Before making this blog, I had the opportunity to work on WordPress for a company that I had interned at. Although I was using WordPress, this is still a very different experience for me. For example, when I was working on the website, I wasn’t typically creating content. I was just inputing information about the company and events that were taking place. I also was not creating new pages or posts, just editing. The other difference is that I was using the premium version of WordPress. The company I was working for needed more advanced features so compared to that version, the free version is limited.
Although I am limited to some features for my blog, I am still able to create, design, and organize my blog with ease. You could easily use the free version of WordPress to manage and run a business without having to pay for premium.
For my screencast, I used Screencast-O-Matic. I found this site to be very easy and I was able to cut out parts that I either misspoke or didn’t like. Using it was also very easy, you download the app from the website and then it pops up and you just have to fit the the lines to which screen you want and then hit record. With Screencast-O-Matic, it gives you the option to use your webcam and film yourself speaking while it is also recording your screen. I did not chose that option though, I felt it was unnecessary for the assignment.
After I recorded my screencast, I went into iMovie and fixed it up a bit. I only had to take out one little part that I felt was not needed. From iMovie, I exported my screencast straight to YouTube. Once uploaded to YouTube, it gave me a link to share, post, etc. I chose to embed my video to make it more convenient to the viewers. Now they don’t have to click off my site to watch the video.
Being able to screencast is a very helpful tool. I’ve taken a few online classes where all of the lessons were taught via screencast. The professor would take their notes and powerpoints and with the video function record and speak everything as if we were in a regular classroom. I also think this could be useful in the workplace, especially for people that work with others over seas or across the country. If there is a huge time difference and you are unable to reach someone, you could go through your notes and explain everything to them via screencast. Also, if one of your co-workers is away on vacation and you want them to see something when they get back, instead of taking yourself away from another project, you could record a screencast and send it to them.
I’ve used GarageBand multiple times so creating this wasn’t too difficult. The two songs I picked are “Keeping Your Head Up (Don Diablo Remix)” by Birdy and “Sweet Lovin'” by Sigala. I chose these two songs because these two songs aren’t super popular or well known. I think the two songs flow together nicely and are from a similar genre. I spoke shortly about my blog, just giving a little bit of background about it.
When creating the introduction, all I had to do was input the two songs I chose, recorded my voice, and then cut and fade. Fading everything together was probably the most difficult part, and also choosing where to cut the music and start the second song.
My header is two separate photos that are my own. One of the pictures, the city skyline, is a picture I took this summer while taking a helicopter ride over New York City. The other picture, my sister and I on the beach, I took while I was on vacation in Bocas Del Toro, Panama, over Spring Break. I chose these two pictures because they are two times where I felt I stepped out of my comfort zone. I’ve always been scared of heights so getting in a helicopter without doors and flying over New York was definitely out of my comfort zone, but an experience I will remember forever. Panama is normally a country that doesn’t have the best reputation so traveling there was a little scary but very worth it.
The process of making the header on Pixlr was more complicated than expected. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with the pictures, but I knew I wanted to include both of them. At first I tried to blend the two pictures in the middle so they would fade into each other. I tried splitting one picture and then having the layer underneath fade together. Unfortunately, I couldn’t seem to figure out how to accomplish this goal. So, instead of blending them together, I overlapped the pictures and made them transparent so you can see both images. Although this was a simpler task, I think I was still able get the same message across with what I had done.
I have used WordPress previously, but the website had already been created, I was just adding posts, articles, etc. I had never been able to work so freely with the site before. When I chose my theme, it did not have multiple columns and it had no navigation bar. Instead of playing around with the settings, I decided to just pick a new theme. After picking my new theme, I realized it also did not have a navigation bar. But this time, I wanted to see if there was a way to change that. After a quick look through the settings, I was able to have the navigation bar on display. Then my next and final dilemma was when I needed to add the “Meet The Author” page. Since I wanted it in the navigation bar, after I added the page, I had to go back into the settings and select it to be a part of the bar. After I finished that, I had no other issues with the site. It was all due to the theme I wanted.