How to target audiences

Today’s class was very interesting due to the questions asked. I always find it really interesting all of the different topics that we discuss. The question that sparked our discussion today was, “when you don’t agree and told to believe it, how do you respond?” This reflects our approach on how do we target to different audiences who aren’t interested in our topic. Through my discussion with Ray, I was able to understand how to maximize the utility/practical use to make different audiences to understand how my topic relates to what people are passionate for.

Thus, it is important to consider the different audience types to try and appeal to. My main audience include passionate sports fans who engage with sports in some aspect of life. My outreach audience would include people who are not die-hard fans, but enjoy to cheer on regional/local sports who cares at a broader scale. Finally, I would consider the excluded group of people who do not identify with a community. Their interest opts out of community identification. This was hard to identify because of my topic choice that includes sports and social media. However, after the discussion in class I was able to understand the importance of community identification that I will definitely include within my project.

How does one reflect?

Through the process of creating my rough draft, I have been thinking of several questions that prompted me about this topic. This past summer, I did a lot of reflection on my work during my internship workshops. Reflection is an interesting topic because you cannot recall a memory the same twice. Therefore, what is the purpose of reflection. How can you reflect on topics that are on going. In this class, we highlight how there are no such things as final drafts, thus, you are always re-working and reflecting on what you have. So how much is too much? What is your process of reflecting to make it an experience to help you improve yourself. Also, when you reflect, do you think of the idea and what it truly means to review that specific thing/event? From this thinking, how important is it to reflect for this prompt to our evolution essay? Who should the reader trust you, as the writer, in anything you write. This is another key thing that is important to think about while reflecting. What are other key items one should highlight when one reflects?

One reflection process I enjoyed to do (but took a lot of effort to do) was called the “Best Self” assignment. This assignment was very dependent on the 20+ responses I received from people who know me best. However, then I was able to reflect on how they viewed me at my best self. I pulled characteristics of myself out from each story my friends/families shared with me which made it easier to reflect on. If I was to do this without the stories of “when I was my best self” from my friends/families, I do not think I would have been able to highlight a variety characteristics of myself (partly because I don’t like talking about myself, but also because I do not think I would have remembered half of the stories that were shared by my peers).

This is how the reflection looks like. You can see how I responded to my brothers stories.
This is how the reflection looks like. You can see how I responded to my brothers stories.


WOAHH BABY! Man oh man did this semester fly by with our class. I remember walking in the first day having no idea what I got myself  into, especially when our class as at first super silent and around a table. I cannot believe I will be submitting my final project in this class tomorrow!

As I reflect back about my progress on my eportfolio– I am very happy with what I have been able to accomplish. At first, I was really confused as to what our eportfolio had to present. But now I am able to completely understand the prompt and add in everything needed to make my eportfolio complete. What I love most about my eportfolio are my transitions and reflections from project to project and how I felt I had grown as a writer. BUT my favorite page is definitely my ‘About Me’ page because it briefly talks about our class and then it allows my audience to know my other interests then just writing– because writing is only one part of me.

This process was very interesting for me. Because I didn’t quite understand the whole “reflection” part of the prompt, I was just filling in the spaces of my wix blog and was like “WOW, this looks good” (referring to my placement/design). However, now when I have been able to understand everything, I am still scrambling a little to complete my full reflection. Therefore, it has taken me some time to re-arrange some pages to fit in my reflections in my page design. And luckily though for my reflections, they can be an on-going thing because what I say/do is not permanent. I am excited for my audience to be able to view my eportfolio and understand my thought process (and struggles) when it comes to my writing process.

I hope I was able to present myself as a writer as enthusiastic. When Sarah reviewed my eportfolio for an in-class activity, this is the first thing she pointed out. So I was like “YES!”. However, through my reflection I hope to continue to show my audience that although I had many “bumps in the roads” I have been able to still stay positive, work through the obstacles, and complete the projects.

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Advice to those who will take on the Minor in Writing courses

One of my HUGE advice to those who will start this minor is to get to know everyone in your class. Right off the bat, our class was thrown into blog groups and within my blog group, we really connected and helped each other out with all the projects that we were given. At first the class was very very dull because I did not know anyone. However, once everyone started warming up to each other and participating, the class was more open and engaging. (You definitely know what I mean by the very very dull aspect of classes, it’s like teeth pulling and sooo boring). But now in the end, our 2014 Minor in Writing Fall Cohort has gone through the ups and downs, the projects after projects, and now are able to move on in the minor!

Another piece of advice is this: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL RESOURCES. Whether it is consistently asking your professor for extra meetings (which I really relied on) to getting help from ISS about things you had know idea were even possible to do on your comp to asking for feedback from your peers. All of this will help you no matter what. Within my own blog group meetings we just built ideas off each other to help everyone think more about their project and help guide them to their final production.

