Tagged: Technology

Technology vs. Attention Spans

Jeffries, Duncan. The Guadian. March 11, 2013. October 17, 2013. Web.<http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/mar/11/technology-internet-pupil-attention-teaching&gt;

This article pretty much just rehashes a study done by Pew Research Center, and also brings in another researches done and talks about them. One researcher stated that, while young children do have the ability to have longer periods of concentration, leaving them alone with technology can be detrimental because they do not acquire the ability to communicate with people. Another researcher compared two groups of people, one that moved into an urban down and another that lived a “traditional existence”. The researcher said that the urbanized group did not fall far out of her expectations, but she was surprised at the traditional group at how exceptional they were able to concentrate on one thing for a long time. And yet another researcher said that there is no doubt that technology has hindered children’s ability to learn do to the fact that answers no longer have to be researched; a simple Google search will do.

Neither of these new studies are all that groundbreaking, but when almost every research agrees that technology has hindered attention span today, not much really would be.

Blogging Molds to You

How can a person adjust his/her level of blogging based on his/her experience with technology?

No one blog is the same because every blogger is unique. There are many ways to create and maintain a blog. It’s how you go about doing so that very much depends on your experience with technology.

First off there are many platforms of which you can go to for the creation of your blog. These platforms provide you with the tools you need to make your blog. Some platforms are more user friendly so that you have a quick and easy blogging experience, such as tumblr. Other blogging sites are a bit more complicated with more customization giving a more organized way of blogging, an example being wordpress. One simply has to chose which blogging platform best suites their technological skills and blogging needs.

One can also, instead of going by the user interface of a platform, evaluate how much of a presence technology has in their life. Let’s say you have a tablet, smart phone and laptop computer, you might want to be able to blog from all three devices so you would choose a blogging platform that is compatible though out all of them. For this one might settle for Twitter or tumblr to satiate their blogging needs. These kinds of blogging platforms are a little less complicated and professional, so in gaining the advantage of being able to utilize the technology you have you would adjust your level of blogging to the limitations that the platform provides you with.

If you have a greater experience with technology you may want to self host a blog. This method of blogging allows you to be much more free with the customization of your blog without being bogged down by the limitations of the host. It is very complicated from what I can tell but I’m sure many people do use this kind of blog.

I don’t think you really adjust your blogging to match your experience with technology per say because you mold your blog to fit you.

The Effects of Technology

How can a person adjust his/her level of blogging based on his/her experience with technology?

Well I mainly believe that by being technologically savvy, one could greatly increase the aesthetic appeal of the blog. By making the blog more professional and theme based, it could attract more people. Also with ones experience with technology, people could change the format of the page to make it more reader friendly or more interesting to look at. It gets boring to see the same solid color format and I personally would stay on a site longer if it had something attention- getting like a background with pictures or animations. Another way that experience with technology can help is with the adding of multimedia. It gets boring looking at words all the time and with my attention-span, I’d lose interest quickly. By having at least some knowledge of technology one could add visual aids that would keep me entertained and focused.

In terms of actual content,I believe that technology has very little influence. Honestly, I feel that someone without the experience of technology can write posts just as informative or witty as someone who has experience. Really it all comes down to presentation and how interested the audience will be when they see it.  Overall, I don’t really think that technology is really the deciding factor of if the blog is good anyways. In this day and age almost everyone has the basic background and knowledge to make a site on a blogger’s platform as simple and user-friendly as WordPress. WordPress especially makes it easy to make an interesting background and upload your images and videos easily. So really, you don’t need to be a pro at technology to make a successful, good-looking blog.

Despite this, I am not discouraging  people to learn technology. You can make a good blog with the WordPress platofrm, but you can make an even better blog if you are technologically knowledgeable to know coding. Unfortunately, more often than not, even with this knowledge it would cost more money to implement. However, if one were to want to become more technologically advanced, there are plenty or resources such as Youtube tutorials or tutorials on the platform itself (depending on which one you use). Ultimately, although being savvy with coding and other features, it is the content that determines the quality of the blog. I would rather read a blog that is thought provoking or incredibly entertaining rather than one that is ridiculous but aesthetically pleasing. If you can put the time, creativity, effort, and money into learning the technological skills while not affecting the content, then you have yourself a homerun blog.

