Julia Online

Hey guys. This is a little blurb about what I strive to do while online!

Julia Sattler

One thing I enjoy about living in the web-age is having the ability to voice my thoughts, opinions,and ideas easily and effectively. It allows everyday people to be heard and understand that what they have to say truly does matter and there are a lot of people out there who will listen (or read) your thoughts.

Within the last couple years, I’ve learned how to utilize many parts of the internet to learn about new opportunities to have my voice heard. As a writer and overall thinker of thoughts, I have used platforms, such as Instagram, to find different communities that want to hear what I want to say. Online, I want to be someone who provokes thought and discussion. Last spring I managed to do this by reaching out to a rather obscure and new magazine business and asking them if I could write an article for them. When…

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MLK Day, #northofnormal

Here is my blog attempt to promote the MLK Day event, raise some questions about the City’s commitment to this event, and prompt some thought on #socialmediaforsocialgood

Kevin Brooks

The Martin Luther King Day Celebration in Fargo, ND is #northofnormal.  The King legacy sometimes feels like a textbook legacy, although a few residents I know of have powerful connections to the Civil Rights movement. The late John May and local basketball legend was a kid living in DC during the March on Washington; Rebecca Knutson’s father joined the march on the Pettus Bridge in Selma.  Many local activists are deeply inspired by King’s work, the Civil Rights Movement, and contemporary continuations, but the city as a whole, and specifically the City Government, has been #northofnormal when it comes to embracing the event.
I didn’t discover the MLK Day celebration in Fargo until 2014, which is disappointing because it launched in 2002 and my good friend and mentor Larry Peterson was recognized in 2004.  I need to take some responsibility for being oblivious; my community engagement didn’t really deepen and…

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Who Do You Want to be Online? — Dean Brooks’ Blog

Here’s my first blog post.

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Who Do I Want to be Online?

Here’s my first blog essay! Please let me know what you think!

Guerrier Féministe

As a young woman growing up during the beginning of the digital age, I’ve thought a lot about the image I give off on social media. As a freshman in college, I focused an embarrassing amount on every single aspect of my various profiles, trying to ensure I was cultivating the image I wanted. Something that made me look cool and intellectual but vaguely indie.


Looking back now, I realize that “carefully cultivated image” was really just hipster douchey. And fake.

Now that I’m a little older and, perhaps, just a little bit wiser, I’ve realized that image isn’t what I want. I don’t want to pretend my life is perfect in any capacity. I want to show it in all of its messy, complicated glory.

A crucial part of that complicated glory, for me, involves showcasing my passions and fighting for what I believe in. Luckily, they overlap…

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Who I Strive To Be Online

Blog #1: Who I Strive To Be Online

Ashley McCoy

As a little girl, with dirt in my hair and dreams in my head, I looked up my my aunts (I am sorry North Dakotans but I say that as “ants”) who were in the early twenties as my role models in what I wanted to be when I grew up. They were adults, they had their lives together and were pursuing careers that they were passionate about. I thought, I can’t wait to be twenty and a famous artists with a family (I was a very driven eight year old with a youthful exuberance and a newly discovered watercolor obsession). I now realize that twenty is not the marker for adulthood that I thought it was.

When my painting abilities stopped advancing after the fourth grade, I quickly entered the period in my life where I had no clue what I wanted to be. I had dreams of being…

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About Me

Hello, I’m Dean Brooks. I’m a senior at NDSU with an English major and a minor in history.  I’m a non-traditional student, and returned to school in August of 2016 to finish my degree after a way-too-long hiatus.  This is my last semester before graduating.

Here’s a link to my blog.

My hobbies/interests include reading, writing, traveling, movies, donating blood to the Red Cross (I’m a gallon donor), skydiving, and screenwriting. I’ve written ten feature length scripts, and a handful of shorts. Last semester for English Capstone 467 I wrote a full-length feature screenplay accompanied by a critical analysis essay. We also had to construct an online portfolio showcasing our best work as English majors. That can be found here.

