…ok, no big problem here, but this entry is late! Sorry about that, yesterday got away from me really quickly, so my bad!
This week I learned about more about how to use multiple forms of media to make one thing. I used the “mashup” assignment to use Audacity to a new level that I was not familiar with. The “New Digital Storytelling” chapter focused on telling stories through podcasts. I really enjoyed this chapter, because it really dove into how to build suspense, in addition to serving as the vehicle to engage others in discussion. The series that Alexander mentioned got listeners to involved, that other media interactions, twitter, blogs, etc, were created just to facilitate discussion. This was fascinating to me. The digital story critique that I did was on a video explaining the difference in sparging techniques while brewing. What stood out to me in this video was that it was all done via animation. There were no spoken words, no people involved, just text, audio and animation. I thought it was brilliantly done and am interested in what program was used to author it.
This week, the most enjoyable thing for me was the daily create; it was an easy one – post a serious selfie. It didn’t take a whole lot of work, but I got to post a picture of myself donning a mustache, which was the product of a lost bet. I was very enthused to post this because my wife hated the mustache and I was forced to shave upon my arrival back in Colorado. The Daily Create will now let the mustache live on forever!
I’ve had some trouble in trying to record/articulate audio responses for work instead of blogging. I’m interested in podcasting, but I feel there’s a lot of pressure in there to communicate effectively. This baffles me because I talk for a living. Each time I try and hit record, I get about 40 seconds in and screw up or feel like I’m coming across sort of incompetent. I think I’m going to just have to keep practicing until it feels normal to engage in conversation with myself. At least with blogging, I can edit my thoughts if I don’t like what I spew out through the keyboard. With podcasting, I can’t take back the words once their spoken. Maybe that is the daunting aspect.
Last week I feel like I completed all of my assignments well, but I’m going to give myself an 8 because I failed at my own goal to post audio responses instead of text. I’m going to keep experimenting with outlining my talking points so that I feel more comfortable presenting them verbally. By the end of this semester, I will post audio responses/podcast for the class!