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

Here’s my first blog post.

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

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.

Media Ecology

Michelle Jacobson

Media ecology is a concept that needs to be kept in mind when you’re trying to get your organization noticed. In chapter three of Social Media for Social Good by Heather Mansfield, Mansfield suggests that Non-profits sync their Facebook page with their website, letters, and other printed materials that are seen by potential contributors.

Just having a Facebook page isn’t enough. You have to put yourself out there and update it so your followers have something to look at. In the Pew Report it was mentioned that the use of social media isn’t as good as it seems to be in the art community; it adds more pressure to the artists because people have higher expectations.

I think that social media does add pressure to art but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It can stand to be a motivation to artists. It’s easier to share your work…

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