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Nude Media Paintings

As demonstrated in Lauren DiCioccio’s paintings, we as a society have preconceived ideas of how information is usually presented to us visually. Her paintings omit words in favor of colorful spheres, yet staring at any of them invokes the feeling of reading a magazine article or a newspaper. This is because most of the information we have read comes in this sort of format, from books, to magazines, to newspapers. Most printed documents make use of the white space between text and in the margins in the same way. That does not mean that this is the way information should always and consistently presented. The rise of “nude” media shows that stripping down to the essentials can still convey the same kind of content. In our society that is constantly shifting towards greater mobility, nude media presents a bare bones way of digesting the information with the frills to slow us down. I personally prefer reading simple text on a page without any sort of special visuals. I do a lot of reading on my phone nowadays, so nude media presents a simpler way for me to scroll up and down with all the information being laid out vertically across the entire screen, rather than having to deal with headers and various things on the sides of the page intruding.

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Annotated bib numero dos

Meadows, Laura, Perceptions of Influence on and of Political Bloggers: A Survey of Top Political Bloggers (December 10, 2011).  Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2183344 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2183344

This paper covers a study of 135 of the top 200 political bloggers and discusses their influence on modern day politics. The paper includes surveys and research questions relating to influences in blog topics, differences from mainstream media, perceived strength of political influence, and how blogs differ from standard partisan leanings. . The study asks bloggers to examine their own influence focuses on both left-wing and right-wing sides of the political blogosphere. The data in this paper will be great in helping me create my argument that political blogs have significant influence on 21st century politics. The data is also analyzed quantitatively which will create a stronger argument. It also makes sure to note the limitations of the study and the demographics of the people surveyed. The paper also gives insight onto the bloggers side and their perspective. This paper is written by a doctoral student at University of North Carolina.

Creative commons and why you should use it

Creative Commons is a pretty neat thing that should definitely be used if you want to stay completely out of trouble with THE LAW. Creative Commons is a great tool for finding images, videos, sounds that you can insert into your blog without fear of having internet police coming to bother you. Although the abundance of media on the internet makes it difficult for them to find everyone who is using media illegally, it is always better to be safe than sorry. The search engine on the Creative Commons site provides plenty of material for you to use to enhance your blog. Therefore it is not necessary to use sources that you are not allowed to use. I have gotten too many parking tickets to take any risky chances in life. In addition to avoiding trouble, it is also just part of being a good person. How would you feel if your hard work was attributed to someone else or people failed to give you recognition despite using your stuff?

In addition as a media creator, Creative Commons can be a great asset in spreading your work over the internet. It also allows you to choose how you want to share your work, and how it is used. That way, allow your work to be spread on the internet on your own terms. So if you are particularly sensitive about your work being defaced or altered, you can prevent that. You can also stop people from profiting off of your work if they do not even give you credit.

Annotated Bibliography 1

Hemsley, Jeff et al. “Democracy.com: A Tale of Political Blogs and Content”. Proceedings of the 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences,  2011. Web.  20 Sept 2013.

http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/hicss_44/bp44/egov2.pdf

The point of this article is to talk about the effect of blogs on politics. It goes over how the growing role of the internet in politics and the ramifications of the 2008 presidential election. It uses reliable examination of viral videos on popular political blogs to show how it creates a homogeneity in blog-readers.  This is a helpful source for me because it directly relates to my topic of people taking on the opinions of bloggers themselves, rather than form their own. I can definitely using the numbers and figures provided in the data to strengthen my point.

Editorial Calendars and You

Running a blog can be hectic, especially if you want to have a blog that updates on a regular schedule despite your spontaneous lifestyle and disregard for all things organized. One thing you can do to keep your blog in check is to set up an editorial calendar. Editorial calendars have pretty much been around since the existence of printed publications and remain a useful tool in the world of internet based content. Personally, I tend to go in and out of moods for writing blog posts. However, this can result in a torrential downpour of blog posts one day and a complete drought the next.  This sucks for me, because sporadic floods of posts are not what most people look for in blogs; people enjoy consistency. So how CAN developing an editorial calendar solve this problem of mine? Well, fortunately for me, editorial calendars exist to manage the publishing, scheduling of posts, content and long-term management of your blog.

But what does that even mean? It means editorial calendars allow you to layout all your posts for a month and plan accordingly. You can control the timing of how you want your posts to be published. For example, if you are in a particularly chatty mood and you wrote 3-4 post drafts, you could spread them out around your calendar. You could then go in and edit and finalize the posts as they near their publication date. This will help you create that steady stream of content that followers seem to love. Also, this could help you control the flow and feel of your content, placing posts in an order that links your ideas together. Don’t forget that editing posts is always a good idea anyway, because it would be a shame if you got cyberbullied for typos and the like.

