Weekly Summary, Week 2

The second week is over and it was certainly more stressful than I thought it would be. Of course, that could be because I kept putting off the daily creates, and had almost completely forgotten about the reflections until this weekend. Always keep an agenda/list/schedule of the things you need to do. Do not be me.

How well do you feel you completed the requirements of the week’s assignments?

I did complete everything, and it was all on time, but I feel I could have spaced my work out better. I realized about halfway through the week that I hadn’t actually posted anything on my blog yet. That is a huge time-management problem on my part, and I am deeply sorry that I put off my work until the end of the week. Certainly that’s no way to run a blog.

What gave you trouble? What did you enjoy most? What did you learn?

Once again, time-management is my greatest enemy.  With the Daily Creates, I would plan to do one, but then midnight would come to pass and I hadn’t even started it yet, and so it became “Oh well, I’ll just do tomorrow’s” until there were only 4 days left and I had 4 daily creates to complete. Mostly it’s due to the fact that, for me, a new day doesn’t begin until 6 am, and so I do tend to do homework past midnight. But daily creates aren’t valid after midnight, and so, I am awful.

I also enjoyed the gif-making assignment. It was both a learning experience and just something fun to do. Now I can say I know how to make gifs from videos that aren’t on youtube, which could come in handy in the future. It was also enjoyable to think about what my favorite movie scene could be.

What would you do differently? What questions to you have?

This is going to be the “I am terrible at time-management”. What I would probably do is not put off doing the daily creates for so long. I know that I need to have 4 done, and it is much less stressful to complete the ones I want to complete when I see them assigned, rather than put all of them off until it’s almost too late. I assume it’s much easier on the gradebook to post extra daily creates than to not reach the minimum requirement.

As for questions, I don’t think I have any yet. I suppose it would be a good idea to ask if we can do extra daily creates and if they’ll be graded in such a way that could lower our grades, or if it’s just fun extra stuff to do.

What are some of the larger issues surrounding your work? Cultural/Societal implications?

I think my work this week was focused heavily on inner reflection. Even things that weren’t necessarily supposed to be about looking inside yourself, I just found myself going that direction. It seems important to understand who you are and how the lessons and daily creates and general blogging connect to yourself, before you can think about connecting to other people. I hope that my inner reflection can still be accessed by other people, who may have similar feelings or circumstances. That seems like what blogging and creating is all about.

I wrote an essay earlier this week, an editorial statement where I had to discuss what literature meant to me in terms of aesthetics and personal preferences. I got fairly ramble-y and ended up going off on a tangent about how literature should be constantly changing. It should be open to interpretation from many different people. It creates discussion, arguments, communications and connections. I think…that’s probably what blogging is about as well. You want your content to be relatable and debatable. It reaches more audiences and creates more conversation that way.

This Week’s Posts:

Welcome to Ds106 (I apparently didn’t post it on my blog, my apologies)
Daily Creates: 1, 2, 3, 4
Assignment Bank
Reflections: Campbell and Wesch

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