Knowledge is Power

Group Blog, after J. C. Leyendecker

Photo by Mike Licht

 

How can a person adjust his/her level of blogging based on his/her experience with technology?

Starting with a hosted site like WordPress makes it easy for people unfamiliar with technology to put together a professional looking blog. With more experience, they can transform their site into a much more complicated and interesting page. Learning how to do small codes with the help of online tutorials, someone could add creative and individual touches like adding a music player, or tweaking their theme. If someone was also artistic, they could create custom headers and logos for their own blog and be able to tie the theme into all aspects of their blog. There are so many really cool layouts on truly professional blogs that require a lot of know-how to accomplish, but I believe these skills can be learned a little at a time. If someone started learning how to make the code for just adding a music player, they are slowly learning bits of code that they could maybe use again to add something else.

Speaking from a personal standpoint, I remember when I was in middle school and had a MySpace page. Everyone in my school saw it, so I wanted it to reflect me and be expressive of how cool I was (or at least how cool I thought I was…). I started out by using themes that Myspace provided, but eventually moved on to inserting codes for theme layouts I found online. Slowly I began to pick up on simple HTML codes and was able to customize areas on my own page exactly how I wanted. I added pictures, music, links, and traded information and codes with friends so we could all learn more about the site and HTML. Today, I have a blog on tumblr that I try to customize as much as possible. Because it’s not HTML, I am slowly learning, again, the correct codes for personalizing the layout and making it perfect. I’m nowhere near being able to code professionally, but learning small simple steps makes me feel like my blog is more techno-savvy than when I started out.

Similarly, just by finding small tools online, you could do some pretty cool things with your blog. I used Google Analytics on my blog, and was able to see where my readers were coming from in the world which was awesome! Also, this tool can tell you what search terms people entered to find your blog, which can be very helpful when you tag your posts. Being able to do one small task like insert the Google Analytics code into your blog (which is pretty easy because the site tells you exactly what to do) can actually give you a much more complicated and interesting result to help your site keep growing.

Another way learning more about technology can change a person’s blog is how they can maybe find more blogs similar to theirs and share posts. Some of the blogs I follow have guest writers from other blogs submit a post, and readers get the opportunity to follow a new blog if they choose. This is a cool tool for not only introducing your readers to other websites they may like, but also if you make a post on another blog, you could increase the traffic to your own blog. Being able to find blogs similar to yours and forming a network is a cool way to keep your site growing and stay relevant in the world of blogs.

Knowledge & Blogging

A person can adjust his or her blogging based on their experience with technology many way.   First, before an individual starts blogging they should be aware of the different blogging platforms that are out there.  They should be aware of its personalization capability, the type of readers that might go to that platform, how simple or complex it is to use the website, is accessible anywhere and also does it allow you to do what you want to achieve with your blog.  Everyone has different technology experience some people knows how to code, so they might choose a blogging platform that allows them to use css codes and really customize and play around with it. But, there is people like me that do not know much about technology and prefers a straight forward blogging tool like WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and etc.

In addition, I believe that I person should never use only one type of blogging platform or one type of technology, because that leaves no room for growth or room for them to expand their knowledge.  This can be done by one day trying to add an image to a new post or a music. Doing different things on different posts allows one to become an expert at that platform and that is how a person can adjust and grow with their experience on technology.  In today’s world, there is no such excuse of ” I dont know how to use it”, that is what a lazy person would say. There is so many videos and tutorials and explanation in the internet that allows one to understand it better and get a hands on tutorial on any platforms.  After trying and not been comfortable use it that is another thing, but one should always try to Google for tutorials or watch some videos on Youtube about the blogging platform that you choose to use in order to grow your level of expertise.