Setting up the domain at the beginning of this week was fairly easy for me as I have had experience using UMW’s Domain of One’s Own in a previous class. And while not an expert, I have had plenty experience operating a wordpress blog in the past, so making posts for this week was no problem. However, the social media portion was a whole other story. I am familiar with sound cloud and youtube, but Flickr and Twitter took some getting used to. It took me about half an hour to figure out how to embed a slideshow into wordpress and I had quite a bit of trouble keeping my tweets to below 140 characters (I didn’t know the hashtags counted!)
I enjoy web design so customizing my blog was fun. I like the theme I picked and the general color scheme, but I have yet to add something that makes it pop visually. I didn’t have as much time as I would’ve liked to have for customizing my blog this week, but I will continue to make lots more improvements in the future. I have plans to include more photos and organize all my assignments into manageable tabs.
I’m no photographer, so I found this week on visual storytelling to be particularly informative. I think in terms of technical skill I improved my photography quite a bit. I always had a preconceived notion that good photography could only be achieved on professional equipment, but after following some of the hints we read, I felt that a lot of my shots turned out very high quality. The place where I hit a snag this week came from coming up with stories behind all these pictures. I found inspiration to come infrequently as this is an exercise I do rarely. I just tried to have my mind flow and see what naturally came out. I think as a result I ended up writing a few bizarre things I wouldn’t have with a written prompt, but that is the nature of this class I suppose.