This is the fifth week and my fifth blog. It’s amazing how time passes so quickly. I’ve accomplished more than I thought i could, but remain baffled by some parts of the mysteries of WordPress. For instance, I Accidentally trashed this blog entry a few minutes ago. It was set in place days earlier. If trial and error makes perfect, then I should become the world’s best blogger any minute now…Suffice it to say folks, The storm rages on.
I’m still in the process of choosing work from my many professional writing assignments so that I can add them to my academic and marketing portfolios. I must also introduce to my perspective viewers the reason behind these choices. So far, I’ve added two assignments in each portfolio. I’ll quickly add one more to the marketing portfolio and approximately 8 to the academic portfolio.
I’ve submitted a rough draft of the digital storytelling assignment. It is still being developed.
As I continue to develop this portfolio, my frustration is gently starting to fade away in this fourth week. I’ve set in place parts of the blog entry process that I didn’t understand last week. Some of it was due to my own persistence with the procedures of WordPress and the rest came from group members that could see the missteps of my struggle. Nothing compares to the solitude of reflection.
Right now, I need to create the proper presence for my “home page,” as it stands right now, it’s not functional. After all, the home page makes it clear why the writer is there and why the reader should care. Also suggested to me, and I concur, it might be best if I place my name in the URL. There are other issues I’ll have to address this week as well.
On the agenda this week is the polishing up of content on the blog. Adjustments to images may have to be re-done, more documents need to be added to my academic portfolio and my marketing portfolio and a resume entry at the top of the page needs to be included as well. I need to make sure all pages are in agreement with links and text.
The digital storytelling process is a way to use digital tools to tell a story in a compelling and moving way; it gives us a chance to tell our truth through our own voice as we combine photos, videos, music, narrative voice etc, covering an array of digital narratives for those who wish to express themselves in this manner, in yet another extension to the ancient art of storytelling. I expressed my digital narrative in a draft this week, reflecting my journey as a graduate student pursuing a degree in professional writing. Graphics that support this blog will be added later.
In reflection, I have to admit the pursuit of this professional writing degree has been quite a journey; one I’ve handled very well I must say, even though I’m stumbling a bit to get across the finish line in the final phase of it. But then prudence is the reason why “slow and study wins the race; hard work is never a bad thing.
Specifically, during this project it took me a minute just to get my title going, add a tag line, then put in an emblem through the Gravatar Service to be used in place of a profile photo; then I went about the business of getting my post to appear correctly. My blog presentation is not as beautifully done as some of my fellow classmates, but I hope I’ll be able to accomplish what’s required of the assignment. It’s a maze of information here at WordPress. I found out that the hub of its explanatory existence lolls within the “learnwordpress.com” page.
Even there, your focus and mindset has to stay on course; because if it doesn’t, whatever instructions WordPress gives to accomplish a task it simply won’t come out right. I’m still missing something. But, before I open my front door and throw my computer out into the snow, I have to take a deep breath, re-focus and re-direct my brain’s lens to the start all over position again.