“You would do well in the field of computer technology.” Finding this fortune made me smile at its significance for the week. It also prompted me to pull a similar piece of paper from the depths of my desk drawer: “You are a lover of words; someday you will write a book.” Well, I’m not sure about that last part yet — I think that I’ll just focus on the here and now… While I prepare my portfolios by working on this very website, I have become increasingly aware of the overlap between my draw to technology and my love for writing.
Establishing a Digital Presence
As an administrative professional, I maintained business profiles on social media, started a company blog, and created content for a website revision. In doing so, I worked as part of communications teams and became a digital marketing enthusiast (as well as a go-to person for computer issues). My graduate journey has only proven to grow this knowledge into a broader application of technology. That’s why I decided to self-host my professional writing website for optimal site development and online communication.
Upon registering my domain name and setting up hosting this past summer, I downloaded a WordPress template that is relatively easy to use. I still continue to uncover new features, and I just installed plugins to enhance the website’s functionality for users. I appreciate the ability to make this site whatever I want it to be and the opportunity to learn CSS and HTML as a result. In addition, I’m using Google Drive to archive my work, like I have throughout the program, and to store my academic portfolio with private linked access.
Upholding the Value of Words
In this day and age, forms of composition are ever-changing, yet I believe that the value of quality writing remains. How many times are typos, factual errors, or a weak voice highlighted in the comments below an online news article? Many argue that the instruction and practice of good English has declined in conjunction with an increased use of technology. However, it’s apparent that Internet users rate accuracy as important as speed when they interact with digital works.
No matter what I’m sharing with my audience, I want to earn their respect by applying a high amount of care to every detail. Because of that, I’m probably being overly tedious with my marketing website and academic portfolio, but I hope to serve others’ needs over and above mine. So, ahead of my first submission for peer review next weekend, I’ll finalize portfolio selections, edit them, and reflect on my learning experience. It’s a leap toward the finish line, but the conversation with my readers has only begun!
What is today’s best online communication tool? Share your thoughts with me in the comments or on Twitter.