Project Writeup

When I first started this five-week final project, I had a hard time coming up with my project proposal because I wanted to choose a topic that I would have a lot to write about. I settled on the idea of writing a blog about different aspects of healthy lifestyles, like workout tips, eating tips, healthy recipes and posts about body image. I thought that having a variety of subtopics to post about would help my blog stay interesting to readers. When I first started writing these blogs, I wrote them with ease, as the topics that I included in my proposal allowed me more freedom and movement in what I wanted to post about within each of the aspects that I have previously listed. Here is a quote from my first body-image post that told my readers what I wanted to get out of this blog:

With this blog I really want to try and educate myself on how to love everything about myself (but not in a narcissistic way). I think that it’s crucial that people become educated in their nutritional health, physical health and their mental health.

There are a few statements from my project proposal that I would like to focus on. In my the executive description of my proposal I said:

I am using a WordPress blog to educate people on how to live a healthier life by informing them on healthy eating tips and recipes, workout tips and body-image tips. Learning easy ways to have a healthier life is important because will improve one’s life as a whole and I think that a blog will help me set the tone and personalize my posts and easily facilitate the information.

I believe that I have followed the executive description fully, as I have produced blog posts that have educated my readers on ways to better their workouts, eating, and perception of themselves. I have also written blogs about have incorporated all of the tips that I listed in the proposal’s description. Also, I said that I wanted to create a personalized tone in my blogs to facilitate the information and I believe I have successfully created a personal tone within all my posts. Here’s an example of one blog post that I believe shows my personality well. I think that my personal tone helped readers connect with me and want to follow me. This is a part of the post that I think exemplifies my personality best:

Having access to food ranging from pizza to burgers to fries seemed like a dream come true, but I found out that after eating these kinds of meals on the daily that I was breaking out and my body felt sluggish. I barely ate fruit and veggies (sorry, Mom) and ate loads of carbs and sugar.

Throughout this project I have gained 14 new followers, which makes me believe that my blog posts have had a positive reaction from my readers.

Although there were things that I followed through fully in my project proposal, there were a few things that I changed as I wrote blog posts. One of these changes is that I said that I was only going to use SkinnyTaste, Self, and Health as my online sites that I would use to find articles for my blog posts. When I looked back at my blog posts I noticed that I used more than these three sites in order to write my blogs from the very first week, though I only used a larger variety of websites to find articles because I couldn’t find much information just on these sites that went very in-depth on the things I wanted to write about. In addition to the sites listed above, I also used sites like Teen Vogue, WebMD, Student Health 101 and the Huffington Post.

After I submitted the project proposal, my professor brought up a great idea of possibly writing blog posts targeting college students. I incorporated his idea of a specific target audience into the first weeks of my blogging project, although as my blogging progressed I opened up my target audience to individuals who want to live a healthier lifestyle rather than just focusing on college students. Here is one of my blog posts where I targeting college students as my audience and here is one of my blog posts where I opened up the target audience and made it more general. Though as a whole, my blog didn’t target a specific audience.

Over these five weeks, I have learned more about a healthy lifestyle than I thought that I would, mostly because a lot of the information and tips that I wrote about had been new information to me that I didn’t know before I had done research on the different aspects. An example of this can be seen in this blog post. I thought that it was interesting that I found more new information about body image during the last week of blogging rather than during the first week of this project. I also learned a lot more information when I was researching for this blog post. I have never been very knowledgeable about what I should eat before and after working out before I wrote that post and I liked that I was able to summarize the information into a simpler form for my readers.

I believe that since I picked “Healthy Lifestyle” as my blog topic that readers were interested in reading my work because they were on a mission to be healthy, too. I always tried to write encouraging things for the readers like I was actually talking to them and I tried to write blog posts that would help them with their healthy lifestyle. I only had one interaction with a reader and that was to say that they were going to do an eating journal to keep track of their food intake after reading one of my eating tip blog posts.

Overall, when I first started blogging I didn’t dig as deep in my topics and link as much as I should have. Compared to my very first blog post, I think that my last blog post for this project had more information and hypertext than previous blogs. My blogs have gotten stronger throughout these five weeks and the sites that I have linked to have become stronger in terms of giving the readers additional information that wasn’t fully talked about in my writing. This blog post exemplifies this change because I incorporated a Buzzfeed video and research articles, like this one, into my blogs, rather than articles from popular magazines that didn’t have the same certification.

For the most part, writing blogs for this project came easy to me until the last two weeks. I was struggling with finding new information about eating tips and body-image tips. It was really frustrating at the end of each of those weeks to try and write blog posts about body-image  because a lot of the articles that I came across in my research repeated the same things. Examples of the lack of new information can be seen in this blog post in relation with this blog post. Other than running into repeated information, I didn’t struggle with anything else, other than picking healthy recipes that I ended up not liking, like this one.

