A Rocky Start

I admit, I don’t do much with digital media aside from consume and observe, and this is my first fully online course, so this week has been more or less of a rocky start.

I’ve been trying to keep up by researching, reading, and thinking, only to realize that today, Friday, I haven’t gotten around to really producing anything. I’ve taken some pictures here and there, tried to make my website look decent for starters, but I’m missing the all-important drive to put what I’ve done online right away. My presence does need to be more available to this class, especially in the starting days and weeks of adapting to a fully virtual environment. I hope to meet a lot of people here; honestly I can’t wait to see what everyone else does for their projects and works, simply because there is so much to do in digital media. Still, I need to start producing works myself.

So, why not start by doing what I do best and break the ice through writing? Here’s a little about myself:

My name is Lindsey. I’m a sophomore at UMW and an American Studies major. I hope to go into a Digital Studies minor soon, which is one of the reasons I’m in this class! I also chose to take this course because I have an affinity for digital works and I’ve always wanted to create online stories myself. Knowing how to create all kinds of different media will also help with my major and potentially my future career. My life goal is to educate through a digital presence so that ideas and perspectives are more readily available for those who may not have access to a quality education. I don’t know how far I will be able to go with that dream, but this class is certainly a first step for me.

I grew up out West, but I’m not very steeped in Westerns or the culture behind it (or, at least, I’m not fully aware of it). I still have family out there, though, as well as distinct memories of tumbleweeds, dust, and a couple rattlesnakes we had to actively avoid. Granted, I’ve only ridden a horse once and I’ve never lived near any dusty old saloons, but I’m excited to explore how we can see those images of the Old West digitally.

Like I’ve said before, I’m not very well versed in making digital stories of any kind. I have experience making a couple of websites for classes (Cup of Culture, Women of the Freedom Rides), but that is about as far as my background goes. I fully intend on expanding my horizons and venturing into whatever comes out of this class, regardless of my current knowledge.

Anyway, I hope that during this course we learn to create a great many things and that we strive toward the Ol’ West like the storytellers before! I’ll see you at Sundown.

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