September 2008 Archives

September 29, 2008

A round of applause for eight, please.

In Crawford Kilian's Writing for the Web 3.0, chapter eight is beautiful. In this chapter it brings up many issues like:

  • words with complex, or multiple meanings
  • the elements of persuasion
  • how to be persuasive
  • legitimate appeals
  • propaganda
  • analyzing other websites

I liked this chapter because it brought up all the types of things that people do not usually want to talk about. I really appreciate that Kilian is not afraid to tell his reader's what they really need to know. I enjoy it a lot when a writer is not afraid of what they know and what they want to say and just let it out there in their work, so that it makes them more credible and their readers more informed.

Kilian does this through out the text but especially in chapter eight, he brings up the "non-fluffy issues" that not all writers would immediately bring up. Well done, sir.

So I'm a "Blender Blog" too

I did something that I rarely ever do when blogging for class, which is read other classmates entries before writing my own. But since it is early, I only found Andy's blogs done for class on Wednesday.

So before writing my own blog and before even reading the text; I read Andy's entry about Chapter 7 in Writing for the Web 3.0 first. In his entry he came up with the idea of a Blender Blog, which is a mixture of all of the categories of blogs that Kilian writes about in his book.

Andy's idea was that we as students do not always fit into one specific category of blogging because our blogs are a mixture of different things as they are and need to be categorized in that way. (Kind of like throwing all of the categories into a blender and getting our blogs when you're done mixing all of those categories together.)

I like this idea a lot, so I'm stealing it. (But note that I give credit where credit is due...Andy.) Moving on, I think my blog fits into each of these categories in different ways, here is how:

The Personal Blog

  • Kilian writes that a personal blog could be written either introverted or extroverted. And like I am in person, I think my blog is as well. I tend to be more extroverted, but often I am introverted as well, without really meaning to be. I feel that my blog is like that as well. Sometimes I'm all about letting whoever my reader is, come into my world, my life and other times I'm doing something as an assignment and I don't put my face, or my life experiences into it.
  • I like to make my class blogs grab the reader, also making my blog altogether my personalized.

Job Blogs

  • Kilian writes that a job blog is a focus on events at work. I can take this in two ways.
  • Currently I'm a full-time student, so my homework is my job. So my blog could go under this category because of that.
  • Also, I am now a writing/web design intern for the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education that is on campus and for them I do a lot of blogging under my own name, so since that is also part of my "job" my blog can fall under this category.

Specialist Blogs

  • In Kilian's book, he says that this category is a "community of interest," and I took that meaning the same way Andy did; as in our current class.
  • So my blog is in this category because sometimes I am blogging for EL236 - a community (class) that is interested in Writing for the Internet and also for EL200 - a community (class) that is interesting in the New Media Journalism major, and my blogging is based on the current interests that are developed in each of those classes.

News Blogs

  • "A news blog may be part of the online service of a print newspaper or a broadcaster's website," (127).
  • Though I do not directly put my work onto the Setonian Online, you will see that I have contributed to that blogging site through my work with the paper version of the Setonian.

Advocacy Blogs

  • Kilian writes that advocacy blogging is arguing a case for a group, movement or philosophy.
  • Though I do not feel like I am arguing while doing so, when I blog for the Admissions Blog for Student Ambassadors, I am advocating to prospective students why to come to Seton Hill and what I like and what I go through day to day here at SHU.


So sorry, Kilian, but like most things I don't fit into one select category. 

September 28, 2008

Media Lab take two

When we started this new year, the Setonian started off early. Through a summer issue and an early welcome back issue, it was easy to see that the news must go on through out the year, so while Seton Hill just gets settled in, the Setonian is already on the stands.

Through the moving up into a new class this year, I can see that I have easily changed roles. Last year, I was the do what everyone needs freshman, now I am the help the paper as best as possible sophomore. Through this I have gained some "buddies" with new students that want my help and upperclassmen that know they can count on me.

Also, through my first year at SHU I tried to became as involved as possible and the Setonian has helped me to do that networking a lot easier. Through the Setonian I am able to interview people and get to know about different things on campus, before they happen, or in depth that other people that don't even know about. This has really helped because I can take what I'm doing in clubs and make those into story pitches and also, get to know more people so story ideas come easier to me because I know more about my campus through them. Which is a great feeling.

