Going back through my old blog posts and class discussions had made me realize a few things. One being that I've developed an affinity with visual communications. Another, that I've got a natural inclination for a strength of editing. Everyone starts somewhere and I love refining and drilling down into what makes good content. The first step though, is often the hardest and I struggle with that.
Looking at my first blog post, Exploring Rhetoric, I talk about what Rhetoric is. Here's a quote:
Going back to what I said, this took multiple rewrites for it to come out comprehensible. I believe my first draft was "It's all of language, everything you say and how you say it." But to extrapolate on that point is what people really want to read. People like connections, constructs, ideas and comparisons to really visualize messages.
Looking at a 2017 mid-semester blog post, What Jeep Stands For, made me think of a few things. One, I know my connection to Jeep (I own a Wrangler and love it) but how do I connect others to the brand? And what happens to content over time? I'll leave it as an example, but you'll see that some videos have become unavailable - they were Superbowl ads. This is a constant concern for an ever-changing medium. One must treat content as ever-present and as soon as it seems outdated, it's irrelevant and effects the credibility of the entire author. This may affect my credibility to my peers and readers.
I see myself as a critic more than an author. I'm so much more a refiner than a creator. I'm much better at editing than a producer. But through my natural skills I can critique myself. I've learned that it takes time, patience, and most of all persistence. To truly make content that other people will like, you must first dislike it. You have to reform it, mold it into something new.
So I will continue to remold what I make and try to review, revisit, and resubmit as much as I can. Digital content doesn't stop when you submit "publish." It stops when it is no longer visited and who knows when that may be? So while I continue to persist to push content out, I urge anyone else who wants to create content to do so as well.