‘A little about Web 2.0′
This is one of my earliest post. It contains only text with no images or links.
This blog post, I wrote about how people should limit how public and personal their blog should be, and that this goes the same for social networking sites like facebook.
‘Food Journalism, possible?’
In this post, I wrote of a possible career that I can pursue as it has something to do with one of my passions – Food!
I wrote about having a go at the Mortensen and Walker reading and then realized that I rarely included links in my blogs, adding that Mortensen and Walker mentioned that one of the primary uses of blogs is a diary of links. I then linked to a blog of my friend, Jing, to illustrate one of the points that Mortensen and Walker mentioned – “A paragraph is enough and there is no more needed”.
This is one of my favorite posts as I managed to include an image, put an external link and practice my html. I’ve since started to manually code to insert links and images into my posts. and oh, Seth just commented that this is a good post as I have made a correlation between blogging and song covers.
‘Blogging by Jill Walker’
This isn’t one of the best post but I’ve made use of the blog as a ‘notebook’ or ‘journal’ to jot down the notes that I’ve gathered from the first chapter from Jill Walker’s Blogging. I read Blogging as part of research for my individual essay on links. I’ve also visited the blogs that Jill mentions in her book and have included external links to them in this post.
‘Ideas Run Free’
In this post, I discussed about the usage of the Blackberry smartphone in Lady Antebullum’s ‘Need You Now” music video on YouTube, and how it will affect the ‘currentness’ of the video. I then elaborate that YouTube has many similarities to blogs as most sites provide external links, commentary system; where users can leave comments and create new discussions, and so on, which leads me to conclude that blogs are where ideas run free. This is proven because I jumped from talking about the video’s temporality to ideas about YouTube being like blogs.
I was browsing through Twitter when I came across Xia Xue’s twitter profile, which then lead me to her blog. In this post, I discussed about the influences of her blog, to an extent that even my Australian tutor know about her. I also comment on the characteristics of her blog, and bringing in ideas that I’ve learnt about while researching for the individual essay. Certain ideas that I’ve gathered about one month ago no longer appear relevant as the blogs strive to be more and more influential in our lives every single day.
This blog post is a combination of lecture notes and blogging. I commented that the ‘Online Hypertext Lecture’ reinforces of the idea that Miles makes in the video as this video is actually made available online. I then draw on a YouTube video on a Volkwagon advertisement and discussed how the film edits are like links in a hypertext.
This blog post is somewhat a continuation of ‘Online Lecture’, as I draw on more ideas that can be related to what Miles said in the lecture about links and distance in Hypertext. Ski Yoghurt has a very catchy advertisement, being a compilation of multiple single shots, each shot is individual but when played all at once, are linked and makes plenty of sense.
‘Three Years. One Photo’
In this post, I included an external link to website of photos. But where I want to draw attention to is Michael Wesley’s three-year exposure photograph. In this photograph, I can see a infinite numbers of lines. Lines that result from the movement of the sun, moon, destruction and building of a new establishment and so on. The lines are somewhat like blogs and its blog post. As time past, more and more posts will be archived and soon, there will be countless of posts.
Katy Perry seeks revenge on Elmo
Recently, Katy Perry grabbed headlines when she wore a very low-cut Elmo t-shirt on SNL to poke fun at Sesame Street for banning her ‘Hot n Cold’ music video with Elmo. I sourced this news article from theage.com.au in which it has many similarities to a blog. The article includes images, a video and even a commentary system.
Firstly, I would have to admit that in Week 7 and 8, I did not manage to publish any blog post but have now posted more blog entries to compensate for that idle two weeks. I have to say, that I’ve come a long way in terms of my blogging style. I now put in more effort, particularly in including external and internal links in my blog posts. I would love to include images more frequently but since learning about the importance of attributing images and the usage of copyright photos, I could only include photos of my own or photos sourced from royalty free photo websites like morgueFile. Furthermore, ever since learning the basics of HTML, blogging has been more fun as I now know how to manually insert images and links, bold text and even turn an image into a link. The first few blog posts that I’ve listed above are not the ‘bloggiest’ but it is an evidence to show how I’ve developed in producing ‘bloggier’ blogs into the first few weeks of the semester. My later blog posts all have links to somewhere, whether internal or external, and may or may not have images depending on the subject matter. I have also tend to make connections with the subject discussed, back to ideas brought up throughout the course. In terms of writing style, I tend to write a little more formal than how I would in my personal blog as this is after all, a university blog that would be assessed. Apart from the inconsistency of the number of blog posts, I would say I did an acceptable job on blogging.
