So, it’s the end of Semester 2 although I can hardly believe it and it’s time to wrap this thing up. I think if I had to choose one thing this year that I have enjoyed and gotten the most out of, blogging would definitely be up there in top two. I really like posting things on my blog as a way of documenting ideas, thoughts and processes and it’s kind of like a creative outlet that I can see evolving. Further, the whole ‘community’ that blogging creates is super cool and I have discovered so many great blogs which have served as inspiration for my own work and I feel really helped me in my own practice.
So, short but sweet I know, but bloggin, it’s pretty fly.
The first entry i will mention is Tutorial Thinking (July 29th) which explores the idea of the internet as a Network, and how the web presents not only a space to ‘store’ information but to link ideas so your experience becomes more like a journey. This entry explores the implications of Networking and the way our interaction with the web is changing us a readers and writers. I think my early July posts show a limited range of texture and are extremely long in comparison to my later work. You can also see that in my July entries I didn’t understand the concept or importance of tagging posts. August was lovely Annotated Bibliography Time, so lots of my posts were dedicated to that, but you’ve already read those so I will mention some other notable entries. Tutorial #4…or not (August 11th) was my attempt to fulfil some of the participation goals I set for myself which ended up in me discovering a lot about digital identity – something I have become increasingly interested in. It’s all about having a voice and presence online and how it differs from the one we have in ‘real life’. CAPTCHA SUCKERS! ( August 18th) explains my process of installing a new plugin on my WordPress blog, it has accompanying images (I learnt that maintaing visual interest was important) and adopts a less formal style than other entries – this was when really began to understand blogging as being open to any kinds of entries. It was at this point in the course I began to open myself up to new programmes and online applications. The Julie/Julia Project (August 28th) responds to the idea of blogging and how, as a medium, it’s affordances help us in the Media and Communications industry to gather a network of followers. August was a good month, my entries were so much more varied in terms of content (videos, images, links) and texture/tone. Spring sprung and so did my flare for blogging, I began posting more and more non related yet highly relevant stuff to enhance the personality and voice of my blog. art for my rent (6th September) is a nice little heart warming story about how blogging enabled a struggling visual artist to pay her rent through doing what she loved. The post shows how the skills we learn Networked Media can be integral to our success after Uni. SoundCloud – Your Sound, at the Heart (18th September) relates to online communities via a review of Soundcloud. This post is one of many in a series of reviews of websites I did and this one in particular shows how important Networking, Tagging and being active online is. Have You Noticed? ( 22nd September) outlines the way that Facebook can be used as a forum to create a hype or excitement about an upcoming event, pretty much how we can use it, as a medium, to promote our work and gather a following of intrigued people. This post, like a lot of my writing relates to art, and the art world, which really is all about promotion and networking. Creative Socialism (September 28th) concerns our study of Copyright and Creative Commons via referencing an academic article I sourced online and discusses Creative Commons in a political context which I think differs from simply summing up the ideas behind the movement and takes an interesting view. Week #10 Tutorial (September 29th) outlines some difficulties I had with HTML and a step by step guide of how I resolved the issue. This entry provides some much needed specifics on my technical process and shows the progression of my HTML skills. RIP: A REMIX MANIFESTO (October 3rd) is my own personal response the documentary set as course material for WK11. In the post I assign my own individual examples of what I think a remix culture produces and how I can apply it my own context as an emerging artist. Occupying Twitter (October 13th) discusses the powers of social media occupied both by those who use them and those who control them. I use Occupy Wall Street as a example of how ideas can be spread so quickly through forums such as Twitter and also of how forums like this can be subject to potential manipulation.