Here we are, the final blog post required for the online presence section of my 3rd year.
Well, what to say…?
I’ve enjoyed blogging, generally speaking, although as the previous posts here are testament to, it’s not something I’ve routinely managed over the months. With so many other aspects of my final year studies to complete, as well as maintaining a personal and home life, wittering on about my progress in each area has been somewhat tiresome.
I’ve also struggled with the whole premise of blogging; I personally feel it’s quite an arrogant activity, documenting my every thought and action for the greater world of online users to browse and judge. I don’t believe I have anything of such outstanding interest to say that it needs putting down in type for others to peruse, I’m just not that sort of person. In fact, the only person to have any interest in my blog and website is my mother. It’s her job to be proud of me, and after a few months of wondering if she would still be around to see me graduate, it’s nice to have something to be proud of. Maybe it’s just me being old fashioned, I don’t know, I just know that I’m unlikely to continue blogging after completion of my degree. I don’t believe my future employment prospects will be affected by this decision though; I’m turning down work in my area at the moment, while I finish my degree, so it’s not the end of the world.
The online portfolio, which is the online presence showcasing my skills and experience, has resulted in a website that is very personal to me and is, again, unlikely to be used much after graduation.
After initially struggling to get my head around the programme in use, a tip to use the Wix ADI version sped up progress no end. Using this I was able to create a website which had all the basic areas covered, before switching back to the editor version to tidy up and add further content. This was a massive help and allowed me to complete the basics for the website with minimal brain melt.
I’m basically happy with my website, but I know I’m very unlikely to use it in my professional progression, due to the nature of the industry I’m heading into. My planned area of industry relies more on personal recommendations and contacts than it does advertisement, and with work already being undertaken, I’m making the contacts which will provide work opportunities in the future.
I have a job lined up on a festival in July which was acquired by simply asking the festival Director for an opportunity. I’d met him at a conference and spent maybe 10 minutes having a chat with him whilst outside having a smoke. The impression was made in that initial meeting and was clearly sufficient to warrant a job offer.
That’s how my industry works, and I like it.
I’ve never been one to shout and make a fuss about what I can do; I’m crew, not a performer. My work and attitude speak for me, in place of a fancy website or regularly updated blog. I accept there may be some polite interest from prospective employers for my online portfolio or blog, but that’s likely to be all it is; polite curiosity.
I’m confident I will continue to find work in the areas of interest to me without having to update my blog or remember my website details.
Cheerio WordPress and Wix; I’d like to say it’s been fun, but that would be a lie. I’m glad to be able to hand you all over to someone to judge now, while I get back to making and planning things for my final degree show load in next week.
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
Over and out.