wc – 890
Dec 08, 2020
Lisa Kakaraba Tswanya
My experience as an online publisher is the topic matter of this paper. My first notable comment is that it is nothing like I thought it would be, I thought it would be all fun and games with a platform to express myself but I didn’t account for the structure of some sort neither did I think about how the actual website would come to fruition. It is four months later and after getting many criticisms and advice I can finally say I am getting the hang of it. I never understood the point of a publishing class until I took PUB101 and now i see the significance of the class and i have gained great knowledge in the class
My first task was figuring out what i would’ve liked to do with a site , and with all that was going on in the world i thought i owed it to myself to do something that is related to my identity , as a black international student/woman. My reasoning behind this was simple ; any chance to educate and teach someone about blackness was valid and i found a way to teach a whole class, I also remembered i had a knack for poetry and it was worth intehgrating it into my little cybe garden. “Everyone does their own weird thing” was a part of the Basu article we read earlier in the semester and i felt i had found mine.
Mark Bernstein said Gardens … lie between farmland and wilderness,” he wrote. “The garden is farmland that delights the senses, designed for delight rather than commodity.” my own little cybergarden tailored to teach and uplift blackness to hear the stories of those who were there before through my expression of poetry , In reality only if it was that easy.( Basu 2020)
I initially struggled making my blog my own as I had an idea but no execution on it and to top it all off I started building my site on a phone not a computer and this made my wordpress experience all the more “interesting” I had to find a way to make my site my own and still appealing to the readers. At this point in the semester my readers were anyone as i mentioned in my week 6 process post but as time went on i realised i had to have a niche and it was black people , lost in westernization , lost in the effects of imperialism and colonialism , lost in the effects of slavery , trapped in an identity crises and needed help understanding themselves , understanding how the world sees them and understanding who they really are .
Daynah boyd talks about this in her book searching for a public of her own I tried to make a networked audience and have reach to a connected group of people she says “ networked publics serve as publocs that both rely on networked technologies and also network people into meaningful new imagined communities in new ways. Publics are important , and not just for enabling political action but for also providing a mechanism through which we construct our social world, In essence publics are the fabrics of society” This is a view that i grew to hold, understand and respect because that is how my audience and public formed the fabric in which my website ended up being made up of it showed me the realities that your audience can affect your choices more than just your goals or plans aswell ( Boyd , 2014)
This is the last week of school and with peer review i have been able to get the aid of my peers and i have been able to tap into their knowledge and be inspired by them. One of my peers blogs in particular struck me as unforgettable and that is Milton Jang hsi site had alot of what i would like my site to embody , it featured a portfolio with his pieces and he worked on his website endlessly from his constant growth to his organizational tactics i loved it and that is why he is one of my sources he thought me something about marketability , he worked on his personal brand and he excelled and that is how you market a personal blog like his and mine. I got this quote from miltons peer review of my blog Gary Vaynerchuk said process of marketing yourself especially for more personal sites like poetposits involves building up your personal brand.
As for the future i have decided to keep working on my blog and use it as a place of refuge for my feelings and poems for the rest of the year , I will work with all the tools ive been given in this class to ensure success of my website and I will channel myself more into it I only wished that I had seen this website as an extension of myself all along.
To my classmates i bid you adios and i beg you to keep following your creative instincts and using it to fuel positivity in your lives. I will never forget this class . To my teacher and TA thank you for the guidance and effort you put into our success
Basu, T. (2020, September 03). Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet. Retrieved December 02, 2020, from https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/09/03/1007716/digital-gardens-let-you-cultivate-your-own-little-bit-of-the-internet/
Danahboyd Follow. (2014). It’s Complicated. Retrieved December 02, 2020, from https://www.wattpad.com/203798155-it’s-complicated-8-searching-for-a-public-of-their/page/3
Jang, M. (2020, December 04). Milton Jang. Retrieved December 09, 2020, from https://miltonjang.com/pub-101/blog-review-poetposits-com/