Finals are approaching…

My first semester at the University of South Alabama is coming to an end. All my classes are keeping me pretty busy.

As for this class, Digital Writing and Production, we all have a website that we are creating. It will be due after we get back from Thanksgiving break. I plan on putting the finishing touches to my website over the break and any other adjustments I want to make.

In my first personal blog post, I talked about how I have motivation to try my best and not fall behind this semester. I’m happy to say that I have maintained the ¬†motivation I had at the beginning, and I haven’t fallen behind. With finals approaching, I plan to stay positive and continue to do my best.

I have learned a lot about blogging thanks to class and from doing a reflection blog each week. I now feel more comfortable and confident in my ability to create and edit my own blog.

Virality

We continuously see videos, pictures, and stuff on the internet going viral, but have you ever wondered what exactly makes something go viral? According to the article A Scientific Take on Viral Marketing, there are three factors that make content go viral.

  1.  It was positive, dwelling on positive issues or topics.
  2. It evoked a strong emotional reaction (joy, fear, anger).
  3. It was practically useful.

Being in communications has definitely  helped in my understanding of virality. I knew what it meant before, but it has really made me take a step back and see what all makes certain pieces of information on the internet go viral.

An understanding of virality is crucial for everyone in Communications. Knowing exactly what it takes to make content go viral can be helpful when trying to grab the audiences attention and making sure what you say leaves a mark on them. I believe if you follow the three factors listed above, you have a strong chance of making content that you created be successful at reaching a large audience.


Class & Lab Reflection

This week in class and lab, we all got the chance to practice and learn how to do javascript. I really enjoyed the activity we did in class. It was very neat to learn how to make your web page interactive. In my opinion, javascript is a little easier to do than CSS. I’m looking forward to learning more techniques on how to transform your ordinary webpage to something extraordinary.

The Walking Dead

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Finally, after waiting months, The Walking Dead is back on! This is one my absolute favorite shows. The first episode of season 7 premiered about a week ago, and now it is time for the second episode. As I type all of this out, it gets me even more excited for all the episodes to come.

The first episode was much anticipated because of the way season 6 left all the viewers. It ended with us wondering who the “bad guy” Negan was going to kill. Was he going to kill a main character such as Rick’s son Carl or a huge fan-favorite such as, Daryl. I do know the person he killed, or should I say people, but I won’t give it away for the sake of people who haven’t seen the first episode.

I just finished watching the second episode of the season. This episode concentrated on main characters that weren’t shown in the first episode such as, Carol and Morgan. This episode also introduced a new character. I don’t want to say too much in case there is someone reading this that doesn’t want to know. I will just end this with saying that this season has had a great start so far, and I’m both excited and nervous to see how the rest of the season plays out.