Finally, this is the end of Living and Working on the Web module #MANG2049! In this post, I would like to share a list of things I have learnt during the 12 days of learning and enhancing my digital knowledge.
This module significantly changed my perception towards the internet. I have always thought that the internet was a platform to enjoy games and entertainment online. However, this module is an eye-opener on how I can create blog posts that could maybe get me my ideal career and learn much more knowledge online. It has enlightened me on the importance of cultivating my “online presence” beyond my comfort zone.
SELF TEST – Before and After
Through this course, I have learnt to be more digitally creative by creating my own info-graphics and videos by using websites such as PowToon, Piktochart and Canvas.
I have read through on my peers’ blog and most of them stated that they have multiple identities. I myself is working towards having multiple identities. It is really not as easy as I thought it would be. I have to manage different accounts, be wary of what I post online.
Self-Made using Powtoon
When I started this module, I thought that it would just be us communicating with lecturers via Youtube but never have I expected myself to do a blog on my own! This module has pushed me out of my own comfort zone to try out blogging, which I never really tried before. It has also allowed me to think critically and analytically.
Online Information and Managing Online Identities
I was very naive when it comes to the internet as I tend to believe everything online. However, after this module, I’ve learnt that not everything online can be trusted. I’ve also learnt the ways to check if the content of what I am reading is true or false. I have never thought that I would have multiple online identities as I find it a hustle to manage too many accounts especially when there are so many social platforms. The reason why I decided to have multiple identities now is that of the flexibility it provides.
My Online Profiles
Before, I was using a Single Identity. During the module, I have concluded that I should create multiple identities so that I do not mix my personal life with my work life. I have created new accounts with similar photos so that employers do know that the account is not another “Nichol Ong”.
Self-Produced using Piktochart
I did not have a LinkedIn account before and realized that it helps me to better portray my work skills for my future employers to view my online platforms before recruitment.
I started to include information on my past job experiences and qualifications and managed to connect with my previous and current colleagues, peers and other professionals.
As you can see from the photo below, I have two different accounts on my twitter.
The one on the left would be my personal account to connect with friends and I would post things about my daily life and share my interest in posts I see online.
However, the one on the right would be my professional account. In this account, I have used it to follow prominent profiles such as my classmates or lecturers or sources that are related to learning a thing or two on “content marketing” or “blogging”, which is the continuous sharing of free information to keep in touch with readers and potential customers.
In the past, I used to blog about my daily life and interests through http://www.blogspot.com. However, WordPress was much easier to use with its simple layout and navigation tools. Thus, I decided to use WordPress for this module to showcase my writing and research posts on topics that we just learned on.
As for my other social media accounts such as Facebook and Instagram, which is only for my personal use to connect and keep myself updated with ‘my happenings’ with my friends and family. Recently, many people have been starting up businesses such as an ‘auction house’ where people have to bid for items online on Facebook.
Self-Produced using Piktochart
I have plans to be more active and update more on my LinkedIn account so that my future employers would get the most recent data of me. Commenting and engaging in online communities can help me get a different point of views on different topics that I might be interested in. I would also improve my skills on online tools such as Canva and PowToon as you would never know when these online tools would come into great use!
I would definitely try my best to continue blogging if time permits as everyone would be busy. This would allow me to have a bigger picture of what is happening around the world as people would be able to comment and give their thoughts on my blog. Last but not least, I would maintain a professional online identity.
To end off, I would like to thank my lecturers, Lisa, Sarah and Nicholas for sharing their digital knowledge and how to write better blog posts online during these two weeks of the module.
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