Why? A good question indeed ~ Week one

Why am I here writing a blog? If ‘here‘ is in fact, not a physical place but a non-physical space in the cloud, I am ‘here‘ simply because it’s compulsory.

I was not aware I would be made to keep a blog for the first six weeks of the course. Now it’s started, I am of course happy to oblige. Here are some reasons why I am happy to participate:

  • It will help me improve writing skills and allow me to test different writing styles
  • Peer reviews will help gauge how quickly I will fail this subject in comparison to everyone else
  • It will force me to think about what I write and to refrain from using too much ‘word vomit‘ or ‘twelvie‘ slang as I often do
  • Thinking deeply about topics and then recording reflections is something I seldom take part in but am intrigued to delve further into
  • Hopefully I will learn how to use all the ‘big‘ words properly
  • I will be able to write like a complete snob and as long as I follow criteria, I will get a HD (here’s hoping)

Here’s a bit of a back story to my wonderful writing career. Since before it was legible I have been writing. Be it stories or a journal, I have filled books and books with my incoherent words and poor spelling. Don’t get me wrong, I was never a fan of English, but free writing on media platforms was always fascinating for me.

As social media began to expand in primary school I was ‘all about it’. I had Bebo, Gmail and MSN all before I was 12 years old. Once high school hit, social media began taking off at a rate no one predicted. Currently I have at least one account on the following online platforms:

  1. Facebook
  2. YouTube
  3. Twitter
  4. Instagram
  5. Snapchat
  6. Pintrest
  7. Tumblr
  8. Gmail/Google+
  9. Skype
  10. Spotify
  11. Soundcloud
  12. Reddit
  13. LinkedIn
  14. Most importantly UOWmail, Moodle and SOLS

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There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t use at least 6 of the 16 media platforms. Some may say it’s an obsession, to that, I would have to agree.

Although interestingly enough this does not correlate with my knowledge on social media or media as a whole. Another thing I am less than diligent with is reading the news. I would have to easily be one of the least informed International Studies students at UOW. So I guess the main reason I am ‘here‘ is to learn and the main aim for the year is to keep my Twitter game on fleek.

 

Please send through your criticisms and encouragements (preferably the latter) and I promise to keep the entertainment and poorly referenced pop culture coming.

Jax Perrin

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