Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Writing Response

All this talk about the future and where we plan to be next year has really got me thinking and stressed out to be honest. There is so much pressure on teens my age, and I don't understand why. Let people find themselves and what they really want to do, and the rest should fall into place. Some people know exactly where they want to be and others have no clue, but that's fine. Everyone will figure it out sooner or later and there is no need to rush into something you won't end up loving.

 My whole life I have wanted to be a police officer like my dad, uncle's and soon to be cousin. It's one of those things that runs in the family. Unlike what most people think, there is no pressure on me to become a police officer and my parents are always reminding me to keep my options open and to consider other careers. Next year, I plan to apply to both the Winnipeg and Saskatoon Police Forces. My heart is in Winnipeg and a close second is Saskatoon. Lots of people doubt I will get in at such a young age, and my goal is to prove them wrong. If however I don't get in, I plan to continue my education at the University level and pursue a degree in a police related field. I feel there is no rush to become a police officer and I want to experience as many things in life as possible before then.

When I first started this class, I really didn't understand how a blog could be such a useful tool, to essentially sell myself as a ideal candidate for a job. Unlike Facebook or another social media network, a blog offers the ability to show your professional and academic side. When a potential employer or university takes a look at my blog, I have nothing to hide, and I feel it's a direct representation of me, my interests and abilities. Like you always say Ms. McL, it's a virtual resume. My blog is something that I am proud of, and something someone can see and use to know me.

 The first comment I made was on Jenine's blog. When I read this six word memoir of her's, I realized it spoke to me differently then everyone else. In a way it made me realize I look more to the future then live in the moment. It made me think about slowing down and seeing what's going on around me before always thinking about moving on. I felt it was important to show that her memoir can mean different things for everyone and it definitely did for me.
The second comment I made was on Jacqueline's blog.  Jacqueline talked about how she was different from everyone else, and I appreciated that. I wouldn't call it solace, but I wanted to let her know people are jealous of that, and it's something everyone should strive for. Me included, I am proud to not always follow the status quo.
One other comment I made was on Katelyn's blog. While I was looking at her blog, I noticed one of her six word memoirs that was similar to mine. I think maybe we share the same problem, and maybe we are under estimating the power of telling the truth. I offered some insight to what I was dealing with and how I plan to approach my problem. I hope this helps her and maybe she will do the same, and tell the truth and regain a clean slate.

So far, I really enjoy posting comments on other people's blog. It's like constructive graffiti, and if I feel I have something to say I can say it in a responsible way. Almost like a conversation with them where I can offer my opinions and questions about something they posted or said. Oddly enough, I find myself posting comments on people's blogs when I can relate to them or the idea they are putting across. I don' think its worth my time to comment on something I don't agree with, or something I can't relate too. By doing this, I feel my comments pay more homage to whoever's work I am commenting on, and I think my comments are more meaningful. That's not to say, I don't offer constructive criticism when it's due,  it's just that I need to connect to something before I feel the need comment. I try to be insightful and offer them another point of view for their post. Something to make them think, and something they can respond to. I think bad comments, are comments that hold no importance.... like wow that's super great. Bad comments are like a meal you don't like and leave a bad taste in your mouth. They don't offer anything that gets the person thinking.  Bad comments generally don't contribute anything to the post.

Finally, I think there are numerous benefits to posting comments on other people's work. It gives me the opportunity to show how I feel about what they wrote, and the thoughts it inspired in me. I think commenting opens a conversation and the expression of similar and different ideas. When someone comments on my blog, it really gets me thinking about what I said, and how other's may perceive it. I especially like questions, some criticism, and to see what idea's and opinions I may have provoked. I haven't got a whole lot of comments, but the ones I did receive have really helped me to see how others read and respond to my work.

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