What can I say other than, this has been an educational experience? Ok, I should probably expand on that just a touch.
I’ve been studying BCM240: Media Audience Place for the past ~9 weeks now and it’s been one of the more interesting subjects. The subject content, while gripping, hasn’t changed what I’ve thought about media too much. It’s given me further insight into the media’s impact on people, the people’s impact on media, and why the two are basically inseparable.
It did however open my eyes to the differences that locales play in the above relationship. It had never crossed my mind that different people would set themselves up differently in a cinema. That was truly fascinating and the reason I liked this subject so much. It opened my eyes to the fact that despite us being a global world different aspects are sometimes more preferred or acceptable in different places. That comes up with the blog assignment we’ve had to complete as well.
The above image is a “heat map” of where my blogs hits come from. Obviously, Australia is where I get the majority of my views but I’ve got a couple repeats from Britain, India and U.S. as well.
I’m going to partially assume that’s because the majority of my “advertising” (as I’m going to graciously call it) has been centred around my Facebook feed and twitter which is shared with fellow BCM240 students. Twitter was a great platform to combine with my blog because it meant that both of them could share an audience and announce things to followers that aren’t a huge fan of the WordPress platform. It also provides a greater level of interactivity that really only reinforces your impact. That said, I haven’t advertised to India, so maybe there’s someone there who, despite the cultural divide, shares common Australian stances or prefers my Australian style of writing.
My most viewed post, was one discussing the Boston Bombings (to be fair, I started this blog a while ago for another subject). It was a global event and pretty much everyone agreed it was horrendous so that makes sense. My least viewed posts are those relating, funnily enough, to the specificities of my uni life, which seems kind of counter intuitive but it isn’t really. People go to uni to change themselves, but if you spend all day there, you need an escape. As much as people might sink into their local preference, sometimes a change is need. There isn’t a blanket to cover every aspect here, I’m just say that this subject has made me rethink my approach to this blog.
If I want it to grow (I most certainly do) then I need to make it relevant but not tie it down completely. It would need to relate to the uni, but not be completely chained down by it. And that’s what BCM240 was about right? Upgrading and changing your approach to the media, not only around us but in general? More importantly, I need to have some sort of body of work that isn’t terrible, so I’ll use this work as a base for my next blog project.