I found Unit 2 a little more challenging than Bootcamp as it required a lot more
from me. Firstly, we were asked to customize our blogs. I read the different suggestive points in the section to spark some inspiration, and with that, I changed the theme of my blog to a, still pretty standard theme but personalised it to reflect my individual style. I then played around with addons and widgets, in addition to rearranging my side and menu bars. I decided to make a separate page for my Daily Creates, so I could separate them from my other blogposts. I decided to put the page on the top menu bar, so it will be easy for people to find my Daily Creates. I also think it might be beneficial if I mix them in with my blog feed, so that they show the order of when I created them more structurally. I then put an addon at the side, which shows my recent twitter and Flickr feed.
I then delved more into The Daily Create and decided to try more daily ones rather than weekly ones. This, I must say, I have improved on, however I am still struggling to complete a Daily Create on a daily basis. I think this is definitely something to work on in future units.
I then moved onto the GIF assignment, which I thoroughly enjoyed because I had never created a GIF before. I used quite an easy platform for making it, so in reflection, I believe I could’ve challenged myself more and chose a harder source to make it on.
Lastly, we had the personal cyberinfrastructure task which was definitely my least favourite task of the unit. In fact, this task was the reason why this unit took me a lot longer than Bootcamp because I was constantly delaying watching the hour long videos. However, I eventually bit the bullet; watched the videos and wrote a summary blogpost on the subject of Personal Cyberinfrastructure. In my honest opinion, I didn’t really enjoy this unit because I didn’t find the tasks to be all that stimulating, but I did put that down to it still being early on in the course.
Even though I didn’t enjoy this unit that much, I do think that the tasks; in particular, the GIF one enabled me to explore one type of digital storytelling platform.