I can honestly say that this was one of the most enjoyable courses I’ve taken, second only to my creative writing class; I was able to express myself in a similar way through writing my blog posts and, unexpectedly, with the help of gifs and memes.
The last thing I had expected from this course was learning how to make gifs/memes using Photoshop and incorporating them into my posts to tell a narrative. Although it was fun making memes and taking panoramic pics in class, writing all these blog posts was my favorite part out of everything we’ve done throughout the semester. It didn’t seem like homework to me and being able to freely write about my feelings and things that I enjoy was really refreshing in contrast to all the restricting prompts I have to deal with in my other writing intensive courses as an English major.
Creating my own website was also something I didn’t think we would be doing in this class but I’m grateful for the opportunity. I initially thought building a website would be incredibly difficult and though it was overwhelming at first, following the tutorial videos from our Zoom meetings made it much easier to navigate WordPress. I did, however, run into a few minor issues while customizing my site; there were different widget areas (sidebar, content top, and footer) and it took a bit of messing around to figure out where things went and how to disable them entirely on different pages.
Another issue I had was adding subpages; I had a hard time making subpages for my blog page as the only way to organize my posts is by using the different categories as subpages themselves which is rather inconvenient. The subpages didn’t display on the browser I was using so it caused some confusion before I had the thought to switch browsers but the process of creating my site was otherwise smooth. Learning how to make my own website will be useful to me when I start posting more of my artwork online; I’m going to take the professor’s advice and post them on my site first before posting them elsewhere. As such, I will try to maintain my website and post whenever I can. My site can be found here, there’s a couple of subpages under the blog menu dedicated to a number of my interests. Though I haven’t published any new posts yet, I’ve started on some drafts that will be available here once they’re completed. Be sure to check back for any new posts!Lastly, the part I’ve been dreading, I think I have earned an A in this class. I attended every class, arriving early, actively listening and following along the lesson for the day. During the panoramic group project, I fulfilled my role as the photographer and communicated well with my members to ensure our photos turned out as best as it possibly could. I believe I put in a good amount of time and effort into my blog posts as well; I always make sure to have the calendar page with the week’s prompt opened in another tab while writing so I know I’ve answered all questions clearly and adding in gifs or memes when I thought was needed. With that being said.. maybe consider giving me an A, I would be eternally grateful because my GPA is on life support right now– k thanks bye!