I took the “soft” option and read the two recommended readings, as opposed to the one required one.
I found the “Blogs in Media Education” vlog by Adrian Miles particularly interesting.
Adrian highlights the many similarities between blogs and traditional journals, in that they both serve to record “ideas, reflections, activities, things to be done, and so on”. The key difference, however, is that a blog is a public document, and “written with the assumption it has readers.”
It struck a chord with me in that I often publish on my own personal blog, and wrestle with the predicament between writing for others, and writng for myself.
The blog serves essentially as an online journal for myself, and therefore the motivation to write always stems from a desire of personal reflection. Whilst my readership is minute (I don’t believe anyone actually regularly reads my blog – perhaps just occasionally stumbles across it), I do always write with the awareness that is a public document, and I therefore have some level of accountability.
I think this is what makes blogs unique – and probably most appealing. While it’s a public document, it’s often written for personal reasons.
I’m going to be honest and admit that I’m writing this first ever entry at 11.41pm on the night before my week two Networked Media tutorial. I realistically planned to start this a couple of hours earlier (again, I could have said days but I’m going for HONESTY) but there was a really great episode of Grey’s Anatomy on TV and I couldn’t tear myself away. It was INTENSE. I even tweeted, “The gunman episode of Grey’s Anatomy is bloody INTENSE. I can barely watch. #McSteamy #McDreamy #McDRAMA”.
Anyway, enough about that. I hope that very brief synopsis ticks the “wrote one blog post this week that was not specifically about networked media” box on the blog check list. I’m going to tick it off. So I suppose watching that Grey’s Anatomy episode was benefiting my tertiary education after all? Good.
I feel a bit overwhelmed at the rate at which Adrian updates the blog. Just as I’m wrapping my head around a particular idea and starting to deconstruct what it all means, BOOM! There’s a new post. Time to move on.
What should my blog “sign out” be? I’ve always admired people with great sign outs. Just like I admire people with highly original Twitter bios.
I’m just going to sign out with my student number. I don’t know why. I feel like it.