This project meant a lot to me. Not only did it educate me on the different aspects of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it also really challenged me as a writer. Instead of not writing blog posts because I didn’t have time or couldn’t find any interesting information, I still put out blogs because I wanted to follow the project proposal contract that I picked for my grade. I followed my contract fully to earn the grade I picked.

My contract will be for 150 pts (B). I will post 3-4 times a week. My weekly reflections will be 500-1000 words and will be posted every Monday. All of my other posts will be 500-750 words and posted throughout the week before the weekly reflection. My posts, other than the weekly reflections, will be focused on healthy eating tips, recipes, workout tips, and body-image tips and will include other links when necessary.

Overall, this project showed me that not all writing and academic studying comes easy, but that my writing probably wouldn’t have been as meaningful and informational without struggling throughout parts of it. I do believe that blogging is becoming a big part of literacy because the posts become instantly available to readers in a second once I press “Publish”. I think that since technology and the Internet is so prominent in a majority of people’s everyday lives that there is more traffic and readers to something posted online, like this blog, rather than a physical copy of a book that people have to wait to be released because people nowadays want things instantaneously. Writing and literacy is evolving and blogging and other web-writing is becoming more prominent.

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Week Five: Final Project Reflection

Last week I didn’t have a weekly reflection posted because we had to do studio tours of other classmates final projects, which was really fun and interesting. So, onto reflecting on the work done this week. It was fun and I learned a lot!

My first blog post of the week was on workout tips. This blog consisted of workouts that people could do at home. I thought that the articles that I read and linked within the blog post were really interesting because it listed off several things people can do at home to exercise (without equipment) and tips that could potentially keep people motivated to continue working out at home. I learned a lot from writing this post and thought it was beneficial to know because I like to do some home-workouts and think that the information I gathered for this post will help me become more successful.

My second blog post of the week was on eating tips. This blog consisted of different things that people can do to not only save money but to live healthier lives. This blog mostly talked about different things that people can do when they are shopping in order to save a little bit of money and avoid the temptations of unhealthy food. I thought this blog was informative and a lot of fun to read and write about because I get to share the information I found with other people while also learning it myself.

My third blog post of the week was on a healthy recipe. I’ve learned to love this blog segment each week. I was able to cook and experiment a new recipe that was a healthier alternative for chicken nuggets. It didn’t even feel like an assignment and I loved that. A huge plus was that this recipe was easy and actually tasted good, too!

My last post of the week was on body image. When I first started this segment of my blog I thought that there would be so much information to talk about, but since writing about it for a few weeks (for 500+ words at a time) it’s become boring and hard to find information that doesn’t seem repetitive. I struggled this week, but I made it through! I still found interesting information that I think will help my readers and myself on a journey to a better body image, but I’m worried about finding information for this next week’s blog.

Overall, I really have enjoyed working on this final project. It hasn’t really felt like something that I had to do which is refreshing from other class assignments. I like that I’m learning more about having a healthy lifestyle because it is something that I am currently working on for myself and I love that I get to work on a project while also learning about things that will hopefully help me out in life. Though I’ve ran into some bumps in the road with finding information or doing recipes that don’t turn out quite how I think they will, I have enjoyed writing these blog posts.

Week Three: Final Project Reflection

I know that I say this every week, but I’ve learned so much this week (just like the last two weeks). I always think that I’m not going to come across information that I haven’t heard before, but every week that I blog I am proven wrong.

The first blog that I published this week was called Better Your Workout. This blog was really interesting to write because I didn’t know how much having technology with you when you go to the gym can effect how good you workout. My blog included a negative aspect of having technology with you at the gym and a positive aspect, as well. Technology can distract people, but if used correctly (like listening to a personalized workout playlist) it can also keep people motivated and focused on their workout. I really like posting about different aspects of a workout than just listing a workout that people can do like I had originally planned to do when I was did my Final Project Proposal.

My next blog that I did this week was called Eating Habits For Before and After Workouts. I was super excited that I came across an article about things that people should eat pre-workout and post-workout. I, for one, have always been curious of if I was eating the right things before and after I worked out and I found out that I didn’t. I’m really glad that I wrote this blog because I feel like there are so many people like me out there that have no idea what they are doing when it comes to nutrition. A plus of this blog was that the article that I linked to provided eating habits from an actual nutritionist!

