- The topic of your website and its audience. This should include a description of the overall tone and purpose for your website.
- For this project I chose to have a bit of fun and explore the popular tutorials often seen on the new social sharing site Pinterest. I really wanted my website to be something that no one else in the class would think to do. The intended audience is anyone and everyone who enjoys crafting and might want to know if their time and money will be well spent completing these popular tutorials. I strive to have a conversational tone on kathowland.wordpress.com. I want the reader to feel like they were actually talking to me – so I continued to use this style while writing the Pinterest Project pages (sidenote: say that ten-times fast..woah).
- The goal of your website. What purpose is the website intended to achieve? This section should provide reasons why the goals were chosen and why they are important.
- It’s the worst thing in the world to find a cool DIY on the internet, only to later discover that it could never turn out like the picture. This has happened to me on so many different occasions, and it’s no fun. The best description for the purpose of this website, is crafty myth busters or scientific hypothesis testing. Imagine a scientist a cool experiment, then has is published in a scholarly journal where people comment attempt to see if they can replicate the experiment with the same results. This website is the scholarly journal commentary and replication of Pinterest. I imagined images and instructions from blogger’s tutorials right along side with my personal images and comments that I think can help the reader achieve a better final product. I also wanted this website to be very real. If I didn’t like how something turned out – I would be very honest about it. This goal was important. If I wasn’t being honest when I didn’t like something or something doesn’t work, how could the reader trust me when I do like something and it does work?
- How the content of the site (i.e. pages, text, images, videos, pdf documents, word documents, links) is applicable to the goal of your website.
- The high quality images help the reader follow the tutorials step by step, allowing them to be sure that they are following correctly. I also wanted to link out to other bloggers who are much more skilled than me in the DIY blog department, so the creation of the Top DIY & Tutorial Sites page was made. I thought if my website readers enjoyed my reviews of projects they may want to turn to other sites to create there own reviews of projects. The content/images that I gathered from other blogs was extremely imperative to the goal of the website. Without it my website would be nothing. I am very grateful to the creators of the blogs that helped me. All of them were incredibly sweet and so willing to help.
- Organizational scheme/site structure. How are the various content groups arranged within the website? Why did you organize it the way you did?
- The first thing that you come to when you enter kathowland.wordpress.com is the About page. I’ve edited it a bit so it links to other parts of my website as well as a few of my favorite things plus information on how to contact me. I decided to have one page entitled The Pinterest Project with a basic outline of the project. When scrolling over The Pinterest Project title a drop down appears with the 3 different tutorial reviews I completed. I decided to organized the site like this because it looked very clunky when all of the projects were listed in the main organization menu. The current layout will also help if I continue to do these pinterest project reviews, because it will be very easy to keep adding them to that drop down menu.
- Visual elements. Discuss your use of color/graphics and why you chose those particular colors and graphics.
- The header photo is a photo I took at the Hub. It is a simple, classic and iconic image. I strive to make my website clean and simple. I think the calm purple background and classic header image on my header deliver this simplistic feel perfectly.
- Information sources used. These do not have to be cited in APA or MLA style; they can be links.
- Elements you are especially proud of.
- I really like the original concept of my website. It was difficult to get responses from all the blogs I contacted, but I stuck with it and I think the result is wonderful. I’ve gotten some new blog follwers who aren’t in our class!
- What changes you would make if you had more skill or time.
- In the stencil page and in the melted crayon page, I wish it had been possible to manipulate the code so that the pictures could have appeared side by side.
- Challenges you faced in the creation of your website
- Right when I was almost done with my website, wordpress thought it would be a grand idea to delete all of my photos. So I had to go back in and re-upload them all as well as re-caption them. This was super frustrating and I almost quit. But I worked through and now the images are back. It was also challenging figuring out how to create the menus but luckily with the amazing help of Group 5 we figured it out together during our in-class work day.
- Below please find proof that the blog owners allowed me to use there images:
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has become the hottest thing on tumblr this week thanks to Text From Hillary. If you haven’t seen the links floating around facebook or twitter I highly recommend you check it out.
