This week I am assigned to reflect on the advantages or disadvantages of the sites I’ve used for my digital storytelling blog. Let’s start with my blogroll on the site. The sites or blogs I follow all have some quality material and are helpful resources as I continue to post about digital storytelling. One advantage to the blogroll is the diverse nature of the sites. For example, some of the sites are actual depictions of digital storytelling, while others are explanations, information or resources on the topic. On the flip side, the main disadvantage of some of the sites is that they are not maintained or as recent as I would like so there is not a ton of new information coming from them. But for viewers who need new resources, the sites may still be quite helpful or at least a good starting point.
Then there are the sites I use for my research or posts on the blog. These sites have been fairly useful and one advantage to the blog is having access to a multitude of digital stories on YouTube, which I can use as examples on my blog. The other advantage for YouTube is that it has a Center for Digital Storytelling channel where digital stories are divided into different categories. A disadvantage to the sites I use for the blog is related to academic research. There are some interesting articles out there that may interest my audience. However, while I can give a synopsis of the article, not everyone may have access to it depending on where it was published and if you need to be a university student to access the necessary online database. I’ve decided to include this information in posts about academic research in the form of a disclaimer so I alert my audience upfront that there may be an access issue.
In terms of using photos to continue to enhance my blog, I am already doing this with nearly every topic blog post. As digital storytelling is such a visual field, the majority of my posts will have visuals in terms of video or photos. However, with posts that don’t already include some sort of visual — such as my academic article synopses — I will find an image that relates to the article to include, as a way of increasing engagement and to make the posts look more consistent to those with lots of media.
Professionals in the field could utilize these sites productively in several ways. First, journalists are always trying to find the best way to tell the story. These sites provide a different look at how a story can be told and allows journalists to see the importance of covering a story from a personal aspect. Second, as a public relations professional, I utilize these sites to come up with more creative ideas for my job. There are many sites related to digital storytelling –such as PostSecret — that have a gigantic audience. Pulling ideas from such sites can be a good way to find out what works and what doesn’t work for your audience as a professional PR person. In addition, PR is often about telling a story to instill some action in your audience. Digital storytelling has found a way to do this. PR professionals can utilize digital storytelling sites to foster ideas on how to make their own digital stories.