PUB201: Progress Post 07

Being a person who went from partly sighted to fully blind, I ironically understand the appeal of visuals, especially when it comes to the internet. So many people tend to be visual learners, and having a nice large image to capture a viewer’s attention and therefore keep them on the site longer is something all website designers strive for. For me coming into Pub 201 already knowing the importance of website visuals, I tried to come up with more ways to include images to my word-heavy site. Continue reading “PUB201: Progress Post 07”

PUB201: Progress Post 06

I got a series of three emails in a row about a week ago, all from the WordPress provider system we use for our blogs in Pub 201, informing me of comments on a few of my posts. At first I was a little excited because I have had very few comments on my posts so far. So with the help of my assistant we went online and took a look. As she read the few comments to me it started to seem a little weird. First of all because whoever or whatever was commenting on my posts were doing so on posts from over a year ago, even though I had just recently uploaded a series of new posts that week. The second thing that seemed a bit odd was that the comments that were on three different posts were all done by the same person, and the third weird thing was that all the comments sounded quite similar. So we came to the conclusion that it must have been an annoying internet robot that was designed somehow to comment on my posts. Continue reading “PUB201: Progress Post 06”

PUB201: Progress Post 04

Earlier on in the semester our Pub 201 class, located on the SFU Vancouver campus, got the chance to go on a field trip to The Media and Makers Commons at the SFU library on the Burnaby campus. It kind of made me laugh because when you think of a field trip you go back to your elementary school days, where when you went on a field trip it was to somewhere new, exciting and a good distance from your school. However, this wasn’t exactly the case for the Media and Makers field trip. It was only as far as the SFU Burnaby campus, which is definitely not new, but did in fact hold a level of excitement because it was a new feature of the library that had only been there for a few weeks at that point. Continue reading “PUB201: Progress Post 04”

PUB201: Peer Review #2

The blog Just Another Story… appears to be an interesting topic. From the banner image, which is an ink pen, I think really represents writing, so the message of the blog is very clear. This blog’s WordPress theme is very similar to mine, so it is easy to navigate, which is very important for accessibility, which in turn is very important to me. Continue reading “PUB201: Peer Review #2”

PUB201: Progress Post 05

The week of February 10th to the 14th was a truly incredible week for me. It was the fifth annual Emerging Leaders Publishing Summit, and my second year attending. The entire week is full of networking and learning from a wide variety of presenters within the publishing industry. There were publishers, marketers, and editors from one of the biggest publishing companies in North America let alone the world, a panel of authors, independent publishers, book retail representatives, SFU faculty from the publishing program, the Masters of Publishing students, and a little sadly, the only two under graduate students including me and a good friend. It was actually kind of a sweet realization for my friend and I because attending our second summit was also our one-year “friendiversary”. We met last year, again being two of the only undergrads, and have been really good friends since. So the two years of attending the summit not only have been an amazing opportunity to learn way more about the industry, but I made a lifelong friend as well. Continue reading “PUB201: Progress Post 05”

PUB201: Progress Post 03

In both Pub 101 and 201 we are taught to use WordPress, which is a blog platform site. When I first found out that we were using WordPress I was excited because I knew that it was at least a little bit accessible. Accessibility issues with websites and platforms is a very common occurrence, and I was worried about what kind of platform they were going to get us to use in these classes. I wanted to be able to do as much as I could since it was my own website. I knew I would need some help from my access aide because designing a blog has quite a few visual components, but I knew that, aside from the visual aspects, I was going to be able to work on my blog more so on my own and I was really excited about that. Continue reading “PUB201: Progress Post 03”

PUB201: Progress Post 02

I realized very early on in Pub 201 that while doing some research on other sites, specifically blogs, most of them had links to social media, email subscriptions and sharing options. I remembered that near the end of Pub 101, over a year ago now, I wanted to link my social media so that I (and hopefully others) could share my book reviews. Although I had good intentions to continue the blog outside of Pub 101, it never happened because life and University got crazy busy, and to be honest I lost interest. However, right from the very first day of Pub 201 I remembered that I really enjoyed writing book reviews and was once again excited to do it, but with a few social media touch ups. Continue reading “PUB201: Progress Post 02”

PUB201: Progress Post 01

I was quite excited to find out that for Publishing 201 we could use our existing blog sites from Publishing 101, if they fit the theme of the course “The Publication Of The Professional Self”. Luckily enough for me I did just that. Which meant that I didn’t have to create an entirely new site. I was mainly excited to use my existing site because I knew that my love of books, which my site represents, is something that I am wanting to do professionally by pursuing a career in the publishing industry. So I could continue to work on my original site, and improve it to become more professional. Continue reading “PUB201: Progress Post 01”

PUB201: Peer Review 1

I am reviewing the blog Analog Analagous. It is clear right away that it is a photography blog, and the very first photo you see is of a black and white, grainy, moody cityscape of Vancouver. This blog has a very clean cut, clear layout which I personally appreciate. We can easily see the different categories of photos from landscapes, portraits etc, and having different varieties of photos is good to draw different audiences, which in turn helps with the public coming to the site. Also the scroll feature where as you scroll content rises is a nice part of the chosen layout. Continue reading “PUB201: Peer Review 1”