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/

Week 9 – 3. Technical: Active and Passive Writing

a. Complete the test at http://www.businesswriting.com/tests/activepassive.htm

These are my results:

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b. Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

I had a little bit of trouble with wording some of the sentences, as I found that I was changing some of the words because in my head they seemed to fit a bit better. However, when I read the correct versions I was then able to see how they rearranged the original words to make sense. I was, however, able to identify most of the performers of the actions, and then able to move them to the subject position easily.

Individual Question Reflections:

  1. I changed the ‘sends’ to ‘receives’ which made the sentence more confusing because there were two performers instead of one.
  2. I didn’t realise that the self-audit was not actually considered the performer and that I should insert ‘we’ instead. Also, I didn’t realise that I could/should simplify the second half of the sentence like in the correct example.
  3. I think my example follows a fairly similar concept to the correct version, but it is just worded in a slightly different way.
  4. The only difference here was that I didn’t omit the second ‘have’.
  5. In this one I stuffed up a bit as I rearranged the entire sentence, although I think I still managed to make it into active voice.
  6. My example was fairly similar to the example, except I accidentally omitted ‘most’ and ‘may’ without thinking.
  7. This one confused me slightly, as I did not understand that I was able to create an active voice without explicitly stating a performer, hence my insertion of the word ‘you’.
  8. I struggled with the arrangement of this one, as it was a longer sentence and had a few more actions and performers to consider.
  9. I found this question extremely straightforward and easy, and got it correct.
  10. This question was also easy, as I got it almost exactly the same.

Week 8 – 3. Technical: Complete Quiz 8 (Words)

Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

For this week’s quiz, I got 8/10 on my first attempt.

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Question 4 confused me slightly, as I took the stance that we shouldn’t write as we speak if we speak very informally. We should not use contractions or slang in professional writing.

However, after reviewing the question, I realised that it was referring to using simple language to get your point across, and that active and clear writing was the easiest to understand.

For Question 8, I had never realised that ‘comprised of’ was a redundant phrase, but I guess I now know for future reference!

Week 7 – 3. Technical: Complete Quizzes 7A (Spelling) and 7B (Style)

Quiz 7A – Spelling

Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

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For this question, I immediately saw that first option and knew that was what a homophone was, so I selected it without further reading the other options.

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I was a little confused by this one, because the textbook specifically used the word ‘shorter’ and so I didn’t know if it was a trick question.

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And I struggled with this question because I have never grasped the difference between principle and principal, except for in the case of ‘the principal is my pal’.

Quiz B – Style

Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

I had no trouble with this quiz at all, and I got 100% on the first attempt.

Week 6 – 3. Technical: Complete Quizzes 6A and 6B – Punctuation

Quiz 6A – Punctuation

Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

I found this quiz rather easy, as I have always had a fairly strong understanding of punctuation. The only question that I struggled with slightly and had to take a second attempt to get correct was the one regarding the punctuation surrounding the word ‘however’.

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I knew that there definitely needed to be a comma inserted after ‘however’, but I did not realise that it also required a comma placed before it.

Quiz 6B – Punctuation

Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

I think that this is the quiz that I have so far done the worst on, as I received a score of 7/10 on my first attempt.

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In this question, I didn’t really have trouble with it, I think that I just didn’t read all of the options very thoroughly, because when I reviewed it, I knew instantly that option d) was the correct answer.

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I was slightly confused by the wording of this question, as I knew that the ellipsis mean that something had been removed from a sentence, and I wasn’t sure if that was what the word ‘shortened’ was referring to, as in the sentence had been shortened by the removal of some words.

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I was confused by this question as I didn’t realise that middle-distance was not a correct term and so I just took a random guess.

Week 5 – 3. Technical: Complete Quiz 5A (Reporting Speech) and Quiz 5B (Figures)

Quiz 5A – Reporting Speech

Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

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With this week’s first quiz, I got a score of 8/10 for my first attempt, getting the two questions above incorrect. When I received my score and looked back at the questions, I realised that I definitely knew the correct answer, and my score was merely a result of trying to complete the test too quickly and therefore not reading the questions slowly and thoroughly to gain an understanding of what was actually being asked.

Quiz 5B – Figures

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Week 4 – 3. Technical: Complete Quiz 4

Did you find the questions difficult? Did you have any problems in specific areas?

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I had trouble with Question 2 this week, and got it wrong on two attempts. I think that the problem was that I overthought the question, and also got confused between the sections of the textbook and the meaning of the word ‘redundant’.

I think that I was a little thrown by the use of the word ‘ludicrous’, as I guess I thought it sounded subjective, as not everyone would think it to necessarily be ‘laughable’.