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Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization is key to being well-known among your target audience. I watched a video that explained SEO very well. I understood what it was, but I did not know how it worked. I also now understand why it is important to tag my blogs when I post.

In creating my website, I plan to use tags as keywords that would cause my website to appear in a google or bing search. Keywords alone won’t make my site popular though. The title of my page would have to contain a common word that would be more likely to surface in a search. I know that if you use godaddy or a company like that to build a website, you can pay extra and they will cause your site to appear higher on a web search. I’m sure that is an example of being linked to a website that would make your site more likely to be searched.

I suppose there are disadvantages of SEO like, having too generic of a title or tags. Everyone that has a website is trying to be at the top. If the tags are too basic, then your site can be lost in the masses. Also, it is a lot of effort and work to try to become a popular search and work your way up the list of sites.

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Domain Hosting and Registration

I looked up a couple of domain name possibilities in WHOIS.net and even though they weren’t very creative, they were all available. I do not plan to buy a domain name. Right now, I have no need for a website. I do not have a business. However, if I decided to start a business, I don’t think it would be hard to come up with a domain name. I think I would start out using a free service like WordPress or Weebly until my business really started going somewhere. However, after my business took off, I’d buy a domain name. I would rather have free control over my site and I’d rather not have to have WordPress or Weebly in my name.

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Sleepy Days

Do you sleep when it rains? I don’t know if I could sleep comfortably through a hurricane, but I can sleep through a thunderstorm. It is the best sleep when you snuggle down in some warm blankets and just listen to the rain hit the roof and the thunder rolling in the distance.

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Security and Privacy

I never really thought about security and privacy online. I know when you put yourself out there, you are susceptible to identity theft or being hacked, but I guess it’s one of those times when you think you are immune to such things.

The article titled “Three Essential Steps to Make Yourself More Hack-Proof” is an eye-opener to things that I’ve never considered when signing up for Facebook, Instagram or online banking. It is a good idea not to reuse passwords and it is also a good idea not to let people know you reuse passwords. The writer also talked about two-factor authentication. In his own words, “basically, it just means that when someone tries to log into an account from a new location (a different computer, a different phone, whatever) they also have to enter a code that’s sent to a trusted device. This usually means that you’ll get some sort of text message with a six-digit number you have to enter if you want to, say, log into Facebook from a computer in the library (bad idea!).” The last thing mentioned in the article was password manager.

I think everyone who has an account online should be wary of putting information online, but people who are communication majors, like myself, should be especially careful online because our jobs are basically online. We have to put ourselves out there. I may have a job one day as a blogger and this would be my office. It would be online and that makes me even more susceptible to being hacked.

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A Few of my Favorite Things

I wonder how many times that title has been used. 🤔

Recently, I have really been enjoying makeup. I am learning more about it and what works for me. I have been pondering over the idea of devoting this blog page to makeup. I have opinions about what I have accumulated so far and I would like to share my opinions. I watch a lot of reviews on YouTube, especially if I am considering buying something and I want to see if it is any good before I spend that money. I think it would be cool if I could do that for other people as well.

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Online Learning

This week we talked about CSS in class. Basically editing your web page to make it more appealing. In the module, there was a website with a whole list of web design trainers. People who teach you how to use code to improve your website. There are a ton of them and they all teach differently and they all have expertise in different areas.

Personally I think “Don’t Fear the Internet” would be good for me.

This is an excerpt from the website creativebloq.com, “Don’t Fear the Internet is the brainchild of freelance typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische, and is aimed at similarly creative people who have little to no desire to do web design professionally – but at the same time don’t want an ugly cookie-cutter site showcasing their work.

Through short tutorial videos, you’ll learn how to take a basic WordPress blog and manipulate the CSS, HTML, and even some PHP, to match your aesthetic needs. So if you’re scared off by web design terminlogy and general geekdom, but like the idea of a more casual, good-humoured approach to learning, this is a great place to begin. The site is free to use, although donations are welcomed.”

After reading this, I determined that this would be the best place for me to learn. I do not care to be a computer expert. It does not interest me. I just need to know the basics. I do want to continue to blog and there are several changes I want to make even though I do not know how. This would be the perfect place for me to learn. I like short tutorials; don’t drag it out, you will lose me. I just need to know how to change the font. I like good humor. Humor me and I will hang on your every word. I like that it is free. I just need to know how to change this sentence purple and I do not want to pay for a whole month subscription just to learn that one thing. Plus I am more willing to donate to someone who has helped me instead of them insisting I pay (that is just how I feel about it).

The module also talked about MOOCs (massive open online courses). The question is how would this class, CA 260, be different if it were taught entirely online? I do not like that. The article that talked about MOOC also talked about the benefits of MOOC for the students and for the teachers, but I am an in-class-learner. I signed up for an online class this semester and within the first two days I dropped it. I am not dedicated enough to basically teach myself (because that is what happens in online classes. You teach yourself). I need student-teacher interaction. I need to be able to see my teachers face and say, “I do not understand the words you just said.”  I am a visual learner. I am not the only person like this. The article shared the percentage of students who actually stick with online classes. It wasn’t pretty. Sure it will change down the road and we may all be robots one day, but right now, MOOC is not a good idea (in my opinion).

