So this week I basically learned about emailing. I realized there are a lot of things about email that I wasn’t aware of before now. The first statement that caught my eye was “most of us are drowning in emails.” This stood out to me because it is so true! I have two email accounts that I do not even check anymore because I know they are full of random, irrelevant emails. I was instantly curious about what I could do about this overflow of emails. On the gmail help page about Organizing emails I found exactly what I needed. According to the google help page, “You can manage your incoming mail using Gmail’s filters to send email to a label, or archive, delete, star, or automatically forward your mail.” Before coming across this information on this week’s module I was not aware of this! This page also explained how to create/delete, import/export filters, and edit filters. The article named “7 Gmail Filters to Make Email Less of a Chore” on the Field Guide Site was also very helpful; especially because I have a School gmail account of my own. Out of the 7 filters that were given, the first one was my favorite. It stated “Prioritize emails from people you know.” This was my favorite one because I hate sorting through my unnecessary emails just to make sure I do not miss important ones. So prioritizing my emails would definitely help!
Okay so this week I am learning about website accessibility. I never thought about how important it was to make sure your website is accessible to as many people as possible. I never even thought about all of the different kinds of impairments that can affect internet use. I will definitely be paying more attention now to how accessible my website is. This also made me reflect on how fortunate I am and how sometimes I take that for granted. I want to make sure that everyone feels welcome and I hope that something from my site can make them smile. In order for this to happen I must make sure that I take the necessary steps towards making my site accessible to everyone. For example, I learned that I need to make sure my site is accessible to keyboard-only users. I never thought about this before. It is definitely something I’m going to keep in mind. Another thing that stuck out to me was making sure your website doesn’t start audio automatically when someone opens your site. This made me think about how annoying it is when I click on a site and the sound starts blasting before the video can even load. I wouldn’t want viewers to feel this way about my site so I am going to make sure I edit the sound to start when the viewer clicks on the video. Now that I am more aware about accessibility it is important to me that I make sure I do what I can to make my site as accessible as possible! ❤
So I sketched my website and it was more helpful than I thought it would be. It helps you to actually see the ideas that are in your head all in front of you at once. I’m definitely going to keep this in mind for any future website I make. The first tip that was mentioned that stuck out to me was the tip given about having a mini description about what your site is about under the title. It helps to let readers know what the purpose of your website is. Another tip that was given that stood out to me was using visual imagery highlighted words and bullet points to help you get your exact point across to viewers. The third tip that stood out to me was the tip about allowing separate pages for each “service.” For example, basically don’t load everything onto one page. The fourth tip that stood out was the tip about knowing and understanding your audience. This stood out to me because knowing and understanding your audience is important because it guides you on how to set up you information. The fifth tip that stood out was the tip that stated organize content into logical categories. This stood out to me because this affects how clear and affective your website is.
So today I have a job interview. It’s for an on campus job. I’m verrrryyyy optimistic about it because I have been craving a new job. Currently I work at Lenny’s Sub Shop. Working at Lenny’s is pretty simple and self explanatory. I have been working there for a little over a year. They’re very flexible with scheduling so that helps a lot. I’m hoping that I can work at Lenny’s and the on campus job at the same time. It would be great for me financially, but I have to make sure I don’t overwhelm myself. I already have an issue with time management, especially when it comes to school work. Literally, I am the Procrastination Goddess and I’m horrible with time. I don’t feel too bad about it though because 98% of college students have these issues. Well I guess we’ll see how this goes.
This is definitely a year of trying new things! First, I started with the blog. Now, it’s time to try out making my own website! This should be fun. Okay so I made my Weebly account. I downloaded the app on my phone and discussed to explore from my phone first. I went through the tutorial version so I could get a feel of how Weebly works. It basically walked me through the editing options. There are so many editing options. Similar to the blog experimenting, the editing options always stress me out. The theme I chose was the Cento theme. This theme seems more visual to me. I chose this theme because it seems very modern and organized. I like this theme, however I think I will change it. The main reason I think I’m going to change it is because I know myself and I’m super indecisive. It seems to be similar to making a blog site, however it’s different because of course I probably won’t have as many words on the website. I’m still not sure what exactly I want to focus on for the website. I’m thinking of focusing on my current life in college because that’s what I chose to do for the blog site. Making the website doesn’t appear to be hard. I’m probably unintentionally going to make it difficult for myself with my indecisiveness. This should be a fun experience. I’m very optimistic about it because I’ve never done anything like this before.
Today started off as a regular Monday. Of course I got out of bed late and took too long to leave the house, like usual. I was rushing to class when I noticed a traffic build up near the building where my class was. I took an alternate route and parked and began walking to class. Suddenly, I noticed a police car, an ambulance, a fire truck, and a small crowd near the crosswalk. I continued to walk and then I noticed in the middle of the crowd there was a girl on the ground. I soon realized she had been hit by a car while on her bike. I instantly felt bad for the girl and I hoped that she was okay. As I continued to class I saw them put her on a stretcher as she appeared to be unconscious. This incident made me think about a lot; for example times when I have been driving and not paying attention to pedestrians or times when I’ve been walking and not paying attention to my surroundings. It made me realize that you never know what can happen so always pay attention and be aware of your surroundings. We should do this not only for the sake of our lives but for the sake of others’ lives as well. I just thought about how hurt I would be if I received a phone call about one of my siblings or close relatives being injured. I wouldn’t wish that feeling on my worst enemy. Hopefully this incident sent a message to students and staff on campus.
Blogging is actually more difficult than I thought it would be. There are so many different editing options that it becomes overwhelming. So when I saw that the module this week was about the dos and don’ts of blogging I was relieved because I could use a little guidance. The dos and don’ts are very helpful because they help show me upfront what I should avoid when blogging. I want to make sure that my blog is simple, yet fun. Another thing that is important to me is making sure my blog is personalized, yet relatable. This is such a new, fun way of learning. I can apply the blogging dos and don’ts to my desired career field because I can use the guidelines for blogging in everyday communication situations. Therefore, this is perfect because I want to work in the communications field. I know that’s very broad but I’m not very picky so I’m open to working anywhere related to communications and even business as well. One thing I learned about this week that I will apply To my blog post from now on is the importance of planning. After reading all about planning I understand that I need to apply this to my blog posts to make sure they are readable and interesting to my audience. Another thing I read about that stuck out to me was “be relatable, be yourself.” This stuck out to me because I’m a huge advocate for being yourself and loving yourself. I’m hoping that through all of my blog posts my audience can see some who I am. However, also I’m hoping that they can see how comfortable I am with being myself and hopefully that will encourage them to be themselves.
Hello! My name is Destiny Thomas and this is the start of my new blog. Okay so I’ll quickly break everything down so you can get a feel of who I am. Again, my name is Destiny. I am from Montgomery, Alabama. I attend The University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. I am a sophomore and my major is Communications with a minor in Business. The purpose of this blog is to give you a view into my everyday life as a college student. I know that may sound kind of boring, but in my opinion I’m a pretty fun person so hopefully you will enjoy this look into my life; hence, why the blog is titled Living Like Destiny. I feel like anybody with a major in communications would benefit from a blog because it gives you experience with communicating with the world in your own way. When going through the Get Started reading for WordPress I noticed some interesting things. For example, I like how I can “publicize” my blog through social media. Therefore, this means my blog can notify my social media whenever I post something. I think that’s a cool way to get people to look at your blog. You never know who would be interested in the things that you post. I am very excited about this blog because this is the first time I have done this so it should be a fun learning experience. I Hope you guys enjoy this little view into my life!