Hello World.

I am new at this whole blogging business. An assignment in Frank Armstrong’s Writing for Marketing Communications class inspired me to write this specific blog 20180201_130008 (2)post. In this blog post, I will be reflecting on three essential aspects of writing an effective blog post. I will also be reflecting on my feelings about writing regularly to a global audience.

 

An attention-grabbing headline

A generic headline such as “My first blog” or “blog #1,”, isn’t going to catch someones attention because they sound generic. A compelling title grabs peoples attention and it makes them want to click on the blog.

 

Add personal experience or personal images

Adding personal experience to your blog gives it your own personal touch. Adding a personal touch to your writing makes it more human. If the writing sounds more human than the reader will relate to it more and understand it. If the writing sounds robotic than the reader will get bored and click on something else.

 

Make it digestible with short paragraphs and sentences

 

Whenever I read a book and I see a great big wall of text, I get intimidated. The reason why is because while I’m reading my eyes get lost and I start to lose my place. I prefer shorter paragraphs because it’s easily digestible and I don’t lose my place. People reading your blog prefer smaller bite-sized paragraphs, that way people won’t get intimidated and actually read your blog.

 

The thought of millions and millions of people possibly seeing my blog terrifies me. The reason why is because those people will be judging and criticizing my writing. What if the person doesn’t like this post and they leave a nasty comment? I know from personal experience making Youtube videos that a nasty comment can really affect your self-esteem. I used to get comments saying “your videos suck” and “your voice sounds annoying”. These comments made me feel like crap, but they actually helped me appreciate the positive feedback. Every once in a while when a person would leave a comment like “great video” or “this video made me laugh”, then I’d get a boost of confidence. Posting content online for people to see requires a very thick skin to criticism. But its worth it, in the end, to see people enjoy the content you produce.

Were you nervous about posting your first blog?

If so leave a comment and tell me any tricks and tips for new bloggers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Does Form Follow Function the unanswered question of use over design.

Does form follow function? This question has been debated about by architects for centuries. The meaning of form follows function is that the shape of an object or building should reflect its purpose. This blog post will discuss my opinion on whether or not form should follow function?

 

I believe form follows function when it comes to architecture. But when it comes to an object that’s where things get tricky. For example, the purpose of a pair of mittens is to keep my hands warm, so the design of said mittens should reflect its purpose. I agree with the statement form follows function because if the design of an object doesn’t reflect its purpose than in my opinion that object is useless. Let’s say you design a house and you design the front door to be four feet off the ground without a staircase for some reason. This design contradicts the function of a front door.

 

According to an article from the New York Times, form follows function is on the demise because of newer technologies. Alice Rawsthorn a writer for the New York Times argued that the design of the iPod Shuffle doesn’t reflect form follows function because its design doesn’t reflect its multiple uses. With objects like the iPod Shuffle, things can get a bit complicated. The reason why I think its complicated is because the iPod Shuffle has many different uses besides just play music. It would be impossible for the design of the Shuffle to reflect all its different purposes. But I think its design does reflect its most important purpose and that is to be a portable music device. The Shuffle is small so it can fit into your pocket, and it has a lot of memory so it can store all of your favorite albums.

 

If the design of the Shuffle failed at being a portable mp3 player then I would consider the design to be a failure because it doesn’t do what its supposed to do. Design your product or building to be useful, before making it look cool. Garbage that is covered in glitter still looks and smells like garbage. Should form follow function or does function follow form?