Reflective Post

By: kdrewns

Apr 25 2011

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It’s crazy to think that I will be graduating in a couple of weeks (I hope).  It really does seem like just yesterday that I was getting ready to go to orientation and start my college education, and now I’m making my final capstone reflective post!  The reason that I started this blog was because it was part of my senior Capstone class but I have come to really enjoy putting up new posts and interacting with people who share the same passion as I do, saltwater reef tanks!

This was the first time I have ever had my own blog which made it a challenge to say the least.  The first thing that I had to do was select a blog host and after looking at many free blog sites such as Blogger.  I decided to go with WordPress because of the theme that it offered, dutone.  Dutone worked great for the blog I was striving to create because it chooses the best color based on the colors in the photos in your post.  This allowed my blog to be very colorful just like an actual reef tank.  At the top is a screenshot of one of my post’s using the dutone theme and as you  can see it formates the color of your blog based on the picture you put into the post.  I knew that I was going to be using a lot of pictures and I really didn’t want my blog to be one color the whole time so I knew from the get go that this was the theme that I wanted to use.  The biggest challenge of creating a blog is getting people to actually take time and view it.  I used a Twitter account, @Kdrewns to let people know when I had made new blog posts, the blog did get some visits.  For some reason though my screen shot isn’t showing up in my post, Elaine I have attached a Doc. in the drop box.  Also another major challenge was the fact that this was my first real blogging experience, I had to learn as I went along and just like creating a saltwater aquarium it is all about trial and error.  Sometimes I would want to put in more pictures like right now, and they don’t show up.  I’ve tried everything I can think of but it’s still a mystery to me.

On top of creating this blog I also created a YouTube channel, which was much more successful at getting people to view my material.  I think it was more successful because the content was way more interesting instead of just having a picture and text people were able to see my tank and exactly how it worked.  It was just much more interactive than the blog.  Again my channel was Kdrewns just so there was some connection to all of my other internet material.  That was one thing we were told to make sure we do, you have to make sure all of your accounts are consistent with one another so people know who is creating it.  Here is a link to my YouTube channel,  I really do enjoy taking videos of my tank and posting them on YouTube because there is a big community of reef hobbyist’s on YouTube.  My videos get hits everyday, most of this is due to the fact that YouTube let’s you select keywords so I have been creating a list of keywords throughout the semeester.  This is very helpful when people are searching for videos because it is going to give them videos that are relating to the search they type in, whcih is based on keywords.  I plan on keeping this channel going for a long time, I will continue to post videos far after this class is over because I really do enjoy it a lot.  

Until next time, Korey R. Drewniak