Can Blogs and Wiki Be Merged?: Response

After reading Can Blogs and Wiki Be Merged? by Mike Caulfield, I’m not totally sure that blogs and wiki can be merged. Wikis were made with the intention that people could work on a shared space. Blogs, on the other hand, are for individual people to work by themselves in their own space.

If you merge these two, then what does that become? An area of shared and personal space? How does that work?

Its completely manageable to share ideas on a blog. The creator posts an idea, a reader comments, whether it be a correction in the information or an addition, and then the creator as the option of editing the most. Isn’t that sharing as well? Of course, it’s not the same as actually being able to control the post, but it can lead to more accurate information.

What would merging blogs and wikis do? Would it add to the experience of blogging or posting to a wiki? I don’t think so. I think that people who post to wikis like it because of what it is and the people who blog like that because of what it is.

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Wikis

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.

Monday Night Deadline Post

I’m sitting here, watching Criminal Minds, writing my Gabriel Garcia Marquez essay, drinking orange juice, and eating cheese and crackers, when I realize that its 11:11 pm and I totally forgot to do my last require post for Wikis and Weblogs. So please don’t mind the title, or how awful this post is going to be.

To be absolutely honest, I haven’t dealt with the wiki much. I set up the WikiNamePage, added that extra page, posted about it, and that’s about it. I really don’t like it. (link to last post about wiki) Especially the linking to outside sources. On here, all you have to do is press the hyperlink and it does everything for you, but on the wiki you actually have to deal with the code and hope you didn’t fuck it up.

And don’t get me started on the readings. I don’t know if it’s just this week, or I just can’t get it.

Writing on a Wiki

I’m sure if I sat down with it for a day and actually worked with it…. no, I probably still wouldn’t like it.

It just seems like I can be more creative with the blog. I can put more of myself in it. As with last week and the Identity assignment, I feel like I can show who I really am on the blog, more so than on the wiki.

Hopefully that all changes by the time that this class in over.

And hopefully his next week is way better than this past one. I’m not sick anymore, my car is finally getting looked at so hopefully I’ll have it back soon (it died on me this past Wednesday and started smoking like there was an electrical fire), I will have a ride for Senate meeting, which I can’t miss again, and I’m starting my favorite diet in hopes that I will have more energy and be more motivated.

See you all in class tomorrow! and good luck on the wikis!

Thoughts on Wiki

So, the Wiki is kind of confusing. Just because the formatting is different from the blog and it’s kind of hard to keep track of everything that needs to be done.

Too be honest, I’m not completely sure if I like it or not.

WordPress is pretty must as straightforward as it gets. You are given a template, you use it, you have a blog.

This on the other hand, needs three different articles to make sense of. At least it did for me. And I’m still not confident that I’m doing it right.

Reflection

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

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Self-Portrait: 2

Picture it. It’s 8 am, people are calling asking questions they deem important, but are really stupid ones that could be found online with a quick search, and I have to smile and pretend like everything is okay and that I am happy to be at work.

Now imagine that scenario with me not running on coffee.

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I’m not a morning person. I never have been, and I shutter to think that I will never be. It takes two cups of coffee to make me human enough to function. And forget having a conversation with me if I’m running too late to make coffee (which, unfortunately, happens a little too often). I’m zoned out, can focus, and am basically a walking zombie. If your not careful, I might even eat your brains.