My experience of writing online has allowed me to develop my own personal voice in a public space. When we physically go out in public the way we act and dress are representations of who we are and are ways in which we express ourselves. Through this task I’ve learnt to develop my own unique style online and have found a way to write in a way which truly reflects who I am and how I wish to be seen as a writer.
Writing online has enabled me to speak and express myself to an audience. The majority of this audience are my class mates who have also been assigned the same task as myself. Benefits of having the online environment allow for each individual to share ideas and for others to ad and contribute. Raider-Roth and Rector-Aranda, (2015) found similiar findings in their research on how online activities helps to strengthen student voice. In their article they found that online tasks helped to broaden students perspectives and develop critical thinking. Through my experience being able to read other students blogs and perspectives has allowed me to develop my own personal voice. Helping myself gain insight into how I may wish to represent the issue in a different manner or light and create my own perspective. My own personal voice has been allowed to develop by gaining understanding of how mine can differ from others.
By using wordpress and sharing blogs it creates the opportunity for writers to gain feedback from their audience. To help this process I created numerous polls upon my posts with the desire for users to contribute their thoughts and opinions so I could obtain my own primary research on the issue. WordPress also allows for users to comment on posts and share their beliefs and ideas on issues. Through this task being able to contribute to other peoples blogs and for my peers to do the same in return has allowed for growth and depth into our perspectives on certain matters. Haizen et al., (2014) research supported the idea that online peer work can help encourage students and boost confidence students confidence when writing.
“Blog-based peer feedback had a statistically significant positive correlation with learners’ motivation, collaboration, and course satisfaction. ” (Haizen et al., 2014)
Within the blog posts I created I found it important to hyperlink outsourced information so other students had the opportunity to read into other information and create their own view. In my blog post “Don’t Rule Out Local Voices” I provided a link at the end of my post to encourage readers to take action upon what they had read and to not just read my post though to become actively involved. Through the task I realised I want my public voice to do more than just express and inform viewers of a message. Though to ad upon this by encouraging readers to critically think about ideas or to take action upon what has been said.
In a class room environment not all students thoughts and opinions are always heard and shared. Online tasks allows for all individuals to contribute to the public sphere, this allows for greater public debate. Allowing for greater public debate allows for audiences to find a truth amongst what is occurring in society. Hung (2015) found that online blog posts allowed for more interactions than face to face when it came to students. I’ve enjoyed getting to know my peers opinions and being able to hear all their own unique voices.
To attract readers to my blog I have linked my twitter account and my wordpress account, so when I post my twitter followers can easily navigate and read what I have published. As we were asked to follow all fellow class mates on twitter that has allowed for them all to easily find my page. Further ways have been used to link my online presence by adding a twitter widget on my blog so if uses stumble across my blog they can then follow me on twitter to also be continually notified on my recent posts. To support and compare information with my peers sometimes when I would leave comments on their blogs I would link it back to something I had posted previously in one of my blogs. This encourages users to take a look over my writing and to establish their own stance.
I attempted to create a simple though stylish layout for my blog account so viewers could easily navigate around my page. The use of categories and giving my Media, Audience, Place its own menu helped viewers to easily find what they were after. The use of hashtags on both twitter and wordpress allow for the public to easily find topics or to be re-directed to my posts.
I have become a more experienced and more unique writer by being able to post in a public domain. By being able to gather a combination of both primary and secondary information I feel I’ve developed greater insight into important topics and have been able to express my newly found knowledge through my posts. My peers have encouraged and positively influenced my development when writing and I hope my contributions to their work have helped to catalyse theirs. I hope to continue to develop my own voice and that audiences becoming actively involved with my work.
Haizen, Z., Wei, S., S, S. and H, R. (2014). The effects if blog-mediated peer feedback on learners’ motivation, collaboration and course satisfaction in a second language writing course. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 30(6), pp.670-685.
Huang, H 2015, ‘From Web-Based Readers to Voice Bloggers: EFL Learners’ Perspectives’, Computer Assisted Language Learning, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 145-170.
Rector-Aranda, A, & Raider-Roth, M 2015, ‘”I Finally Felt Like I Had Power”: Student Agency and Voice in an Online and Classroom-Based Role-Play Simulation’, Research In Learning Technology, 23, ERIC, EBSCOhost, viewed 2 October 2015.