As I write this reflection, it has just hit me that I completely forgot to tweet for today! Wow, I guess I’ll begin with reevaluating my social media strategy. I now have a new Twitter @Fernthinks where I tweet about my project and engage with @dayofvalentine, my initial Twitter account that tossed me into an existential identity crisis for a week. I noticed that I either kind of tweet a bunch at once when I get on Twitter, or I just forget to get on for days (despite having the app on my phone and being logged into both of my accounts). My new strategy: I’m going to put alerts in my phone reminding me to Tweet and I’m going to try to make it a habit to come up with content for the Tweet before each class. This is because I have also realized that when I get ready to post something….ah! I never know what to post sometimes, and it feels like I’m just tweeting for the sake of not looking like an inactive user.
This week, we did a lot of prototyping and some user experience testing on Monday. I’ve found myself struggling with balancing the FORM/DESIGN component and the CONTENT part of the site. While I’ve been tampering a lot with my site and how I want it to look, I have not been dedicating NEARLY as much time to writing thorough, precise, clean paragraphs of content. I guess it’s just been harder for me to do it given I am not writing a paper. However, I like the challenges and new territory of digital scholarship and I’m looking forward to this writing intensive weekend I am about to have.
Cheers to that~
Until next time to the three people who have made it down here,
I am only more and more convinced no one is reading these minus my professors,
but I’ll sign it off anyways,
4 thoughts on “Designing, Designing & Now to Writing… (Fern)”
You mentioned two pieces in this reflection that you have mentioned before and I think are quite related. One, sometimes you are not sure of what to post in social media and that your posts are sometimes done from not wanting to appear inactive (which is a fair motivation at times). Two, only your professors and sometimes your classmates are the only ones who read your reflections posts. Why not tweet and share your reflections posts? This may change the tone of one or the other, but your reflections could give a lot more context to your SM posts.
Hi Sundi! Thanks for responding to my reflection post. I was thinking about tweeting out my reflection posts…but I haven’t done it yet because I don’t want people to come to my site at all right now (this one: test.ikrajaved.com)! It looks horrible right now because I’ve been playing with a new theme, and I need to fix it up a little bit (which I’m doing now as I write this to you)….BUT…now that I think about it: even that could be tweetworthy (#struggles of changing a WordPress theme). I think I will beginning share them, and that probably will make my tone less pessimistic about what feels like writing into the void sometimes.
Tweets, like google docs containing content, don’t have to be finished or perfect to be worth putting out into the universe! I think it’s a good idea, though, to direct your energy back to your content. Writing is an area of strength for you, and getting back to it may boost your confidence in your project, so that you’re willing to tweet it out, however unfinished it may be! [I tried to paste in my own Use the Force bitmoji, but the comment function won’t let me add it. I’ll email it to you.]
Thanks Suzanne! That’s exactly what I’ve been up to this week and am going to dial the notch up even more.