Nicole

Yay or Nay for Anonymity?

For me personally, if someone writes on a type of media anonymously, it does not really affect me but if I had to choose between reading something and knowing who wrote it or not, I would prefer reading something by someone who is writing anonymously. I feel this way because for me, with my personal experience of reading things that are written by someone anonymously, usually the material they write about is more relate-able, and therefore I like reading it more. I do not follow any blogs on a consistent basis so I will use a Twitter example. On Twitter, I follow a “sorry not sorry” account. Now this person posts anonymously, I have no idea who made this account or who puts out these tweets. What I like about this account is that this person puts out tweets that have the tone of “everybody is thinking it, but no one wants to say it out loud”. The tweets are also usually funny as well, so I also read it for that aspect. Anyway, for example, one tweet this account put out recently was ” Kinda wanna look good in a bikini kinda wanna eat three burritos from chipotle kinda pissed I have to pick one”. Now this tweet is not that embarrassing but it is still relate-able. This tweet was relate-able for me when I read it because I work out and want to look good for when summer rolls around, but at the same time I am Italian and I really like Italian food haha. This is a thought I might not say out loud in front of my girlfriends because I do not want to be looked at as the girl who does not care about her figure and just cares about food lol What is nice about this account and these tweets is that I can read them and think to myself “aw it’s nice to know someone feels the same way as I do”. I do not have know who they are, it is almost better not knowing. It’s just kind of a silent communication type thing that is reassuring at times. That is how I feel about anonymous writing. People will write about things that everyone is too afraid to talk about out loud, and that is reassuring for people to read because it is helpful to know there are other people out there who might be going through the same thing as you.

I do not like anonymous writing when it comes to people bashing other people through a media. That just is not nice and I think if someone has something to say to someone else, they should have the courage to say it to their face. Other than that, I am all for anonymous writing!

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Critical Response

This first thing I noticed and found interesting, is that this article about live blogging, takes place in a live blog. You can see there is a header with the title “Greenslade Blog” above the beginning of the article. This blog is written by and updated by Roy Greenslade, a professor at City University in London. He teaches journalism there and was an editor for the Daily Mirror from 1990-1991. His blog is a live news blog. I found this interesting because it’s cool we are receiving the inside scoop on live blogging from a live blogger. Just a side note 🙂


 

The Positives and Negatives of Live Blogging

What are the positives of live blogging?

– For starters, live blogs are getting 300% more views and 233% more visitors than conventional online articles on the same subject. They are getting more attention and are more popular for internet users and news lovers.

– Greenslade also points out, that based on the study, live blogs provide commentary and analysis alongside breaking news rather than summarizing the event after it is over. Live blogs make news more interesting. People do not want just the straight facts of an event, that is boring. Adding in some commentary and analysis makes news articles more interesting for people to read.

– This study also points out that readers prefer live blogs because they are more objective. It’s more conversational, and feels more real, not like a script people are reading off.

– It is convenient! People are following a news story from beginning to end, on a single page without having to leave their computer screen.

-Live updates are quick! The study found that publishing updates take every 20 minutes for six hours straight.

– They are likely to include readers’ tweets  as opposed to comments at the bottom. I think this is really smart. Social media is really popular, so to incorporate that into live blogging probably helps make live blogs more popular and like-able for readers.

What are the negatives of live blogging?

– One of the study conductors from City University, Dr. Neil Thurman, is quoted making the following  statement on live blogging: “Live blogs provide this ‘news-at-work’ audience with what they’re looking for: regular follow-up information on breaking news in ‘bite-sized nuggets’ which they can read – as several readers told us – while they are supposed to be working.” The bit that made a point of live blogging being potentially negative was in the end of this statement, “while they are supposed to be working”. Since live blogs are more popular, are they distracting workers more than usual? Are live blogs blurring the lines between work and leisure? Potentially!

– The fact that there are such quick updates leaves the chance for hasty, and not as thorough or detailed information.

– Being on a computer screen can be bounding. You might not be reporting all the value you could be receiving from reporting on the spot.


