I do not post on my Instagram as often as I should, as I sometimes go a week or two without posting anything, and this causes people to unfollow me or…

  • Posiel,  Process Posts

    Week 10 Process Post

    I picture my audience consisting mostly of girls between the ages of 18 and 25, as that is the demographic that I fall into, and although I do not post about female-centric things like clothes or makeup, I feel as if a female audience would be more interested in my blog, especially my contemplative essays. To my surprise, 54% of my audience is male, and the primary age group that my viewers fall into is 25-34, with 18-24 being the second most populated age group. I do find this surprising, as I have been trying to make posts that appeal to a female audience, but none of my posts are…

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    Week 9 Process Post

    To be honest, I have never really thought about data trails or minimizing my digital footprint. In fact, I do not think philosophically about the internet at all, or at least I did not until I took this class. Many of the readings we have completed have described the internet and social media as terrible things that control our minds and drain our individuality and creativity. The outlook, for the most part, is very bleak and depressing, and that is not how I want to think about the internet or anything. I try to remain upbeat despite everything that is going on in the world, as I find that if…

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    Week 8 Process Post

    Last week I installed Google AdSense so I can start monetizing my blog. So far, I have not had a great experience with it, and it took me several days to get ads to start showing on my website. To be fair, I am not very tech-savvy so the problem might be coming from my end, but I do think that AdSense could be made a little more user-friendly for people like me who have no experience with coding. I finally got ads to show up on my website, but I am still having problems. They are only showing up in the top half of my blog, and I am…

  • Posiel,  Process Posts

    Week 7 Process Post

    I recently received a peer review of my blog from one of my classmates, Mariah. She was very complimentary of my theme and design choices, which is reassuring as it tells me that I am doing something right and my design is attracting people. She only had a few pieces of constructive criticism to make my blog design even better. She suggested that I remove my Pub 101 posts from my homepage so that viewers will only see content from my blog section. I have actually wanted to do this for a while, as I have seen my classmates do it and thought it looked much nicer to have only…

  • Posiel,  Process Posts

    Week 6 Process Post

    Everyone has an ideal or imagined audience for their blog. I see my blog being appealing to girls between the ages of 18 and 25, and for that reason I have written posts and designed my blog to reflect this imagined audience. My posts so far have been a combination of personal essays and film/tv show reviews, which are things that I find interesting and would want to read about on a blog. I am essentially trying to write a blog that I would want to read in hopes that other girls around my age will want to read it as well. I am constantly writing down potential blog post…

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    Week 5 Process Post

    I do not have a large list of websites that I frequently visit, so I decided to analyze the online magazine Elite Daily, as I used to read their articles a lot in high school. Their homepage has a white background with one article’s title and featured picture taking up most of the screen, while the website name is at the top and a search bar and clickable sidebar are on each side. I do not find this design appealing, as it is very plain and does not attract me to the website. They could have made it more interesting with a featured slider, as it would add movement, or…

  • Posiel,  Process Posts

    Week 4 Process Post

    What would you do with your last hour of internet? My professor posed this question in class, and it is daunting. The entire class went silent as everyone deliberated. I personally felt terrified at the mere prospect of the internet no longer existing because it is such a big part of my life. When I thought about only having one hour left with it, I wondered if there would even be a point in doing something. Why would I watch one last episode on Netflix or go through my Instagram feed one last time when I would never have the opportunity to do those things again? From a realistic perspective,…

  • Posiel,  Process Posts

    Week 3 Process Post

    For class this week we read John Suler’s The Online Disinhibition Effect, which describes different types of online behaviours that cause people to feel more comfortable talking to others and sharing opinions from behind a screen. Two of these behaviours represent how I behave online. The first one is dissociative anonymity, in which people feel more comfortable opening up online because the people they interact with there do not know them in real life. In the offline world, I am quite shy and reserved, and do not feel comfortable being honest and open; however, when I speak to people online, I feel more confident because they do not know what…

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