When taking this module I thought I knew what to expect from the content considering I had already completed the MOOC in UOSM2012. However what I didn’t expect to learn was how to relay that information and create concise, interesting and informative content for others. While I was keen to refresh my knowledge of the web, I also wanted to gain experience in writing online blogs.
Self Test: Then vs. Now
In the beginning I started to use what I had already learnt previously in my blog. I soon found though that the concise word count would prove to be a problem as it was difficult to compile so much information into just 300 words (with references). This served as a key moment for me as I couldn’t just write about the topic, I needed to find a way to relay information that engages the reader. I soon realised that this module heavily relies on being able to create assets as well.
Considering I already had experience in making online content I didn’t think it would be a challenge to create assets to accompany my blog posts. However my experience was mainly with videos and less with graphics, so I had to learn how to create infographics and images that fit with the topic. This was another key moment for me because it proved difficult to produce different content each week with other deadlines to worry about – however I found it refreshing and really spurred on my inner desire to create content.
What I learnt?
Having done all 3 topics now I have definitely learnt more than I expected. I learnt to use more software for providing assets such as Canva and Piktochart, however in retrospect I realised that just making infographics wasn’t engaging enough for the reader and I wish I used more videos or audio clips from podcasts to help illustrate my point. Looking back I also would have engaged more with those who left comments as I think it would help me get a better perspective of the topic and get their views. This is something I learnt a lot of during this course because I found some interesting articles to help further my understanding; such as the Ted Talk on how to pop our filter bubbles posted on my post about media/data literacy.
Personally I learnt that while blogging is interesting, I do prefer making videos as opposed to written content because I feel I can express myself more in videos. Although I do have a new respect for bloggers as it can be challenging but also refreshing when you get positive feedback on your work, like when I got a comment from someone who isn’t on the course but they still appreciated the work I put into my blog. This makes me feel more appreciative of the work I put into my Youtube videos and when people comment on them to give advice and compliment on them.
As a Youtuber I thought I could use some of the skills used there in my own blog posts, for example in the Introductory topic I created my own resident-visitor diagram using Adobe Photoshop as opposed to the tools suggested online. I also used my personal experience from blogging on ReadLiverpoolFC to help me with writing and help figure out how to pace my blog posts.
This experience has made me change how I’m going to tackle my online social media profile. Before I was focused mainly on being a single identity online, however after Topic 3 I’m leaning towards having both a professional account and a personal account which is linked to my Youtube channel because I want people to see my personality through my videos and through social media. I had already made a LinkedIn account before but I never put much effort into it, but as my university life is ending I’m planning to increase the amount to which I contribute to my professional page.
I’ll also use my experience of interacting with people on my blog in the future and try to interact more online. On Twitter I usually interact with my friends and my followers but now I think there is real benefit to talking to all my followers and finding out their opinions on different topics. I would also like to do the same on Youtube and Reddit and try to get more feedback and ideas from people.
As a result of this course I would like to find out more about the web and people on the web. As I leave university and move onto the working world I wanna use what I’ve learnt here to my advantage as it is my intention to be living and working on the web. Hopefully I can figure out in time how to further improve my understanding of the web, find out how to get my content out there and have a positive and fulfilling impact online.
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