Since my blog is really only about school work, I don’t have many to compare it to. I have seen some blogs where people blog about their experiences at school. My site could connect with these because mine is a different aspect about school. Some people use their blogs to talk about school, where I use my blog FOR school. Many blogs are always about the experience but never have the work to show. My blog has both the experience and the projects I worked on.
With just the outcomes, people may not be able to appreciate them as much because they don’t realize how much trouble one could have went through to make something that might look very simple. Or, someone might look at something and think they would never be able to accomplish a task, when in reality, if someone shares their experience they might realize they are capable of success. The same thing goes for just having experiences. If someone just talks about everything they’ve done without anything to show, it might not be believable. Anyone can talk or post pictures but when you put them together and use your personal experiences, it makes the content richer.
When I saw the assignment for this unit I was excited because the Powerpuff Girls was my favorite show when I was younger. I immediately decided I wanted to do the Powerpuff Yourself. I thought the process was quite simple and did not cause me much trouble. After clicking the link I just following along with the instructions on the site. Although the process itself was simple, it did take me a while to pick out which eyes, mouth, hair, etc. There were so many options and colors, I started to make a character that didn’t look like myself. After realizing I was getting ahead of myself, I went back and started from the beginning and created a character to look like me. Once I finished my Powerpuff self, I was curious about the Peanutize Yourself. I went over the their site and played around with that one as well. I liked how it had the option to make a Snoopy character. I did enjoy the Peanutize Yourself, but I liked the way the Powerpuff came out better.
The piece of media I have chose for my blog is a YouTube video of clips from the TV show The Office. It is one of my favorite shows and the clips used in this video are very funny. Although this video is not directly related to my blog, I think since for the most part, this blog is about me, using a video from my favorite show fits into the blog.
After looking at and going over the “Fair Use Checklist”, I have determined that this video is OK to be used in my blog. The purpose the video is to be shared with other students; the nature of the video is for my education; the amount of the show used in the video is a very small quantity; and it has no significant effect on the market.
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.
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.