Weekly Summary Week 1- BootCamp! We made it! This week has been a learning curve for me because this is practically my first ever blog site and first time using some of these platforms such as SoundCloud, Slack, and Domain. This is also my first online class and I know it will take a few weeks to get into a routine and remain on task. I have heard in the past that this class is a lot of work and when I looked at the syllabus this past weekend I almost panicked! But, I know this class will be very useful in the future and I am excited about this semester’s theme!
Setting up my web domain was more difficult than I thought it would be. Once I installed it, it was a matter of navigating through the c-panel and making sure my new site was up and able to connect to our class website. I spent several hours playing around with my new domain and for the most part I think I have the basics!
The other social media accounts were pretty straightforward to set-up, no real hassle there except maybe having to write down all the new usernames and passwords! Although I have a social media account set-up for Instagram, I chose to create a new one for this class.
I introduced myself with each of these social media platforms and this is my introductions post! Unfortunately I was unable to embed my Instagram post, but I hope to resolve this issue soon!
For Instagram , I posted a picture that I took at camp this summer through UMW Psychology, as well as my favorite secret agents Private, Kowalski, Skipper and Rico from the movie Madagascar. In the original movie, they are on a mission to escape the NYC Zoo and act as secret agents in order to do this.
My introduction to Twitter was a simple one, I mentioned that I enjoy playing soccer and spending time with friends and family. I also included a relatively humorous gif.
For my intro on SoundCloud, although this was my first time using or uploading anything to this site, I found it quite simple! I recorded myself on my laptop and uploaded it.
Finally, my last intro on YouTube. When I first uploaded the introduction video I saw that my thumbnail (or first picture you see on the screen) was terrible. I think my eyes were crossed, lol. But I googled how to fix this and sure enough I was able to do so! I learned something new!
After posting my introductory posts on social media, I blogged about my thoughts of this semesters theme! This post was a little more difficult to post because I wasn’t too sure about the secret agents theme. Though after reviewing the Wikipedia site I began to realize how often this theme has been in my life and all the things we could do with it.
I believe the easiest thing about this week’s assignment was creating the social media accounts because these sites make it so easy to create an account. I simply put in my desired username and password and attach an email to go with it.
As I said, the most difficult was setting up my web domain for blogging. Once I was able to find an acceptable domain name (which took me forever because I couldn’t decide on a name and finally decided on bubbl3s.com), I was brought to the c-panel which I knew nothing about! After playing with it for a while I was able to install WordPress and get started with a theme for my blogsite (which also took a while to decide). From there the frustration was trying to figure out how to set up different pages, set up a background, what widgets and plug-ins do?? I think for the most part- I got it… most important is that this weekly blog shows up. (-:
Overall I am excited for this semester and the skills that I will gain from this class! I hope to get better at blogging and become more confident with digital studies.