My next blog that I did (which is becoming my favorite blog type of the week) was called Recipe of the Week: Spinach Lasagna Rolls. I love experimenting with new food and having this blog has really pushed me to do it more often since I need content to write about, and a picture of the dish (if I remember). I was skeptic of trying a new recipe since my week two recipe that I tried wasn’t a favorite of mine. I like that this type of blog post is allowing me to try new things while also sharing the recipe and my experience while cooking it with readers because they might not have heard of SkinnyTaste before.

My last blog for the week was called Recognize Your Self-Worth. I found this blog post for this week kind of difficult to write this week. To me, it seems like all of the articles that I am running across have the same kinds of information on it. Since I struggled a little bit this week in writing this, I know that next week I have to prep more and really sift through articles to find good articles. Though I struggled a little more with this blog post, I learned some new things that I didn’t know about body image, like that people could have eating disorders if they keep hating on their body. It’s crazy how much someone’s perspective can affect themselves.

For an overall review of my blog posts, I believe that I chose the right topic to blog about for my final project. Yes, for some of the topics that I want to touch on relating to a healthy life is hard to write about sometimes, but I think that it will better me in the end because I will have to look harder for quality material. I really like writing and learning more information about workout tips, eating tips, recipes, and good mental perspectives when it comes to body image. Writing these blogs are enjoyable because it doesn’t feel like a chore, because I’m learning things that will help me better my life and I think that’s what makes it worth it.

Week Two: Final Project Reflection

I had a lot of fun reading articles and learning more about the topics of workout tips, eating tips, healthier recipes, and self-love. I never think that I can learn more about my topics, but I am always proven wrong.

When I wrote my workout tip blog, Have Energy? Go Work Out, I wasn’t quite sure which direction it would take. When I was writing I felt myself dig deeper on the workout topic than what I thought I would and I learned a lot of cool things. I learned that people should work out when they have the most energy and that made me question if there was a specific time that everyone’s energy was high. By reading a psychology article, I found out that people’s body time-clocks are at different times and that the time that they were born affected if they were a morning or night person. In the end, though I wanted to come to a general conclusion for my readers, I found out that there wasn’t a specific answer for everyone, instead they just had to work out when they had time and felt energized enough.

My next blog, Keep Track of What You Eat, was super interesting to me and even though it was a common idea that I’ve heard about I got to learn more in-depth ways to do these things and ways to curb unnecessary eating. This blog was very educational to me and I learned a lot of things that I hadn’t before.

My next blog, Skinny Chicken Taco Chili, was super fun to do. I really like that I’ve incorporated a cooking aspect into my blog, because it’s forcing me to try new things (some recipes of which I actually love). This recipe so far is my favorite and I’m excited to pick a recipe for next week.

Lastly I wrote a blog, Be Nice To Yourself, for my self-love tip section. This section is always hard for me to do, since I’m struggling with this myself and I can’t preach to others about self-love and perception if I’m not fully accepting myself. Though this part is a struggle, I do love that I’m able to learn more things that might be able to help me love myself and to have a positive mindset. This part is probably most beneficial for me because of this reason.

Overall, I’m really enjoying the concept of living a healthy life for my blog because I’m really teaching myself and others about these things at the same time. It’s educational, interesting, and beneficial to creating a healthier lifestyle for myself. I think this blog is going really well so far!

Week One: Final Project Reflection

Before I started my final project, I was really struggling to find something that I thought that I could write about for a month (without getting bored with it). I was thinking about a range of topics for a week before I thought of writing blog posts on different factors that play in creating a healthy lifestyle.

This is a topic that I have really wanted to learn about, especially as a college student. Ever since I started college, I have wanted to live a healthy lifestyle and to not gain the Freshman 15 at all costs. I thought that writing a blog about workout tips, eating tips, healthy recipes, and self-love would help me educate myself and others about the things that help create a healthy lifestyle.

I was right. I do love this topic.

Since starting this project on blogging about the factors that make up a healthy lifestyle, I have learned things that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t have this project.

I had a lot of fun writing the Every Little Thing Matters blog post, because I have always struggled with expecting to see results right away and it was nice to learn tips that would help keep me motivated throughout my fitness journey. I loved finding articles upon articles to help me think about what I wanted to include for this weeks section of workout tips.

I also loved writing the Burgers and Fries and Carbs… Oh, My. blog post, because I could really relate to the struggles that college students deal with when their only options for food come from the campus food outlets or the campus cafeteria. I loved learning about things that I could do to eat healthy while living on campus and why colleges don’t tend to provide a lot of healthy eating options. This blog post was really interesting and I really liked the information that I got out of it. I thought the topic this week was very educational.

One blog that left me disappointed was the Mac and Cheese: The Healthy Way blog post. I was so excited to try out this recipe and I thought that this project was the perfect time for me to try it (after having it saved for months). I ended up not liking the recipe at all and was disappointed that I spent so much of my time on something that I didn’t enjoy. That’s the one thing I learned this week… I’m not going to like all of the recipes that I like, but I love that I’m trying them out.

