Process Posts, PUB 101

Process Post #3: Organization and Online Behaviours

I created this infographic to illustrate the organization of my blog. I think it is important to be organized and consistent with where my content is placed, so that it is more appealing and easier to navigate for visitors. Each of the branches represents a category, and underneath the brunch describes what can be found. As you can see, the PUB 101 category displays the subcategories for each aspect of the course. I am pleased with how I have laid out my website, and creating the infographic allowed my vision to come to life.

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In the creation of my website, and my infographic, I also began to think about my own online behaviours and how this will be portrayed through my website. Specifically, I considered Suler’s (2004) various online behaviours. I was able to identify a few behaviours that I may have portrayed on my website, which the people browsing may feel. In my opinion, I believe others may feel a sense of “invisibility” or “anonymity” (Suler, 2004, para. 6&7). While I do have an entire section on my blog about myself, and viewers are also able to get to know me through my writing, there is only a certain part of me that viewers will ever see. Viewers only know what I look like based on the two photos I have provided, and do not know what I sound like or act like in person (Suler, 2004). I believe this displays a sort of disconnect between my online persona and who I am in real life. While I am not putting on a character and am in fact trying to be as candid as possible, no one visiting my blog will know exactly what I am truly like as a person. Therefore, my viewers may feel a sense of “solipsistic introjection” (Suler, 2004, para. 9), as they may potentially create a character of who I may be in their minds. Furthermore, there is also a sense of “asynchronicity” (Suler, 2004, para. 8), as I will not be on my blog 24/7 and neither will be viewers. I am able to curate posts whenever I want, and take the time to portray the type of person I want to be online, by thinking about how I am going to write certain posts or reply to comments.

Finally, for my own online presence, there is an area of “minimizing authority” (Suler, 2004, para. 14) that exists. I am able to share my own thoughts, feelings, and tips with all of those who want to listen. In a real life scenario, people may not take me seriously or discredit my advice simply based on the fact that I am young. However, the hierarchy and bias are minimized online, and I am able to display an organized, professional-looking, and curated blog that people will be more willing to trust. I am excited about this opportunity to share my thoughts and advice, as in the past, I have always feared that people wouldn’t take me seriously based on my lack of life experience.  

While Suler’s (2004) ideas of the various online behaviours are quite relevant, it is important to consider the way in which I act online and offline. I can relate to Mod’s (2017) observations of losing control of his attention based on his addiction to technology and the internet. There have been instances where I have been consumed by my phone and haven’t paid attention to what others are saying to me. For this reason, I have made a habit out of putting my phone down while I am at dinner or when spending quality time with my family, friends, and partner. This is similar to what Mod (2017) described about making a habit out of turning the internet off before bed and not turning it on again until after lunch (para. 41). I think this would be a great habit to create and uphold, and I genuinely feel as though it would make those who participate feel healthier and happier (tips on staying positive and feeling happier were addressed by a guest writer in this week’s blog post). While it would be difficult, I think that I could be off social media for a month if I tried hard enough. I do not think I could be off of my phone, however, as I value the connection that my phone provides me to my close friends, family members, and partner. Additionally, I also value my online presence on my blog. There should definitely be a balance between being online and offline.

Ultimately, with the creation of my website, I think it is very important to consider my online and offline presence, as well as the way I want to organize and portray myself on my blog.

References

Mod, Craig. 2017. “How I Got My Attention Back.”

Suler, John. 2004. “The Online Disinhibition Effect.” Available from: Cyberpsychology & behavior 7.3 (2004): 321-326. http://truecenterpublishing.com/psycyber/disinhibit.html

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