Based on this article and study, positives seem to out-weigh the negatives for live blogging! To me, personally, if I were a journalist I would invest my time in creating a live news blog. It seems like a great and fun way to report information, and to get your writing out there in a popular form of media. Or if I was someone who was super interested in live news, I would definitely follow a live blog. Live blogging looks to be great advancement in media, so if you intend to participate make sure to keep up and blog on!

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Blog Networks

I would consider joining a blog network. Blogging networks are great for getting your own blog more attention and just giving you some credentials when it comes to blogging. You can also learn from other bloggers by being in a blog network and become a better blogger yourself. You are open to different styles and techniques and can apply things you learn to your own writing and blogging. You can also build relationships by joining a  blog network. You can meet other bloggers and share their blogs through your social networks and they could return the favor and do the same for you to help promote your blog. Through promotion like that, you can also build your blog’s SEO. So blog networks not only provide relationship building but also SEO building. I would definitely consider joining a blog network because there are a lot of benefits that help make you a better blogger and that help make your own personal blog more popular.

A blog network I could see myself fitting in would be the POPSUGAR blog we looked at in class. I can see myself writing for this blog and being apart of their blog network because they cover many topics that I am interested in, especially fitness. I can see myself being a collaborative fitness blogger for POPSUGAR. I could also see myself in this blog network because they allow guest bloggers to have direct links back to their own blogs. I really like that because not only do you get to guest blog for POPSUGAR and get your writing out on a popular blogging site, but you get to promote your own blog at the same time and really establish yourself as an experienced blogger. I also could see myself being apart of the POPSUGAR blogging network because it is has content more geared towards women. When I write/blog, it is easier for me to write to a women focused audience being that I am woman, so that is another reason I can see myself being apart of this network in particular.

The bloggers within the POPSUGAR blogging network can support each other by sharing each others’ posts. Each post has a share option at the bottom, so they can support one another in that way. They can also write positive comments on each others’ posts and promote one another through their own social links or on their own personal blogs. There are many options for these collaborative bloggers to help one another and get their content and sites out there and exposed!

2nd Annotated Biblography

Website Link: http://visual.ly/wordpress-statistics-and-numbers-2013

“Start Creating, Sharing & Exploring Great Visuals Today!” WordPress Statistics and Numbers 2013. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2014. <http://visual.ly/wordpress-statistics-and-numbers-2013&gt;.

My topic for my research paper is again, why WordPress has made blogs more popular. In order to make that argument I am going to need to conduct research on WordPress. The website I have listed above is a link to Visual.ly.com, which on this specific page, showcases an info-graphic on WordPress. This info-graphic contains WordPress statistics taken from this past year, 2013. One statistic it gives is that there are 69 million WordPress websites in the world. That is a huge number and it is something I can incorporate into my WordPress research. It is also a fact I can potentially use to back up my argument of why WordPress makes blogs more popular. This is a very useful source. I am going to need info-graphics like this that provide me with statistics on WordPress. It will be vital for me to have statistics on WordPress so I can compare them to other statistics on websites that host blogs so that I can backup my theory that WordPress does in fact hold more blogs and that it has made blogging more popular. Statistics on WordPress can also provide me with reasons why blogging has been made more popular if there are ones that highlight the popularity of the specific features WordPress contains. I am going to need to do more research to find info-graphics like that as well! I am going to need info-graphics with statistics on WordPress but with more blog focused statistics, but this is a good start so I can begin to get some background on WordPress and be able to apply it to my topic. This specific info-graphic is very useful because it still provides me with that. Overall, I think this source will be useful to me. Like I stated before, it gives me not only a visual, but information on WordPress that I can use to learn about the site in general, and also information that I can apply to my research and topic.

What DiCioccio’s Paintings Can Teach Us About Blogging

After taking some time to look at Lauren DiCioccio’s paintngs, I think they are really good examples of how bloggers should want to layout their blogs. I have come to this conclusion after reading the “10 Blog Layout Tips” article we had to read for homework. A lot of the tips the article gives can be seen in Lauren DiCioccio’s paintings.

