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.

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. 

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.

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

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.

Post 7

This week one of my classmates was making a presentation about writing, called “Make Your Writing Your Own” (as far as I can remember). And she shared a lot of excellent tips. I took a creative writing class once a couple of years back, not offered by SFU, just an online course I found through a website like ‘Coursera’. And one of the two points that really caught my attention from this in-class presentation is ‘write what you would want to read’.

Seeing yourself in the reader’s shoes as a writer provides a valuable framework for creating information that has an effect on your audience. Think of the characteristics that capture you in a review: sincerity, engaging stories, in-depth research, and a strong feeling of passion. Incorporate your own sincere responses and thoughts into your writing, just as you would as a reader looking for real and reliable evaluations. Examine reviews that grab your attention and apply those aspects to your own writing: clear language, a range of viewpoints, and a mix of emotions that draw readers in from the first word. To accommodate a wide range of reader tastes, aim for usefulness and various genres. It is similar to making investments because it is usually a first suggestion – investing in the companies which products you use yourself.

Moving on to a second point which is to keep your ‘notebooks’ nearby. And this is kind of similar to journaling. Whether it’s a physical notebook, a digital notepad, or a voice recorder, having a tool on hand to quickly ‘pen’ down thoughts, concepts, or inspirations is so important. Ideas habitually appear at unexpected moments—while reading, walking, or even during conversations. By writing them down right away you are making sure that they won’t be lost or forgotten, who knows you might need those for later. Applying this method creates a supply of raw material, enabling authors to use their imagination and transform temporary concepts into fully formed, influential works. 

I use this concept in particular not only in journaling but also while writing book reviews. Sometimes a thought about the book may hit you while reading the other, which could be an interesting point to unravel while writing a review, so it’s important to capture them at the moment.

Post 6

I recently explored a variety of sites in search of new ideas to improve the appearance of my website. I wasn’t planning on redoing everything, however, I was thinking about adding some interesting details that may capture readers’ attention. 

One of the best sites I came across was “Goodreads.” I was drawn to this website for a few different reasons. Its user-friendly interface and easy-to-use style caught my attention right away. And am almost certain that some of you should be familiar with it, because it is quite popular. This little site community was established for readers to discover, evaluate, and connect over their favourite books thanks to the simplicity of the site.

The way the social components were seamlessly included was something I really liked. Goodreads’ integration of people’s reviews, suggestions, and discussions into its design creates a welcoming environment and motivates people to interact. It’s evidence of the ability of a thoughtfully created interface to build an engaging community. I thought about adding this part to my further posts, however, I do already have a comment section, and I also sometimes address readers for their comments or suggestions. 

I might add though that “Goodreads” is a highly professional website (in my opinion), good for inspiration but not as a comparison as their interface is more advanced. The way they’ve made personalization a priority letting users create book shelves, monitor their reading progress, and get customized recommendations adds a personalized touch that improves the user experience as a whole. This raised my interest in this website as well, but I believe you need more knowledge in order to create something similar to this, so for now, I’ll just stick with making the audience engage with my reviews and each other.

Post 5

I have decided to incorporate another medium into my blog which is TikTok. I don’t know why I haven’t started with it earlier, honestly. Because TikTok is a place where I myself watch book-related content (booktok). It’s easy, it’s fast and you can find any source of info there. Not just your next read but something more detailed like a favourite chapter of a creator, possible novelas, or similar reads; new book drops are also being announced on Booktok. People engage in all sorts of ways there and I decided if I consume this content might as well create it. However, what I do is mostly edit fantasy and dystopian novels while on my website I have all sorts of genres. I believe that if people are looking for information on the website they are looking for more ‘serious’ suggestions, and a variety of them. Even when we take Instagram, mine is full of psychological, development, and historical books, while my TikTok FYP (for you page) compared to that seems more ‘childish’. I know algorithms do their job based on my research agenda, however, I do look for similar things on both platforms. So this was a very interesting finding of mine. 

So far I have been trying to post every day as I really want my content to hit as many Fyp pages as possible. The first video was a success, but the others however made me feel a little demotivated. I experiment a lot in order to find out what works best for me. For example, one time (I think it was Wednesday) I posted one video at around 10:50 am and another one at 11:05 am, the first one had only 5 likes and one hundred fewer views than the second one which had over 60 likes, and they are only 10-15 mins apart. By doing so I try to figure out the best time to post to keep myself consistent and to make people anticipate what will be happening. In terms of content though, aside from the edits that I had mentioned, I’m still figuring out what people might like more. The most favourite video on my page is the meme video so maybe people like humoristic edits more. I also noticed that readers (myself included) love it when their favourite characters from different universes get interconnected so I’m thinking about making some content based on that. Especially with the characters not only by one author but combining different ones. 

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