To Blog or not to Blog?

When channeling your inner Hamlet, The answer: To Blog. Like Nike: Just do it. Blogging is projecting information in form of written communication through either text or multimedia forms including but not limited to hyperlinks, videos, pictures, and comments.

This Comm240 class presented me with the task and challenge of setting up my own person blog, posting content, and interacting with other bloggers in my class through the forms of comments. This whole blogging business is something that I had never done before, and to be rather blunt, it was something I didn’t think I would ever want to do, nor did I ever expect to enjoy it. Boy was I wrong.  After blogging for this class, I not only enjoy blogging, but I now consider it a skill that I have. booger-blogger

Since I have only been blogging for under 4 months, I would not consider myself an expert, but I have learned a few things that have helped make me a better booger, I mean blogger.

Some advice I would give to future bloggers:

  1. Have an open mind.

When first approaching a blog, it is best to have an open mind. When I first started blogging, I was very close minded because I didn’t really think blogging was going to be for me. Having a negative mindset creates a mental block which prevents you from blogging to the best of your ability. When you sit down to blog, just let the thoughts flow. Don’t think too hard. Blogging is done best when you let the words flow onto the screen.

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2. Use a variety of multi media forms.

Bloggers don’t want to read a rant about how bad your schools cafeteria food is… unless of course you make it interesting and include photos of the green chicken, or the slimy meatballs. The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” is entirely true in blogging. Reading content is all good, but pictures add an addition element that can’t be expressed through text. Other interesting forms of multimedia include hyperlinks and videos. These elements make the blog more interesting and engaging.

3. Have fun with blogging, but be professional.

It is important to remember that what you put out there on the internet is out there for anyone and everyone to see. So keep that in mind when you go on a rage about how stupid your teacher is and how you hope she gets hit by a bus… because one day you’re going to be looking for a job and employers may happen to stumble across a block that you wrote when you were young, dumb, and infuriated, but the blog is still your words and represents your image and who you are. The best thing to do when blogging is have fun! you can say your thoughts and speak your mind, but always remember, what you put out there is out there for ever and it can be used to make or break you!

 

Tammy is not Terrible!

When considering what movie I wanted to look up a critique of, I had a bit of trouble. I usually don’t have time to watch a lot of movie, but over the weekend my roommates and I made time to watch the movie Tammy. Some trailers for the movie can be found here.

The critique I found was on the popular movie review site: Rotten Tomatoes

The review gives Tammy, played by Melissa McCarthy  a low score of 23% and an average rating of 4.3/10.

I feel that these ratings are inaccurate and I disagree with the critics consensus.

I found the movie to be extremely entertaining and down-right hilarious! I was laughing so hard that I cried in numerous parts throughout the film. The story line was rather scattered but I thought it had to be considering the crazy dynamic of the character. In a critique by Roger Ebert, he agrees with me for the most part. He commends McCarthy for her humor and compliments her spontaneity when it comes to improvisation and unexpected punch lines. He does comment on the fact that this is not the first time that we see McCarthy in this discombobulated, vulgar, and rather ruthless character. One ridicule that he gives is that we want to see McCarthy in another time of role. We know she can play this type of character, but what else does she have to offer. I entirely agree with him in this critique. Although he gives the movie 2.5 out of what I feel should be a well deserved 3/3 stars, I would have to say that his critique is well thought out and explained. You can check out the complete critique by Roger Ebert here.

Tammy is one of the only movies I have seen recently, and fortunately for me, it happens to be one of the better ones. If you haven’t spent time laughing the night away with Tammy yet, I would definitely recommend you do so, you wont regret you did.

Tammy is just plain funny