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”

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”

Progress Post 5

For the importance of this Progress Post, you must first read Progress Post 4. It explains the main struggles of being a visually impaired student in University. For today’s post I want to further explain accessibility issues, but specifically the struggles with this class, Pub 101.  Let me begin by clearly stating that I actually really like this class! I love the challenge of individual creativity, as well as the challenge to design and maintain our own blog website. I feel like I have become stuck in the formal, uninventive, dry essay/assignment writing and organizing we have to do in University, that I perhaps lost my creativity and imagination. I prided myself growing up that I had a great imagination, but being in University for four years now I haven’t really gotten many chances to show that side of myself, until now! However, the creativity that comes with this course also brings on some struggles. Continue reading “Progress Post 5”

Progress Post 4

My visual impairment tends to cause some unique challenges when it comes to assignments and overall tasks for my courses. There are a number of things with in my classes that have to be adapted or altered in order for it to be accessible, and so I can get my work done, and learn what the other students are learning. Some examples are the course readings – they  have to be transcribed into a word doc or TXT format, same with powerpoint slides, course handouts, tables/ charts/ diagrams as well as assignment outlines. The reason that all of these things have to be transcribed is because I use screen reader software, which is designed for visually impaired people. It reads out everything on the screen in a computerized robot voice. Although a rather impressive piece of software, it tends to have trouble reading such things as tables, charts and diagrams because there is to much going on for the voice to keep up with, and it is difficult to navigate the multiple columns. The same goes with the course readings, powerpoint slides, handouts and assignment outlines; if there are tables etc in them, they have to be reformatted in order for me to be able to read them. This can be quite frustrating because it takes some time to do the transcriptions, so I have to wait, and might not get the material soon enough to be prepared for class. Continue reading “Progress Post 4”

Progress Post 3: Peer review

More often then not I avoid searching and exploring new websites of any kind, because of the simple and extremely annoying fact that so many websites are so unaccessible. The navigation, layout and features are so difficult to access, and no matter how inclusive society is today, the online world always seems to be lacking those rather simple accessibility functions. I know for me since I have a visual impairment I use screen reader software to use my computer and everything online, but even though it is incredible how far technology has come in terms of accessibility features there are still so many barriers for those with disabilities, especially when it comes to websites.  Continue reading “Progress Post 3: Peer review”

Progress Post 2

Experience with Setting Up My Blog

I have never designed or set up a website of any kind before, and given that the entirety of Pub 101 is us as the students designing and creating a blog throughout the semester is really interesting for me. I think I really like this semester-long project and creating content for our own  website  because more often than not, for people with visual impairments, websites are quite unaccessible, so getting to create my own website I can take up the challenge of trying to make it accessible given that I have a visual impairment myself. So I know what I want for a website to be accessible, and exactly what accessible features need to be put in place to ensure equality for every user and I can then use that for my own website. I have also never used WordPress before, but had heard previously from a friend who is also visually impaired and who writes her own quite popular blind blog that WordPress was actually quite accessible and blind-friendly to use. So when I heard this from her, and found out that we would be using WordPress in Pub 101 I was excited to see for myself how accessible it would be and if it would reach my accessibility standards.   Continue reading “Progress Post 2”