This essay was really different to anything I’ve done before writing wise, I definitely struggled with the content and how to write about / present it in this assessment. Somehow It didn’t take me long to go over a thousand words while typing this up even though I still felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. Certainly the most valuable part of this exercise is that it made me more aware of my recurring and annoying habits and prompted me to make a change.
When reflecting on my two former posts on the topic of documenting and beginning to reflect on my online habits listed over seven days, I think that within my writing I don’t include the fact that I found it really difficult to remember separate aspects and parts of my online practices as they’ve become like second nature to me, and as I said in my second blog post, I’ve never considered considering them until now. That element of tedium and frustration at remembering important stuff to use for evidence was definitely left out. When evaluating given information, I think I have a lot of room to develop better skills when it comes to being more critical and to the point. I also probably could glean a bit more from my findings in order to provide more points or angles to include and work from within my essay. I think my essay will focus on how our online use can reflect and change with our exterior lives, and what this may mean for me in particular (having all of the documentation done on my use of course) I then could expand the discussion and talk about how these trends (seen within others too) may reflect the outer world and the changing face of media to bring it back around to the very base topic.
Reflecting on the process of documenting and then publishing my online media use and practices, I think that It was a lot harder to author and publish in a way that was simple to read and make sense as it just seemed to be a lot of random information to me. Another thing I found difficult was to write or document in a way that just went beyond listing essentially the same habits day by day as my online use didn’t really vary that much, even the process of blogging and posting the research itself was the same sort of process each day. To present this information in a more meaningful way I tried to add in aspects of my own thoughts or to start reflecting early on the emerging patterns and trends to possibly better unpack them in the essay. This process definitely wasn’t what I expected as I realized that I started reading into everything a lot more than I thought I would and even changed my habits halfway through the documentation period, it was a lot more than creating a simple list each day thinking wise. I disliked the fact that I found myself writing almost the same sort of thing most days and I had to think of ways to make each post still somewhat valuable as a source of evidence to draw on in the essay. One thing that I did like was that I’d never really considered my online habits and practices until now and it highlighted both positive and negative aspects in my view that again I’d never realised.
I think the first thing to say about my process of documenting online use over the last week or so is that it was messy. I started on the day we were given this assignment with what I thought was a fairly thorough list of online apps and services i’d used in the past 24 hours, I then proceeded to forget all about this documentation and went a week without writing anything. When I did get back onto it I started focusing more on the daily habits and patterns I started to see, for example it quickly occurred to me that I’m addicted to watching YouTube and trawling through my SoundCloud stream. I realized too that I spent lots of time updating my story on Snapchat. It’s funny because out of the few apps that dominated my use Snapchat annoyed me the most so my research lead me to delete that app altogether. I think since I got back onto the documentation and was able to start recognizing recurring trends and patters within my use and factors that influenced them including the day of the week and whether I was at home in Bendigo or not, my research began to start actually bringing up potentially useful findings to use in the essay.
This is probably getting super boring and repetitive for the poor man woman or child who has to trawl through my tedious daily habits, but hey surprise surprise I used soundcloud for hours yet again. I watched some nice solid YouTube vlogs yet again, and definitely had an increase in Instagram use. Watching people’s live streams is actually really fun I’ve found lately and it seems that insta is a rare magical place where you can have an internet model from the UK answer your question about university and have a rapper from Chicago drinking Hennessy shout out your friend (who just put out an album.. proud of my boy!!) all in one place haha. I also woke up to a notification that a famous rider replied to my comment complimenting his video from South Africa, that sort of thing is always cool 🙂 funny that sometimes I get the urge to communicate with people far fetched and removed from myself more than those I know in real life. Again didn’t use snapchat at all… That effort is going well at least.
I found myself downloading a bunch of apps onto my relatively new phone today Including Tinder, WhatsApp & Twitter, definitely spent the most time on twitter during the day especially after I found a page called “Rate My Doggo” which is just full of pictures of people’s dogs with funny captions and stuff. I naturally spent a lot of time looking at memes on instagram as always and needless to say listening to trap on Soundcloud. Google maps got used a lot more than usual as I went to go see my Nonno in hospital and had no idea how to get there, Google Maps on reflection is extremely useful and extremely annoying to use at the same time as the gyroscope calibration never seems to be right even with a new fully functional phone, you kind of know where you are but not which way you’re pointing. Again used the messenger app mostly to get my social life organised with people however I do spend a lot of time taking with one of my closest friends from primary school, today was no exception.
So the not using snepchet thing is going well. Definitely cut that growing obsession out of my day. However i found myself making an instagram story for the first time force of habbit i guess. Again I spent copious amounts of time on YouTube watching everything from people talking about accidentally tripping on nutmeg to short film rom-coms from bored actors in LA. Soundcloud again being an ever present aspect of my daily life. I don’t know what It is about those leanned out soundcloud guys with weird names and hair but they’re just so charming and addictive to listen to. Again I also used google drive and media factory constantly to check and keep up with the given readings from my subjects.