Post 10

This week we were paying more attention to the google analytics and analytics overall. It is a very helpful tool in understanding what your audience is looking for and pushes you into creating content that is more in demand. I have been using analytics far before I have created my website as I have insights turned on on my instagram account. 

In terms of my website there hasn’t been a lot of viewers so far, however I am far aware of the obvious reasons why, one of which confidentiality could be no promotion. Which I am working on through my social media. And while my website’s traction hasn’t increased yet, the insights from platforms like TikTok are building a very interesting picture. It seems like my audience is vibing with (me) on the content of famous book characters and bookish memes. It’s a small win, but an exciting one! 

Understanding reader behavior on my website remains a work in progress. Analytics show that I am not receiving as many readers as I’d hoped. However, this insight has helped with some brainstorming sessions on how to align my web content with the TikTok success. The goal now is to bridge that gap and funnel some of that TikTok engagement to my website. (which I sort of did with the mini assignment 4 – remix) 

I’m digging deeper into analytics tools like Google and Facebook to comprehend my reader’s behavior. It’s a balancing act, though, considering the concerns about user privacy and data trails. There’s a real importance in respecting the audience’s privacy while using analytics to shape my content strategy.

This week, I’m thinking about how to fine-tune the website content, possibly integrating more of the engaging elements I’ve found success with on TikTok. Understanding what resonates with my audience is the key, and it seems like I’m actually onto something with the content focused on famous book characters and memes (also short edits).

My focus is on creating a website experience that not only attracts readers but also respects their online privacy. I’m all about building a community that feels valued and engaged without feeling bombarded by data tracking. So apart from that I also try to focus on current trends (within the bookish field) so it will show a positive growth on the ‘creator’s insights’ even before figuring out the analytics.

Post 11

Overall I was looking for the job that I have done so far and I honestly love it! I don’t think that I did that many interesting stuff for any other course this semester. Pubishing is a field whitin my future carrier perspectives so I am thirlled that I declared my major in it.

There were several terminologies that I just learned. Which could be easily incorporated into the other fields. For my communication course, for example, we were discussing counterpublicis during the first weeks and while my peers were slightly confused about the terminology I was more than happy to introduce it to them. There were some topics that I was already familiar with, like a week we talked about design elements, and some new ones which I happily incorporated to the creation of this website.

I’m thinking about continuing to work on this website, maybe changing it a little bit and adding more of a visual of my own, but it could be an amazing portfolio once I’m done.

In terms of our recent topic my website’s marketability I would say a significant part of it lies in potential SEO benefits. Quality and word-rich content can rank well on search engines, drawing the usual views from people actively seeking book recommendations, summaries, or reviews online. There was a part that I remember from our week 10 readings, SEO is a necessity in the field as he is considered an expert. People in different businesses are seeking SEOs to help them with (promoting) their products. Apart from that, the useful nature of book reviews and reading tips encourages social media sharing, so word-of-mouth may lead to potentially higher growth. I’m also not stopping to publish on the TikTok account so hoping for more engagement there.

I was very happy that this course pushed me to create and engage more on social media, I was always passionate about books but never thought about dedicating a part of media platforms specifically for them. Truly thrilled that I did, I’ll be working on it more.

Top 10 Christmas Reads

Have a Christmas mood in November? I am one of these people, I put my Christmas tree right after Halloween and take it down closer to March :). Christmas and New Year have such an atmosphere, warm, cozy, and heartwarming, my favourite holiday season. Unfortunately, I haven’t read that many Christmas-themed books (compared to my other reads at least) but I still have an amazing list to share with you all which I hope you will enjoy! And we will start with “A Christmas Carol”..:

  1. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens: A classic that beautifully captures the transformative power of the holiday season. As the story follows the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly and cold-hearted man, on Christmas Eve. Through ghostly visits, he learns the true meaning of Christmas, embracing generosity, kindness, and the joy of giving, making it a story about the power of compassion.
  2. “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg: A heartwarming children’s book crafted around a magical tale of belief and wonder. This enchanting book follows a young boy’s magical journey aboard a mysterious train, the Polar Express, to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
  3. “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry: A very touching story about a couple, revolving around the themes of love and sacrifice. They each make a significant sacrifice to buy a Christmas gift for the other, unknowingly giving up their most loved possessions, highlighting the depth of their love and selflessness. (Some people find this one amusing, I think it’s cute).
  4. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson: A heartwarming and humorous story about the unruly Herdman children, who join a church’s Christmas pageant and end up unexpectedly teaching the congregation the true meaning of Christmas.
  5. “Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris: A collection of funny stories that offer a unique perspective on the joys and challenges of this holiday season. Filled with anecdotes, family traditions and more!