I’m actually not a huge fan of posting personal information or my identity online. I don’t have Facebook, LinkedIn, and I mainly repost things on my Twitter. I’m not fond of blogging either, for that matter. But this has not always been the case. Years ago I used to keep a number of blogs that served mainly as writing exercises. They gave me a lot of experience in writing online, generating key words for search engines, and exposure to Google Adsense. I kept a blog tracking rumors and news updates on the 2012 film Dark Knight Rises that thus far has generated over 40,000 page views since 2010. I applied the same blogging formula toward the 2011 Green Lantern movie that has gotten just over 10,000 page views thus far. I kept a small personal finance website where I wrote about different stocks I owned, and the economy in general. That blog has only had close to 3,000 page views since its inception. I also experimented with posting a blog that contained only one post about the pygmy hedgehog. Surprisingly that singularly focused blog has had over 8,000 page views. People love animals.

Before all that, I also used to have my own personal site. I wrote book reviews, anecdotal personal stories, humorous articles, and research articles. I’ve been published on College Humor, Double Viking, and Cinema Blend.

So why did I stop? Honestly, I lost interest in maintaining an online presence, and keeping up with generating content. It also became time consuming. None of my blogs ever became viral or successful enough to warrant attention beyond that of a (very) passive hobby. As social media has progressed and “matured” it’s also become more superficial and cacophonous. Advertising has become an obnoxious intrusion, making it harder and harder to find decent content. I’m something of a minimalist, and I find many of the websites now too infuriatingly busy to look at. I also came to value anonymity, an increasingly precious resource anymore.  However, I’m using this class to step outside of my comfort zone, and journey back to the world of social media and blogging.

As far as other social media experience, I’ve been using Reddit for probably about ten years. I prefer that site to many others mainly because it’s the most aesthetically pleasing way to gather news about all sorts of subjects. And the comments are fantastic (especially during football games on r/NFL). I’ve used Tumblr, Blogger, and WordPress before. I set up an Instagram years ago but never used it. Last year for my Comm 110 class we had to use YouTube to post our responses to interview questions, so I’m roughly familiar with how that functions. I enjoy listening to TED Talks on YouTube, and listen to Bill Burr’s Monday Morning podcast. Podcasting is something I’m interested in as a content format, if only because it’s basically niche radio. Years ago, when I attended Loyola University Chicago in my first stab at an undergraduate degree, I read the daily news at the college station 88.7 WLUW. Radio/podcasting also serves my anonymity interests.  I’ve been told I have a nice voice for a radio. Certainly I have a face for one. I’ve taken voice over lessons, but never used them to transition into any sort of a career. That might change in the future.

I’m excited and interested to learn more about social media in English 457. Even though I have a lot of experience with it in the past, it has changed so much since then that I’ll have to relearn a lot of what I knew before. I can be reached at dean.brooks@ndus.edu, and my Twitter handle is @deanmaxbrooks.

About–Is This Thing On?

I am an English major in my third year at NDSU. My interests are journalism, creative writing, and obscure media. Obscure media entails weird old books nobody reads, weird old movies nobody watches, and weird old comic books that nobody knows exist. I have found that obscure media can be more informative about certain people in a certain time than popular media, depending on what it is. Also, it is just fun to dig around for things. I’m currently into pulp sci-fi art, so this blog is going to be full of it.

In my free time I write fiction longhand. This gives me wrist pain if I do it for too long, but it has cleaned up my garish handwriting a bit. I mostly write short fiction. I also revise and compile forgotten, but relevant, public domain texts into pleasant e-books.
In the future I hope to work in journalism. Currently I write for the Spectrum, which I enjoy. I usually write album or book reviews, but I also write the occasional opinion article.

Unlike many people my age I can’t claim a cause that I hold dear. However, I wish I did. There are things I care about, particularly a broad collection of ideas that is probably best described as “feminist issues.” One of the things I hope to get out of this class is how to turn an amalgamation into one or two social causes that I can involve myself with and how to use social media in a constructive relationship with said ideas.

Social media remains ambiguous to me. I am not sure how to view it, or how to use it to my best benefit. I have a Facebook that I never use and that is where my social media use ends. This class may or may not be out of my comfort zone, but I look forward to it. Social media seems to be the one form of media that people nowadays consistently ingest. This means social media is now a crucial tool that I have no choice but to understand and embrace on some level. I have accepted that I am going to need to maintain somewhat of an online presence regardless of what my future career looks like. In short, I need to get in the loop.