This first tip given in the article is vertical alignment. The point of the tip is to make sure everything in your blog fits in it’s rightful column. This is to make sure nothing looks like it is randomly sticking out and to keep your blog looking neat and organized. If you look through Lauren’s paintings, you can observe that they all contain vertical alignment.

The second tip given is having white space in your layout. You want to have white space, or sections/columns of your blog well spaced, so that it is easy for your readers to read. In Lauren’s paintings, all of her paintings have white space. Her columns are filled with colors and they are also well spaced so you can easily identify separate columns and paragraphs or images.

I am skipping down to tips 6 & 7 because tips 3, 4 and 5 ( uncluttered sidebars, accessible info and short description) are elements we can not necessarily draw an accurate comparison to blogging, since these paintings are made up of dots and not words.

Tip number six is typography. Typography is having a low amount of fonts in your blog. I think Lauren’s paintings are a good representation of consistency with fonts because in all of her paintings, for the most part, the dots are the same size.  There are also only dots, so the consistency of shape is also made throughout the paintings. We do not see any squares or triangles mixed in. Sometimes there are bigger dots to represent a title or quote perhaps, but other than that, there is consistency of shape and size with the content that is representative of the words.

Tip number seven is colors. You want to add color to your blog to make it appealing and to draw attention to your readers. Lauren’s paintings are a good example of the addition of color because her paintings are filled with a variety of colors. She places colors in the dots and sometimes the images. This in combination with the white background really makes her paintings stand out. The colors really capture your attention while looking at her paintings. That is what you want to achieve with a blog layout. You really want to be able to capture a reader’s attention and the use of color is a very simple way to do that.

These are just a few of the tips that resonated with me after looking at her paintings. They really do set a good example for how bloggers should look to layout their blogs. If bloggers are having trouble envisioning a nicely executed blog layout, I think they should look at Lauren’s paintings because they are definitely a great representation of what a blog layout should look like.

What It Means to Strip Media

In his piece titled “Uncreative Writing, Managing Language in the Digital Age ” Kenneth Goldsmith states the following to define nude media: “Once a digital file is downloaded from the context of a site, it’s free or naked, stripped bare of the normative external signifiers that tend to give as much meaning to an artwork as the contents of the artwork itself” (Goldsmith, 72).  Goldsmith gave an example of a New York Times article having small differences from the hard copy to the web version. The web version had a sans serif W in the word Washington instead of a classic black serifed T for Tony (72). The hard copy article was taken and put online and when it appeared online, some of it’s original external signifiers were altered. This online version was a nude form of the hard copy. It is a form of nude media.

Does nude media translate over to Creative Commons media? I personally think that nude media can apply to Creative Commons media. Creative Commons media provides art work that can be shared by anyone. There are certain restrictions depending on the creator of the work, but if it is on Creative Commons it can be shared in some shape or form. So how can a piece of art work on Creative Commons translate into nude media? If someone takes a piece of work from Creative Commons, and takes it out of it’s original element, and puts that piece of artwork into an atmosphere of their own, they are making that piece of media into nude media. If someone takes a photo from Creative Commons and shares it own their own blog, they are stripping that media externally and therefore making it into a piece of nude media. Another example of a piece of art work taken from Creative Commons and being transformed into nude media would be if someone took, for example a photo from Creative Commons, and if the creator put a license on it that people who want to share the photo can alter the photo, and if the person sharing the photo adds small differences to the photo, for example adding an arrow if they want to point something out in particular, that would make this piece of artwork a piece of nude media. If the original piece of work is being altered in some way, it would be considered nude media.  So yes, I do think nude media can come from Creative Commons media and I think the two can be connected.

I find nude media to be very interesting. I had no idea art work could be classified this way until we learned about this is class. It’s weird to think that if an original piece of work has been altered even in the smallest way or taken out of its original element, it can be considered nude media. There is probably so much nude media out there that we do not even recognize to be nude media.  Just like the New York Times example. That was a public piece of nude media that people probably did not even think to be considered nude media. Very interesting!

