Nice job everyone!

In this class, everyone has their own writing style. Each person uses their talents to do the same project and put a different spin on it. One of my favorite pieces is Jake’s regarding Ronson. He discusses many incidences where he uses the analogy of a plaintiff and defendant to describe situations like United Airlines and Uber. Jake goes on to say that in public shaming that Ronson describes, “…there is no defense attorney – there is no defense. There is simply a mob, and mob’s destroy things. One person follows the next because everyone says it’s a good idea.” I agree with this statement because it describes that there is one person vs. many. In some of Ronson’s examples, he described one person shaming another but many times, through the internet, others join in that don’t know the situation or the person at all. Jake closes this piece by saying, “If there is no plaintiff and defense, then there is only an executioner.” I thought this was a powerful way to close the piece about shaming. The act of shaming can be so detrimental to someone’s life and there is no one there to stop it or act on their behalf.

My other favorite piece was Allison’s digital writer profile. By choosing someone that was close to her, her mother, she was able to have a great deal of information about the source and could link to other information. I enjoyed her original piece about her mom’s interior design writing but her remediation stood out. She changed many aspects like adding links and images to display the work that she had written about. Being able to look at these examples of her digital writing, made it easier for me to understand the strength and energy put into the work. Creating web pages and unique Instagram posts isn’t easy, so being able to see what she does with furniture and floor plans in homes gave me a greater understanding of the types of digital work she does.

 

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A New Digital Writer

The person I have chosen to write about is my sister, Elaina Strong, who is fairly new to the idea of “digital writer” as she has recently started a new public Instagram account under the name “minimalistwithkids” where she posts pictures of her minimalistic lifestyle with 3 children as well as a score of DIY crafts, chemical free products, eco friendly habits and gardening and nature hobbies. I thought she would be interesting to interview considering how she created this account about 3 weeks ago and has already seen an influx of followers from people who share her interests. It’s unique to see the difference between her usage of her private Instagram account and her new public one and how it has influenced her as a new digital writer.

I start by asking her what inspired her to create this new, minimalist account:

Elaina: “Honestly, I’m a stay at home mom. Everything I do is for my kids and I’m also a minimalist, I needed something for myself. I do a lot of DIY and crafts, I know a lot about de-cluttering and simplifying your life and I wanted to broadcast, not necessarily my ways, but show people how I live and how simplifying helps you live a happier life.”

So this simplistic lifestyle, this is the story and the message that you want this account to emphasize to your followers?

Elaina: “Yes, I actually, I have a lot of nature on my account. I take the kids on a lot of nature walks, I try to teach people that being outside is good for your health and your body and to also be very eco-friendly.”

Would you say that, compared to your private account, you take more time to plan these pictures or to choose what to post or what to say?

Elaina: “Absolutely, I do take more time to plan out what I’m going to post to write about it, some of the posts take a lot of thought and time, sometimes they, you know, are DIY, they’re crafting. I teach people how to make things like deodorant, and I’m actually coming up with a post on how to make a lice spray. I have children in preschool and elementary school and sometimes we get letters that lice has gone around, so I’ve made a lice repellant with essential oils.”

So, how do you think your use of hash tags has changed since you started this account and what kind of response have you experienced because of it?

Elaina: “I’ve become more detailed with my hash tags. I have to think of everything so that I get more views, I usually go a little crazy with the hash tags and if I use more hash tags I actually get a lot more people looking at my Instagram page.”

I took this time to notice that she has received comments on several of her pictures by Instagram users with similar public accounts, some of whom have thousands of followers. I asked Elaina how this kind of reaction effected her

Elaina: “A lot of them are moms, and I feel a huge support network. We’re all moms or we’re all minimalists or, you know, zero waste or eco friendly users so I feel a huge support.  I feel like I’ve got so many people backing me up and I’m backing up a lot of people and we all have bad days, you know, we try to build each other up. Bad days with the kids or bad days just in general or someone just forgot their coffee, we’re cheering people on so they can make it through the rest of their day.”

My last question for her was then: What would you do differently to relate this story through other mediums if you had chosen something other than Instagram, like an online blog or twitter of Facebook?

Elaina: “Yeah, I think I would have a blog, but I think a blog is a lot of work so that’s why I felt an Instagram was a little easier for me. I feel like, with a blog I would be sitting in front of the computer a lot and would be typing a lot and I wouldn’t have a lot of time. Instagram is a lot easier for me. I snap a picture and I type it up real quick and I use the hash tags and people see it a lot easier. Also moms are super busy, I personally don’t have a lot of time to read blogs, but I do have time to read a quick little Instagram paragraph.”

Here are some examples from her Instagram

Class, Mon, 2/20

Media Feeds

Writing in a Digital Space

With thanks to James K, Ashley M,  Katie F, and Amanda D.

  • What might we learn from the featured posts about how to write on a site like this?
  • What advice can we formulate about writing effective links?

Fenton and Lee, Nicely Said

Please locate a passage in the first chapter where the authors offer some advice that you think you can put to use in your work for this course. We’ll talk about what they have to say.

Second Response to Carr

To Do

  1. Wed, 2/22, class: Finish Carr. Locate a passage in the second half of his boot that helps you respond to the feeling of distractedness that he suggests characterizes our time. Please also take an image related to The Shallows and/or this class and post it to our Instagram feed.
  2. Thurs, 2/23, 10:00 am: Post your second response to Carr to this site.
  3. Fri, 2/24, class: Read and post comments on the pieces written by yur group members.
  4. Mon, 2/27, class: Read pp. 1–100 of danah boyd’s It’s Complicated.