Finally we have reached the end of this course. I would like to thank Seth and other guest lecturers for their insight, guidance and experiences that they so willingly shared with us. Below will be a summary of my learnings throughout the whole 13 weeks.
Looking back at my first post in this blog, I noticed how naive my thinking was about writing in the network. I mentioned that the toughest challenge in this course would be about writing and coding in HTML, but now that 13 weeks has gone and pass, I know that the toughest challenge is not about the HTML, but about writing the content. I’ve learnt that with the network being in a public area, everyone can have the information and the knowledge on how to write, but the thing that makes us stand out from others in the network is what we write. Having the lecture by thesiswhisperer has taught me to be the opinion leader and to create a sense of presence in my blog through the style of writing. When I compare myself at this level to the first time I started writing in this blog, my writing style have changed to a more professional tone. Having the blog post on adopting a blog also taught me what experience I want to create for my blog, my ideal blogging style is to be interesting and funny at the same time, because there is nothing better than to make my readers feel good and happy.
The learnings from the second week of lecture and the online lecture about copyright was a real inspiring one as it taught me more about the network, not just the history but the trends and expectations on the Internet users. I have learnt that through the network, we are able to do so many things, such as getting information from one webpage to another, gaining experience from other people’s stories and communicating with people from all around the world. At the same time, we need to be cautious of hoax and false information over the web, as well as to beware of our ideas that we shared on the network from being stolen.
As weeks progressed and hypertext essay assignments came to place, I find myself doing a lot more tutorials on HTML codings, such as the image map tutorial which I also used this technique in my hypertext essay. Creating tutorials are a form of training on my HTML writing skills and to be used as future reference for myself and my readers. I have also did a reflection on my hypertext essay to reflect back on my HTML skills and thoughts on how to improve further.
Lastly, from blogging I have learnt to developed my own thoughts, to think critically and not be afraid to share them, just like what I did on the reflection on Manovich’s concept of spatial montage, the comparison of hypertext examples which inspired me for our hypertext essay assignment and to be able to apply the knowledge from this course with my other courses.
Here are the list of the 10 blog entries for easier read:
- My first post (Week 1)
- Second week of lecture (Week 2)
- Knowledge with other courses (Week 3)
- The thesiswhisperer (Week 4)
- Spatial Montage (Week 5)
- Online lecture about copyright (Week 10)
- Hypertext essay examples (Week 10)
- Image map tutorial (Week 10)
- Adopting a blog (Week 11)
- Reflection on hypertext essay (Week 12)
Overall, this course has taught me a lot about writing in the network and have build up my confidence in writing in the Internet. I feel like I have a lot to catch up to do with the network and for starters, I should probably create a consistent online identity and start a new blog and Twitter account and create my own network of followers.