I started this course only knowing the basics of blogging. But throughout the course and through my own research in other classes I learned a ton about blogging, outside of Tumblr, such as its use in acedemics and as a platform for Self representation. In the beginning of this project, I set out to cover current events and politics. I covered a couple great topic areas such as gun control and President Trump’s proclivity towards lying (also here), while
hopefully presenting a casual and unabashed tone. I even tried to be helpful and humour during the holiday season, something I really found enjoyful to write. This blog was also nice because it lets me practice writing for a non-academic audience.
One thing I needed to include was pictures. When I did my studio tours one of the things I noticed was everyones pictures. Like when I reveiwed Kendra’s Blog. Her walls of text were broken up by pictures for her weekly recipes. That would have been good for my walls of text, especially since they discuss politics and most people detest reading about politics.
This really helped me in my professional life, because it was the first time I created a website for public consumption. If there is one thing I learned this past year of studying political communication it is this:
Social media, including blogging sites, is an increasinly importan avenue for political communication. Not for just advertising candidates or sending a message, because its a great avenue for political discussion.
Blogging like this has taught me some things that would help me run political candidates online campaign. Something I believe is crucially important because it increases young peoples political efficacy through discussion and personal participation. It’s effects are non-partisan with unreliable success, but I believe it can be beneficial to our democracy.
However I only posted a few things, falling well short of my contract. The posts I did manage to get out I believe were presented professionally and entertained some people through comments, but I should have many more by this point. It was hard for me to write content I wanted to this semester because I had so much to write in my other 5 classes as well as my independent study. Weekly I was pumping out so many pages, even writing for fun was exceptionally draining.
The sporatic nature of my writings, instead of updating on a regular basis, probably lead to my low viewership. I blame my lack of structure but also can be because of my super packed schedule. I haven’t been the most organized person in my life, but I’m improving thanks to this class
and writing 3 research papers with over 50 sources. However my failure to fully fulfill the contract I set out on indicates I still have a little ways to go.
I hope that this blog, if I continue it after this class or not, would help other younger people’s political efficacy because it offers debate in comments and gives people a semianonymous way to engage in politics online. Even today when I finish this evaluation I continue to write another final paper on US history and 2 more on Guatemalan revolution and FDR respectivley. I love writting it’s one of the things I believe I do well, but this intense workload has me worried about my future. Hopefully once my life settles down a bit, I can handle a similar workload, otherwise I have no clue how I’m going to finish graduate school.
If I were to do this project again, I would give myself more structure to work in. Possibly giving myself strict posting deadlines. I do hope to continue posting on this blog (hopefully every sunday, if I had to give myself a hard deadline). In the end I don’t believe I deserve full credit for this project, insetad I fell somewhere below a B from my proposal. I really enjoyed this class
and meeting the professor my girlfriend would not shut up about. As I stated previously, This class really helped me understand a possible aspect of my professional life and for that, I am super grateful. Even if I don’t get an A in this course I really enjoyed it and have already recommended it to my freshman and junior classmates.