I’m not too sure about the wikis.

Once I updated the first Wiki Page (CollectiveWriting), I was a little more confident. I started to understand the way to make lists and headings and what not. By the last page, WikiTheWriting (which I wrote up from scratch), I felt like I knew what I was doing, even though I didn’t write as much as the previous two. The second page, WikisAsSocialNotebooks, was already pretty updated, it seems like the person who refactored it before me put a lot of work and effort in, so I just kind of did research and added what I thought would work with the direction she was going with the post.

WikiTheWriting is not done in the slightest. I did research on it, and really the only thing I found was an article from Writing Commons called Getting Started Writing on a Wiki which is actually an article about what Professor Morgan wrote for this course.

I think the more I work on it, the more normal it will seem and the more I’ll get a hang of it.



The self-portrait was a hard assignment for me. How do I capture who I am in 3 blog posts? How do I capture the feelings that run through me when I see the beauty around me? How do express my love for life? My personality? Who I am below the surface that everyone see’s? My likes, my dislikes, my loves, my hates, my indifference’s?

Can 3 blog posts do that?

I believe I succeeded, if only to capture three things that represent me the most. You might not get a ton from those three things, but to me, in order to be happy and be the best person I could be, these three things are essential.

In the first self-portrait I posted, I expressed my love for books. As I mentioned, my reading got me through a lot of difficult times in my life, and helps me de-stress and free my mind, body, and soul. It makes me lighter, happier, and gives me the opportunity to travel to different places around the world. (my favorites include Washington, Scotland, and Ireland.)

In the second post, I mention my love (and necessity for) coffee. Of course, this may not be, or seem like, a self-portrait, but to me and those who know me, know that without it, I’m not me. I’m tired, not focused, and definitely not as friendly.

The last self portrait may be the most important to me. My faith, like my books, help me through a lot. Although, I’m not your traditional Lutheran Christian, which may rub wrong with a lot of people who read this. I believe in evolution full-heartily. Kind of hard not too with all the scientific evidence, and like many know, I was a biology major for 3 years and actually wanted to get my PhD in Evolutionary Biology. I also don’t really believe in the bible. Again, kind of hard to believe in a book written by human men during times where women weren’t equal. I also can’t believe in a God that wouldn’t accept people based on who they love or because they don’t feel right in their own skin. To me, if God made us how we are, doesn’t that mean he made some of us homosexual or transgender? And if he didn’t, what about forgiveness? As long as we don’t kill or be horrible people, don’t we all get to be happy? I do believe in God, don’t get me wrong. I believe in heaven and I believe that in order to get there, you have to be a good person. If you make mistakes, then wear them with pride and ask to be forgiven. Forgive, love, be kind, and live.

This post might cause some… conversation. And if you don’t believe in what I do, that’s totally fine. We’re supposed to have freedom of religion in the US right? At least, that’s whats in the constitution. And I may be naive, but it pains me that as must as we preach that we live in a free country, we are all judged for how we live, who we love, which version of God we believe in, or how we look.

This reflection turned into something I didn’t start out to write, but those are the best kinds of posts, right?


Posts since last reflection: Devil May Cry quote, Homemade Mac and Cheese, Chicken Mozzarella Pasta with Sun-Dried TomatoesTips for Staying Positive and Reducing StressSelf-Portrait: 1Self-Portrait: 2Self-Portrait: 3

Reflections; Bootcamp

These past two weeks have been pretty crazy.

This is my first semester as an English major, so I’m feeling a little like a freshman. All the books I have to read is crazy and great and overwhelming. It’s also making it hard to keep up with all the online stuff (this class in addition to 2 online courses; Public Relations and Topics: Contemporary Writers).

But I think I’ve been doing pretty good! I posted a lot the first week, and although I haven’t been posting recently, I do have post ideas and another category to add WITH content already written for that. It’s just the act of writing/posting.

I haven’t commented on any other blog posts yet, but I will right after I write this. I designated this time as ‘crack-down’ time to be filled with King Henry, the Buendias’ in Macondo, Colombia, Twisted Tendencies, Melinda’s quest to get back to who she used to be, and Grunig’s four models of public relations.

Everything has been going pretty smoothly in the blogging role. I set up my Feedly account, and am in the process of following everyone’s blog. That’s more time consuming than I expected it to be. I think I got my RSS thing up, but we’ll see in class on Tuesday.

I tried to use the other posting formats that Professor Morgan mentioned in class last week, but it didn’t really work. My Mr. Darcy post was supposed to be in the ‘quote’ format. When it didn’t work, I just used the standard format and used the blockquote tool in the toolbar. Hopefully I’ll get it figured out for future quotes.

I changed the theme of my blog. The penstrip one was cool, I liked the simplicity of it, but this current one feels more like me. The colors, the layout, and the look is me. That’s all I can really describe it as. The picture above my gravatar is one that I took this fall, and I feel that it really pulls everything together.

One thing that this new theme didn’t have was an ‘about me’ page. Professor Morgan said that I could add a page, and I did, but after previewing what the additional page looked like, I decided against it. Instead, I used the gravatar widget in the sidebar to add the about me there. I’m really liking the placement at the moment.

My goal for this next week is to post more, at least once a day. I’m going to get that new category up and then I’ll REALLY be posting. The new category will be fun to work with, as it’s something that I love to do. The pictures posted in the new category will also be my own, so stay tuned for that (:


Posts I’ve written before this reflection: Living in the Tundra, Jim & Pam, Shushed Passions, It Hurts To Breathe, Mr. Darcy, RSS, and Copyright and the CC Movement