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March 7, 2019: Adding Subpage[edit]

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March 8, 2019, Chapter Activities, page 25 Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page). Carroll, Brian (2017). Writing and Editing for Digital Media (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.[edit]

Draft 1 A Rainy Day in Lead Hill, Arkansas It is spring break and the kids and I are traveling to my brother’s wife’s parent’s cabin. The hope was for warm temperatures and sunshine, but the reality is cold and rainy. Lead Hill, Arkansas, cabin, vacation, getaway

It was Spring Break, March 2019. The kids and I wanted to get out of town for a day or two and so did my brother and his family. So, we decided to see if we could go to the cabin owned by Doug, my brother’s wife’s father. This cabin is about a five-hour drive from Memphis, TN where we all live. We had hoped that the weather would be nice so the children could run around and explore the outdoors while the parents and other adults could relax and sip on adult beverages as desired. To our dismay, the weather turned out rainy and cold. We couldn’t even have a fire and we certainly could not relax. The children chased each other around inside and we adults bit our nails and bided our time until it was time to go. Actually, we cut the trip short, as least my two kids and me. The ride home was a long five-hour trek back, but we made it fun with the good old DVD player in our Odyssey and a long stop at McDonalds. When we got back it was almost like we had taken the real vacation then.

Draft 2 Spring Break Vacation, March 2019 Four kids and six adults vacation in Lead Hill, Arkansas; a lot of driving, a lot of rain, a lot of chaos, not a lot of fun. Lead Hill, Arkansas, cabin, vacation, getaway, spring break

Day one, Departing from Memphis, TN we drive five hours to Lead Hill, Arkansas seeking outdoor adventure and fun at Uncle Doug’s cabin. Our arrival to frigid temperatures and heavy rain shatters any hope of exploring anything but the inside of the small cabin. Filled with six adults and four children under the age of ten with no toys and not enough adult beverages, plans change. Day two, departing from Lead Hill, Arkansas we drive five hours home to Memphis, TN stopping for a long break at McDonald’s for lunch and play, the highlight of our trip. Day three, still cold, still wet, but back home with all our valued things, the real vacation begins.

Hey, Dana. I like your revision/edit. I know from working with you that you are really excellent at trimming and revising what with all our collaborative projects. And I know you know I have a hard time trimming my long, winding roads that I call sentences. I really hope this practice will keep forcing me to keep it clear, simple, and to the point, but it's not easy, is it! I always tell my students to use Paramedic Revision to get rid of the fat. Do you use that with your students? I tell them, but I have a hard time doing it myself, and it's probably plain and simple ol' ego there, right? Just keep reminding me to keep it simple! JVbird (talk) 20:10, 9 March 2019 (UTC)

March 15, 2019, Carroll, chps. 3 & 4[edit]

As for working on Wikipedia, sometimes I think I have it, and then sometimes I don't. I wish our book was more focused on Wikipedia since we are using that as our main platform. I feel pretty comfortable writing, but not so much with Wikipedia. Personally I would have more fun in person, in real time collaborating peer to peer &/or instructor to peer, but, I have two kids, a husband, and a full-time gig, so that ain't going to happen! As for chapter 3, 'Tools and Techniques', I can relate to the topic. I recently wrote and published a blog like short travel piece about a recent roadtrip my family and I made. I sent in my writing, pictures, and a headline (that I thought was amazing!) and could not believe how wonderful they put it together. It looked super professional and the editor and art guy worked together to create these things I read about in chapter three. First, they pulled out my one line hook sentence and made it a pull quote or teaser as I have now learned it to be called on p. 65. Then they layered my writing by separating my paragraphs with catchy subheads to make it more readable as I learned more about on pgs. 76 & 77. And finally opened it with my cool title big, bold, and welcoming instead of one of the pictures I sent. I was surprised at that, but now I know that was because catchy headlines draw the eye in more than a photo per bullet two on p. 85. I am book marking p. 85 because the 'What research tells us interactors do' is a helpful summary of best practices to make an online text sellable. and I am interested in that. As for chapter 4, I would like to do chapter activity number 3. I choose the website CNN (don't judge me please-or do it's coolFace-wink.svg). I think the voice is effective for the position the cite holds. The tone is a bit on the dramatic side. I think the message would be heard by more if that was changed. The features that promote use of the cite are mainly in accessibility. The call letters of CNN are known by haters and lovers alike. Once there, there are options for all learners. A viewer can listen, watch, or read. The cite has an even more simplified version called CNN10 for teens. Further they offer a wide variety of languages to translate into and allow for captions to be turned on. The cite is visually stimulating, perhaps too much so. At times, I am overwhelmed by the videos, pictures, and picture galleries. Navigation of the cite is simple. I have never found myself lost or confused. The only complaint is that a few links force the viewer to watch a video, so they can't just skim read through an article. Although advertisements are all over, they don't 'force' entry like other cites and they are mainly localized to the top and bottom of the page rather than in the core content.

