I want to start this journal off by saying that I am certain I ended up choosing the right capstone project topic. For those who don’t know, I am creating a blog about women in sports. I, personally, work in sports and wanted to share my experiences as well as other women’s. After interviewing five women, acquiring over three hours worth of audio and transcribing over 12,500 words (yes, it took forever), I am so excited to share the stories of these incredible women who not only work in the sports field but have all influenced me personally in my own endeavors.
So, what’s my “problem” here? I don’t know how to put everything together perfectly so that these women can be understood as being as awesome as they are. How do you help everyone else understand why your role model is your role model or why your hero is your hero?
I originally wanted my blog to focus more on my own experiences with the interviews being supplemental in their own tab, but now I know I want their stories to shine. How do I make sure they do? I have experience transcribing and editing interviews from my internship. I have learned to edit things out and occasionally rearrange a phrase so that it makes more sense to the reader. This past experience will help me, but I still worry that I will have trouble choosing what to keep and what to edit out. With each interview averaging about 40 minutes, I need to cut parts of it out to avoid a lengthy, perhaps not engaging piece. I need to decide what aspects of each interview will tell each person’s story the best.
To help me tell their story, I think I will include a paragraph at the top of each interview that summarizes and gives context for the interview. I have seen other Q&A-formatted pieces online that use this technique. I think this will be helpful to set the reader up with what they need to know about the person before they continue reading.