Studio Tours Exercise

For this exercise I looked at the projects of WilliamHeinecke , AbbieEdman and AidanAnderson .

Mein Wunderkammer by WilliamHeinecke

William, you are blogging about what you think is interesting in terms of the internet and social media. I think those topics bring a personal twist to blogging and allows readers to get to know you better. You said in your portfolio that you are writing a blog post every day. You also made a new website, which can be found here, for the rest of your project. I'm not sure if you meant to do this, but I thought that it was interesting to see that you combined a personal reflection that you had while also digging deeper into articles that explained what you were going through. It really made the blog post personal and made it very enjoyable to read. I also think the comedy that you incorporate into your blog makes it super relate-able to a lot of readers. This is the blog post I am referring to.

I did have a few questions when I was reading over both your site and your Word Press blog. Firstly, was it your original intention to make your home page only consist of the last blog that you have posted? I found it harder to find and read all of your articles. I could only find your other articles on the right-hand sidebar under "Recent Posts". Also, how do you come up with the different page topics on your main site? Is there a theme?

There were a few things that I noticed within your blog and your online site that I felt were strong. Firstly, I loved the format of the blog. The black design on the front page caught my attention right away and made me want to look deeper into the site. I also thought that the title format really sticks out and catches my attention when I was reading your reflections and how the project was going for you. It really breaks up the text and I think that it makes it more effective. This blog post on the Week 3 reflection reflects this well. I also noticed that in some of the pages of your website that you try to connect with the readers by saying things like, "I hope you enjoy." I think it really personalizes your page in an attempt to connect with your virtual readers.

One thing that I did notice is that you don't have your site on your project proposal, so it took me a little longer to find your site, though I did find it when I was scrolling through some of your blog reflections.

The Darker Side by AbbieEdman

Abbie, your blog is about informing readers on a variety of supernatural topics. When I first got on your blog, I really noticed the design. I liked the color-scheme that you picked for your blog The Darker Side. I really like how you incorporate several pictures into your blog posts, much like this posting, because it kept me interested and broke up the text. I also thought that your use of breaking up the text by incorporating the quote format into your writing was strong, as it allowed you to really show readers what information you thought was important. I liked how you created a post on leprechauns right in time for St.Patricks day, making it relevant to readers at that particular time.

I didn't know if you planned this formatting feature out, but I really liked that when I was looking at each individual blog post I was able to look at your blog posts in order by clicking (previous or next) so that I wouldn't miss any of your posts. One thing that I question about your blog writing is why you don't link each site into your blog text when you are talking about it instead of creating a work cited area at the bottom of your blog with all of the site links? Here's the blog post that I'm referring to. I know, for me, I wanted to click on the different source links that you talked about when I was reading instead of at the end.

As I read your blogs in order from the oldest to your most recent, I can see improvements in your use of pictures and your use of incorporating embedded links into your writing. I think that readers will appreciate this because then they can click on the links when they are reading to learn more. I also like how you interact with readers at the end of each blog, asking what they think or telling them that it is up to them if they think these things are real or not. As a whole, you blog seems connected and the posts seem to relate to your main topic of supernatural topics.

The Stories You Don't Hear by AidanAnderson

Aidan, you are doing investigative journalism. As I was reading your project proposal I became interested right away, because I really liked the Logan Paul blog post that you did and think it would be fun to read more in-depth information about topics much like this one. As I started reading your blogs I noticed that you definitely weren't lying about writing in-depth about a variety of topics. I learned a lot of information about some topics that I knew about and others that I just learned about from your blog. Some about things that I didn't know much about before, like disc golf.

You really create a personalized voice in your blog and allow readers to feel like you are individually talking to them because your writing is so casual and conversational. I think that that's a strong skill to have, especially in your blog posts. I think that showing readers your personality like you are doing will definitely be popular in getting them to come back and draw more attention to your blog site. Here's a blog post that really shows your personality. I especially like that you add traces of comedy within your writing, like at the beginning of this blog post or this one, I think it entices readers to want to read it. I know that it did for me.

One thing that I think could improve your blog would be to add embedded links into your blog writing. I say this because in some of the blog posts, like this one, there isn't any links to sources, though you are telling readers information about Wyoming. I know for me, I would like to read the sites, articles, etc. of where you found your information. Also, I liked all of the blogs that you have posted so far, but I wonder how you come up with what you are going to blog about? I ask this because all of your blog posts seem different from one another in terms of topics. Overall, I really like this blog, but I think that it could use more focus.

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