@Dmcgonagill. Dana, Your blog sounds amazing. Where did you travel to? I keep threatening to go ahead and start my food blog but it is a really saturated market. Everyone has a food blog and it's hard to draw viewers your way, but I'd love to see what you and the folks you worked with turned out. It really sounds great. I think you're spot on about CNN.com. It's a really easy to navigate site, a lot less busy than the site I reviewed, Vanityfair.com. I like CNN's navigation toolbar because it makes it very clear how to access the kind of information that a reader wants to find. I will admit, though, that I still like NPR.org's format just slightly better. It motivates the reader to take it slow and easy, explore topics, read lengthy and detailed reports, and link out to connected content. They seem to also really know their audience. JVbird (talk) 00:34, 16 March 2019 (UTC) JVbird
@JVbird: I haven't gotten to check your post out and respond yet, but I will tomorrow. In the meantime, here's the link to my Chattanooga/Atlanta/Stone Mountain trip, https://memphisparent.com/features/hitting-the-road/. It's easy to share this way, but it looks so much better in print! That would be a good topic of discussion, print v. online publications of same stuff from same publisher. I agree with you on the saturation, but Josef, you never know, you could be that foodie that an untapped group is waiting for and I agree on NPR, & I like BBC too. (Dmcgonagill (talk) 00:51, 16 March 2019 (UTC))
Hi Dana, Nice to be in class with you. My name is Sandy. I am so glad someone else is struggling besides me. Now I do not feel so alone. Like you, I wish we were in a class together as well. I am impressed with your being able to start your first blog! Congrats! I also wanted to view your blog. Thanks for giving the information on how to review your blog to JVBird. Did you pay someone to help develop your blog? This is all new territory for me and I am trying to learn as much as I can. Keep posting!Dillbug (talk) 16:22, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
@Dillbug: Hay! I wish I had a true blog but sadly I have only published a short blog-like travel piece for a magazine aimed at parents in Memphis, TN. I am hoping this graduate certificate will guide me in that direction!(Dmcgonagill (talk) 22:39, 16 March 2019 (UTC))

March 16, Norris Church Mailer entry evaluation[edit]

Uncertain on exactly how to evaluate this entry, I begin with a first read. Impressed with the concise writing and the very interesting story of the woman, I read again. Curious about writing the dates in the format chosen. In birth, it is written month, day, year but in death it is written day, month, year. Maybe that's a thing. Assuming the two birthdays refer to birth on Earth and rebirth as the new woman? Desire to see an info box with photograph of the woman and basic information. Found my answer to the births, that was her life to death, unclear to me on first couple reads. Wanting to read more about the Bill Clinton fling. Clicked on the links in bibliography and see a picture, she looks a lot younger than Norman Mailer. If allowed, the picture from the Berger story of her and he would look good in her info box.(Dmcgonagill (talk) 23:01, 16 March 2019 (UTC))

@Dmcgonagill: I agree, I was also very impressed with the interesting life she had. Her memoir information immediately caught my attention. I was so focused on the order of how everything was written that I didn't catch the birth and death year formats. Great catch.Ssimsjones (talk) 04:43, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
@Dmcgonagill: Dana, I didn't even notice those issues. Good eye. I think you're right about wanting more overall. If she is a relevant writer, for example, I'd like to know more about that. It felt like the whole entry was about Norman Mailer, or Norris as defined by her life with Normal Mailer, rather than Norris Church Mailer herself. JVbird (talk) 14:45, 17 March 2019 (UTC) talk