Audience Engagement Techniques

Amber Rae


In her three to four most recent blogs she places the image before the actual interpretation, which helps me to create my own ideals about the message that she is providing. The first image that I saw when I entered into her blog was of whom I presume is Amber Rae in an image that takes up about three-fourths of the blog page. The images that are in each post also take up a majority of the pages, creating more of a thought processing placement when the audience looks at each post.

The overall impact of each image helps convey emotional responses, when she goes more in depth in her posts by explaining the image it helps generalize why she placed the photo on her blog.


As much as she places emphasis on specified audiences, she seems more focused on actual bystanders than a ratified participant.
For example.
" Wow wow wow. I feel like I must share this story with you.

This morning I received a Facebook message from a man who stumbled into #TheWorldWeWant wall in Chicago.

He said, “We read everything and when it was my turn I was overcome with emotions. Your wall gave me an opportunity to say how I feel. I want to live in a world where men raise boys to be men. To create this world I will raise my son to be better than me. I’ve always felt this way but until this weekend I never had a voice to tell anyone else and your wall did that for me. I am forever grateful.”"

She talks about where she found the source, and leaves the idea placed as an open ended thought to any bystander audience reader.
In her other posts she does not include as much of her own opinion, yet instead has a small caption on the photo.
And yet she often will shift into a specified audience, she talks about how she feels guilty when reading some of the images and how they are directed about herself or individuals who can be familiar with the image.


She has strength in her posts by directing at her past audiences.
She also uses more of "I" than anything else in her posts, although she then redirects to "you" and goes into asking questions.
"So what world do you want to live in?" - This was from her post about changing the world.

There are no titles on her posts, This again helps to create far more open ended ideas about the topics that she presents.

-From what has been presented there is a direct audience
-She has no titles, which helps the image, and also defects the meaning given
-She presumes that her audience is aware of what her topic is about, without further explanation

As inferred before, the tone is open ended, she is directive on the ideas that she is presenting to the audience.
The use of tags helps conform the intentions of her posts, it also enables the audience to seek further knowledge about the topic.

Cog Dog


There is a massive amount of information on this blog, it includes information about the actual blogger, twitter information, the feed from the site, and even a search bar. The blog may be more popular, therefore including the search bar would be necessary. The inclusion of youtube videos is another portion of the blog that stands on its own. The side bar has a variety of information which extends to a small info bar about the author and goes onto to an email address for further inference.
Underneath this info bar there is other forms of contacting or viewing the posts or further information. There is also links to specified posts that you may care to view.


The voice in the blogs is comical in a way so as to help involve the directed audience.
The informed directed audience in a majority of his blogs seems to be involved around current bloggers and on the audience of the topic he is writing on. He implies on what he believes the audience should view, and also places that this is his own opinion and tries to keep the idea open for thought.

Here is an example.

"I cannot in any way judge the experience of others, though I do think it’s time to start weaving the thread of what people came here for- how to I integrate all the topics covered in a connected course I might create?"

"And so I offer my own opinion which sounds a bit critical, but from where I site the “DO” part of Connected Courses has not been fronted as much as I might have designed. The original plans built in the idea of “makes” (perhaps influenced by CLMOOC)."

As much as he acknowledges the audiences familiarity with the topic he also gives a directed point about his inference.


There is the inclusion of videos to help strengthen the point he is making, along with giving the audience a form of interpretation for their own consensus.
He uses "you" and "I", and also uses "me" throughout his posts. He states that his own opinion is being used as a reference in the post to help the readers better understand his stance.
An example.

To me, blogging is essential as a reflective practice in a connected course. I cannot see doing one where it was not only encouraged, but expected.

But that’s me

-As directive of a voice he has, there is some clarity that might need to be placed
-He leaves small amounts of outward input in his articles

He has a great number of examples and ideas that he presents, along with placing an open minded voice in his articles. The experience as well that he speaks of helps the blog as a whole.



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