Final Reflective Blog Post
As the world becomes more and more digital, digital literacy becomes more and more important. It has come to the point where certain skills cannot be ignored or underutilized anymore. In my opinion, these skills that everyone should know how to do are Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, E-Mail, Google, and Facebook. These skills are not especially hard to learn or that unique, but I believe that they are important and NECESSARY for people to communicate in their personal life as well as succeed in business. One of my personal pet peeves is when people say that they are “not technologically smart” and use it as an excuse not to do simple digital tasks. Clearly, the world is moving in a direction that makes the digital world vitally important to success and society.
But this class focused more on the slightly more technical side of digital literacy. In order to be truly successful in today’s field of digital communications just a basic knowledge of Word isn’t going to cut it anymore. In my opinion, there are three things that will truly prove your digital literacy: your personal website, formatting, and your personal brand.
A personal website isn’t even going to make you stand out that much anymore, but it has become a vital necessity to market yourself as an unique individual and show that you are digitally savvy. How this website is set up will truly show digitally literate you are. Link to your past work. Show your digital resume in a visually appealing and unique way, but you should also have a link to a traditional PDF printable copy. Based on this, my digital resume could use some work as it really isn’t anything spectacular or memorable. Then in my personal opinion as I tried to do on my own website, I think you need to make your personal business website a reflection of you. You should show things that show who you really are that would not show up on a traditional resume like facts about you and your interests.
The formatting of your digital media is VITAL. The design of the website makes or breaks the website. It shows the level of professionalism that you plan to show off. I feel like the formatting of this blog and my personal website is something that is very professional, easily read, and appealing to the eye. One complaint is that this blog doesn’t utilize colors that much as it is mostly neutral colors with some splashes of blue for links.
You need to brand yourself. You need to market yourself consistently (with some deviation) across your different social medias. I feel like I branded myself as laid-back, confident, easy going, and TV-loving. Clearly, my website has 14 pictures of me that can come across as narcissistic which could be fixed by adding more pictures of my work to replace them, but any future employers who look at it won’t forget my face. During my live tweet, I feel like I allowed the readers to make their own opinions on the governor’s debate, so I didn’t brand myself well then. If I could go back, I would add more of my personality into my tweets. Then I originally made my logo (pictured to the right) for my personal website, but I have since added it to this blog and my twitter. I would like to add it to my video as to add more consistency of my brand across my different mediums.
Of all the skills I learned in this class, there are a handful that I would love to improve upon. Improving these skills would help make me more marketable in the future. I would like to improve upon
- My Editing
- I feel like there is a lot of improvement to be made in my editing. Specifically how to fix the mistakes I make while filming. In my video, the interview with Dr. Radel has sound issues that I made while filming that I couldn’t figure out how to fix in editing. This is something I should learn how to improve upon as mistakes are inevitable.
- I feel like this skill will be specifically useful as I would love to work in television after I graduate. This skill will help give me knowledge on every part of the television production process.
- My Voice in Writing
- As shown in this blog, I feel like my voice and personality in writing can be a little inconsistent. I would love to firm my voice while making it informative and opinionated.
- Practice, Practice, Practice