These books in my opinion perfectly capture the meaning and atmosphere of Christmas through different lenses, from classic stories to heartwarming ones, ensuring a delightful reading experience during the holiday season.

Mini Assignment 5

Weekly Website Management Breakdown

I have created this pie chart based on how much time I weekly spent on developing my online self (mainly my website). I must say that it varies depending on the week. I just looked at the time spent throughout all the course weeks and calculated the mean, which you can see on my chart. 

The four important elements here are:

  1. Content creation – my blog posts: writing reviews, creating book lists and reading tips & hacks. 
  2. Engagement and Social Media: it didn’t take much time in the very beginning but since I added TikTok posting to that platform took a little more time than expected, as I’m trying to be consistent with my posts for them to make it to the FYP. 
  3. Visuals: imagery chosen for the website & videos for the TikTok. 
  4. Website maintenance: changes I added to my website in general, updating and installing plugins, choice of the theme and managing the software overall. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul

I have been gatekeeping these books for a while now but they should get the recognition they deserve!

“Chicken Soup for the Soul” created by Jack Canfield is a book that is not talked about enough. And guilt pressures me now as I remembered it only while creating two previous posts on reading slumps. I cannot believe that I missed this one and I’m about to recover myself.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is a series of books where every single one is dedicated to one specific theme. Each book has a similar opening: “Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 stories about…” and the topic. As you might have guessed it’s not some ordinary series, it truly is a magical one. All of their books contain 101 stories, but not fictional, real-life, personal ones! Thousands of people from all over the world send their stories to the publishers, which later on are carefully chosen for the new novel. Some of them are sad, some of them are happy, some are amusing and others are scary, but every single one with no doubt teaches you an important lesson. You get overly emotional, you sob, you laugh, you learn. It motivates you and inspires you. People share their most beloved, secret stories with millions of readers. It’s like making a hundred and hundreds of pen friends!

Remember when I said that “All the Flowers in Paris” is the only book that made me cry?

I lied. This one did too. Not once, and not twice, but dozens of times. And I’m so glad that one day I was introduced to this series. And now I want to introduce you all to them.

Here are some of my personal favorites:

  • Chicken Soup for The Soul: 101 stories about happiness
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners: 101 Inspirational Stories of Energy, Endurance, and Endorphins
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love, and Wonder
  • Chicken Soup for The Soul: 101 motivational stories

Please check out this book, read it once and believe me you will get addicted.

Post 9

In regards to this week’s process post prompt I would say that there has been a number of discussions, even articles written by scholars, which raised the topic as two sides of the coin issue. But yet many creators use analytics in building their platforms, which sort of is explained as a necessity for them. 

But the advantages of analytics for content creators must be carefully balanced against user privacy and data traces issues. In fact, analytics solutions give producers really useful information that helps them better understand audience behavior, optimize their content strategy, and increase engagement. material providers and their consumers can both gain from this data-driven approach, which can improve the caliber and relevancy of material.

On the other hand, the converse creates legitimate worries about user privacy. Constant data collecting, frequently without awareness or consent, can be intrusive and raise concerns about how much personal data is collected across internet platforms. It can be uncomfortable for users to know that they are being monitored everywhere they go online, and it raises concerns about where to draw the line between collecting data for improvement and protecting people’s privacy. 

As technology develops further, maintaining a balance becomes more and more important. It entails putting user privacy and transparency first while yet making use of analytics’ advantages for content creation. To address these issues, it is essential to implement clear data privacy policies, offer opt-out options, and guarantee ethical data management procedures.

In the end, building a reliable and moral online community requires finding a balance between using analytics to improve content and upholding individuals’ right to privacy. Which is a very complicated thing for sure. But for content production to progress and user privacy rights to be safeguarded, platforms, creators, and regulators must work together to strike this balance.

Reading slump: why they happen and why you shouldn’t feel bad?

In addition to my previous post about books that might get you out of the reading slump, let’s talk about the actual burnout a little more. Falling into a reading slump is a common experience and can happen for various reasons. It’s essential not to feel bad about it and instead approach it with understanding and patience. Here’s why it can happen and why it’s okay not to feel guilty about it:

Reasons for a Reading Slump:

  1. Burnout or Overwhelm: Sometimes, life gets hectic, and our mental and emotional energies are consumed by other priorities, leaving little room for leisure reading. (like exams season or work overload)
  2. Lack of Connection with Books: You might have picked up books that don’t resonate with you or fail to capture your interest, making it challenging to engage with them. (I heard a lot of people saying that your brain will feel uneasy if you don’t finish the book. Don’t listen to that, stop reading if you don’t feel like it)
  3. Pressure or Expectations: If you feel pressured to read a certain number of books or specific genres, it can create stress, leading to a loss of enjoyment in reading.
  4. Stress or Emotional State: During stressful or emotionally heavy periods, focusing on reading can be challenging as your mind may not be in the right space for it.

