Well, that was exhausting.
Who knew how many different genres of writing would be present in just 30 minutes of my day?
In just a half-hour, I encountered all but not limited to:
-emails (ctools notifications, rowing team threads (most of which are not actually about rowing), Dominos coupons, and a receipt for the milkshake I ordered from Tio’s last night)
-blogs (my own, a photography blog, and some makeup tutorial that I’m sure to slaughter)
-recipes (chicken alfredo…which was on point…leftovers available upon request)
-song lyrics (As Much As I Ever Could by City and Colour)
-text messages (from my mom, best friend, and this dude who will probably stand me up)
-articles (6 Yoga Poses to Improve Sleep, Why Can’t I Sleep?, Sleeping in College….can you tell I’m having trouble sleeping? The struggle is real.)
I honestly didn’t know that I could stumble upon so many different types of writing, or in my case reading, in such a short period of time. It reminds me of last week, in my Communications 122 class, when my friend pointed out to me that our professor says “um” a lot. Now, I can’t stop paying attention to how many times he says “um”. 618 times in the last lecture we had. But it’s the same with this assignment. Now that I realize how many types and times writing occurs in my daily life, I can’t let it go.
Now writing, in every form, is evident in everything around me.
But about the genres. I was able to tackle five different genres within 30 minutes, which doesn’t even seem like a whole lot when compared to my insane multi-tasking skills and distracted brain. Below I have simple lists for each category or genre that I dealt with.
Emails: memo format, 3 of the 5 were formal (being advertisements/automatic notifications) while the other 2 were very informal, short sentences with clear subjects, audience…adults?
Blogs: longer but still concise ideas, organized chronologically, multimodal (including links and photos), audience…young adult
Recipes: organized neatly with precise instructions, comments, and suggestions, ordered by what steps should be taken (numerically), easy to follow, audience…someone who is interested in cooking a kick ass alfredo sauce, so probably adults
Song Lyrics: very simple set up, organized by exact line presentation in the song, outer edge of page displayed “People who listened to City and Colour also listened to…”, audience…acoustic music lovers/City and Colour fans
Text Messages: very informal, short, multimodal (involved pictures and/or GIFs), audience…me
Articles: very similar to blog format, longer, conversational or instructional tone, outer edge of page includes ads related to articles (sleeping pills, tea, or yoga videos), organized by importance…important facts are point out early and repeated often, audience…college students or insomniacs
It was interesting to see how some genres related or differed from each other. For example, articles and blogs differed when it came to tone, but articles and song lyrics were similarly formatted in terms of surrounding links. Overall, writing is everywhere and we can’t escape it. But I’m fine with that.