When I first started the blogging process, I thought, “How hard could it really be?” It turns out, much harder than I had ever anticipated. I always thought that because I have always been a good writer, blogging would be a cinch. However, I soon learned that it takes much more than good writing to be a good blogger. One must have an understanding of the audience, the purpose, and the platform. In short, one must be digitally literate.
Furthermore, digital literacy expands far beyond blogging. For instance, I think that one must have an understanding of video, audio, photograph, and website production and be able to apply self-brand to any digital endeavor. Although it took more episodes of trial-and-error than I would like to admit, I am confident in stating that I have expanded my sense of digital literacy and am excited to further my knowledge!
Here are the main take-aways from my Multimedia Project:
Blogging was perhaps the most intensive learning curves in terms of digital literacy. This is because it was the platform that I used to display all of my projects.
Digital Proficiencies Necessary:
- Digital Writing
- Adobe Premiere Elements (video editing)
- Interviewing techniques
- Comprehensive understanding of the relationship between happiness & fitness
Favorite Post: Athlete Happiness
Because this is the blog post that includes my personal video, it was the most thoroughly researched subject. Not only did this post allow me to delve into a topic that I am passionate about, it also was a great way for me to apply creativity to technical concepts such as editing.
Digital Proficiencies Necessary:
- Website building
- Digital Aesthetics
- Digital communication tactics
Website building was perhaps my favorite component of this Multimedia Project. I liked this portion of the project because the final product is something that will be useful far beyond college. This was a way for me to showcase my work and to brand myself professionally
My website is a way for me to establish myself professionally, therefore I took advantage of the platform and decided to create a digital resume. This digital resume is a quick way to reference my credentials. I also provided a link to a more extensive PDF version of my resume.
While I have made leaps and bounds in terms of digital literacy, there are still many ways in which I believe that I could strengthen my work. I think that in the future, I could do a better job outlining my work before I start. I think that if I were to increase preparation and planning, I my work would be more cohesive. I also think that this extra planning time would allow me to spend less time with trivial editing and more time fine-tuning the art of digital communication.
Overall, this Multimedia Project has taught me more than I ever expected. I learned how to use software such as Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Elements, and Audacity, as well as online programs such as WIX and WordPress. I have also learned how to use social media such as Youtube, Twitter, and Flikr in professional capacities that will aid me in the future.
I look forward to continuing my digital education and using this education to establish myself as a marketing professional following college. The skills I have learned throughout this project have proved beneficial in the present, and I can only hope that they will continue to be beneficial in the future!