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Blogging

I feel, at this point in my blogs, they are nothing more than a Facebook status. I’ll post a little blurb about something I did over the weekend (if it is note-worthy) and then I do my module blogs. I would love for this to be a regular thing, I would love to put a blog out every week that makes people stop and actually read. However, right now I’m in survival mode. I tell myself very often, “Just try to make it through the semester, Julie.” I don’t know if you have ever noticed, but after spring break, reality that the semester is half over hits the teachers and they will start slamming you with information and homework. It is always tough for me to get through the semester after spring break (or Thanksgiving week). Hopefully, I will continue to write and improve my writing after the semester ends.

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Happy Birthday!

Recently, Tyler’s sister Sarah, had a birthday! She is now 18! I’ve only known her a little over a year, but it seems like I met her forever ago. She is such a doll and she is so mature. I’ve never met someone so grown up at such a young age.

Sarah had a birthday week! I think she had three different parties! The last one was a trip to Felix’s seafood restaurant on the causeway. Y’all, I love seafood and I was really excited when she invited me to join her and her friends that evening. If you are ever in Mobile, you have to stop by Felix’s.

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Our view of the Mobile Bay while at Felix’s
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Sarah and I in front of Felix’s
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Content Management Systems

In my class module, the three content management systems discussed were: Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress. I am using WordPress to write my blogs and I like this system a great deal. It is so easy to use and navigate.

I watched a video that basically introduced the idea of a CMS and he mentioned there are others besides the ones listed above. I am curious to know if there is a more favorable CMS than these three. However, I suppose if there was, it would have been mentioned with these.

I was under the impression that Drupal is the most popular and that made me wonder why. The process to install has apparently been simplified, even though it is still somewhat lengthy compared to WordPress. It also does not have the plugin and theme availability that Joomla has. When I read their about page, I noticed it was not as lengthy, or as detailed as the Joomla about page. That may not mean anything, but to me, it seemed that Joomla had more to offer.

Joomla has its problems too. It was stated in an article by Nitish Tiwari, that Joomla has the most confusing set up over Drupal and WordPress. I know that when I started my WordPress, it walked me through the process and I did not get hung up, or wonder which button I should press. However, according to Tiwari, Joomla has tons of menus and buttons, and the layout is a little confusing. That means someone like me would probably have a hard time getting anywhere with it. However, the Joomla about page repeated itself saying (basically) expert computer people would breeze through the set up and also have an easy time getting into the framework and changing it to look or do what they want.

WordPress is my favorite simply because I am blogging and I have no need to do anything complex. The layout is easy to read and installing was as simple has logging into Facebook. However, (it kills me they did this) WordPress put a link to Wikipedia in their about page! It says “For a bit more about WordPress’ history check out the WordPress Wikipedia page.” No, I do not want to read more information on Wikipedia. I read Wikipedia when I want to know how old Tanya Tucker is now. I want to read more information about a CMS on its official about page.

When it comes down to it, I would recommend Joomla to someone who is starting a business and wants to make a web page. I am not interested in Drupal at all. They did nothing to pull me in. WordPress is capable of handling a business page, but Joomla has better security and in the about page, it talked about why it would be great for businesses. It can be manipulated and changed to suit your needs. I know I said it can be confusing, but they do have support help and you can always hire someone to help you. I just feel that Joomla was designed for something of that nature.

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Writing and Managing Email

A few things happened this past week in class and in the module! In class we started learning Photoshop and I plastered my face across Princess Leia’s! It is fun and if used correctly, it is a very handy tool.

In the module, I learned how to set up a filter on email. I thought this was very helpful knowledge! For a while I was looking for a job and I turned in my resume to many places online. My inbox is full of SPAM! Now that I have learned how to use filters, I can sort through that stuff. I also set up a filter for “CA 260” so I can be more aware of emails about this class. It was easy: I just used the drop down button on the search bar, typed the appropriate email addresses, and then I tagged “CA 260.”

I also learned about writing emails on a professional level. Well it was more of a refresher. In community college, My Comp 1 teacher drilled professional emailing in me. Nevertheless, the sources I read were very helpful. I particularly enjoyed the article, “The Downton Abbey Guide to Email Etiquette.” Maybe that is because I watched all six seasons of that show. It is so good, go watch it! However, the writer of the article was short and clear in each point he made. One thing he mentioned, and I have noticed it as well, it is never a good idea to use ALL CAPS in writing an email. Nobody likes to be yelled at, even in email. He also talked about rereading the email before you send it and try seeing it from the reciever’s point of view. This is a good idea because you may not think you are sending something mean or hurtful, but the reader may not agree.

Overall there were many helpful tips in the article.