My first post on this blog was a tweet:
My posts, tweets, images, audio, links, curated artefacts, comments (many of these not yet appeared!) are intended to build up a complex picture (literal and metaphorical) of my engagement with the themes of the course. Will this give me a useful perspective on this one aspect of my digital life (learning, course-participation)? To make it useful to me I have to be a little selective about what I post to avoid chaotic over-abundance. I have to make some decisions about categorisation and tagging so that I can better analyse my experience and the blog. I have to choose the technologies I use and why, and consider if they can be automated. Do I let a technology (ifttt) govern my choice of types of post?
The “challenge … to create and manage a coherent presence from a “mashup” of sources” (Course Handbook) has not been met coherently this week. This may be because the course has just started and it has taken a while to set the blog up, get the iftt automation working (twice!) and strike a balance between wanting it to look pleasing and not getting too preoccupied with time-consuming aesthetics. A very busy week outside the course has meant that I have fallen behind with reading and posting and this has induced some panic. My logical self says that this will be inevitable at times and that absence itself is meaningful, but my emotional self tends to predominate. Is this what makes me human?
My posts this week have mainly been ifttt tests, some not-so-relevant tweets and some brief thoughts and finds. My aim for the coming week is to write more considered posts to reflect what I’m learning and how.