Portfolio 4. Part 2. Essay. EL200. Actively Staking Out the Minuscule Habits of My Life
Upon entering college, one is thrown into the world with no guard to hold onto.
Many experiences are new, which become memories that are etched into ones mind
forever. One thing about college, journalism specifically, was learning to blog, or getting
to know what one was. It was last fall, my first semester, I thought that the taking
journalism classes was going to be a cake-walk, well, it wasn't. I logged onto a computer
and froze. I said "What do I do?" "I have no friggen clue what this guy is telling me, and I
have no clue what a blog is!" I researched the word, blog comes from two separate words
web+log=Blog. After I had gotten to know what the word meant, I began to blog. Ever
since that Fall semester, I haven't stopped blogging.
It seems that first year students have a hard time with their blogs. I have asked
several of my classmates their own personal experiences with blogging, they said the
following: Michelle Polly, a freshmen at Seton Hill University(SHU) said " This is the
first year that I have blogged. It was hard at first, but now I seem to enjoy it. I may start
blogging, outside of the class, if I find something to blog about, or holds my interest."
Chelsea Oliver, a freshmen at SHU said "I didn't even have a blog at the beginning of
the semester. I didn't know how to open mine, another student had to help me, she opened
it up very quickly. The problem I have with blogging in this class(Media Lab) is that the
size of the class is too small."
One seasoned veteran of blogging in EL200 is that of Kayla Sawyer, a junior at
SHU. Sawyer has been blogging for a few years now, and has gotten very good at it.
Sawyer said "I do it because it's assigned. I read the chapters in our book (Stephens), find
an interesting idea, and respond to it. The blog then gets a response from other
classmates, who may find what I had written interesting and informing."
People who blog have specific ways in which they approach their blog. Some
write on ideas thay may have, while others blog on hot to do something, or make
something, others blog on what they have read. Either way, blogging gets a point across
to his/her audience, as a form of communication.
I take to my blog as follows, I read a section in the assigned book(Stephens), find a good
quote, or statement, then form my own ideas about it, then I blog it.
Dr. Jerz, Associate Professor of English--New Media Journalism at SHU stated "Jeremy
is taking actively to his blog this semester."
It may appear that blogging is tough at first, once you have learned how to do it, it gets
much easier. First year students seem to become easily frustrated when beginning to learn
how to blog. If I can give any advice, it would be to keep at it, do not give up, and try.
One will never know their capabilities if they do not try.