1st Annotated Bibliography

Murphy Kelly, Samantha, Eric Larson, Petronzio Matt, and Warren Christina. “Topics: WordPress.” Mashable.com. N.p., 2005. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. <http://mashable.com/category/wordpress/&gt;.

My topic for my research paper is why WordPress has made blogs more popular in general. Part of my research is going to be looking into information on WordPress. This website I have listed here helps me with that. It is a section dedicated to WordPress on Mashable.com. In the top of the page is gives a small summary of what WordPress is, and some statistics associated with the popularity of the site. Then, below is listed all of these articles that are on Mashable that are related to, or that involve WordPress. I think this is a very useful source. Mashable is a reliable website and I think this source provides me with a lot of articles I can incorporate and use in my research paper. It gives me a lot of articles I could research and use to learn more about WordPress. The articles go back to the early 2000’s so there is really a lot for me to work with here. The one thing I will have to be careful of with the articles Mashable provides on WordPress is whether they are subjective or not. Some of Mashable’s articles are opinion based as opposed to just factual. I will have to make the articles I take as research from this page are factual and not opinionated. Overall, I think this source will be very helpful to my project because I can use it to research how WordPress has increased blog popularity overall. Many of these articles have statistics and reasons why WordPress is such a popular tool, so it should be a very helpful source.

Creative Commons And The Advantages It Provides

It is important to use Creative Commons media. This is because as a writer or blogger, you want to make sure you are not violating any copyright laws. You do not want to use any image or words that are not yours without the permission of the owner. Many people take media and use it as their own without giving any credit to the creator. Creative Commons helps solve this problem. Creative Commons provides licenses so creators can share their work with people in a legal way. This way, people can use works of art by other people in blog posts etc. without infringing upon anyone’s rights.

A blogger, as a both a user and a creator, could take advantage of Creative Commons.

As a blogger, it is vital to use. If you quote another writer or article, or use a photo that is not yours, you need to give that person credit. We learned in class that just putting a link, or source, is not enough. You need permission from the creator and then you can use writing or a photo, and then source it. Bloggers can really take advantage of Creative Commons and avoid doing anything illegal because Creative Commons provides work that has already been approved by creators. It’s convenient because it is all in one space. On Creative Commons it shows you work and what laws the creator has signed off on so you know exactly what you are allowed to do with it. As a blogger, this is very helpful. Until we learned in class that example of what could happen to someone by violating the copyright laws, I had no idea that just sourcing something is not enough. I feel relief as a blogger to now know that there is a place where you can get work that is already approved by creators to share.

As a creator, Creative Commons should be taken advantage of. I think if creators of work, put their work though Creative Commons, they will be protected from anyone stealing or sharing their work without permission. It is just kind of a no brainer to me. If you do not want someone illegally taking your work, then you should just go through Creative Commons from the start. If someone takes your work, you do not want to have go through the hassle of tracking the person down and going through a lawsuit. All of that stuff is just not worth it when there is an easy and simple way to protect your work right from the beginning. It is also good for the creator because the creator really has total control of how exactly how much they want their work to be shared, through the different types of licenses they can put on it. The creator has complete control when they go through Creative Commons. Any creator would be silly to not take advantage of that.

Overall Creative Commons is a really great resource. It gives advantages to both users and creators of  blogs and art work.

Three Blogs I Love – Check Them Out!