In Media Lab this time around we are using a grea book, The Student Newspaper Survival Guide, and even though some of it is old news to most of us, because we've been in this program for awhile now, it is a great tool to have and use for the Setonian. I wish that in EL227 - Newswriting we had this book, because it would have been much more helpful then, with that class being focused on the introduction to Journalism, but it is still useful now because it can give us tips and pointers that we might be over looking.

Now I feel like the paper version of the Setonian is under control and we all know where we fit in and what we can do to make it better. I think that now we need to focus on revamping the Setonian Online to be just as good as the print version.

Snips of chapters

I know we're only supposed to pick out what we thought was the most relevant part of The Student Newspaper Survival Guide (Chapters 6-9) but this book is so packed with information that I felt that was too hard to do. So I'm giving the samples of what caught my attention the most in each chapter. Hold one tight...

Chapter 6 - The Lifestyle pages

  • "...more than any other second, the lifestyle pages in a student newspaper should be relevant, edgy and fresh." Though the Setonian does not have a set aside section for the "lifestyle pages" I think that the entire paper can serve as this purpose and that every page in it should be relevant, edge and fresh.
  • Confessions of a sex columnist. This would be an interesting column in the Setonian, a Catholic University's newspaper. I think it would certainly bring in more readers, but I don't know if that's all we're looking for. And even though when my roommates and I took the Facebook "Which Sex and the City Character Are You?" quiz, I ended up with Carrie...I don't think I could sanely hold this position down.
  • "Finally, read, read, read. Read The New York Times. Read The Washington Post. Read Smithsonian magazine. Read People. Read everything." I think this is a great quote from Josie Roberts and something we always have to remember.

Chapter 7 - Sportswriting

  • "Good sports stories not only inform and entertain, they help build a sense of community on campus." I like this quote because it makes me feel like my current position on the paper isn't worthless. Sometimes I feel like Sports Editor of the Setonian means nothing because a good chunk of the staff doesn't really care about sports or the section. But this quote makes it feel like it's all worth it, because sporting events make community, we report that and make a better community.
  • Sports Profiles. I just did my first sports profile on one of the football captains, Andrew Demase, whom I've actually known for quite awhile. I really enjoyed writing the profile because it showed not only whoever picks up the paper a different side of him, but it even showed me a different side of him.
  • " game stories on your newspaper's Web site. Brief reports on games and with photos..." Why didn't I think of this before? I think this would be a great idea, especially because the Setonian does not come out that often. Not only would this be good for the Sports Section, but it could also be helpful for the Setonian Online.

Chapter 8 - Arts and Entertainment Writing

  • "If your arts and entertainment section is any good, the savvy students will depend on your paper to find out what's hot and what's not." I think the Setonian has this covered.
  • This section of the book was relatively short and I really think that the Setonian has this section down to an art. (Ha, lame pun.)

Chapter 9 - Opinion Pages

  • Like the Arts and Entertainment section, I think the Setonian has enough opinion section to go around as well. We've got this covered.
  • Writing an Editorial. "It's easy to have an opinion; it takes hard work to have a reasoned opinion." "Before you site down to write an editorial, gather your facts." I think this is helpful to any opinion or editorial writer, it's not as easy at it seems. I'm sure that we don't have that big of a problem with this in the Setonian, but it's always good to keep this in mind when writing.


The end.

Setonian Online = revamping time

I feel like the Setonian Online can be a prime example for the quote I picked out in chapter two of The Elements of Online Journalism.

"There are two levels of a multimedia story: Basic and advanced. The basic level includes a headline, text, picture, graphic, and related links. The more advanced level carries the following added features: audio, video, slide shows, animation, interactive features, and interactive games."

Right now I feel like the Setonian Online is in the basic stage, but I think that very soon we can move that to become at the advanced level. Currently, there is little "life" on the online version of the paper, which makes it, to me, just the paper online. I think that the idea is to get it to be something extra, like an added bonus onto what we already have. Though Jeremy has done a great job of updating the online version, it still needs something.

The paper version of the Setonian is pretty damn good, if I say so myself and I know we have the talent and the right students to bring the online version to be just as good.

My majors agree?

I'm double majoring in Journalism/New Media and Communication. The two do not always agree with each other because the journalist is always trying to look for the truth and the public relations person is trying to always keep the client in the best light. Though both teach you to never lie to get what you want; beyond that I have found very few similarities for the two of them.

