Here we are we’ve reached the end, all those weeks ago we wrote those first blogs not quite knowing what we we’re getting into. Now, 15 blogs later it’s time to choose our greatest hits, and unsurprisingly mine are some of my greatest popular culture talks.
Sherlock Holmes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and those unfortunate April Fools stories.
Once Upon a Time: What I’ve done with these blogs
Blog 14: Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective to Investigative Journalist?
- I loved all of my blogs that I connected to television and movies and when it came down to it I had to choose between this or the Community blog, Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch’s (who plays Sherlock) steely gaze won out. I really loved this blog because I hadn’t thought about how good of a journalist Sherlock Holmes could be. I was unsure in myself if I had done it right, but then when Michele was impressed with it I decided I had done the right thing.
Blog 10: Journalism and Blogging Lessons from a Vampire Slayer
- Again I loved connecting my favorite shows to journalism; this blog took some serious time. I had the idea of a Buffy blog by week 3 but I held off not being able to figure out what to do with it. I’m glad I waited with the things I learned throughout the course of this class I was able to apply more foundational ideas to the Buffyverse. Stylistically this one was well done and my connections I felt were inventive. Unlike in my Community blog where I only used characters I took to every corner of Buffy, from storylines to my favorite quotes. By far I felt this was my most inventive blog
Blog 11: April Fools News
- I chose this one because it was one of the few I did that wasn’t based directly on one movie or show. I thought I chose a timely topic, and added the kind of flow that gave my tale of disbelief in Cory Monteith’s rehab trip more clarity. I thought I chose good links to articles about the celebrity tales I chose, and I enjoyed adding the tweets in showing the way that so many deal with life issues these days. This may have been my favorite and most in depth blog I did all semester and I was really proud of it.
Lessons in Blog
So here’s the deal Jessica Biel, I was in no way a blogging expert when we started this shindig, and I’m in no way an expert now (but is there really a perfect formula to the blog), but I did learn a thing or two.
- Timing is EVERYTHING: My best blogs were the one I took the time to do. Early on and sometimes later on I would be sitting there and realize at 11:30 on Friday that I’d yet to blog. So then came the 15 minute blog that always had stylistic issues, and was usually a bit made up. Taking the time to do the blogs really benefits the blog.
- Journalism truly is everywhere: At the start of the semester when Michele said every blog had to be about journalism, I had no idea what I could connect to it 15 times. I always had heard journalism is all around and I truly believed it, but now I believe it anymore. I mean I connected Buffy to journalism!
- The blog is not Bridget Jones Diary: In my mind before this blogs were just peoples personal place to talk about their boyfriends, and complain about their lives; basically unformed rants about anything. Through this semester long assignment I learned there is so much more to the blog. They have opinion, but they also have fact. They’re based in reality, but creativity is encouraged. Blogs are not diaries, and people who think they are, well they’re probably doing it wrong.
A Comrade in Blog
Throughout the semester I read a lot of other blogs, some really stood out, but one I specifically remember was Katherine’s Doctor Who blog. Admittedly at first I read it because I saw a picture of David Tennant and my inner nerd was required to read. Then when I did more than look at the handsome photo of The Doctor I read what was a truly interesting blog.
I loved tackling blogs that connected to my favorite shows, but Who was never one I tackled and loved the way she connected Who to journalism was very interesting. I especially liked how she compared the journalist role as watchdog to society to The Doctor as the watchdog of the universe. I support any popular culture blog and I thought hers was really great.
Goodbye my Bloggers
So this is the end, the blogging’s been fun. Has it occasionally been stressful, yes, but any opportunity to write what I love I’ll take any day.