Writing about blogging in a blog makes my head spin. Yet here I am, blogging away, trying to make sense of what I am supposed to accomplish here. I hope you’re as confused as I am. Actually, no I don’t.
Me in a state of confusion.
The article, “11 Essential Ingredients Every Blog Posts Needs” offered many helpful points for me. I thought that some of the “ingredients” were a little repetitive or obvious, but I have to think about the audience here. I am not the entire audience, and even though some points seemed silly to me, they could be extremely important to another reader. For instance, the point to write damn good sentences. Of course I’m going to write damn good sentences, or at least try to.
The article treated blogs as stories, seducing the reader with internal cliffhangers and a sense of plot and resolution. I liked this. Still, as I sit here typing until the end of time, I realize that I am not actually using the very tools that the article discusses in this blog post. This is a challenge. Sure, I can pick apart a text and write a 30 page essay on it, but actually using the tools that the article discusses is something that I haven’t done.
So bear with me, we’re all learning here. Bill mentioned several times that if we are confused, then we are actually learning. I’m trying my best to believe this right now.
Okay, back to reality! When I was reading my fellow scholars’ blogs, I was entertained. I loved seeing how they all took pieces from Writer/Designer and just went with it. It sparked my imagination and I thought about several of their points hours after reading. Now I can’t get it out of my mind. Everywhere I go, everything I see, magazines, road signs, logos on t-shirts, article titles, juice bottle labels, I can’t stop thinking about the modes and how they are being used. In the past, I have just scanned over these things, unnoticed. But now, “why did that restaurant choose that color and font to represent their business? Why did Nike choose the swoosh? What does it mean? Damn, that is a fantastic logo, they did a really great job at grabbing my attention.” I am disgusted and intrigued by this. My brain can’t merely look past these things now.
My brain hurts from analyzing every detail, images, colors, word choice, movement, tone of voice, clothing, and how it all communicates a certain message. So thank you, COMP 250, now I will go stick my head in the oven.