General Remarks

First, let’s start with a complement: most have you have included their own ideas and experiences into your blogs very well, kudos!

This post is meant as general feedback and guidance; this does not hold true for everyone so just have a look and see what applies to you. I strongly recommend adding the “Do” from the Do’s and Don’ts in every post. If you want more in-depth/personal feedback, just send me a message (again, preferably via Teams).

Do NOT edit previous posts for content: this would make it difficult to track your progress during the course.

Points

During the course, you need to create 10 “points” worth of content. For a more thorough explanation, have a look at this page. By now, you should have around 4-5 points, there is enough time to catch up but if you feel a bit lost, please contact either Angus or me (I prefer Teams).

Content

Try to stay on topic. This topic is already very expansive: how digital media and computational technologies impact our societies and cultures.

Ask yourself before you start creating, how will this content both addressing something related to societal and/or cultural phenomena and digital media and/or computational technologies? This does not have to be in balance, but make sure that it becomes clear. The best way to make this clear is to make a synthesizing statement on this connection at the start and/or end of the content you created.

Another good way of doing this: what interests me, as a social-cultural being, about digital media and computational technologies. BUT make sure the blog is not just for you! It is meant to be of wider relevance: e.g. an issue that concerns society at large, a question everyone has or should have on their minds, a digital life lesson that could be valuable advice, or that big digital trend everyone is talking about.

Another surefire method would be to create things that explicitly refer to issues mentioned during the course.

Media

Please add images or videos to make your blog more dynamic and don’t forget to mention the sources of the images.

Free photo Review Board Feedback Chalk School Study - Max Pixel
Pretend that this is a caption (Source)
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Another example, here the source is embedded

Formatting

Keep the layout in mind, if you use images try to space them logically throughout your post. Also, make use of headers, the tutorial looks a bit different but the idea is the same.

Make use of paragraphs to guide the reader and avoid text walls!

References (in text)

This brings me to the next point: please keep in mind how you refer to sources. There are many methods you can use and whilst most of it is up to personal preference, avoid https://digmedia.lucdh.nl/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Project-Dos-and-Donts.pdf

Link where and when you can, it is the reason the web exists and is well… called the web!


References (list)

If you need to add a reference list, please try to keep the hyperlinks in mind!

Do’s and Don’ts. Digital Media, Society and Culture digmedia.lucdh.nl

“MLA Formatting and Style Guide // Purdue Writing Lab.” Purdue Writing Lab

You do not have to stick to MLA, APA or Chicago as long as your sources are clear!

The Correct Way to Cite Sources / Repost Content (in Blogs and on Social Media)


  1. You can learn how to use footnotes here and for hyperlinks have a look here