Why Not to Feel Bad About It:

  1. It’s Normal: Reading slumps are a natural part of being a reader. They come and go, and almost every reader experiences them at some point. 
  2. Self-Compassion: Putting pressure on yourself to read can cause a slump. Being kind to yourself and accepting that it’s okay to take a break from reading can help you get back faster. 
  3. Rediscovery: Slumps can lead to rediscovering your love for reading in different ways. It’s an opportunity to explore new genres, formats, or even take a break and come back to reading when you feel more inspired.
  4. Reading Should Be Enjoyable: Remember that reading is meant to be enjoyable, not a chore. Don’t do it because you have to or because everybody does. If you’re not enjoying a book or reading in general at the moment, it’s perfectly fine to take a step back.
  5. It’s Temporary: Slumps don’t last forever. You will find your way back to reading when the time is right. Meanwhile, engaging in other hobbies or activities can be just as fulfilling.

Feeling guilty about a reading slump only adds unnecessary stress. Take it as a natural phase, and when the time is right, you’ll naturally gravitate back to the joy of reading.

Most importantly don’t compare yourself to others. These all not only apply to the books I present on my website but the academics materials too!

Mini assignment 4

For this mini assignment I created a video (meme, sound) as a remix ,and in order to connect to the theme of my website I incorporated the Shatter Me (series) characters in it. If you haven’t read these dystopian fiction novel by Tahereh Mafi yet I encourage you to do so , if you have though you will understand the idea behind the sound chosen and the characters’ placement:)

P.s. Defy Me

Top 10 books to fight Reading Slump

Fell into the reading slump? No worries, happened to the best of us! You know what might help? Not quitting reading and throwing your books away!  but this list of easy read suggestions which will put you back on track! Let’s dive in:

  1. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams: A hilarious science fiction tale filled with absurdity that makes a light, and entertaining read.
  2. “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: A famous classic that explores themes through a simple yet profound story about a young prince’s journey across the universe. (When I was young I thought it was a fairytale, and maybe it is, read it and tell me what you think:)
  3. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho: A compelling and philosophical story about following your dreams and destiny, wrapped in an adventurous narrative which makes the story more exciting.
  4. “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah: A memoir that combines humour and heart, offering insights into Noah’s rocky upbringing or his ‘difficult’ life during the apartheid era. (Sounds difficult but start reading and you might actually be invested)
  5. “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur: A collection of poetry that delves into themes of love, loss, trauma, and healing, with powerful and concise verse.

*This one is absolutely golden, so sweet, interesting and motivational. And overall most of the poetry books are easy to read. 

  1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens: A blend of mystery and coming-of-age set in the marshes of North Carolina, offering a realistic portrayal of a natural world and a compelling story.
  2. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon: A unique and touching novel narrated by a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome, embarking on a quest to solve a neighborhood mystery.

If you have your recommendations of the books that helped you with fighting the reading slump feel free to comment on them below!

Post 8

This week we talked a lot about copyright and Artificial intelligence. I particularly thought a lot about the question raised about AI ‘working’ without human involvement being granted copyright protection. Since human thought processes are the source of creativity and uniqueness, copyright protection is generally granted to works generated by humans in many legal systems. But because of developments in AI and machine learning, AI systems are now able to produce content on their own that is creatively or uniquely original.

The question of whether AI-generated works should be credited to the AI or its creators or if they belong in the public domain is up for disagreement.  Some contend that removing copyright protection from content produced by AI could discourage investment in and innovation within AI technology, hence reducing their capacity to produce unique and valuable content. 

However, on the other hand, opponents of assigning copyright to works produced by artificial intelligence argue that creativity is naturally human and that copyright is essentially a human notion. Giving AI the ability to own copyrights could lead to discussions about accountability, ownership, and the ethical implications of giving non-human creatures the power to create. I loved the discussion this question raised. I would definitely look more into it, never yet have I found a question without having any contradictions.

Other than that we have a number of assignments due next week, the main one is an essay which I am (ironically) doing on AI topic, the mini assignment and two weekly posts. I’ll be focusing mostly on the essay as it was mentioned as an essential here, but I already have an idea for the remix (the mini assignment four) which will be a video (and sort of a meme and books combination) I’ll see how it would look like and probably brainstorm some other ideas to.

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