Conveniently for us, our choice in blogging-platform, WordPress, actually has an editorial calendar Plugin that you can add straight to your blog. Admittedly, I am a little too sleep-deprived to try and figure out how to install it right now, however I did play around with a free tester sandbox that I used to get a feel for editorial calendars. (Can be found here) Unlike the installing the Plugin itself, the editorial calendar is very user-friendly! The calendar option pops up right in the post section and once opened shows, unsurprisingly, a big calendar. Using the calendar you can view all posts planned for the month and edit as you see fit. You can also drag and drop the posts around the calendar to create a schedule. Each posts shows the time it is set for, the title and its status(draft, pending post etc.). Overall it’s a very useful tool for a blogger to have at his/her disposal, A+, highly recommend.

There are also numerous guides available on the internet that give you ideas on how to set-up and follow an editorial schedule and calendar. I’m pretty neurotic, so I tend to go back and edit my posts several times before I even think of releasing them to be scrutinized out in the wild. My advice is to choose an editorial style that best fits your own writing habits.

the sandbox calendar

the sandbox calendar

Blogging to your technology level

In order to blog at max capacity, a person should know just how familiar they are with the technology they are using. By first making a mental note of the tools they know how to use, they can optimize their posts with media and links or even which blogging platform they choose.  If I lacked the knowledge to edit html, I might choose a more simple hosted platform like wordpress or blogger. These platforms are user-friendly and come set-up with a number of themes that can be added with just the click of a button. However, if I were more savvy with html, I might choose to host my own blog and use my knowledge to set up a layout that is attractive and is conducive to my blog focus. You can also edit the html to add music players or videos playing on the side to your blog. Using html, you can customize these additions to your blog the way that you feel best fits. However, if you lack the know-how to do this, you might consider using similar tools available on blogging platforms. For example, wordpress has widgets that allows you to add free additions to your blog without he hassle of setting them up yourself. While these might not be as tailored as the ones you can add yourself, they are much easier to use for people who lack the technical experience.

When it comes to posts, strictly using plain text can get boring and repetitive for the reader. Depending on your level of technical knowledge you can make your posts more visually appealing to readers.  If a reader came to a blog devoid of everything but text, they might be turned away without even reading the content because the sheer volume of words just looks tedious. Sometimes it takes a picture to really evoke the message you are trying to portray in your post. Images can also be an easy way to add a punchline to your joke.  Sometimes you want to link to outside sites in your blog. It might be easier to copy and paste urls into the blog post. However, if you are feeling particularly daring, you might insert a link into your post without having to post the full url.  e.g https://www.google.com versus this

As a person blogs, it might be a good idea to always push your boundaries(this applies to everything in life). You might be feeling risky or edgy one day and try adding something you normally wouldn’t add to a post. It could also be a good idea to look for feedback from the comments to see if what you did was effective or even if you did it wrong; commenters might give you advice on how to do it correctly.  As your technology skill grows, hopefully so will the quality and content of your blog.

Questionable experiences in online dating :)

http://28dateslater.blogspot.com/

So this blog scares me, like… Im actually a little bit concerned for my own safety in undertaking this blog/social experiment. Anyway,this blog follows a very similar journey to the one I am about to undertake: a blogger going on 28 dates using 28 different dating sites.The writing is usually done in a humorous and relate-able tone. I like that he presents his posts like chapters in a story as well as his minimalistic approach to his layout. One thing I did not like was his use of videos inserted into blog posts. I will try to stay away from those in my blog since my posts will probably be long enough and I don’t want my visitors to have to sit through a 3:08 video clip just to understand some reference for a cheap laugh.

http://datestable.wordpress.com/

This is another blog written by an average dude getting into online dating for the first time. This blogger, like me, also decided to use Okcupid as his dating site of choice. The first couple posts cover starting your own Okcupid profile and there are a couple more posts on tips for online dating spread out afterwards. The writing here is pretty straightforward which makes it easy to read, although I think that the lack of humor makes reading some of the longer posts tedious. The layout is nice and simple although it is colored in a pretty obnoxious bubblegum which might be a deterrent to his target audience(male readers who already feel a little weird about using a dating site). This blogger has a tendency to cover over a couple dates in a post without going too in-depth and focusing more on a central theme. Overall I do find some of the more guide-like posts to be informative and helpful for my blog.

http://datingisweird.blogspot.com/

This blog is actually a community blog with all the posts being made by different contributors.  The posts range from weird dating stories to advice to random confessionals. One of the consequences of a community blog is the large disparities in quality among posts. However, the blog does have two sections for the most popular posts and editors picks to save you the trouble of searching. Although I know I want a more minimalist layout for my own blog, this one might be too barren for me.  One thing I do like though, is the checkboxes underneath each posts, so that in addition to comments, readers can check off whether they found it “funny” or “I feel ya” or “are you kidding?”.