I have never had to fiddle with a WordPress blog as much as I have with this one, and it’s not even done yet. My goal is to have everything bright and shiny and just the way I like it by Monday afternoon. We’ll see how that goes.
The purpose of this post is supposed to be introductory, so HI THERE! Check out my about page for more on the blog specifically, if you’re so inclined (or if you’re a professor and want to see the links to the rest of my accounts for this class). As far as introducing myself, I’m Haley, a senior (HOLYCRAPIMADEIT) at the University of Mary Washington, my Twitter handle is haley_exe and my my favorite brainfood is webcomics. I have a print on my wall by Kevin Bolk that’s all about butts and I am nurturing a growing addiction to hyperlinks. I’m also considering going to grad school for all this spiffy new media stuff, so I’d love suggestions for programs to look into. I’m also considering going in for poetry. Or maybe extreme underwater basketweaving. Or all three.
Preliminaries well and truly done with, BEHOLD! My very first Daily Create.
This week I felt:
When they tell you that ds106 is no cakewalk, THEY ARE NOT KIDDING. Listen to Them, for They are wise in the ways of the Interwebs and have suffered through much to come by Their wisdom. Fortunately They are also very accurate in saying that if you push through and work your butt off, you’ll catch on and do fine. Although I began the week pretty freaked out over all the info I was supposed to keep track of, I think I’ve got my feet more or less under me now.
I’m a bit miffed that I didn’t have the time to do more Daily Creates, and only managed to produce the one that was required. That’s going to have to change going forward, mostly through better time management. It also helps to read instructions so you don’t end up spending two and a half hours editing a 10-minute assignment. :/ Derp. I’ll definitely be posting my edited Keychain video once I get the chance, though, because my goal with the first version was to emulate the tightly-edited, quick-cut-to-next-phrase style of some of the most popular vlogs out there. It was a challenge to replicate the feel of those videos, but I’m pleased with the results and I’d love to get some feedback.
The only problem with that is Apogee internet access, which has speeds that are comparable to the flow of tar down a 20 degree slope during a particularly nasty Alaskan winter. I had to hie me to a friend’s apartment to upload my (significantly shortened) video, and it STILL took nearly forty minutes. Suggestions on how to circumvent this issue would be greatly appreciated (I’m thinking Simpson Library, perhaps).
Wow, this got pretty long. Hopefully my future summaries will be more succinct. I think I’ll make that a goal for my ds106 experience. I have to say, I am BEYOND thrilled for this class–it’s absolutely everything I love, and I can already tell it’s going to push my limits, test my creative mettle and stretch my boundaries. Can’t get much better than that.