I think my two best blog posts this year were The World Remixes More Than Just Media and The Same Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Could Get You A Job.
For my post about the world remixing more than just media, I think it demonstrates some of my best work this quarter because it linked the reading from that week (Remix, by Lessig) to something I was not only passionate about in my own life, but was relevant to society and applied Lessig’s piece on a deeper level and helped to portray my understanding of the reading. This reading was about similar “creative geniuses” that Lessig references in his technological remix piece, but uses this terminology to describe the founders of a new, one-of-a-kind medical school that is based on engineering curriculum. In addition to applying the content of Lessig’s reading in a new way to help demonstrate my understanding of the content, I also included a video and a stand alone quote within the blog. Media such as videos or pictures were not only a requirement for our blog posts, but are features that help to keep blogs interesting for readers (since, based on our discussions, our attention spans when it comes to long articles are sub par). The stand alone quote helped to add a personal style touch to the post by making the reader aware of something I thought was really important in my post. This was the first stand alone quote that I used in my blogs, but I continued to use them in most of the blogs after this one.
For my Six Things article, I think it is a great example of some of my best work in this class because, like my Remix post, it took the content that we had discussed in class that week – what makes online content go viral – and applied to it to relevant circumstances for the readers. Most of the students in this class have gone through the career fair and the process of looking for a summer internship or job, so this article most likely attracted them because the title includes language that makes it sound as if it will help them succeed. This post fulfills the requirements of our blog posts because in involves media and includes references to another article that helped me to link two ideas together. I also think this post was particularly clever because it links the six things that make stories go viral to attributes that employers find attractive while also demonstrating those aspects in the article itself. The article triggers a strong and positive emotional response – increasing the chances of getting a job, implements social currency – makes the reader feel up-to-date on how to be a competitive candidate, is practical – everyone is looking for a job, is memory inducing – includes funny memes that will help readers remember the content, and is a quality article because of its careful expansion of the reading material. In order to write about these “Six Things” and how they relate to something entirely different while demonstrating them in the blog post itself helps to show my deep understanding of the material.
Both of these blog posts are examples of some of my best work this quarter. They are similar in that throughout both I apply the concepts from the weekly readings to another topic that it made obviously relate to. I used good blogging practices in both by using media, additional references, personal touches such as stand alone quotes, and encourage conversation about the blog post’s content by ending each with a question or a statement that makes the reader think about the content and develop their own opinions about it.