Archive forApril, 2016

Every talent needs an audience

Audience is a big issue for me, and that usually brings me down a bit. I feel as if no one is entertained by my information, stories, jokes and sometimes that makes me want to not keep writing.

I still have this issue, but not as much anymore I have found ways to interact with the people I want to become my audience.  Usually my audience is Facebook, the reason for this is this is where I post my “thoughts”. The weather, personal inspiring stories and even news stories (usually opinionated). When people begin to like, I meant that is enjoyable but when they comment.

That’s where the fun begins.

I enjoy when people comment, when they agree or disagree, or they add their opinions or inform me of some facts. That right there keeps a conversation going and that is exactly what brings and keeps an audience.

As a Journalist, I believe it is important to have an audience because that is whom will keep your career going. Being able to connect to an audience is the most important part. People look for interactions, but they look for distinctive ways of interaction. Maybe something that isn’t often done is something that helps keep and increase an audience.

Once an audience is established it is important, to keep the audience intrigued. To keep them on the edge of their seat and to give them something to talk about, if there isn’t something to talk about then is is hard to keep the audience you began with.

Journalists, athletes, teachers, promoters dancers, etc, everyone needs an audience in order to keep working hard, and most importantly in order to keep feeling unstoppable and important.

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Databases, my favorite

Yeah, I enjoy databases, weird right? The reason I like databases is because I like to know, I like to compare and contrast and that is something that I hope to keep like for further projects or just for my own knowledge. It all began when I started watching criminal minds, I started looking up FBI’s Top 10 most wanted, I wanted to know why they were wanted, how much the FBI was offering or simply how long they were wanted for. After that I always started searching up “Top Tens” top ten songs of all time, top ten movies of all time, and from there I moved on to bigger things (not that I still don’t look up top tens, of random things I am interested in). But now I search up, how many U.S. citizens own a passports, how many inner city students attend college, how many people travel outside the US/year. Yeah, these are things that interest me I like to keep these number in my head for future references or for a future discussion. I strongly believe that these databases are important not only to keep track of numbers but to have a quick informative for people, less reading and more information that seems to be more factual than usual.

 

As a Journalism student, if I had more projects of surveying and collecting data, I would because there are so many things that I would want to know from the campus students and staff to information of my community. I guess I am meant to be a Journalist, I love to know and I love to investigate. ……. and databases have been my biggest  help when it comes to arriving to factual conclusions. DATABASES

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Coding, oh the struggle…

I remember in middle school in my 8th grade “technology” we learned how to code from scratch. It was the most difficult thing I have ever had to do. My teacher at that time wanted us to great an “about me page”, the best part was that MySpace was a thing at that time and everyone want to create something along the lines of MySpace. But not me, I just wanted it to have information about me, pictures, links and the colors I wanted, but that was it. (If I could find my webpage, I would totally look it up right now.) Well let me not tools_html_codingforget to mention that this was a 2-hour class, yeah-unbelievable right? I remember that the most difficult part for me was getting the forward/backward slash correct. There were times where you HAD to only use one, but which one? That was the hard part, and guess what such a simple task really didn’t get me far.

Growing up I came to realize the importance of html and/or coding, I came to the realization that coding is in everything that has to do with modern technology. When I began to enjoy the idea of Journalism, this was when I opened my eyes directly towards the idea of coding, because as a Journalist I wanted to have my own webpage, with my face and my news. It is important to understand that this isn’t an easy task, and what is important is to practice practice practice!!!

Lets stop and think, without these awkward complicated codes we wouldn’t have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all that fun stuff. It is an amazing talent, and amazing thing to do and an outstanding career to pursue, you are the face of a webpage, you are the reason for a webpage and that, that’s pretty impressive.

During this coding assignment, I had various difficulties, that main one, Mac computers, the document I had to download, impossible to download and work from it. So my decision was, head out to the library, use a public computer and finish your assignment there. It is amazing to me that with all this coding, all this technology that surrounds me, my computer was unable to open a document and let me work off of it…. Maybe there needs to be some coding on Mac computers for better performance? Don’t you think?

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