thoughts + ideas

– week one reflection –

reflection

This week is coming to a close and to be honest, this has probably been the most stressful week out of the entirety of my college career.  I do not mean it in a bad way, however because of the amount of posts and assignments that need to be done, planning and scheduling has become my best friend.  This week was so fast-paced and full, I was honestly worried about whether I was completing the assignments appropriately.  Were my posts long enough?  Are my photos okay?  And so on.  I had to keep reminding myself that the first week is where you learn what the professor prefers, so while I hope I did well and think I did an okay job, I want to see what you say and move forward over the next four weeks with that.

There were a couple things that initially gave me trouble.  First off, let me tell you how much I dislike how WordPress uses Gravatar.  I have been using WordPress for over 5 years now and I avoid changing my Gravatar profile as much as possible.  I had troubles with it in 2012 and I had a couple days of trouble this time.  After doing some research though, I was able to finally customize it and upload a profile photo.  I also had trouble with the two photography posts this week.  The assignments were not hard themselves, but uploading the photos into WordPress was proving difficult as the files were too big and my internet at home is…for lack of a better word, crap.  I ended up just sizing them down using my editing website and uploading them as smaller files.

The posts I enjoyed most were the visual assignment “you in collage form” and the first daily create I did with the picture of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.  I had originally wanted to do the collage assignment with actual supplies and take pictures of my progress.  Unfortunately, this week was incredibly busy with appointments and helping a friend move in to her apartment.  While I am upset with the lack of DIY in my life, I was still so happy with how the collage turned out via editing.  With the daily create, I used my mom while growing up as inspiration and I cannot tell you how often I heard “we’re leaving in a few” and ended up leaving 2-3 hours later.  Thank God I got my driver’s license after all those years, because I have not heard that phrase in 7 years.

Overall, I think I learned a lot about pacing myself and properly scheduling posts throughout the week.  I have surely learned more about about taking better photos and telling a story through them.  I plan on using this information greatly as I continue on with blogging.  I have also figured out how to use sites such as Soundcloud and Flickr for the first time.  I do not know if there is anything I would do differently this week and it feels so much like a trial run since it is the first week and I don’t have any questions that I can immediately think of.  In terms of cultural or social implications, I am not too sure if I have any.  I tried to keep my content relatable, however certain subjects such as Japanese virtual idols may have proved to be a little on the weird side.  Other than that, I am stumped on that subject.

– THIS WEEK’S POSTS –

Tuesday:
– the introduction –
oh, mother – the daily create –
whom ever smelt it – visual assignment –

Wednesday:
a lovely bike – the daily create –
now kiss – visual assignment –
– photo safari –

Thursday:
i tried…? – the daily create –
a collage – visual assignment –

Friday:
トランプ…?- visual assignment –
blogger goals – photography tips –

Overall, I feel that I thoroughly enjoy digital storytelling regardless of the amount of work and editing. I want to better myself as a blogger and website owner and this is allowing me to grow which I greatly appreciate. It does require a lot of time and effort, but that’s what comes with a five week class and an incredible curriculum. What were your thoughts on the first week? Did you have any troubles and what not? Leave a comment down below…no judgements here.

Anyways, that’s it ya’ll. Let’s get ready for week two!!

Taylor

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