Final Reflection Piece

For Literature and Media Project A I wrote an online portfolio of articles and pieces for varying online publications.

I started my blog, “SILENT OBSERVER– Rephrasing Society, One True Sentence at a Time” on Friday the 8th of March at 3:03 pm, inside sitting on the couch. I had never kept a blog before so was unsure what to expect or how to use wordpress.com. I chose the blog name: SILENT OBSERVER, because a lot of my writing was about the unnoticed things that can affect people and putting my own twist/spin on it. I gathered the byline of my blog, “Rephrasing Society, One True Sentence at a Time” from Ernest Hemingway’s quote which I believe to be true. Although it isn’t always easy to tell the truth, I believe it can make your writings a lot stronger.

 

As my homepage states,

“So I thought it would be best to start with a few remarkable quotes from writers that I admire. In order to write well, I believe you need to look at those people who have been and still are active in the industry.

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Why does one begin to write? Because she feels misunderstood, I guess. Because it never comes out clearly enough when she tries to speak. Because she wants to rephrase the world, to take it in and give it back again differently…” —Nicole Krauss

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.” —Enid Bagnold

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.” —Virginia Woolf

“You don’t actually have to write anything until you’ve thought it out. This is an enormous relief, and you can sit there searching for the point at which the story becomes a toboggan and starts to slide.” —Marie de Nervaud, WD”

 

I began by looking at those people who also write, masters of their field.

 

It took a few weeks to understand how the basics of the blogging world worked. Quickly I began to understand how effective tagging and the SEO status of posts can create more traffic through the blog.

 

As I stated in my intention I was going to write pieces for 4 publications; Weekend Notes, HITZ247, The Marshalltown and Student View. Overall I only wrote one piece for both Weekend Notes and The Marshalltown, the majority of my work was written for HITZ247 and Student View. I did endeavour to have roughly thirty pieces by the end of semester, but unfortunately only managed to complete 23. It roughly worked out to be 2 a week throughout the semester. The break down of the number of pieces per publication were as followed:

 

HITZ247 = 12

The Marshalltown = 1

Weekend Notes = 1

Student View = 9

 

I think at the start of semester I underestimated the amount of time that goes into one piece; from the research, to the concept development to the actual writing of the piece. (Especially since every piece ranged from 600-1300 words.)

 

At the start of semester I could write pieces that reflected any topic I was interested in, but as the semester drew to a close I was given topics to write about from a “youth’s perspective”. I found this quite interesting because it allowed me to expand on my favoured topics and taught me things I didn’t know.

 

FAVOURITE PIECES TO WRITE:

 

–       Why are Women still a Minority in Positions of Leadership and Power? PUBLISED ON 26/03/2013 ON THE MARSHALL TOWN. This was an interesting piece to write because I knew there was an underlying gender bias in society, but according to the report “Women’s employment in the context of the economic downturn,” conducted by The Australian Human Rights Commission in April 2009 research suggests that if the number of women in leadership positions increased the Australian economic activities could be improved by 20%. I was also able to look at the highest difference in gender distribution amongst different industries can be seen in Mining with 82.1% being fulltime males versus 15.0% being fulltime females, Construction with 80.7% being fulltime males versus 5.7% being fulltime females.

–       MasterChef’s ‘Guys vs Girls’ Spin: An Interesting Plot Twist or a Stereotypical Hype Fest? PUBLISHED ON 24/4/13 ON HITZ247. (Is MasterChef taking a step back in time? MasterChef, prepare for the social media backlash!) This piece was similar to the above one, but looking at gender stereotypes not, just that of an employment outcome. It made me think how such a mainstream television program could get caught up in the world that revolves around gender politics. Being a female myself, I don’t believe all females can be placed in tiny little boxes.

My favourite publication to write for was HITZ247, as I believed it combined all aspects of my Media and Communication degree. It is a publication with aspects of radio, print and television media. I really enjoyed working with my supervisor and the team at HITZ247, many of them are students like myself. It was easy to relate to them and was easy when it came time to bounce and pitch article ideas around.

Throughout my pieces I did try to use personal anecdotes to keep the writing light-hearted not just full of information; in an attempt to keep readers interested. Sometime I found myself getting quite passionate about the issue I had at hand. I learnt there is a big wide world out there, away from the small constraints of my small world.

Overall I feel very happy with the outcome of my project, I learnt things about myself and my writing style, and was able to experience writing about things which affect people’s everyday lives. I feel I did satisfy my initial thoughts of my statement of intention quite well.

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