Ever wanted to know what happens on the Internet in the time it takes to boil an egg? I came across this fascinating (and somewhat overwhelming in terms of the data) infographic and an enlightening article by Krystal Temple on the Intel website. It’s incredible to think how much we’re downloading, sharing, buying, etc. through the web, if this is all that happens in 60 seconds….
If you’d like to view the original, check out Statista, and take a look at their other resources.
The quote that Felder has in the textbook (p.17) that I think really illustrates picking the right words for what you’re describing is from Anton Chekhov:
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass”
It’s often really hard to just launch into writing a blog. Beyond the possible technical challenges, there’s also the inevitable questions like “what do I write about?”, “what should I sound like?”, “will anyone even read this junk?”…. I find one of the best ways to get inspiration, ideas, and hopefully peace of mind, is to read other blogs. Don’t copy them, but pick out what you like and don’t like about them. What works? What doesn’t work? But ensure you use your own voice in your blog.
For some ideas, you can take a look at this list that a colleague at BCIT and I developed for the recent Tech Writing Alumni Lunch:
Whether you learn from good blogs or bad, don’t let anything stop you from just going for it!
I’ve updated the assignments page as well as the blog project page, so you can start to plan out what you want to do for these assignments. There are printable versions in your MyBCIT files folder too. Don’t forget to check your schedule for due dates.
An interesting counter to the F-shaped reading pattern idea, this article deals with the F-pattern in relation to users’ search results reading habits… it’s well worth a read.
It’s time for a new round of COMM1110. If you’re just starting out with me, make sure you check in here on the blog, look at the resources and links, and post any questions or comments you may have for me.
I came across this interesting study by Statistics Canada on demographic differences in Internet usage, in relation to ‘consumption of culture’. It’s a very in-depth study, but well worth checking out for some intriguing observations, particularly around how older generations are closing the gap with younger Canadians when it comes to using the Internet.
If you’re checking in for the first time, welcome to the Writing for the Web blog. You can check in for updates, posts, and assignment information. There is a full course outline available on MyBCIT (and it includes the textbook information too).
Feel free to post any comments or questions here on the blog, or via email (you can reach me through MyBCIT).