My Midterm Experience
First of all, this was definitely the most fun midterm I’ve ever had to complete. It was nice to be able to just be creative, instead of spending one night memorizing things I’ll forget by the next and staring at a scantron for an hour.
I knew immediately that I wanted to make an entertainment review blog. What better subject for someone who does nothing but watch Netflix and give her opinions on things? I ended up honing in on film and created “forREEL”— a review site dedicated to delivering an honest, candid perspective on movies.
I’m minimalistic by nature so I designed it using just black, white, and yellow, leaving the real color to show in the writing (and a single, very awesome header image). I chose a fun and bold yet simple font, too. I created the site logo myself, using the “Rated R” symbol in “Reel”. This is self-explanatory as well as cheesy— and I’m proud of it!
Though I’m the only contributor, I decided to write from a “we” perspective instead of “I”, — as if there is already a full forREEL team. It felt a bit weird saying, “Welcome, this is going to be one chick’s opinion week after week! Trust it!” A community of movie lovers is much more inviting.
As for the video… please forgive it. I forgot to turn my iPhone sideways, the editing barely even passes for elementary, and the sound couldn’t have been worse if I filmed inside a wood chipper. My video skills are at the top of my polishing list, I promise.
Overall, this midterm smooth sailing. This is a topic I really enjoy so building forREEL felt less like a project and more like finally doing something I’ve always wanted to do. I can’t say that for any other class!
…And now for group work!
Like many others, I’m sure, I always groan when I hear the words. I love being around people— I don’t love depending on other people for my grades.
The Hyde reading was interesting because it described the extent of most of our collaboration these days: sharing on social media. We have no problem doing this all day, or tweeting, or Instagramming, but the moment a professor wants to put us together to do a project we all dread it. As Hyde et al point out, getting into these groups is what collaboration truly is. In which case, I think I can suck it up for now.
My Top 5 (in no specific order and not without saying that everyone’s blog was awesome)
- The Homeopathic Helper (Sarah Alaskar)
I was instantly drawn to this blog because of its super cute title, and because it’s a topic I could definitely use more information on. I loved the header image, color scheme, and font— they all worked really well with the premise. It looks like a professional health blog! The writing was also excellent, with a very serene tone that also complemented the ‘helping’ aspect of the theme. It makes me want to continue visiting this blog to see what’s next and to learn more.
Sarah, great job, and I really hope you continue to update The Homeopathic Helper!
2. The College Road Trip (Deanna van Woerkom)
This is an awesome idea. I loved everything about this blog— the layout, the writing, the widgets, the colors, the video and photos, all of it! It was clever to have an “Example Trips” tab along with “Reviews”; this adds a personal touch and credibility without making it a blog all about the creator. College Road Trip feels like a blog I would actually utilize, especially if the posts are as helpful as the hotel guide. Every college student knows what it’s like to have an empty bank account and wanderlust at the same time. Thank you, Deanna for lending a hand!
- Just Go Shoot (Jeffrey Gomez)
I’m currently trying to learn how to do photography, so this blog caught my eye immediately. Jeffrey, you did an awesome job at actually being helpful! I love how the simple layout complemented the front page’s photo (a great shot, by the way) and the way the posts are aligned makes it easy to navigate. The title is also clever and oddly really effective in motivating the reader. I sincerely hope you continue to update Just Go Shoot because this is definitely one I’d keep up with. There’s nothing better than learning from a knowledgeable and talented person, especially when you’re like me and know absolutely nothing and have zero talent.
- Give Me The Aux (Alex LaTouche)
My first reaction to this blog was, literally, “Yessssssss!” I love hip hop and I love everything about Give Me The Aux. First of all, that’s a clever and catching title. Second, the layout is exciting, modern, and fits the theme perfectly. “Cultural Conversations” is a great idea for a regular segment on this site. It was well-edited and placed, as were the photos. This blog encapsulates everything a music blog, especially one for this genre, should be.
And sidenote: shoutout to the interviewee for showing Drake love because I was not expecting that; the current bandwagon seems to be clowning him! Agree to disagree on J.Cole, though.
5. NYC Eats Under $20 (Rhianne Alcantara)
I don’t think there’s a more useful blog topic for me in the universe. I spent $30 on a meal at a Chinese restaurant in Manhattan 3 years ago and I’m still mad about it. The same stuff would cost me $7 at home!!
I digress, New York is crazy expensive, and this blog is a cute and cool guide through it. I love that your posts include the address of the restaurants, and a very clear Yes or No answer to if the place is worth trying, and worth the hype. When it comes to food blogs, I just want the writer to get to the point! Your use of images and colors worked beautifully with this idea. I really hope you keep updating it!