Repository of writing

Graeme Harper suggests that to know your audience, we as authors should “spend time in bookstores and online to see what readers are reading” (Harper 2013, p. 59). As a fulltime blogger and author I have found this to be true in practice and in theory. Prior to beginning my Masters I was a multi blog author and my statistics were modest. Since starting my Masters, my Official blog’s daily statistics have altered from 7-9 visitors a day, with 18 visits to between 300 and 400 visitors a day with 1000 to 1300 visits daily(Eastland 2017). Jerrrymanders (Jerrymanders 2017) multi blog project is receiving between 22 visitors and 80 visits without any promotion through social media (Eastland 2017). Prior to 2017, I ran a political blog where I composed over 800 articles, some 2000 words in length, over a 3-yr period, that too rated highly as the content remained fresh, new and relevant to its intended audience. This validates Leach’s, “repository of writing” (Leach 2013, p. 223) idea. The use of hypertext and netiquette (Shea, V 2017) are essential to bring an all round experience to the creator and consumer (Anae 2017).

I undertook a small study before deciding on how best to portray the Jazzman of Jerrymanders (Jerrymanders 2017, Jazzman). I found an extremely large FaceBook group consisting as of 123,504 people. Of this group, Jerrymanders pulls in approximately 1% (PHAW 2017). It is not a very pleasant site, but as a blogger seeking an audience for a not so very pleasant character, the Jazzman fits well.




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Hope has a heart

Over the course of this unit I have composed a lot of newspaper articles, some based on events occurring in the real world, some based on events I have been creating. The use of truth in fiction adds believability to what is being said. I agree that for something’s, becoming creative in reporting can bring about absolute devastation to those being reported on (Anae, N 2017, p. 10). It can be tacky and obscene (Krakauer 1993). However, most works of fiction have elements of truth in them, with some of the direr, yet widely popular stories possibly evolving from true events that have been fictionalised.

My article:

Hope has a heart

By Karen Eastland

As the world watches on in horror at the devastation unfolding in the US and Mexico, the loss of life, home, family, there is one thing that is being found that many had begun to believe had been lost long ago, and that is community.

People from all over the country are loading up their boats and trucks with fresh water, non perishable food, and medical supplies. They have carved a path across America to bring much needed aid to those who have fallen foul to nature’s furies. Their actions have brought hope to those who had none, water to those in need, medical supplies to those injured, and food for victims and rescuers alike.

It is both heart-warming and devastating to watch, to experience. It brings to the surface a wave of emotions. Those people who have been moved by the plight of those caught up in the weathers destructive path, and the Earths grumblings have given hope to many more, for much more, than the people they have mobilised to assist.

It is this type of mobilising force, brought on by the people to help one another, that has provided hope for all of us.




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