First-Time Blogger: A Reflection
My experience with this tool, thus far, is one that I have greatly appreciated. As a Psychology Major, it was very rewarding to be able to research and explore any and all topics relating to people and how our minds work and the great (or ridiculous) things we as people are capable of. The freedom in the range of topics I have written about was an added benefit to the overall experience of blogging. In addition, sharing my work on such a public platform was definitely new for me. I have always tended to be one who generally keeps my work to myself, but having perfect strangers read and comment on it forced me to look at my writing from a slightly different perspective. I was more cognizant of things, from simple spelling and grammar to other arguments or viewpoints that may be raised. When I received my first comment from someone who had read my blog, his encouraging words were not only a relief, but exciting as well. Someone had taken the time to read my thoughts, opinions, arguments, and appreciated them enough to let me know!
Though I have been quite pleased with my work and this course in general, I do believe that I could have made my writing stronger in some ways. Mostly, I noticed, after reviewing my entire blog, that often a good point I attempted to make was slightly watered down by the amount of writing that either prefaced or followed it. There were times that there was too much background, and other times not enough. Despite any shortcomings, however, I am proud of my work and reiterate again how much I enjoyed my first experience as a blogger. This course has definitely opened the door for me to a whole new method of communication, and I truly plan to take advantage of this medium in the near future in order to voice my opinions, simply gather my thoughts, or help shed light on important issues that must be faced.