However, Kilian writes in chapter six, "A corporate site should reach a wide range of readers without trying to be all things to all people," (115). Finally, they match! Though I think this section is more for the PR person in me than the truth finder, it's coming from a book that is brought to a Journalism class.

I like this idea because, just like in everyday life, you cannot be everything to everyone, so you cannot expect your website to do so either.

Don't go green and proofread

I like that Chapter five was basically just a smack in the face of do's and don't's. The part that stood out to me the most in this chapter was where Kilian talks about printing out to proofread your work.

We do this in the Setonian and I never really understood it until this year. I always thought we were wasting paper printing out the articles when we do everything else on the computer, but it really works because its harder to read on a computer screen than it is when it's in your hand and you can mark the mistakes right on it.

September 25, 2008

I am my father's daughter...

Spoiler: If you are OR are not interested in on, this is for both.

Yesterday, former Sate Senator Allen Kukovich spoke to students at Seton Hill about the need to be registered to vote. This seems like a typical thing to be talking to college students around this time about because we are getting into our first official election that we can vote for, and I know I'm not like many students when I say this, but I cannot wait to fill out my first ballot. Voting has been something I pay more attention to than I probably should, ever since I can remember.

Elections in general are very interesting to me, I remember watching the Presidential Election unfolding in 1997 on the small TV my kitchen with my dad when I was about seven years old, and I remember being in my living room, doing some homework when the recount was going on in the election Bush vs. Gore; and though I was young and I don't remember all of the details I do know that during those times I was excited about the election process and couldn't wait to get my chance to vote. (I find it ironic that last Saturday was the first time I have ever been to Washington DC.)

Anyway, while Sen. Kukovich was speaking, I must admit that most of the information he was saying went over my head because all I was thinking was, "why wouldn't someone want to vote?" I know that my mom was never registered to vote until recently and I know that I bugged her about it often because I was jealous that she had the ability to vote and wasn't while I was just a kid sitting on the sidelines waiting to turn 18. (I mean my dad always came home with a cool "I Voted" sticker, that's worth it if you ask me.) But honestly, I never understood it.

But it never really bothered me knowing that back then my mom wasn't voting; it BOTHERS me to an extreme extent to know that my some of my peers simply do not care enough to vote. It BOTHERS me that they give these excuses as to why they are not voting and yet still want change and still want social security and healthcare when we'll need it. It BOTHERS me that my generation is waiting on the world to change, instead of just changing it themselves.

I don't know if you can tell, but I'm pretty passionate about this country. Maybe because my birthday is so close to the official birthday of America. But, I'm very interested in its ups and downs and I want to see it succeed in this messed up world, but I can't see that happen if I sit back and wait for someone else to get stuff done for me.

What I don't understand is that, my peers especially, hate when other people make decisions for them and hate when adults tell them what to do, because they feel like they are adults. Well, dear friends, I'm sorry to put this bluntly, but if you don't want another decision made for you, go vote on which decisions you agree with. And if you don't want another adult telling you what to do, then go vote for the candidate that you like better. And if you want people to treat you like an adult, then be one. Technically you're an adult when you turn 18 and you can register to vote when you turn 18...I'm guessing it's that way for a reason.

Actually I'm not sorry for being blunt. I feel like that's what our country needs to get turned around here, and you're not helping if you're standing by, waiting for something to happen. You're not helping if you choose not to vote because you think that's a way of "sticking it to the man," as Andy so eloquently put it in his blog. This election is already re-writing history books. No matter who wins, this is the first election when a black man or a woman has gotten as far as Obama or Clinton did and this is only the second election where there was a candidate with a woman for a running-mate; make it another first by voting for the first your own history book.

I don't care who you vote for, just make an informed decision when you do. November 4th is quickly approaching, so you'll need to get on that soon. Like one of my favorite men once said, "you must be the change you wish to see in the world." 

September 23, 2008

Orientation: Web-style

Writing for the Web 3.0 seems to be a very helpful book so far. I like that it's an easy read and it isn't dry and boring like other web-making books seem to be, and I really like how the author splits up each main idea, within the chapters, to make everything make more sense and make it easier to follow along with.

But what I like most about it is that it's straight forward. These two quotes from chapter 3 are what stood out most for me.

"..the front page of your site should orient your readers by telling them - what the site is about, how it is organized and how to navigate it." (page 20) 

"So put yourself in your readers' shoes: If you were a stranger arriving at you own site, would you feel as if the site's creator had made a special effort to make life easy for you?" (page 24)

I like these two quotes because even though they are both like, "duh" moments, it's the kind of thing that I think writers forget about the most. Which is weird because they are both about the reader, and shouldn't the writer always have the reader in the front of their mind? I would think so, but I like that the author puts that out there.