Take your time, and BREATHE. This was a huge thing. The first two projects (Why I Write and Repurposing Project) allowed me to go off an outline I had created. However, the next two projects (Remediation Project and ePortfolio) I had nada! I had no idea the direction I wanted to go, AND THEN I WAS ALSO THROWN DIFFERENT OBSTACLES. However, by using my awesome Professor, Naomi Silver, she helped me to gather my thoughts and talk them out whenever I was struggling with an obstacle or thought. By taking a step back and breathing, I was able to spark my creative side again and finish my projects with satisfaction.

Finally, be ready for your creative side to show! Just prepare yourself mentally…

hand written to digital struggles

After creating my digital rhetoric piece, I am now more appreciative of the literal act of writing. Although I am not fully comfortable with my own style of writing, I do feel more comfortable in writing a piece than creating a piece through a new media form. When I reflect back on my writing process versus the process of making a video, I there are more pros than cons for my writing process. I know that I can take my time in brainstorming and if something doesn’t go the way I want in writing, than it is easy to adjust and change. However, for my video project, things definitely did not go the way I had wished, meaning that I had to go back to the drawing board and brainstorm different things for a new direction. Also, it was tough to do that because with the route I decided to go (interviewing people for my project), I was dependent on people answering the questions the way I wanted to them, but only some of the interviews went that way. I just happened to ‘strike gold’ when I was given the opportunity to have a Q&A session with Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo, where right at the perfect time in the middle of the session that I started to voice record him and received the best audio to help support my video project just four days before my project was due.

Therefore, I do not feel like dealing with only words is limiting because I am able to guide my own writing easier than any other way. I did not think that I would ever feel like that, but through having these different projects (from remediation to repurposing) I have been able to know what styles of writing I do like.

BUT, do not get me wrong, I am really happy that I was able to have this unique experience and create an iMovie project. Now I am able to know how to use the program and create something (along with creating the eportfolio). It just adds more to my skills that I am excited to keep using and improving.

Constant Change

As I started to read Clark’s article, I already was engaged in it because right off the bat she addressed, “almost every facet of our personal and professional lives has shifted to new uses of communicative technology. With the pervasiveness of Web 2.0 comes a shift in our cultural norms”. I sat back and tried to think about a way of life less than 10 years ago that didn’t include bringing a cellular device with you anywhere you go. Or worse– never getting the lecture notes online or prior to class. Or even worse– never stalking your other friend’s colleges experiences on social media.  This ‘ever changing landscape’ of Web 2.0 continues to shift. Although the Sweetland writing minor is a fairly new program, I bet if this minor was available 30 years earlier, they would have never have guessed that we would be creating a digital project for two of our projects. I agree that there are several benefits from what Clark mentions.

The first benefit is that it is not just one individual to work on one specific thing. With the help of online availability, we can delegate work digitally to create a faster production. However, this does have a downside. This creates a society and world that is faster. Everything MUST happen immediately due everyone having the technology to respond to emails within seconds, etc. Therefore, if you are a lazy person or technologically challenged, then you will be left behind.

One thing that I did not even consider was that more people are now allowed to be published. Clark mentioned that, “artifacts of student learning have the potential to become actual published products, or works-in-process that raise questions around the public/private split of contemporary writing”. Everything written can be considered as a new contemporary piece of writing. THIS IS SO WEIRD BUT definitely a concept to consider. Technically, I can draw a stickman figure and get paid millions for this (you never know… and I feel like weird things have been paid a high price) as a contemporary piece of work, so now this shift from an art piece to a writing piece is no different.

As a student with a major of Communications, I have been learning and engaging with all media tactics/digital rhetoric accounts/everything dealing with the media. Therefore, I know that my experience with creating digital rhetoric will only continue to benefit myself with the line of work I want to pursue. I do know that I can study and adapt to the process of how Web 2.0 is shaping our society. I do not have alternative visions of the 21st century pedagogy because I am already learning so much about digital rhetoric within this class that I am thrilled to continue to learn and pursue. At least within my school district, there were classes offered and issued to students that they must take a certain class that regarded computers/social media/powerpoint/technically applications to use, etc. I think to continue to push these classes at the start of schooling, then students can gradually learn the importance and impacts Web 2.0 have on our lives.


Two Technology Projects Later…

So far for my remediation project I have only created my storyboard. I am in the beginning process of getting done my interviews because I had to first set them up. However, I have faith in my storyboard that I will be able to put together my iMovie fairly easy once I do get my interviews done, along with my supporting evidence/examples. I am more or less worried about finishing up my interviews in time for the rough cut because I traveled this past weekend to California for a tournament and I get stressed when we travel because I do not get a lot of time for work/planning of my week. But because my storyboard is pretty detailed regarding what I need for each scene, I know I will be able to piece things together once I receive the right information needed from my interviews.

