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Annotated Bibliography 3

Hungerford-Kresser, Holly, Joy Wiggins, and Carla Amaro-Jimenez. “Learning From Our Mistakes: What Matters When Incorporating Blogging In The Content Area Literacy Classroom.” Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 55.4 (2012): 326-335. ERIC. Web. 9 Mar. 2014.

This particular article focused on a study that was done which explained why blogging did not necessarily help students improve literacy skills, though it also did not hinder it. The teachers involved explain what aspects of the blogging worked and what aspects did not. Overall they thought that there was a heightened sense of community overall within the classroom because of the accessibly of the blogs and each other’s thoughts even while out of the classroom setting. While editing skills were prized and cultivated, most students felt like the blogging aspect of the class was the least important tool in their learning. The teachers involved actively explain that though their project was somewhat of a “failure” they learned what might work well in the future or in other classrooms. By implementing these new changes they hope to see the results they were expecting, with literacy being linked to the blogging exercises.

What Can We Learn From Lauren Dicioccio’s Paintings?

Lauren Dicioccio’s paintings help us in our process of creating blogs by displaying possible blog layouts through her visual representation of bodies of text. Due to a lack of words, viewers of her paintings are forced to analyze her representation of text rather than any text itself. And in her representation of the text, she beautifully creates appealing displays through vibrant colors and different formats. The ambiguous and assumed text is represented through circular and multicolored dots. The dots are then organized in careful manners to create columns and rows. Different shaped dots also represent different areas of possible text. For example, for a representation of a title she may have large colored dots and while the body of the text are all the same smaller colored dots that are neatly arranged in columns. Then the columns may break for one row of medium colored dots, in order to highlight a possible important line that would literally be the center of attention. Through these mannerisms, she is able to create magnificent displays of possible bodies of text that can help us when creating web and blog layouts, in our efforts to create visually appealing pages.

Lauren Dicioccio’s paintings also put some light on another aspect of blogging. A simple layout can determine whether a reader is interested or disinterested from the start. Just the first glance can determine whether the reader is on an optimistic foot or a pessimistic mood. This first impression is important because it plays a role in the tone that your blog is trying to play. A very visually appealing layout can interest someone’s attention regardless of the content. We can see this through Lauren Dicioccio’s paintings because people are dwelling on the beauty of the simple layout, even though there is an absence of textual work and content. To further strengthen our blog’s messages, we can improve the layouts in more appealing manners to strengthen our blog’s tones. For example, if we compare Lauren Dicioccio’s depicted layouts to one that would represent a boring article online or in a newspaper we could see the impact that a layout can have. Before we even begin reading, Lauren Diociocci’s depicted text looks like a possible easy and fun read while the boring newspaper or article looks as though it is an extremely difficult, boring, and an arduous task that is almost a chore to read. When creating our blogs, our intentions are far from creating chores for our readers and that is when Lauren Dicioccio’s paintings come in to play. From Lauren Dicioccio’s paintings we can learn to create layouts that would encourage people to read our works. Following the patterns of her layouts will also extenuate the tones of our blogs by setting up a good first impression for the reader through his or her first glance, rather than creating boring impressions. We can also utilize Lauren Dicioccio’s usage of different fonts, columns, and rows in order to manipulate certain messages in our blogs to be emphasized more than others. Overall, Lauren Dicioccio’s paintings provide great road maps for possible layouts for our blogs.

News/Magazine Blog Concept

Everyone loves photos, and that’s the number one reason people click on posts, so why not create a blog entirely focused on photos? Our idea for a blog is that the homepage would simply be a collection of images, that are ultimately connected to full stories or blog posts. We based our idea off of tumblr and the fact that everything is photo-centric on that site. Below is a rough example of what we would want the homepage to look like.

 

On the left, we would have a navigation bar to guide readers to specific sections, as well as an about us page, a search bar and a contact page. The navigation bar would be a static function of the blog that would remain in place while scrolling through photos. Advertising space could also be sold as the same blocks that contain photos, which would require advertisements to be extremely visually appealing. When you hover over a photo a headline would appear towards the bottom of the photo in a transparent box so that readers know what they are going to click on. This would require that all posts have a photo, but we think that that is a great thing to strive for with a blog or news site. This blog would be the best of social media. It would be a beautiful collaboration of the best of tumblr, pinterest and instagram, with a hint of Twitter and Facebook.

 

By Skylar Frederick and Jill Holzheimer

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.