It is clear that the author of this book is doing just what he is telling us to do and that is to always keep the reader in mind first, so that everything is understandable and clear to them.  

Well that sounds familiar...

This quote from "Writing for the Web 3.0" reminds me of when we first got a computer when I was little and how I am now. I remember always being too impatient when we got out first computer because it took so long for anything to load onto it. Now I get impatient if the screen doesn't pop up right away. This is so true...

"We used to call it the World Wide Wait, because the primitive dial-up systems of the 1990s were so slow to load pages. Many users in those days would set their browsers to ignore the graphics, since these are always the slowest items to load.

That impatience is still with us. But now we're impatient to get right to the material we came looking for, and we're likely to hit the Back button if the page doesn't come up right that instant." (page 7)

I know that I always got in trouble because I'd click and click and click until the screen I wanted came up. (I know probably making the problem worse.) And now I instantly click the Back button to find a different page if something doesn't show up within one second. Oy vay, computers do make us impatient. This could cause a problem.

Hold on to your socks Batman!

Oh man, I've been blogging a lot recently, you should know what this means...Blogging Portfolio time! ::Takes a deep breath:: Doesn't it feel wonderful to be back in the old swing of things...yes, indeed it does.

Alright, enough tacky introduction to get people to pay attention to my blog...let's get down to business. In this portfolio I will show some of my "best work" that I have done for this class. (EL236: Writing for the Internet) The categories are; coverage, timeliness, interaction, depth and discussion. Now let's bring out the winners...


Coverage - This category is supposed to show that I've done all the blogging. I did that, so instead of just showing you a long list of links to every entry, you can just browse through yourself. I think that I've been doing well with coverage this year, compared to last year. I know before that I wasn't into the blogging thing very much and slacked off a bit here and there, but this year I have turned over a new leaf. I blog, and I do so often.


Timeliness - Along with getting the assignments done, I have been able to get them done and in with great timing. Though my mom always said that I'll be late to my own funeral, which this still probably holds true, at least my blog will be up to date. Some examples of when I proved that statement...


Interaction - Well, I cannot take all the credit for people giving me comments, I mean there has to be some other reason besides my good looks and charm that bring people wandering to my site (considering you cannot see me while reading my entries) Maybe it's the cute sayings I put on the course website or maybe it's the clever titles of my blogs.(But those would fall under my charm I think.) Hmm...maybe it is just me. ;) Here are some entries where people came over to visit...


Depth - I don't think I ever do depth very well. I never actually think, 'oh I need a deep entry soon, I'm going to have a blogging portfolio due soon.' So if I get into depth, it's by pure accident, but I guess that sometimes that's where the best work comes from.


Discussion - As well as depth, I think that I could be doing better in this section as well. Because just like the depth thing, this doesn't happen on purpose either. I don't go out searching for good entries by classmates, I go out looking for something to actually comment on, without feeling redundant.


Hmm...not too bad for the first blogging portfolio of the year.

September 21, 2008

Email hacked by college student

Current Event Topic: Sarah Palin's email is hacked into and nothing confidential is found.

Wow, we're you honestly expecting something that terrible? Sarah Palin, who is John McCain's running mate for the 2008 presidential election, had her email hacked into by, what is currently being said to be, Democratic State Rep. Mike Kernell's 20 year old son, David.

David is a student at the University of Tennessee and allegedly hacked into Palin's personal email account and posted the user name and password on a blogging website.

The hacker was said to have gone into Palin's email account after the media disclosed e-mail indicating Palin’s administration used private e-mail accounts as a way to work outside Alaska’s Open Records Act.

Though Palin's email, which is apparently run through a Yahoo account is said to have had nothing worthy of special interest, the case is still under investigation to see if David is really the person that hacked into the email account and "tricked Yahoo." Since the hacker was in an anonymous group on 4chan, an image-based bulletin board, where anyone can post anything.

On 4chan, the anonymous setting enables users to work as trolls and cause chaos in anyone's life; and on that day, it was Sarah Palin's life, and her and McCain's campaign that were chaotic. 

