Week 10 – 3. Technical: Blog review for technical errors

a. Review your blog against the ‘Blog Writing Checklist’ on page 3 of the activity sheet.

☑ Weekly activities are clearly tagged or categorised so teaching staff can access posts easily.

☑ All references to ‘i’ as an individual word (and its relational words i’m, i’ld) have been capitalised.

☑ If you have used ‘it’s’, it’s because you are referring to ‘it and is’ as a conjunction. This is the ONLY time an apostrophe is used in ‘it’s’.

☑ All sentences have a full-stop at the end of a sentence.

☑ If you have made reference to an external website or reading, you have referenced the original source or created a direct link to the original website.

☑ All references are consistent, and correctly punctuated for the referencing style you are using.

☑ If you have used a figure, it is in keeping with the rule: spell out numbers under 10, use figures over 10 unless the number starts the sentence.

☑ All proper nouns are capitalised.

☑ You have correctly used apostrophes as plural or possessive. Every time you have used an apostrophe, ask yourself whether it is possessive or plural, and depending on the answer, then ask yourself if it is being used correctly.

☑ Check that you have used the correct words in your posts – common errors include quite/quiet, for example. You should pick these up if you read your work aloud.

☑ If you have used the word ‘however’ in the middle of a sentence to indicate a shift in sentence direction, consider whether it needs a semi-colon before the word (eg. The dog was black; however, it was easy to spot at night because it was very shiny.)

☑ Review subject/verb agreement. (eg. If the subject is singular, the verb should also be singular – ‘The dog is shiny’; not ‘The dog are shiny’.)

☑ Revise the length of your sentences. If your sentence is more than a couple of lines in your blog, it needs to be shortened. Shorter sentences have greater impact and are more active generally.

☑ Read your work aloud. Every sentence, every post. If the sentence sounds awkward, rephrase it.

b. Did you find the questions difficult? Did find many issues?

I found this checklist easy to follow and complete, and I did not find many issues with my blog structure or writing at all. I think that I have done a sufficient job with my creation of post content.


Reference List

Ames, K 2015, Week 10 – Blog: Blog submission checklist, COMM11007 Media Writing, CQUniversity e-courses, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/

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Week 10 – 2. Practical: Review your blog

a. Is the layout clean and easy to read? Have you used headings in a way that attracts attention to key points? Is white space used appropriately?

I tried to ensure that I used an easy to read theme in the design of my blog, that uses headings of a different colour to attract the reader’s attention. I also used this colour in my hyperlinks, and used italics and bolding to highlight important headings, sections and information.

I selected a theme that used a nice and simple sans serif font, as according to Ames (2015, p. 4), they are slightly less informal than serif fonts, and they can still be readable in large blocks of text if the font is big enough.

As for white space, I tried to ensure that my text did not take up the whole page by having wide margins on either side to provide a visual break (Ames 2015, pp. 5-6).


b. Have you completed all the tasks? Check that you have completed all blog requirements and ensure that you have responded to all weekly requirements. Check this against the ‘Blog Task Requirements’ on page two of this activity sheet.

WEEK 1

☑ 1. Inquiry Review news articles

☑ 2. Practical Register your blog

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 1

WEEK 2

☑ 1. Inquiry Review Trendsmap

☑ 2. Practical Register a Twitter account and follow 20 users

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 2

WEEK 3

☑ 1. Inquiry Review media coverage of an issue of interest

☑ 2. Practical Register a Storify account and reflect on Storify

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 3

WEEK 4

☑ 1. Inquiry Review poorly written and a well-written news stories

☑ 2. Practical Plan for Assignment 3

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 4

WEEK 5

☑ 1. Inquiry Review an article that has impact because of sources and speech

☑ 2. Practical Interview two people

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 5A and 5B

WEEK 6

☑ 1. Inquiry Review a Cirque du Soleil media kit

☑ 2. Practical Photo essay

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 6A and 6B

WEEK 7

☑ 1. Inquiry Review a newsletter

☑ 2. Practical Review assignment 1

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 7A and Quiz 7B

WEEK 8

☑ 1. Inquiry Review a social media platform

☑ 2. Practical Write a review of a social media platform

☑ 3. Technical Quiz 8

WEEK 9

☑ 1. Inquiry Review a curated collection

☑ 2. Practical Review another student’s Storify submission

☑ 3. Technical Active and Passive Writing test

WEEK 10

☑ 1. Inquiry Review a website/brochure for formatting

☑ 2. Practical Review your blog – tasks and reflection

☑ 3. Technical Review your blog – technical accuracy


c. Reflect on the blogging tasks. Write a few sentences on your views of this assessment. What were your major challenges and how did you overcome these? Was it too hard/too easy/about right? Has it helped improve your writing?

As someone who did well at English throughout highschool, I found these blog posts rather easy to understand, and I was able to complete them without any dramas. I thought that the assessment was structured well in terms of making weekly posts, which for the most part helped me to keep on top of the assignment. Due to full time work, I did begin to fall behind a little toward the end of term, however, because none of the tasks were particularly onerous, it wasn’t too hard to catch up.

I think that my major challenges were getting used to the CQU Harvard method of referencing, and trying to structure my responses each week so that they weren’t just nonsensical ramblings. This has improved my writing by making me more likely to create a plan of what I am going to write before I actually write it. I don’t think that it was too hard or easy, I personally found that it was just challenging enough to keep me interested and thinking hard.


Reference List

Ames, K 2015, Week 10 – Impact of design, COMM11007 Media Writing, CQUniversity e-courses, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/

Week 10 – 1. Inquiry: Write a review of a magazine/website

Consider yourself as a visual consumer. Find a website/brochure/magazine you like and reflect on what it appeals to you. Write a short review of the site/product on your blog, making reference to points addressed in this week’s study materials.

I began this exercise by looking up website inspiration sites for examples of what is considered good design. I then stumbled across http://compliments.dk/ and it appealed to me as a visual consumer immediately.

Although the website takes up the entire screen width, there is still a great amount of white space around each section in the grid layout to prevent overcrowding (Ames 2015, pp. 5-6).

They have utilised a very clean, bold and easy to read typeface for their headings, that stands out and grabs the reader’s attention (Ames 2015, p. 4).

According to Ames (2015, p. 3), the use of the colour white promotes the ideas of cleanliness and elegance,  which is fitting for the selling of high quality furniture, and therefore their use of large amounts of white is aesthetically pleasing to me and makes sense.

The final visual aspect of this website that I really like is the way in which they have used photographs. The use of a hero image at the top of the page supports the written content well and grabs the viewer’s attention (Ames 2015, pp. 4-5).


Reference List

Ames, K 2015, Week 10 – Impact of design, COMM11007 Media Writing, CQUniversity e-courses, http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/

Compliments 2015, Compliments, viewed 22 September 2015, http://compliments.dk/