Mid-Semester Reflection

Getting past the halfway mark each semester always puts things into perspective for me. It’s a good time to look back on the work I’ve done so far and consider my upcoming projects. For Digital Storytelling, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with radio adaptations, discovering song covers, and experimenting in GarageBand.

So, what have I done so far?

A few of the projects I’ve done are already posted to this blog, like the fan fiction of The Hound of the Baskervilles, my audio piece for the DS 106 Assignment Bank, and my twitter bot, Bob Bot (which at the time of writing this sentence has tweeted out 908 remixed burger specials, was retweeted 11 times, and has two followers [although one of those was a pity follow from my dad, so I don’t know if that counts]). These are the major projects I have done for this class. For my minor projects, like the Daily Create assignments, I have only posted one to my blog (a Tina Belcher perseveration poem).

While the major projects have been good learning tools for me, I have enjoyed doing the Daily Creates so much more. I’ve been considering why I have only consistently posted my major projects to my public blog instead of my Daily Creates. For one part, it’s due to having to provide public links to these projects, which is not required for the Daily Create assignments. But for another part, I think it’s because I have not been using my domain/subdomains to their fullest potential.

At the beginning of the semester, I was thinking a lot about how I wanted to present myself via my online presence, which happens to be my domain. I am not that active on social media and most of my boards on Pinterest are private, so I have never really worried about how I come across online. But now that I am putting more work into my domain and making more and more blogs and subdomains that attach to my front page, I have to be more aware of how I am projecting myself and who my audience is. No, I don’t want the entire internet world to see every single project I’ve made for school, but at the same time, I would rather put forward the things I have enjoyed working on the most rather than just the things I have to post publicly for my grade.

After getting past the first few weeks of the semester, I began thinking less of my digital identity and more of getting things done by their deadlines so I can pass my classes and graduate in the spring. In retrospect, I wish I would have continued thinking about my digital identity while doing my assignments because these two things aren’t mutually exclusive. By just worrying about getting a project done and posting it by the due date, I have been cultivating my digital identity – just not in the way I planned on doing it.

What does this mean now?

Going forward this semester, I am about to tackle The Big Project for two of my classes. Both of these projects involve my domain, and both of these projects will take a lot of focus and hard work if I want them to be successful. My goal for the last half of the semester is to be more intentional about what I link to, post, or blog about on my domain so that I can represent myself in a more accurate way than I have been. I really want my website to reflect “Sarah” as I truly am, not “Sarah Really Wants an A” or “This Got Done Because It Had To, Not Because I Care About It.” To do that, I am going to have to be mindful about my digital identity and how it is going to represent myself not only this semester, but in the future, as well.

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