This week I felt more in tune with this course and ready to tackle the assignments. The first week of classes it all about getting into a routine and figuring everything out. At first, I was overwhelmed with all of the assignments to chose from from the Assignment Bank, and it took some time of scrolling through to find which three I wanted to do this week. Sometimes the work can feel daunting, but I am trying to channel the Bob Ross mentality and just enjoy the “joy of ds106.” I am starting to approach this class more as a creative outlet and allowing myself to have fun. I don’t get to do that for any of my other classes, so I am learning to appreciate the assignments for this class.
Here is the link to my post of the three assignments I completed this week:
I really liked the writing assignment I chose with picking my favorite song and explaining the feeling it gives me. I love music and am super passionate about it, so I really enjoy sharing music and writing about it. I have also gotten more used to using my Twitter account, I actually am starting to prefer using it now (hopefully I am using it right). I also liked sharing my favorite photo for the visual assignment, which was my friend standing on the Chatham Bridge in downtown Fredericksburg during the snow day this past Sunday. It may not have been the most artistic or beautiful photo, but I love it and the memories associated to it. My favorite assignment this week was my web assignment where I showed my road trip through Google Maps. It was really fun to tell that story through maps and get to talk more about it. I never thought about sharing that trip through Google Maps, but it was really fun to create and share that assignment.
Overall, I really like the diversity of choice we have in the Assignment Bank and the creative freedom we are given each week. It is a great break in my day to be able to get creative and do something that is actually fun.
Comments and Replies Throughout the Week
Here are screenshots of of some of the comments I have left on my classmate’s posts and to the replies on my own posts. It was really cool to read through my classmate’s posts and see the assignments that they chose to do this week. It can be hard in an asynchronous class to feel connected to your classmates, so commenting and replying will help with that.
My Daily Creates
Here is the link to the 5 Daily Creates I did this week. I began to actually really enjoy doing these over the course of this week. Doing the Daily Creates became a part of my morning routine. Every morning I would sit at my kitchen table, eat, my breakfast, and take about 10 minutes max to be creative and complete the Daily Create. It was a nice start to my day and a good break to have compared to all the other work I had to do this week.
In conclusion, I felt a lot more in the groove of things this week. I really enjoyed taking the time to personalize and customize my blog. I liked playing with the different themes and widgets. I am happy with how it looks now, but I hope to learn more ways to improve my blog over the semester. I was surprised at how much I liked doing the Daily Creates this week as well as the assignments from the Assignment Bank. It feels good to take time out of my day to do something creative. It also feels good because there is not a right or wrong way to do something creative. It’s all about the effort put into it, and I like being able to have artistic and creative freedom on these assignments.