Response to Lauren DiCioccio Paintings

Well I think it is both obvious, and not, how we can relate Lauren DiCioccio’s Paintings to blogging. What she has done with the dots teaches us a lesson. Whether it is words, cats, oranges or airplanes, the format and layout of the page remains the same. It is so much the same that we can recognize what she is trying to portray although there is not a single word on any of these pages. In terms of blogging, we can use this lesson to our advantage when it comes to laying out our page. I think the number one thing to take away, is that there is somewhat of a set format when you are laying out posts and pages on your blog. For instance, you can’t have a blog that doesn’t have a single word on it anywhere. That would mean there is no title, no contact information, no about section, nothing. Would that blog ever get any traction? Would anyone ever want to visit that blog? Same thing would happen if the blog was nothing but words. Think about how boring that blog would be? With that being said, we obviously don’t want every blog on the internet to look exactly the same, but like DiCioccio used dots instead of words, maybe we use graphics instead of photos, videos instead of paragraphs. There are endless possibilities when it comes to blogging but it is always important to keep in mind what your audience wants. Of course, this depends on what kind of blog you are running. But in my opinion, regardless of the type of blog, there should never be a blog that doesn’t include any pictures. If you have a food blog, include so many pictures so that your audience isn’t hungry for more (no pun intended). With my food posts, I like to show a picture of the ingredients, a picture of the batter or mixture, a picture before the oven or freezer or fridge, a picture after the oven or freezer or fridge, a pictured of the dish artfully laid out on a plate, and a picture of the dish with a bite taken out of it. When I’m baking, and following a recipe that didn’t show step by step picture like that, I’m always questioning whether or not my version looks like it should, whether I did it right, or if things are going to go horribly wrong. When it comes to format, DiCioccio’s paintings also advise that we should follow somewhat of a set of guidelines, like coloring within the lines for the most part, but it can’t hurt to change things up a bit and go outside the norm. There are an endless array of possibilities when it comes to blogging, just keep in mind that visually appealing is the number one thing your blog should strive to be.

2nd Annotated Bib

Eridon, Corey. “The Benefits of Blogging: Why Businesses Do It, and You Should Too.” Hubspot. Hubspot Inc. Nov 3, 2013. Web. Mar 1, 2014. <http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/the-benefits-of-business-blogging-ht>

While this isn’t necessarily an article, I found it very useful because it focused on why businesses might need or benefit from blogging. This article also not only speaks on why blogging helps businesses it but it also offers some advice on how to blog to help. This article points out that businesses can gain more traffic, potential customers, and credibility. First, hee outlines traffic; a business blog can attract people simply by the tagging system. By blogging about things that vaguely have to do with a product or service, they could gain traffic to their blog. Once there is traffic to the blog, these people may share it with others or they may become interested in the blog and eventually become a customer. To attract these people, Eridon suggests putting “call-to-action” buttons and ads on the blog that offer free items. They may give their information to a website to redeem the free item; this allows for a mailing list where a person may be convinced to buy from the business. By blogging and having a seemingly more personable website that where customers can ask questions or make comments about information provided, the website gains more credibility. Customers see information about the item/service as well as feedback and support from the blog makers and they see that the business is interactive and legitimate.

Annotated Bibliography # 2

Lacina, Jan, and Robin Griffith. “Blogging As A Means Of Crafting Writing.” Reading Teacher 66.4 (2013): 316-320. ERIC. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.

This source is an article based on how blogging is beneficial to crafting writing. These writers argues that in the classroom, blogging hones skills that are very much connected to critical thinking, writing, and the production of creative knowledge. By this the authors assert that in classroom studies, focusing on a centralizing topic and being able to concisely share ideas shows a skill level in younger children that are not present in other students who have not been exposed to this style of writing. They also assert that blogging has a space in the classroom for various reasons. Most importantly, they showcase how blogging isn’t detrimental because of its shorter form of narrative but actually helps the student to focus and hone in on their specific topics. They find that the blog posts are much more precise and relevant to the subject matter that they speak about.

Annotated Bib #2

http://www.contentfac.com/copyright-infringement-penalties-are-scary/

 

“Menu.” The Content Factory. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.

I thought this article was interesting.  It was written about a company that writes pages for various different companies and accidentally used a copyrighted image on one of their pages.  The mistake was made by a new employee and they were unfamiliar with all the copyright and fair trade laws. Originally, the company was sued for $8,000 which was later reduced to $3,000.

 

The article mostly deals with what happened in court, etc. but the writer brings up an interesting argument. The writer claims that copyright infringement laws breed predatory legal practices, or “legal trolls.” I don’t know if I necessarily agree with this, but I think it’s an interesting thing to think about especially because we had discussed trolling earlier in the course.

Annotated bib 2

Maitzen, Rohan. “Scholarship 2.0: Blogging And/As Academic Practice.” Journal Of Victorian Culture (Routledge) 17.3 (2012): 348-354. Academic Search Premier. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.

This article talks about how blogging should have a place in the world of scholarship. That while other forms of publication is “glacier” slow, blogging gets immediate feedback. The author of the article does admit that blogging should not replace all forms of scholarship and that blogging shouldn’t be used in every form of scholarship, but it is a good tool to have.

Annotated Bib 1

Zawilinski, Lisa. “HOT Blogging: A Framework For Blogging To Promote Higher Order Thinking.” Reading Teacher 62.8 (2009): 650-661. Literary Reference Center. Web. 2 Mar. 2014.

The article is about how an elementary school teacher uses blogs as a supplement to reading material in class. She uses them to promote higher order thinking. It helps the students also learn how to be internet literate.