What a fun quarter it has been blogging! Each time I got the opportunity to blog, I really dug deep into things that ‘bothered’ me. This tactic outlined by the article The Secret to Writing a Great Blog Post That Gets Lots of Comments was especially helpful when I was writing my blogs.
One of my favorite blogs was my POW Creating History? This was one of my shorter blogs, but the content was gold; I was very concise and accurate. This post was very popular and got a Murray’s Take record high 6 thoughts on it! In this post, I discuss not only the courage required to edit something on Wikipedia, but also the travesty that only 13 percent of Wikipedia contributors are women. I admitted in this post that it was extremely terrifying for even me to edit a Wikipedia article. The best line from my blog post was:
“Teacher always said to never write in the textbook!”
This may go down as the line of the year. My Wikipedia edit still stands today on the Area Code 513 article. I must have said something that was good for the world to hear!
Another one of my favorite blogs was my most recent one Harry Potter to the Rescue! This blog post was one of my longer posts but had a second high 5 thoughts on it. You can tell that you’ve written a good blog post when more people are talking about it! In both of these posts, one of my strengths were my questions at the end. These are key in getting comments and getting people fired up to respond. This was another one of the “secrets to writing a great blog post”. The thing I liked most about this blog post was how well I developed it. I made a bold move in comparing the Harry Potter Movement to Christianity, and then followed it up with a slight at politicians who use Jesus to defend their actions and get more votes. The Family Guy clip I added at the end was perfect in helping me prove my point. As said before, the questions I put at the end were perfect in getting people riled up to comment!
When I looked back at my comments, two stand out in particular. The first one was my comment on Danielle’s post “Luck or a Science”. Danielle discussed how things go viral on the internet. While it may appear to be luck, as was the case with the Yosemitebear in her post, there is actually a science behind it. As Konnikova points out in her “The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You”, an emotional response is huge in getting something to go viral. I pointed this out in the end of my comment:
“… The emotional response people get when they see a double rainbow is definitely part of the reason [the video] went viral, but another part was his reaction of awe to the beauty his eyes saw! It just goes to show that anyone can make a viral video, sometimes by accident and sometimes with intent!”
This was one of my best comments in tying together a course concept.
Another comment that I am proud to stamp my name on was on Kenton’s most recent blog post Mankind’s Biggest Dilemma – Lazy or Busy? Kenton discusses how his friend claims that all of mankind’s greatest achievements were inspired by laziness. His friend also claims that engineers are inherently lazy by nature. Naturally, this viewpoint infuriated me, and so I went on rant; however, at no point did I begin ‘trolling’. I make two great analogies in my comment. The first is about accomplishing a task:
“I think there is a big difference between being lazy and making life easier. If I tell you to dig a swimming pool and give you a shovel and spoon and say that I’ll give you five thousand dollars once it’s finished, what are you going to do? Dig for years with the spoon, dig for months with the shovel, or hire a bulldozer to do it for a thousand dollars and keep the four thousand dollar profit? Hopefully you choose option C. Is the person who chooses the third option lazy? No. They are smart!…”
An old teacher of mine always used this swimming pool analogy to show that we should use our time effectively and efficiently. The other analogy I use refers to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone:
“…Alexander Graham Bell used his talents and gifts to create the telephone and make life easier. People didn’t say, I want to be lazy, Alex, create something so I can talk to people without seeing them….”
I think these two analogies were perfect for the point I was trying to make that engineers may be inspired to make life easier, but they are never inspired by laziness.
These blog posts and comments are truly representative of the high quality of work I put into the blogging portion of this Writing in a Digital Age class. I never thought I would say that I enjoyed a Humanities class, but this was definitely one of my all-time favorite classes!