Final Class Readings

10 Steps to Better Blogging

I really enjoyed this article and found it very useful. I feel the most important point in the 10 steps is to care about what you are writing – if you do not have passion in what you are talking about or posting, you might as well not post it. The second most important part is to care about the design and I completely agree that your site doesn’t need to be more complicated than it needs to be. Finally, I agree to spice it up you have to try new things – this is vital!

Make Every Word Count: Tips for Polishing and Tightening Copy

I found this article very insightful. It can be very difficult writing a good article. The most important thing I learned from this article is to make the story useful. I never thought about this before and it makes complete sense to think about your writing and make sure that the user is getting something out of it. The second thing that was very important is this article is to allow time for a rewrite. This is vital information because as students we always do things last minute and do not allow time for a rewrite. Finally, I learned to ask myself “What the story is about”? I completely agree that as writers we need to ask ourselves this question to make sure that we are staying on topic and that we do not rant and rave about pointless topics in the middle of our article.

On Getting Paid

Out of the three articles, this was the most useful. It can be a very touchy and tough subject to talk about getting paid. First off, I do get paid for my work and I am in a place where I charge for everything. But there were a few things I learned in this article that I didn’t even think about before and I feel it is importnat to write about what I have learned. I never even thought about licensing the graphic design work I do for clients. I completely understand that if my client wants rights to my design forever (which many of them are interested in), I have to charge more. I also never thought about charging the business depending on the size – this is another thing that makes complete sense to me and is very logical. If the business is larger – then you charge them more.

I completely agree that I’ve never done an internship for nothing before – I’ve never volunteered out of the goodness of my heart but always done it for another reason. I’ve also never done anything for free before. I’ve been paid almost nothing or paid in either transportation or given free meals and nice presents for “volunteering” there. I’ve even been offered a job or gotten other clients and vital contacts from working for “free”. I don’t agree that every job you should be paid hourly when you are learning something and getting great experience from it. I do not agree that if it is costing you money (for example if you have to travel for your internship), you should not have to pay for it. I’ve learned not to take on the jobs that do not pay up to my standards and saying “no” to work that I feel I should be getting paid for.

Everything else in the article I did agree with but I already knew and understand that it is important. I think I need to gain more experience from design to completely understand and be able to price appropriately.