Essay 2

All throughout Publishing 101 (Publication of Self in Everyday Life) I had to design and maintain a weekly blog, and could have it be about anything that best represented my online self. I knew right away that I wanted to do a book review blog because of how much I read, and how much I love getting lost in a story, so I simply wanted to share my love and opinions of books with others. Continue reading “Essay 2”

Progress Post 11

I suppose my biggest decision to make yet about my book review blog is whether or not I should keep it going. If I’m being completely honest, I have viewed my blog as only a semester-long project. I believe seeing my blog this way has shadowed my views about it in the sense that I was never truly worried about gaining an audience, because it was going to end with the completion of the semester. I realize now that looking at my blog that way was not what I should have done, because if I looked at it as an ongoing venture right from the beginning, perhaps I would have done things differently, and tried to collect more visitors. Continue reading “Progress Post 11”

Progress Post 10

One of our final weeks of Pub 101 was going over Google Analytics, and exactly what it does and shows us about our own blogs. To be clear, “Google analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports web site traffic, currently as a platform inside the Google marketing platform brand.” We were shown in tutorial how to set it up on our own blogs, and then look at the reports it provided. Continue reading “Progress Post 10”

Progress Post 9

One of our weeks during Pub 101 was dedicated to advertising. In tutorial we were shown how to access advertising for our blog site, and could decide if we wanted it or not. We are not huge sites obviously, but we could try it out and see how it goes. I believe one person in the class put ads on their site and made like $3.00, so that was cool, but not a lot. So my main question is, is it worth it? Ads on websites are how most online entrepreneurs make a profit, but more often than not viewers seem to simply just get annoyed by the constant ads. The way, especially today, most people who access the web get around this annoyance is by having ad blockers set up so they don’t have to go through the hassle of navigating the many ads, but in turn this cuts back on the add revenue the site’s designers make. Continue reading “Progress Post 9”

Progress Post 8

Throughout Pub 101 we had a series of six mini assignments to complete. These were such things as a meme, a story without words, an essay, a remix, an infographic, and a gif. All relatively visual aspects of the web, aside from the essay of course. As I’ve expressed in previous progress posts I often run into a lot of visual challenges during a semester. However, instead of being annoyed or frustrated with these mini assignments, I decided to have a little fun with them, and learn more about exactly what they were. Continue reading “Progress Post 8”

Progress Post 7

For three of my blog posts, I did a three-part video series on accessible reading formats. I focused on what I know so the videos were related to blindness, and the main formats in which visually impaired people read. The three topics were braille, e-books and audio/ graphic audio books. Continue reading “Progress Post 7”

Peer Review 3

            I was reviewing the blog heyyjessie.com  for peer review 3. This blog is a fashion, lifestyle, and personal opinion and experience site. I enjoyed reading the blog post about Jessie’s best friend and the 19 questions to ask a best friend. I thought they were pretty interesting questions, and I felt like I was actually getting to know her. I also read a post called Pretty in Pink, which was about the colour pink being popular; I really enjoyed the title of this post because it reminded me of the 1980’s movie Pretty in Pink starring Molly Ringwald, and I simply just love 80’s movies! I also am not really a fan of the colour pink, but I found the post quite a good read regardless. Continue reading “Peer Review 3”

Progress Post 6

Since the very beginning of Pub 101, and the beginning of my blog site, I have always been concerned with my audience. In every presentation I have attended, and from everyone I’ve talked to about creating my own website, I have always walked away with the clear fact spinning around in my head that your audience is one of the most important things to focus on. Once you figure out who your audience is, everything else will follow. This sounds great in theory, but in reality it appears to be much more difficult. Continue reading “Progress Post 6”