September 18, 2008

Poor little Smiley

"The irony is, Net culture was unusually literate. The pioneers of the Net were hackers, people who routinely spend twelve to sixteen hours a day editing text, and whose favorite leisure-time activity is inhaling fantasy and science fiction novels by the pallet load. These people are no strangers to words." -Neal Stephenson

In this article Neal brings up some very good points. I picked the quote above because I like his example. It is very ironic that people that are extremely literate are the ones that sit in front of a computer all day, and some of those same people are the ones that needed a way to dicipher whether or not someone was being sarcastic online or not. The people that understand language the most, need the most help in this area, is what I feel he is saying.

That idea is a little disheartening. I like it because it's true, but it kind of makes me wonder. Like if those kinds of people cannot figure out how certain messages are supposed to be taken over internet messaging then how are we supposed to do so? Like I said in the entry right before this one, I HATE internet conversation because you can never tell what the other person is trying to really say to you...this just proves my point.

Why so serious?

I liked this article. 

"Various “joke markers” were suggested, and in the midst of that discussion it occurred to me that the character sequence :-) would be an elegant solution - one that could be handled by the ASCII-based computer terminals of the day. So I suggested that. In the same post, I also suggested the use of :-( to indicate that a message was meant to be taken seriously..." -Scott Falham

Scott seems like a clever individual. I like the idea of using the smiley face to mark the articles to be taken seriously or not, because it is hard to understand someone's tone, or meaning over the internet, and when talking to them online. That is why I HATE having serious conversations online, because you cannot tell what the other person is really saying to you if you cannot look them in the eye and see what their facial expressions are, or what their body language is telling you. You cannot get any real conversation from talking online, because those subtle, but very serious and very real conversation cues have to be shown in person. The original use of the smiley was a fantastic idea.

September 13, 2008

EL227 summed up in one sentence

"Clear, succinct, informative prose-that's what newswriting is all about" (The Student Newspaper Survival Guide 40).

Chapter 5 was beautiful. I was reminded of my first semester at SHU and my first real look at how a news article is supposed to work. It was a good experience just now, reading this chapter.

I'll get off my soapbox now. Anyway, this really is newswriting. In EL 227 that is what we to write and how to get your stories jammed packed with information, and still be short. I remember a lot of talks about "cutting out the fluff" and not writing like high school English teachers wanted us to, all those years.

Also on this page is a lovely drawing of the inverted pyramid, much better than the one I drew in my notebook, oh so long ago. Though I cannot say that I have to seriously think of "how" to write a news article, this chapter was a good refresher and would be good as a handout in EL 227. This is exactly how newspapers operate and how The Setonian functions in general.

New to the pot - New to the net

I have never posted before, and I hope that I am doing this correctly. This is in response to the questions about the dates of the birth of the historical Jesus of Nazareth. --Dennis G. Jerz, 1993.

Well, depending on the month, I was two years old in 1993. And I believe that these were the end of my potty-training days. (Considering I started dancing in this year and no diapers were allowed in the studio.) Now, let's make some comparisons!

In the blog posted by Dr. Jerz, it talks about how when "newbies" came into the Usenet business, they messed it up, and how Jerz himself was one of those newbie-types. Well, during this same time, baby Chelsea was messing up the bathroom. Clearly, if you know me well enough, you know I cause havoc now...imagine me at a much smaller scale, I'm just going to guess that the toilet paper roll was too much fun to leave alone. Good thing I was cute. (Suri Cruise actually looks decently similar to baby Chelsea, except that I didn't wear a 400 dollar dress while I was learning about the big girl potty, and I think I still smiled more than she does. Just saying.)

Anyway, my point was that while reading this article I was picturing the internet as a toilet. I don't know exactly what that means, but yeah, you can fill in your own clever meanings if you so desire.  

But I do understand what those veteran Usenet users felt like when the newbies started taking over their site. It's kind of how I felt when they let high school kids join Facebook. Even tough that was during the summer before I started college, it still upset me, because I just got settled into my Facebook and liked that it was only for college kids and it was more "sophisticated" than MySpace and I liked it. Then all the high school kids came in and "messed it all up," and now, what really is the difference between Facebook and MySpace? (Besides the layouts.) Not much, their logos are even the same colors.

Long story short... internet = toilet AND Facebook = Usenet. Maybe?

September 4, 2008

So, how does that make you feel?

