I often don’t put much thought into the effort behind maintaining an online media presence. I think this is why I stay off Instagram aside from to check a few people; I grow jealous that I can’t attain the same following as others can and so I
Effective Instagram use involves hashtags, timing, careful curation of content and consideration of your publics/ audiences, just like any Public Relations message (as I learn studying that discipline). The problem on that is that I don’t have a strong personal brand – my interests and activities, and therefore what I post, are so widely varying that it’s hard to find an aesthetic that suits them all. People who can get away with this kind of posting are those mega-celebrities who don’t care whether they have followers or not; I suppose.
I decided to take the following approach to my using Instagram, from what I have observed: I post a photo making sure that it sorta-kinda fits in with the overall appearance of my most recent 10 photos [pacing them like this I can slowly change my look over time without shocking anyone], hashtag it as much as possible, and don’t define what I do in my Bio, so that people follow me because of my face and name and to solve the mystery – the confusing mystery – of exactly who I am and what I do. #AirOfMystique
Over the last week, every night I wrote a blog post detailing my media use for the previous day. I noticed some patterns evolving in my media use; that I prefer to do most of it on my phone, that most media I use is accessible on (or only on) my phone, and that I have a 3:2 ratio for my app use morning and evening. In the morning I use Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube without fail; at night before bed I tend towards Pinterest and YouTube.
I do use Snapchat and Facebook at bedtime too, but I use them more continuously throughout the day than I do YouTube or Pinterest.
I used iMessage and Facebook Messenger very frequently in my day-to-day life, sometimes even talking to the same person via text and Messenger; but carrying on two different lines of conversation. I use Safari a lot because I am always curious about something, it’s very easy to flick open a browser window in my phone to look something up if I’m out and about or can’t be bothered to open my laptop or need to know something quickly. However, I do wildly prefer a laptop interface when using Google Chrome or Safari. YouTube I don’t like as much on iPhone because you can’t move to a different tab or else your audio/visual content shuts off. On laptop I can operate on different tabs and windows whilst playing a YouTube video in the background which is more convenient.
It was difficult to find new things to write about every day; I did a lot of grumbling about using Google Docs for an assignment, and tried to focus on different apps’ usages on different days. I found I had more success with this approach when trying to flesh out a post.
I had to set an alarm to go off nightly to remind me to write and post a blog entry prior to 12am, which failed after day 3 or 4. I wrote directly into WordPress, banged out the post in 10-15 minutes and linked it to my Google Doc as soon as I had finished it; set on public.
Historically, tagging and categorization have been a away of organizing and storing content on the one platform. A tag, is metadata, which means it is data that describes and organizes other data It is a keyword assigned to a piece of information. For example the blog site Tumblr comes up with tags and ‘related posts/tags’ if you search a term such as ‘photography’ and it will bring up both photography blogs and non photography-specific blogs.
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This lovely high-def image of a swan afloat is a public domain image from Pixabay and is released free of copyright under CC0 . Users have permission to download, modify, redistribute and use it royalty free even for commercial applications with no need to attribute.
Ethics in blogging are important because content published on the internet is likely to outlast both the topic’s relevance and the life of the author itself. Sensible impartiality is required and includes things such as stating fact as fact and opinion as opinion.
Sharing content without permission, plagiarizing content and failing to portray the intended meaning of a given statement are all acts which are unethical on a content creator’s behalf. Other offences including not naming a source (unless that source would be harmed by doing so) and other similar acts or omissions that cloud the legitimacy or verifiability of content. As is not revealing when a post is paid or sponsored.
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I’ve recently been reading the blog Tea in a Teacup by an Australian woman who likes to recreate historical costumes.
I was drawn to it initially because she has an attractive legible and more importantly pink WordPress layout. She discusses in relevant detail the patterns and decisions she makes behind the garments shown on the blog and also gives her own self-criticism of the finished product, suggesting how it might have been done better or acknowledging something that was not period appropriate. She shows step by step photos and details the patterns she uses.
I think it works well because she provides reference photos and links to extant garments, and also not only encourages conversation on her posts but responds to her commenters. She provides a link to her Facebook page and from there Facebook displays ‘pages like this’ so her readers have the opportunity to visit other similar blogs and sites on the same sort of topic.
The readings this week summarised the essence of what blogging is and the evolution of online networking literacy; juxtaposed in relation to print literacy in a way that clearly provides a distinction to the reader on how network literacy is not merely knowing how things operate, nor the entire history behind them, but participating.
Participation is an important part of becoming network literate as content is not only created and distributed by others but by their tagging and sorting of it, but it is also able to be found and responded to and added to by one’s own participation, and vice versa. Networking is all about links, and a kind of writing that is a ‘social, collaborative’ process where people can respond to blog posts, categorise information, link one platform to another in order to more accurately and directly share relevant parts of the same content to the most relevant audiences.
Networks are akin to pen and paper in that they are enabling technology.
Within the blogging medium there are subtypes of blogs, different genres and styles; with Marie-Laure Ryan explaining how blogging may be considered genre or medium equally depending on the angle – ‘hypertext…is a genre if we view it as a type of text, but it is a (sub) medium if we regard it as an electronic tool for the organization of text’.
Blogs generally consist of regular short posts, many allow and encourage readers to respond in the comments section, and even more use links to describe other content. Myself at the moment being highly interested in the works of Jane Austen and Regency fashion, have been perusing many blogs that do just such a thing, such as this one.