After reviewing my First Blog Post, I was able to reflect and see how greatly my writing style and structure of blogs have changed over the semester.
A. Coming into this class I expected to learn skills towards creating an engaging blog posts and various writing structures. I expected to learn production styles geared towards social media and how to brand myself as well my personal blog.
B. The skills I learned in class were towards structuring my blog posts. My first few blog posts had a very serious tone and almost sounded like a research paper. I learned how to structure my writing style to be conversational. In my posts all the photos I used were placed in awkward areas and they didn’t have captions to support each photo. Through practice and patients, I was able to restructure my writing style to be more conversational, as well clean up my blog posts to look very professional and easy to read.
C. Soft skills I learned in this class definitely had to be listening well. The first couple of blog post assignments I would just dive right into writing them instead of reading the rubric in depth, or asking questions to clarify the assignment. With this soft skill I have learned and by practicing listening well it helped me greatly. By constantly re reading the rubric to each blog post, as well arranging office hours to go over the assignments, it resulted into an easier understanding of each project. After doing this I saw a significant boost in my overall grade and an increase in points earned towards each blog post.
D. In a future career listening well is everything. If I were to go into journalism and was given an assignment for a feature article, I need to listen to everything my boss wants me to do in order to meet all the requirements needed. Listening well will increase my job performance, as well overall knowledge regarding my position.
E. I found the Google My Map assignment the most meaningful, due to it was regarding a topic I find extremely interesting, as well take a passion towards. Creating a Google Map and customizing it to my liking made the assignment extremely fun to be very creative in the process of completely the blog post.
F. The assignment that was most challenging had to be the Creative Devices assignment, due to I rarely practice photography. Let alone I did not know the different creative devices to shoot photos at. By studying and learning all the creative devices for the first time, it was a little challenging to put my knowledge into the work of my photos. After I got the hang of knowing which creative devices to use and through practice, it made taking the photos and explaining the creative devices used in them a bit easier.
G. I was very happy with how everything worked out in this course, but if I could go back and tell myself one thing, it would be to pay attention to every detail on the rubrics of each blog post. There were many little details in the rubric that if you missed, it could lower your overall percentage of that assignment. These little things were very easy to accomplish in the blog post, but missing them can change the outcome of your score a whole letter grade. All together it was an extremely enjoyable and great course to take and I am happy with the skills I have acquired.