"In a tragedy, never ask a victim's family, "How do you feel?" Learn something positive about the victim before you approach family and friends. The family will respect you more if you are able to say up front that you knew the victim was "a history major and a real leader for the field hockey team." (The Student Newspaper Survival Guide, page 34)

Thank you Mike Donoghue. I HATE when I see TV reporters go up to a victim's family and ask this question. Like honestly, what are you expecting them to say? "Oh well, my son just got into a major car accident and might not make it through, but I really would just like to go order a pizza and watch Sports Center, I had a long day at work." Uhhh, yeah I don't think any parent would give a response like that...just guessing though. I think I'd do that just to be a jerk if something bad happened and I was being interviewed. Then I'd give them that, "I think you're stupid," face. Maybe then people would stop asking this question. Maybe.

Pretty sure it's networking

I chose two for this one. Both are from The Student Newspaper Survival Guide, page 20.

"Beat coverage involves a lot of talking that isn't formal interviewing," says Parks. "Part of your work is not just reporting specific stories but looking for your next story, or your next scoop."


"Keep in mind, journalism is a two-way street. You want story ideas; many of your sources want the publicity only you can offer."


I chose these two quotes because I like that they say a lot of the work we do is not just taking the interviews and then writing out the articles. If you do that well then fine, but it's better to be able to pick up a conversation with anyone and be able to get stories you can pitch from those conversations. This is the main reason why I feel it is so important for people on The Setonian staff to get involved and to get to know people and to really be out there, so that story ideas and these types of conversations are easier to come by.

Though it's not always easy and I personally feel run down by being in so much sometimes, I think it's the best way to not only put yourself out there and make as many friends and connections as possible, but to really know what is going on around campus, and by doing that, you make the paper have an easier time coming up with stories and filling the pages.

September 2, 2008

Can we put a recall on trolls?

TM8%20Russ%20troll%20small.jpgI remember getting troll dolls for every occasion as a small child. I don't even understand why, but I looooooved those things. (There is one pictured at left.) This is nothing like that. These trolls scare me. Is it even safe to say that? Do I really have to blog about this? I really just don't understand why people would go about doing this and really hurting people online. I never really understood why people hurt other people in the first place, let alone why/how people find it even more enjoyable online.

Though I must admit that it was a fascinating article and was really interesting how people go about doing this and how they rack up points or "lulz" for it all, it kind of made me nervous about what this world is coming to, and made me think twice before posting this blog.

I mean it all seems interesting and could possibly be useful if used in certain situations, but is it really healthy to sit around and ruin other people's lives all day? Is that even fair if you're the hacker and you know so much more than your prey does about the internet? I think that's like being the big sixth grader picking on the first grader during recess. Why am I relating everything back to childhood...maybe that's where it all gets started?

September 1, 2008

Teachers Gone Wild: Coming to a classroom near your child soon!

Cough, I thought this only happened in the classy town that I come from. But according to the Washington Post Article it's happening more and more often.

The part that I have to say that I enjoyed the most is that these young teachers didn't think their pages would be found. (Honestly, are you dumb?) There's a way to get around anything on the web, lame excuse...come up with something more creative please. I don't understand how people will just post ANYTHING on the web either. I know that if my name is on something I'm making sure that if anyone that wouldn't normally stop by my site doesn't think that I'm just another "stupid teenager."

It said in this article that during an interview, the teachers were asked if they had a Facebook of Myspace profile and if they did the interviewer brought it up right there. This actually happened to me at my most recent job interview. When I was at the interview to become a camp counselor at Jumonville for the summer, they asked each of us what they would find if they went to our Facebook pages. Most of the kids gave they "Oh crap" face and others said they didn't have a Facebook profile (Even though I'm sure that's not true for the majority of those kids.) while I said the truth. You'll find a lot of pictures of me being a ham. (Because you will.) There are MANY pictures of me making weird faces, being obnoxious and giving that peace sign/winky face thing that everyone does. But NEVER will anyone find something that could make me lose my job or to make someone even think about not hiring me over. Because it's not there. I'm a fun kid, but I'm not wild, and even if I was, I wouldn't be dumb enough to display it on my Facebook page. 

What the $#@!

After reading the Writing Effective Email list, I feel like I knew all of these things but the part that stood out to me the most was number five; Be kind. Don't flame.

It might have been because the title was kind of catchy and I wanted to read on about it. But I paid the most attention to this section. I don't feel that I've ever sent an email that was rude or had terrible language in it, but I know that there are times when I want to. This section I think had cute ideas about how to hone in that anger before you find yourself sending an email that makes you look bad.