• PROCESS POSTS

    SITE COMMUNITY GUIDELINES – Process Post #12

    My penultimate Process Post will be what I formulated for my site’s community guidelines. Ryan Holmes calls attention to the pervasiveness of isolation in the technological age and the ways online community discourses and thus, people, are affected by this. We are isolated enough to not have to see the ways we can harm other Internet users and connected enough to be able to enact written violence like rapid fire. Interestingly, Maria Konnikova identifies anonymity as having attributes that seem contradictory; though Internet users are more likely to speak violently without thinking of the consequences of their behaviour, anonymity is also acknowledged as a helpful tool with respect to “participation”,…

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    MORE CHANGES AND CALL OUT CULTURE – Process Post #11

    A big focus for me this week was to bring together a few missing pieces of my site in time for the end of the term. I needed to: finally decide on fonts for my site title and tagline; make email subscription possible; respond to feedback from my last peer review by making a few changes; and review course readings and incorporate them into my process posts retroactively. I am also trying to read more extensively what makes a book review or reading response successful and incorporate that into my material. I did some research on Youtube to make email subscription possible and I found this video helpful for that.…

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    GOOGLE ANALYTICS – Process Post #10

    Acquisition I am encouraged by the fact that 33.3% of visitors are returning readers. That makes me think that it is becoming routine for some readers. In the location section of Google Analytics, I was informed that most of my users are in the US and Canada, which is not surprising – save for one user in Malaysia, which could be a bot. Behaviour Something that has become quite clear to me in looking further into analytics is that I need to be posting something more than once a week to keep my views up. Or, as an alternative, do a midweek post on my Instagram to call attention to…

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    MONETIZATION – Process Post #9

    My idea behind the Instagram ad that I created is that my website as well as the book is promoted, and I could easily link Amazon to it. The challenge for me in this monetization discussion is that I began my website with a really clear vision that it would function as a portfolio of my writing in which my peers and those whose writing I admire could easily access and provide feedback for my work. I’m not sure monetizing fits in with that vision, but I am willing to be open to the possibility. I enjoyed Monique’s approach to her website in class; essentially, book reviews are pieces of writing…

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    PRESSING ON – Process Post #8

    The header image saga continues. Every week I’ve been changing my header image ideas. I decided this week that I want to incorporate an image that has more than just a colour and typefaces I like, so I’ve been researching other ways to create header images for people like me (graphic design and coding dummy). This week I made this: It’s a start, but I don’t love it. I’m going to continue tweaking it. Though I really have no experience with web design, I was affected by one of our course readings by Travis Gertz in which he says: “design is the expression of content” (“How to Survive the Digital…

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    CUSTOMIZATION AND STORYTELLING – Process Post #7

    This week, I designed a header image for my site: However, this addition really slowed down my site’s responsiveness on alternative devices. Until I figure out how to remedy that, I will just customize the typeface of my site identity and tagline. I received some feedback on how generic my site looks, so I hope to create something new for the header. I am beginning to focus on smaller things that I can customize – setting smaller and more manageable goals. I found myself feeling quite overwhelmed the last few weeks with customizing design components of my site and I am beginning to accept that I just will not be…

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    DESIGN AND CONTENT CHANGES – Process Post #5 and #6

    I am starting to get the hang of this course! I was unaware that we are meant to do a Process Post on the weeks that it is not indicated on the syllabus so I am going to complete two posts this week with respect to the development of my site. I missed doing one the week of our first peer review. Content Changes and Development of Public Previously, my homepage acted as an ‘About’ page – those visiting my site landed first on that page and would have to click on an option in the menu to find the main content on my site. After receiving feedback on the…

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    I’M STARTING OVER – Process Post #4

    It’s week five and I’ve decided to change some pretty core pieces of my site. Instead of weekly prompts from a creative writing prompt book, I will be writing reading responses for collections of essays that interest me. This week I chose the first two: Plan B – Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott and Hunger by Roxane Gay.  I was reflecting on the my relationship with writing and one thing became clear to me: if I am not reading, I am not writing. My hope is that reading these personal essays by others will spur me on to be a more skilled and prolific writer. Ironically, I’ve always had trouble forming…

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    ART AS SCHOLARSHIP – Process Post #3

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship between words and images in the creation process of this site – specifically with respect to accessibility and readability of graphic novels. Meghan Parker is a SFU graduate and her thesis is a “graphic autobiographical inquiry in comic book form”. My intention is to engage with this kind of practice as my site develops. I hope that it will not only help me in my efforts to engage with a different part of my brain and engage with a different expression of writing and scholarship, but help the viewers also to engage with my writing in a way that lights their brains…

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    WHY I WRITE – Process Post #2

    Last week during tutorial I really made a mess of my site and locked myself out, so I contacted Reclaim Hosting and they synced up both usernames and passwords. I’m in love. Once I could access my site, I spent most of my time on finding resources for the actual content of my cyberinfrastructure. I want to make a case for the importance of writing creative non-fiction in my life, so I spent a lot of time reading my favourite writers and looking over writing prompts that I may use. I read “The Writing Life” by Annie Dillard, “Why I Write” by Joan Didion, “Writing Personal Essays” by Sheila Bender,…

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