December 04, 2006

Too Big for Toys R' Us: A Showcase of Development and Progress

Remember that song? "I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R' Us Kid", with all the cute kids playing with the excellent toys we never had when we were little? Yeah, I kinda feel like one of them right now. Karissa put it perfectly on Progress of Our Lives, the new hit television show starring none other than the heroine herself: Miss Karissa J. Kilgore. Miss Kilgore states, "I'm finally seeing it, I'm finally seeing myself change. Wow."

I can see myself changing as well. I feel like one of those cute kids, just wanting to enjoy the simplicities of life; I feel like it were would be better if it were easier like in junior high, where the worst thing in the world was not being able to stay out after dark on a summer night, or to ride the bus home with a friend on a Friday after school. I feel suffocated, and trapped, in the center of a whirlwind known as Life. I feel like I'm sinking, and nothing motivates me anymore. There is so much in front of me, and I know how to do it, I can see it, but I'm too scared to reach out and grab the opportunity to learn. Finally, I begin to want to learn again. I push past the roadblock and out into a fresher world. Through this period, this is where I could see myself changing. And now, I am seeing it everyday, in all of the things I do, especially in my school work.

True to its name, the first half of EL236 was learning how to write...for the internet.

As writers, we are simultaenously Communications professionals. The audience of the internet must become ours; in order to obtain authorship within this medium, we must train ourselves to produce work that is of the utmost satisfaction. The audience depends on us to fulfill their desires, interests and needs. However, prior to developing any informational material for this audience, we need to first understand the way they think; Only then will we be able to predict their reactions and determine the best way to grab their attention.

Shifting modes a little, we become researchers; we study the members of our audience, their affiliates, and the formats that they are already pleased with. As researchers, we need to figure out what our audience wants, which may be a little, or alot.

An important thing to remember as we begin to build our material is to provide navigational clues and explanations for those who may be visiting our online writing site for the first time. Our goal is to charm these first timers, having enough of an effect on them that they continously come back for more. A finished product is usually more like a final draft; before calling it quits, the material must be tested in order to determine its effectiveness and quality of usability.

Posted by Lori Rupert at December 4, 2006 11:28 PM
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Haha! Thanks, Lori. Glad you enjoyed my "soap opera" blog reflection...

Awesome that you're able to make so many connections between your profession and the course :)

Posted by: Karissa at December 10, 2006 04:43 PM
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