Unit 2 Summary

Customising My Blog

After looking through the different sections in the Appearance tab, I experimented with the options of personalising my blog to make it more about me! To begin with I found a theme that would allow me to easily adjust the image on the top of the page, I chose to put up a sun and mood design which I really like. I love the style of it including the colours and shapes involved which represents what style I like. To begin with it took a while to find a theme that positioned the image in the correct place on the page, it was easy to upload an image but to freely move it around was proven a lot more difficult. But in the end I managed to find one that made this challenge a whole lot easier!

As well as including images onto my blog I also added different widgets that will allow viewers to easily look at my other social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram. I use these social media networks the most out of all of the various ones meaning that there will always be new posts regularly being updated. This also allows viewers to learn more about my personality and will generally just link my blog to my life and make it more personal. This will just connect me further to those across social networks, potentially improving my work. Originally I could not work out how to connect these widgets to my social networking accounts but with a bit of research I managed to work out how to get the right Widget Id with the help of the WordPress help centre and some online help forums for working through WordPress.

In terms of having my blog reflect on my personality, it does to an extent where I have used a design that reflects my style, of simplicity with something loud that gives the page a bit of life, which is how I like it! I would like to be able to learn how to change the whole background and not just the header, but I am yet to develop on this to continue improving the design of my blog, but for now, I like the use of the header by itself.

Say it Like the Peanut Butter

An assignment during Unit 2 set to create an animated GIF from a film. This wasn’t too much of a difficult task, as there are many ways on the internet to create these, but here is my blog post that describes my process. Storytelling GIF

Daily Create

During Unit 2 I created one of my favourite daily creates. It was to describe something you love. I think that is a great topic to be given a task on, what’s better than thinking about something you personally love? Click here to view my daily create!


DS106 Experience

For me, ds106 seems to be going quite smoothly and everything is going to plan so far! The only aspect of ds106 that I am struggling with, is keeping up with the daily creates as well as watching particularly long videos in which I have to analyse. These videos that don’t exactly meet my interests, can become very boring in some sense which makes it hard to keep motivation. Hopefully, as I develop through ds106, there will be subjects that take my fancy a little bit more. When it comes to daily creates, I am just going to have to make more of an effort to keep on top of them, as at the end of the day, they don’t take long and I can learn from them! Which will have a positive impact on me throughout the course.

Bootcamp has had a fantastic impact on me with the course so far. Especially when it comes to preparing myself for the rest of the Units. I now feel that I know what to expect and am ready to keep on going.


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