The final part of my DA progress blog, ‘making’ is here and while I enjoyed the process, I can’t wait for it to be over.
Reflection post ‘Prototyping’ stage and ‘Beta’ stage
In my last blog post, I talked about my anxiety and nervousness in terms of posting content. Since that post I have posted 6 more songs on the website! The two that I’m very proud of were ‘Loving’ by Land of Talk and ‘Ease’ by Troye Sivan. These two were my favourite due to the amount of research and effort that I put into them. Although I may be biased as these are also generally two favourite songs of mine.
Since posting both ‘Loving’ and ‘Ease’ the site itself has actually had views because of this content. Although it isn’t a lot of views, it is still better than nothing and proves that I have an audience, well, a niche audience at least.
October 14th – 1 view from Australia
October 21st – 3 views from United States
October 23rd – 1 view from United States
I’m hoping the more I post my content the more people interact and view my content.
Breaking the brick wall
In prototyping I talked about hitting a huge brick wall. For a re-cap, I was incredibly de-motivated due to my website essentially being inaccessible and then later on deleted. All my work in designing the logo, backgrounds, pages and general design of the website was gone. This was an issue because during my pitch I talked about how I could produce more content because I already had the website up and running from the previous session in BCM112. After motivating myself to re-create the website, I felt pretty drained and the idea of making another lyric break down was pretty daunting.
So, after awhile I forced myself to make one. Even though I never actually put the lyric break down on the site as it was pretty terrible, it got the ball rolling and soon enough I was back in the groove and creating another lyric breakdown. I learnt a lot in general about not only about how to produce content after something like that, I learnt a lot about how I personally should go about dealing with something like this next time it occurs. It took me quite awhile to realise that not everything I make needs to be perfect, as long as it gets the cogs in my brain turning, I can eventually make something that is worth posting. So that was an awesome personal learning experience which I never thought I’d come to the realisation during my digital artefact.
After the realisation not only did I create the lyric breakdown in a word document, I began to publish them on my site. By the time the assignment is submitted I’m hoping to have around 8 songs on the website. Furthermore, to create more traction, I’m going to start tweeting out songs that I have published on the site but never tweeted about.
This is a huge step for me, as if I was still stuck in the mindset I was in during the prototyping phase, I would never do this. Revealing my work is scary to me, but if I want to excel and push forward in the making phase of my DA, this is what I need to do. The DA is about showing your audience your content, which is something I never would of done without overcoming my past issues. Overall, I actually think it’s a good thing that all those issues happened in prototyping because I genuinely don’t think my site and overall project would be as good without these issues. Re-making everything allowed me to refine and make something that with my first attempt was not possible.
The finished content, published on my website.
It’s pretty surprising that I say this but I’m really happy that things went wrong. It helped my DA for the better and also allowed myself to learn from my own mistakes through personal reflection.
But for now? I’m so glad that it’s over.