Now for my e-portfolio… I am SUPER stoked to get this ready to go for the public to see, but the timing of everything is stressing me out. Also, I feel like I am not ready for these two pushes of technology for this one class, but I am going to try and knock things out this upcoming week. I have been able to balance a lot of things all at one time so I know I will be able to figure out these to projects (although they are out of my expertise). I love the layout of my e-portfolio:

However, I am having a hard time of how I want to represent my three projects on my front page. I am still trying to brainstorm something different and unique, so we shall see what my brain creates. I honestly cannot wait for the final product for this project because I know I will be very proud of my self of figuring out how to create something like this.

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I do not like this format right now… so hopefully I can think of something more creative to get my audience engaged.

Technologically Challenged

I am TRYING to move forward with my Remediation Project. First, this writing class pushed my comfort levels on my writing style. I am very “type A” when it comes to writing, where I just want to state an argument or create a thesis and go from there with a research paper. But this class has created  a greater awareness of “outside the box thinking” for me. I have been able to turn an argumentative essay into a sports blog post. However, now I need to turn my sports blog post into a interview documentary… I have accomplished creating a proposal and time board for this project about how I “ideally” envision my project.

Now the hard part… For those who are “technologically challenged” like myself, this project is not ideal. Here are a list of things that I am going to attempt to use for my project:

1) iMovie. One of my peers has shown me how “easy” it is to use iMovie. I look forward to using this process because I will be able to add this additional skill to my portfolio. I would love to be familiar with this process because I know in the line of work that I would like to go into, this would be a great skill set to offer with the new changes of social media/online blogging within the communication field.

1a) Through testing out iMovie, it seems like it will provide me with plenty of assistance to get the job done. I know it will be crucial to have the ability of fading from one screen to another in my project. This will be based on how I want to incorporate my interviewers to my example skits, but through playing around with iMovie, I think it will do a sufficient job.

2) If my “technologically challenged” self does have problems with using iMovie (god bless), then I know I can contact Michigan’s ISS for additional support. They provide an email and number in which they can be contacted on. So I feel comfortable that if I do have issues, I will be able to contact them for additional help. I plan on using my iPhone 6 as recording my interviews. The quality of the camera is very high def. Also, for the skits that will include being in the water, I will be using my teammates GoPro for some in the water action shots. I look forward to including that within my interview documentary.

YouTube sensation to Mug shoot Monday

Thought of the Day: If we did not have advance technology, there would be no Justin Bieber. Just think about that. Think about how he was discovered….

YouTube provides different video clips, TV clips, music videos (a lot used via VEVO), educational videos, personal documentation, and video blogging.

One of the digital rhetoric platforms is the sensation of YouTube. Almost 10 years ago, YouTube was created to “Broadcast Yourself”. YouTube created a new digital rhetoric platform: viral videos. With this (then) new sensation, YouTube is a place on the internet that allows viewers to “subscribe” to different accounts to follow or simply to watch random videos (sometimes funny, sometimes you’re like wtfudge–but funny as well).

YouTube is a compelling example of digital rhetoric because of it’s unique creation of pop stars. If you did not know, Justin Bieber (and a lot of other stars) were discovered via YouTube. These stars were discovered by various viewers and subscribers which then allowed individuals to become discovered by companies or producers. This displays how our society shifted from hiring famous actors/actresses/singers/artists to hiring “outside the box” due to this new digital age where I believe anything can happen.


“JB” was discovered in YouTube in 2007. Since his first production in 2008, JB has received 155 awards out of 236 nominations. (the only research I did about JB is to find those numbers. I will not provide you with anything else about him because I do not want to cloud my valuable mind with random facts about him… It’s called wikipedia people. If you want more information contact google.)

^^Okay, now this is kinda ironic again. So without me thinking about it until finishing typing that paragraph, I literally just “fell” for/explicitly displayed digital rhetoric. I reference my audience to go and use the internet (because it is so accessible) to gain more insight on context about someone. Well, on that note, let things linger about what your perspectives of digital rhetoric are and see how impactful that is on your life.


Creating my own Blog

So, I am able to really think about my decisions in blogging while writing my repurposing project. I am excited because I have been thinking about maybe after this class and creating an e-portfolio, that I will use that then as my own personal blog. And now I’m like  WOAH, I know exactly what my “theme” and first blog would be– my repurposing project. Ideally, this project is about leadership. Throughout my life I have endured a lot of different leadership roles (and leadership conferences, ranches, day-long events, etc. you name it, I’ve done it). Also, through college athletics, I have been able to continue my leadership roles. With the combination of my own personal experience and this AWESOME writing class, I have decided to write my repurpose piece about a leadership in sports blog. This will then set the precedent of my e-portfolio, my personal blog, and the rest of my theme.

I am really excited to create my own personal blog because I can continue my writing and finding my voice. This is one thing that I have talked with Naomi a lot about. Because I am so use to writing the “studious” argumentative essays, I have not been able to find my own voice in this unique writing that Writing 220 offers. Therefore, I am declaring right now that I will be writing my own personal blogs by the start of 2015. I will definitely create some achievable goals for this task, so stick with me and you will be able to come along for the ride in the life of Emily Sejna soon enough.