The tumblr takes a photo of the sunglasses-clad, all business Hillary Clinton checking her cellphone on a military plane and captions it against another celebrity or political figure “texting” her back. The concept is simple and brilliant, and also extremely hysterical. (My personal favorite features Anna Wintour, the editor of Vouge. Click here to check it out)
But yesterday the co-creators of the site, Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe, were presented from a surprising guest submission. Hillary Clinton herself! Clinton and her staff have said that they find the tumblr hilarious and her own submission pokes fun at the creators.
I know in the past that the public has been reluctant to finding out that our world leaders are actually up on there pop-culture (Obama’s comment on the Kayne West/Taylor Swift VMA incident anyone?) But I think it’s nice to know that our politicians and government know what’s happening in the regular world. Hopefully people can take a lesson from “Hillz” and learn to embrace the creative people around them.
Fitzpatrick, A. (2012, April 10). Yes, Secretary Clinton submitted her very own ‘Text From Hillary. Retrieved April 10, 2012, from Mashable website: http://mashable.com/2012/04/10/hillary-clinton-text-from/
Image by joe.ross
Retrieved from flickr.com
So this has absolutely zero percent to do with what we blog about on a normal basis………Or does it?
For Years and years the Miss America Program has helped thousands of girls in every state and has given away millions of dollars in real scholarship money (Trust me it’s real, and you can actually use it.)
Well being from New Hampshire, and also from Strafford County I’ve had the lovely opportunity to meet, befriend, and work with Lauren Carter. Lauren Carter is Miss Strafford Country 2012 and she is competing in the Miss New Hampshire Program on April 28th. The lucky girl who wins Miss New Hampshire goes to Miss America.
The Miss New Hampshire program is doing something very interesting this year- They are letting the people of the internet (Hopefully YOU!) to vote for 2 contestants to make it into the top 12, increasing the chance that they will win the title of Miss New Hampshire.
And Here’s where you come in. You have an email address, all you have to do is take 30 seconds and head on over to www.missNH.com and vote for your favorite contestant. (They’re not going to send you any junk mail, I pinky promise)
But since none of my standard blog readers are from New Hampshire- I really hope you would consider voting for Lauren Carter, Miss Strafford County 2012. She’s an ICU Nurse, Grad student, a Certified Personal Trainer, and she also just resuced a racehorse. Overall she’s just really cool. (You can check out her two blogs here if you need more proof: Laurenfit2win.blogspot.com, MissStraffordCounty.blogspot.com)
AND just in case you need some more convincing that Lauren deserves your @muohio.edu email address vote- Check out these videos (that I produced) they outline all the steps for you. How easy is that!
Google posted a video last Thursday that featured Steve Mahan taking a trip to Taco Bell. But this wasn’t your standard midnight ‘I’m so hungry and I only have 3 bucks’ trip to Taco Bell, because Steve Mahan is 95% Blind.
Check the Video Out Here:
Steve’s errands turned into a test drive for Google self driving vehicle, stopping to pick-up Steve’s Dry cleaning as well as tasty tacos. As mentioned in this article on Wired.com; While Google did this test with the Morgan Hill Police Department, there is still some issues with the legality of having a blind unlicensed driver on open road.
The California Highway Patrol released this statment after learning of Google’s test drive:
In order to legally drive a vehicle in California; it must be done so by an appropriately licensed driver. Whether the input from a driver into the driving of a vehicle is done manually or electronically through entered commands, the driver is still responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle and is also required to abide by all existing rules of the road. Additionally, the vehicle must comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as well as all requirements of the California Vehicle Code. If the driver was not appropriately licensed, he could be stopped and subject to citation.
Google was of course not pleased with this response from the California Highway Patrol, which led them to realese this statement:
A licensed driver with the ability to control the vehicle ran the test from the passenger seat,” the Google spokesman said. Law enforcement officers issued a permit and provided a police escort because they were satisfied with the legality of our test.
I think that this test is much like driving in a drivers Education Vehicle. While all the radars and lasers are in control of the vehicle, the passenger (or in this test case the Google Project expert) has the ability to manually over ride and take over driving the vehicle. While I can see that the issues of legality and safety are important, I think that if we truly want autonomous vehicles on the road some day in the future we are going to have to let them be tested on the open road.
Lavrinc, D. (2012, March 29). Google’s autonomous Prius drives blind man to Taco Bell. Retrieved April 3, 2012, from Wired website: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/03/googles-autonomous-prius-drives-blind-man-to-taco-bell/