Late 2014 was the time I was introduced to a new world. Not a world we live in, not a Utopian society like in movies, but something bigger.. The Blogging World, the Blogging Experience, the Global Conversation. This blogging experience that was so new to me was honestly intimidating at first. A lot of the time, it felt like a school project to me, not a way for people of all ages to enter into a worldwide conversation about anything and everything. Oh how things have changed… Through a good eight or nine months of blogging, I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. Blogging has become less of a chore and more of a privilege and sometimes an escape. My blog has, at times, become a place where I could talk about whatever I wanted without my friends judging me for what I thought or my classmates mocking me for a specific view on something. It became a place where only I judged myself, a place where I was the driver of a bus, and I controlled the destination. Blogging became a great way to interact with people who wrote and talked about similar things as I, similar to how a hash tag brings people together on twitter.
Some things I specifically liked about my blogging experience included the fact that there really wasn’t a limit to the topics I could write about. Usually the only limits were the different styles of writing focused on during different weeks which was a good learning experience. In addition, searching for photos that related to what I was talking about in a post helped me create a lasting effect for each post. With the images, I was able to connect my writing to other events and items, making it more memorable for me. My favorite things to write about included inspirational ideas or stories to motivate myself and others (such as this one: https://blogtastique.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/292/) along with rants about what I was dealing with during a particular week (such as this one: https://blogtastique.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/what-annoys-you-pet-peeves-library-edition/) Overall, there were many positives that I found while working with blogs and I would definitely love to continue to blog in the future.
If I were to do something different in the future, I would have taught myself all the secrets to a successful blog BEFORE I started blogging. For example, I struggled greatly when I started my blog due to horrible titles and very few tags and variety in my writing. As the year progressed, I learned in class and online, different hacks to make your writing or your blog better. I feel this all would have been even more useful if I were to have had access to it sooner. As for next year’s up and coming bloggers, I would recommend that they not treat blogging as a school assignment but more as a way to express your everyday lives, inside and outside the classroom, out to the world, and to enter into the global conversation.
As for Mr. T, when we were introduced to using turnitin.com, I felt the blogging experience started feeling more like a school assignment and caused much confusion among many of us. But although I didn’t like the idea of turnitin.com, what I did like was the one week when we did peer reviews with our blogs. It was really great to be able to see what other students felt when they read my work and some left very useful comments for improvement. In the end, I felt this blogging experience was extremely beneficial to me and I would love to continue contributing to the global conversation as I advance through the stages of my life.