Thursday, January 22, 2015

The connection between writing and design

The discussion about writing and design has helped me to understand that communication is not just the words people are saying. Communication has to do with how something is said, or written, and what the purpose behind those words are. The communicator has to have an overall goal or message for what they are writing. On top of purpose, the communicator has to think of who their audience is, and what type of people will be listening to or reading what they are communicating, and design has a very large role in this communication. Written communication in blank text is not going to have the same effect as communication with pictures, graphics, or charts next to it to help the audience better understand the message the communicator is trying to convey. This is why communicators, whether they are using written or vocal communication, need to consider what type of design and purpose their communication should have before doing anything. Communicators have to understand how different types of design will affect not just their audience, but random people reading from a third person view. Communicators must use a design that not only enhances what they are communicating, but is also unbiased and non-offending. Because of this, there cannot be truly good communication without good design next to it.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What I think about blogs

I believe blogs are a useful tool for an average person to get information out to people that they see as important. They are relatively easy to setup, so anyone with an opinion on anything can start writing away and have people from around the world comment on their beliefs or experiences. A blog can be as useful as the writer or reader makes it. If the blogger only writes a few sentences a week about mundane topics, they probably would not see much use for the site. On the flip side, an activist could blog ten times an hour and have thousands of people come help their cause. There is no specific description for a blogger. A blogger is simply anyone who has created a blog and wants to share an idea or experience with others around the world. The usual type of person that blogs is someone who  is very vocal about their stance or opinion on various topics or experiences, and want those experiences to be seen by all. For me, a blog could be very useful by just helping me get rid of a day’s worth of stress by just writing it out, and possibly having people comment on it giving suggestions on how to deal with said stress.

As for using a blog in a writing class, it could be very beneficial to writing students. A class could use a blog in order to easily share and communicate ideas on similarly studied topics, to not just their classmates, but to anyone studying the same topics. In this class, I think we will use blogs in this class to share writing assignments with other students, allowing them to get better ideas on what to write for their assignments, and also allowing them to suggest how the blogger could better their writing in the comments. This blog will be more of a personal online journal, since we probably would not be putting any links in the blog posts. This type of blog would be very much like the personal online journals described in the article. This is because what the students will be writing will be personal and opinion driven, and would explain what they think about certain topics. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Abilities As A Communicator

1. What I do best as a communicator is argue with facts and knowledge. Whenever I have an argument about anything, I clearly list all of the facts pertaining to the argument and why those facts and points prove my side of the argument is correct, not using emotions to sway opinion. I am not a good fiction or narrative writer. I have trouble thinking of ideas for that sort of writing. I am better at non-fiction or argumentative writing.
I am also good at quickly responding in texts or emails on my phone. I am able to clearly express any thoughts I have.

2. I believe I speak well and fluently.

3. No, not really.

4. I have never been asked to, but I could probably make a poster, but not a website.

5. I am comfortable with most aspects of writing. The most difficult part for me is getting all of my ideas written down, and putting them where they need to be to make the best paper.

6. I like to believe that I am funny, but that might be just a personal opinion, and not fact.

7. Yes I do. I like to think about how current events will affect me, the country, and the future in general, whether it is politics, economics, or anything else.

8. I have never composed song lyrics.

9. What gives me pleasure when communicating is when my audience completely understands the points I am trying to make, whether it be written or spoken word.

An area where I am not as strong as a communicator is with fiction or narrative style writing. I could also improve on using visuals and electronic tools more efficiently in my writing.

I could be a more confident communicator by thinking of and structuring out everything I want to express before I express it.

I would like to focus on and improve the ability the efficiently put thoughts into spoken or written word, in a coherent and logical way.