Three Blogs I Love:

http://www.dancebloggers.com/

This blog has a similar theme to the blog I am in the process of making. It has this theme of bringing dancers together, except in this case, it is strictly bringing dance bloggers together. In the “above the fold” part of the blog, there is a lot going on. The title is at the top, which is apart of the header of this blog. In the navigation bar, there is a home button. There are no categories. Below the navigation bar, there is a subscription box. Next to that in the middle of the page, is the most recent post. Then on the right of that is their only social link, which is a link to their Facebook page. There is a box for tags, but there are no tags. There is also a box for popular posts, but that is also empty. There is a list of contributors on the right. It is a very long list with all the dance blogs they link to. The rest of the blog consists of all their posts. I like this blog because I think they have a great idea here and a lot of potential. They also bring all these dance blogs to one place, which is really cool. There is a lot of content, they just need to promote it more, and also the blog is kind of plain. If they promote their posts more through social media and get people commenting, that popular posts box can get filled and they can make their blog bigger. I think a more exciting design will also draw viewers.

http://dailydancenote.blogspot.com/

The first thing I liked about this blog was the background design. It draws you in because of the use of multiple colors and the splatter paint design. In the “above the fold” you see the title in the header, and below that there is no navigation bar, but there is a subscription bar. You also see the most recent post and the beginning of the sidebar. As you go down past the fold of the page, you are able to see more posts, and what the rest of the blog includes. It has a list of people who follow the blog, the blog archive and an “about me” section. I like this blog because the posts are motivational and they teach you stuff if you are someone in the process of learning to dance or trying to achieve a career in dance. I think this blog could improve by updating a little. The last post was in 2012, so they should add some more current posts. I also think they should get social media accounts to promote their blog and add the social links here. I feel like nowadays, social media is a must have for blogs because of how big it is in this current generation.

http://t-h-e-d-a-n-c-e-b-l-o-g.tumblr.com/

This dance blog is probably my favorite. In the “above the fold”, there is a middle section with the most recent posts. There is a sidebar on the left that shows all the blog has to offer. The categories include, Instagram, Me-Dance photos, Dance Blogs List, Dance Tips, Personal/Photography Blog, and How To Dance Videos. The categories show this blog has a lot to offer to dancers and people who like dance. I think the photos this blogger posts are really cool. There are a lot of action shots, which is awesome to see. This blogger also has an archive section, an “ask me” section, a submission section, and links to other blogs. I think those are important sections to have because it allows readers to really interact with the blog and get involved. I really like the content of this blog and the design is also nice and put together well. I did not see anything I thought called for improvement.

Blog I follow

http://www.chicgalleria.com/

Chic Galleria is a blog I have chosen to follow. I really like it because it covers many topics. The pages include arts & entertainment, body & mind, food, giveaways, shop, style, and travel. This blog has a little bit of everything, which is why I like it. There is a lot of variety for viewers! The pages are placed in a navigation bar. They are listed in the right top hand corner which is great because it is then made easy to see what the blog offers. This would be included in the “above the fold” portion of the blog. Also in that portion is the title. The title is also big and clear. It is also bright, with highlights of red. A cool feature of the pages is that most of them are different colors. I enjoyed seeing that. It brings a little creative customization to the blog! Although this blog adds different colors to some of the pages, I think one thing this blog could improve on is it’s overall design. The background of the pages is plain. The content of each page takes up a lot of space, but I still think something could be done with the background to make it a little more exciting. I also think the font choice is a little plain. I think that could be changed also to make the blog a little more exciting or exotic, appearance wise. Another feature to note about this blog is that it is a collaborative blog. There are multiple authors that contribute to the posts showcased on this blog. When you click on the “about the author” on the homepage, it lists the editor along with the writers that write posts for this blog. Another cool feature of this blog is the “Latest Readers Comments” feed on the top, right below the title. I like this feature of the blog because you can see what people are saying about certain posts. You are introduced to popular posts right then and there! There is a sidebar on this blog as well. The sidebar contains the social media links for the blog, photos, ads, latest articles, a search bar, and a subscribe section. Also included in the sidebar is the archives section. This section has a drop down feature that lets you look up articles as far back as 2008. They are listed by month and year. I think it is very well organized! On the footer of the blog, all the categories are listed. There are a lot of them listed! When it comes to posts, the most recent ones are listed on the home page. New posts are constantly posted, this is a very active blog. Overall, I throughly enjoy this blog. There is a lot of variety, content wise. There is also consistency when it comes to recent and updated posts. The articles also always include photos and are very well written. This is a blog I will read on a daily basis!