Peer Review #1
For this week’s peer review, I got to take a look at Kim’s blog, “Kim’s Eureka”, and I would highly recommend any of my readers to check her out, she’s done a wonderful job with her digital garden.
I like Kim’s theme, I think that the kind of marble look is very chic, and it’s definitely aesthetically pleasing and the marble and colour story with the blues and greys are nicely carried out through the site. In terms of some components that could possibly be worked on, I would suggest editing the title box at the top in the header, the moving graphic on the “Hello” page, and the footer to be a little more unique.
I think the subtitle “My Aha! Moments. What’s your insight?” in the title box looks a little bit stark and plain, it would be great if it was maybe a different font or spacing, just something to make it more special.
I would also say that the animated graphic on the “Hello” page with the “Me” and “My Eureka” moving text is really great at first, and definitely eye-catching, but it can be somewhat distracting if you stay on the page for a while. I wonder if there’s any way to make it change just once as you scroll down the page as we see with the graphics in the “About Kim” page.
I think the footer could also be a little simplified and personalized to just the things that Kim uses. For example, I’m not sure what the calendar in the footer is for, it could definitely have a purpose, but that’s just my observation. Overall, however, I think Kim has made a really aesthetically pleasing site, and you can see the care she has put into each of her pages. Her “About Kim” page especially looks really great!
Kim has a great writing style and having heard Kim speak in class and having even been in a breakout group with her, I can say that Kim really manages to make her writing friendly and entertaining, just as she is in class. There are some grammar typos and little wording edits in the posts on the site I would make, but every message completely comes across, and everything is accessible and fun to read. I would suggest downloading Grammarly, it’s a plugin you can get on your browser (I use chrome and it totally works) and it really helps me out, and it’s easy to use.
Just as I talked about in the Writing section, I think Kim has a really strong voice in her writing, she’s done a great job of building her personal cyberinfrastructure and her digital garden, and overall just carving out a little corner of the internet for herself and her “Aha! Moments”. I think Kim does a great job of reflecting on and expressing her experiences in her posts, and she works as a remarkable narrator for her own digital life, just as Campbell referred to in his 2009 article. I can really see where this site is going, and how this digital garden is beginning to grow. I can clearly see the different ideas beginning to grow, with the seedlings, budding trees, and evergreens in the digital garden, and all of it comes together to represent Kim really well (Basu, 2020). We see a powerful young woman who’s very introspective and wise as well as kind, and who has a great passion for adventures, fitness, and yoga. Overall, I think Kim’s voice is very clear, and she’s doing a great job tending to her digital garden.
Thanks for having me Kim! I know you’re going to do great things with this site!
Basu, Tanya. September, 5 2020. “Digital gardens let you cultivate your own little bit of the internet” MIT Technology Review.
Gardner Campbell. 2009. “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure.” EDUCAUSE Review 44 (5). http://er.educause.edu/articles/2009/9/a-personal-cyberinfrastructure