As I’m finishing up my semester, I’d like to discuss how this new experiment of blogging has contributed to my journalism skills. Even though I found the website pretty easy to use, I found that when I did reach a roadblock at times it was challenging. Sometimes I had to do a lot of Googling, which usually helped, but when that didn’t work, I realized how time consuming it could be to learn a new platform and why it was better to learn now and not when I’m on the job. Blogging also helped me contribute for the first time on a topic I really cared about in a way that other forms of social media did not. It was interesting trying my hand at writing full article instead of just making single statements. It also gives documented examples of my work in case I need to give an example of my writing skills.
I found most of the tools effective and the basic guild lines of pictures and links helped make the blog more appealing and credible. I did not feel Storify was very useful to me, but all the functions within the blog have purpose. For improvements, I’d say I’d like to learn to create my own media a little better. Maybe get better equipment- a better camera and video camera, a better computer and software. Also, possibly rework the coding of the site to make the theme more original and fix issues that I found were not user friendly. If I had to manage a website or a blog in a future job, I would say this at least gave me some ideas on how to organize things and the importance of making sites full-featured.
I plan on posting some more videos over the break. Here is my Youtube Channel.