I am not a blogger. In fact I’m not computer savvy in any way whatsoever. I mean, I only just realized that my laptop had a DVD drive. I am not joking. The extent of my Internet usage doesn’t really span beyond Google and Facebook and I’ve only just mastered Netbank.
But disclaimers out of the way now. Given that net communications was a compulsory Media and Communications subject, I thought it would focus more on the evolution from hard copy newspapers to online news and the differences between the two. I did not anticipate such a major focus on blogging, so in hindsight, this subject was probably not the best choice for me, given that I have never really had any interest in blogs.
Despite my best efforts, the intricacies of blogging still remain somewhat a mystery to me and my technical skills (or lack thereof) made the whole blogging process very difficult.
One such instance where my lack of blogging knowledge really let me down was the ‘frequency of posting’ element. I’m not trying to excuse myself at all, but it didn’t even cross my mind that when you start a post on the wordpress forum, the date and time is automatically recorded. I wrote all of my formal posts in Word first because I wanted to draft and redraft before submission. I thought that posting on wordpress was final and once posted could not be edited, so I was apprehensive to post anything. As such, all of my posts are now listed as being posted at the last minute. I’m very disappointed that I didn’t realize this earlier and understand that my mark will be significantly lower because of it. This is my face right now.
Nevertheless, my one and only experience with the blogosphere was overall positive. In terms of the assignment itself, I really enjoyed the informal tone and ability to write however I wanted. On the negative side, I felt that in the end, my chosen niche of breakfast didn’t really have an overbearing presence on the blog, given the nature of the required posts. It seemed as though choosing a niche was completely unnecessary except for the ‘anatomy of a post’ post and the odd reference to a niche blog. I mean, when I’m out for breakfast I’m not thinking about the comment cultures and intellectual property, so I guess net communications and breakfast blogging didn’t really gel for me and I found it quite a strain to link the net communications posts to anything in the world of breakfast.
I found the platform of wordpress, hmmm, ok. I found it a bit restrictive in terms of design and it took me a long long longgggg time to work the simplest of things out like how to properly use the dashboard and the addition of a blogroll. Also, I hate the photo uploading tool. I hate it. I never worked out how to crop a picture, despite my best efforts, so several of the pictures I had for the blog never actually made it. If (and that’s a really big if) I ever decided to make another blog, I think I might give a different platform go. I must also add that my housemates and I chose he cheapest possible Internet connection, which several times resulted in me storming out of the room and slamming the door in wordpress’ face.
Overall, I think being a really good blogger requires a lot of passion and a great interest in what you write about. It’s a lot of hard work and for amateur bloggers without dedicated following, there is little return.
This is all sounding quite negative. I actually quite enjoyed the experience, I mean it was a good excuse to eat lots of scrambled eggs for ‘research purposes.’
My final bit of bloggy advice. Go watch The Breakfast Club while eating Small Block ricotta hotcakes. Heaven!