I was looking at Nelson’s desktop background on his MacBook Pro and noticed an amazing looking black & white photo. The photo clearly looked like it was taken with a long exposure. It was a photo of a city view, with fine lines all over the image.
Nelson said that the photo was taken with a 3-year exposure. 3 YEARS EXPOSURE?! he wasn’t joking. He googled it to prove it to me.
The photographer’s name is Michael Wesley and that amazing photo was taken as part of a project for the Museum of Modern Art.
I was so amazed by this photo, I just had to blog about it.
Wesley’s 3-year exposure photo can somewhat be related to how blogs work. The infinite numbers of fine lines in the photo is the result of the capturing of movement over a 3-year period. This includes the movement of the sun, the erection of buildings and movement of cars and people. The ‘fine lines’ in blogs would refer to the post that have been published. Over a 3-year period, an average blogger would have accumulated a substantial number of blog posts in his or her archive. The date of publish on each post is like the ‘movement’ of people and cars in Wesley’s photo, a proof that there was development and movement across time.
Facebook has got to be my favourite social media tool.
It helps me keep in touch with friends regardless of where I am in the world. It’s so easy because this media tool allow us to drop a message on their profile ‘walls’ which appear very casual and spontaneous. It is definitely a way to reconnect with friends whom we are not very close back in earlier days.
In addition to that, we can be updated with our friend’s lives by browsing through their photo albums or even be notified of the Facebook games that they are playing. There is also a live chat service that allows us to communicate in real time.
There have been massive debates on the privacy issue in Facebook as users are increasingly putting their lives on the internet. I strongly believe that there is a fine line between private and public on what we put on our Facebook profiles.
This image is under a morgueFile Free License
I’ve heard about Xia Xue. But I’ve never read her blog until today. Even Seth mentioned about her blog in class. All the way in Australia, my tutor is talking about a Singapore blogger. She’s got to be somebody.
I was actually redirected to her blog via her profile when her name popped up in the ‘Who To Follow’ column in Twitter profile. (There you go, external links!) An external link in Twitter that led me to Xia Xue’s blog, which prompt me to write a blog post about it, and here I am, providing you an external link back to her twitter profile. The internet is a wonderful thing.
According to her, she’s been awarded numerously for maintaing such a fantastic blog. I wondered how she got noticed? Really, the stuffs that she talks about on her blogs are actually quite everyday-life. What makes her standout? Is it her Caucasian wannabe look? (sorry, I don’t mean to offend). After learning about pingbacks and trackbacks, I know this blog post will somehow notify Xia Xua that I’m writing a comment on her blog.
Blogging about everyday-life is actually great. To you and your community, it may be of something common. But to another culture or country, it could be something intriguing or Robert Merton’s ‘Specified Ignorance’? ‘Specified Ignorance’ refers to information that is not known yet, but is worth getting to know. (I got the ‘specified ignorance’ theory from Walker and Mortensen while researching on blogs for the first assessment task.)
Whatever the reason, it is great to know that even Asians can be influential bloggers. What more, she is even married to a Caucasian. Did Xia Xue meet her husband with the help of her blog? Well, according to Wikipedia, she did meet her husband online. If that’s the case, her blog is some sort of transnational tool! According to Wikipedia also, she hosts Xia Xue’s Guide to Life. What’s surprising is that she looks different on TV as compared to the photos on her blog (the video was posted recently). I don’t mean to offend, but may I say that she doesn’t look as skinny as she looks on TV as compared to photos posted on her blogs. Particularly the large header photo that greets you (literally) on her blog. My friend reckons its all photoshop work.
This makes me think of what I’ve learnt about blogs that is no longer relevant if taking Xia Xue’s blog as an example. Blogs are suppose to be a space for you to voice out your thought as they are, without much emphasis on the structure. (I’m probably already breaking this rule at the moment.) Well, if Xia Xue’s photos on her blog are all photoshop manipulated, it is as if blogging is becoming more and more like print publishing, where everything must be perfect.
Something to think about.. is blogging taking over print publishing?