Capping Off IM212 – Self Assessment Post

Below you will find my self assessment for weeks 7 – 12.

Assessment Categories

1. Topical posts
– involves 2 compulsory posts each week.
– additional posts

Done. Additional posts surrounding ideas of print media and the network, also posts on readings.

22/25

2. Community
– Comments on peers blogs, analysis, and interaction
– Interaction with peers, academics and an increase in followers will achieve the best mark.

Twitter is the exact place where the majority of this interaction went down. #IM212 ended up trending thanks to all of our efforts on the day of the presentations, and Twitter, as well as Facebook, were a fantastic area in which we could discuss ideas.

18/25

3. Blog structure
– visually satisfying, easy to use, and organised well.
– show a sense of the blog’s community, and allow a follower to navigate with ease. Tags should be used.

As I mentioned at first assessment, I think this is where the blog is at its strongest. That being said, I’ve changed the layout since then!
I’ve integrated to Twitter and Tumblr, made links easier to follow, and collated posts in a landscape fashion rather than keeping them isolated and the user needing to constantly scroll up or down.
It ha kept that visual style I previous used – green lettering, simplicity, block styling but also flows much better now thanks to tags, and categories.

25/25

4. Reflection
As apart from topical posts, reflection posts are not as regular. That being said, these posts are supposed to be critical incident type posts. Whereby, they outline a major change in understanding, and epiphany, that could also enlighten followers.

While I am not always so critical in my posts, I do think there are a few distinct instances where a post has been a kind of incident for me.
The first of these is ‘You Shall Not Pass’. I’ve previously posted on this, and while that was only an introduction to my thoughts, this post more or less puts a cherry on top of this discussion. It highlights how contentious and poorly respected certain digital content is, and I kind of surprised myself when I realised this.

The other is ‘Falling For You – A Target Short Film’. Here I am linking the network, industry media practice and marketability in the form of an analysis of a company who is attempting to achieve a successful result in the above categories.

21/25

Overall:

86/100

Grading

HD:
Visually satisfying blog that can be easily navigated, regular, informing and creative posts implementing all types of media, regular critical reflection and influential interaction with the community.

D:
Great blog structure, easy to use, regular posts that implement variety of media types, regular critical reflection and regular interaction with the community.

C:
Good blog structure, regular posts that show some increase in knowledge, some critical reflection and a sporadic interaction with the community.

P:
Blog can be used with some difficulty, reflection is shallow and does not show critical thinking, posts are irregular yet do show some increase in knowledge, little interaction with community.

F:
Limited to no posts, no interaction with community, no critical reflection and clunky blog structure.

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