The Just Love Yourself… Is It Really That Easy? blog post was really hard for me to write because I sometimes find it hard to like my own self image. I thought that it was nice to learn more about why people think negatively about themselves (hint. hint. selfies) and find articles that made you feel okay in your own skin. I really liked learning that the definition of beauty is always changing and that there’s no set definition. It made me feel more at ease about myself, because I learned that I was probably just being hard on myself. Overall, this blog post was very therapeutic in a way and is one that I am looking forward to blogging more about this next week.

I really liked the first week of this project and found all of my blog posts to be very fulfilling, as I educated myself a lot on things that matter to me. I can’t wait to see what this next week will teach me.

Write it All Down … Wiki Style.

When we first were told that we would have to write on our Wikis, I was kind of excited. I had learned how to use Wikis this last semester in my Technical Writing class. Without learning about how to use them then, I probably would have struggled a lot more. Especially with the headings. Though, I am proud to say that I successfully used my Wiki quickly for this class’ assignment.

My Wiki might not be as pretty as my Weblog, but it sure gets the work done fast.

What do you think about Wikis? What do you like or dislike about it in comparison to the blogs?

See you later, Bootcamp

Two weeks have come and gone, and I have to say that I am not going to miss it. Bootcamp was a great experience and I learned a lot of new things that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. Widgets… RSS… Creating a blog… I never knew how to do any of these things until I started Bootcamp. And for that I am thankful.

A whole lot of hours went into these two weeks of Bootcamp and I wouldn’t have spent my hours doing anything else. The tasks that we had to do helped me grow more intellectually, as I had never heard of RSS (I had seen the symbol, but I never bothered to look further into it to see what it was all about) or widgets. I admit, there was a lot of time where I wanted to quit, but I pushed through to try and get the most out of Bootcamp.

I struggled with remembering to post all of my blog posts right after I composed them, usually leaving them in my drafts. I fixed this bad habit by reminding myself via phone reminders to update articles (though sometimes I would ignore them). I also had a hard time figuring out what to blog about, or what was even ‘blog-worthy’. I’ve tried looking up blog topics, but I haven’t gotten very far in figuring out what subjects/topics are good things to blog about. Lastly, I’m still struggling with CCing the images that I post on my blogs, I’ve looked at several sites but I can’t quite figure it out yet, but I will keep trying!

And though there were some struggles as I went through Bootcamp, the things that I gained out of the process were greater. I had the chance to create a Feedly and now I can see all of the sites that I love in the same place. I also finally got to create a professional looking blog through the Bootcamp process, which is something that I don’t think that I would have gone through without this little push. By myself, I didn’t really know where to start with the whole blogging process, but with the directions within the Bootcamp document and the helpful sites listed, I got through it all pretty easily.

Overall, I’ve gotten to learn how complex online writing actually is. There are RSS, copyright, creative commons, intellectual property, etc. I had always thought that online writing and creation was easy, but I’ve found out that online creators just make it look easy. There is a lot of work and information that these individuals have to know in order to be successful in their online endevours. I believe that these two weeks of Bootcamp will help me not only be successful in the Weblogs and Wikis course, but also in anything that I do online.

Here are links of all the things that I have accomplished within these last two weeks of Bootcamp:

My Twitter

My Gravatar

More About Me

Officially. A. Blogger.

New Year, New Me

Not-So Reality T.V.

Why Do You Write?

RSS Feeds: So Convenient

I also made a Feedly account to experience RSS first-hand.

Copyright

Creative Commons and Intellectual Property

Reeling Them In

Categories vs. Tags

Week One: Officially. A. Blogger.

I never realized how much went into a blog before I had to create one myself- and let me tell you, it was time-consuming. The ease … the struggle … I went through the whole process. When I was reading through the instructions, I noticed that I had a few of the steps already completed because I had to set up an account for a previous Integrated Media class, so that was a plus.

It was easy to customize my site to my own personal preference. I think that this ease came from knowing how to run the site due to using it in a previous site, but I did learn how to do new things like create widgets at the bottom of my page. At first, I thought that creating widgets would be hard, but after attempting a few times I finally succeeding in a look that I felt was appropriate for my blog.

One thing that I struggled with was changing the colored font within the blog posting itself, and at first I was really frustrated at the fact that I didn’t know how to change it. I couldn’t figure out quite how to do it so I decided to just change the layout instead, which ended up making my blog more aesthetically pleasing. I was relieved at finding a quick fix to my problem.

In a future blog, I would like to write about current social issues and topics surrounding being a college student or an individual pursuing a writing degree.

What are your interests?