Publication Reflection

Essay #2/Process Post #12

Before we start, I want you to watch this video. Well, more specifically, the first 30 seconds of this video. It’ll come into importance later.

I think the idea of the “Main Character” blog came from the recent “Main Character” trend on social media. Social media has been inundated with “Songs that make you feel like the main character” playlists, and “Main Character aesthetics“. Seeing how popular these terms have become, I decided to capitalize on the trend/interest and create a blog with the same theme. With some luck, perhaps people that search these other main character playlists and aesthetics will find my blog. The idea to feature fictional female characters came from my love of pop culture and reading and watching movies and TV. I’ve had a passion for reading since I was around ten years old, and an overactive imagination that I’ve always used to connect to female characters. I also love telling stories, and this writing format has made me very comfortable. I can write a story in my ugliest sweatpants, with no worry about how I look at all. Finally, I’ve had my own issues with self-esteem and even depression, so I wanted to create something to uplift women, and readers in general.

The imagined public I’ve been writing for has been mostly young women, though all audiences are completely welcome. As a young woman myself, I know the self-consciousness and insecurity so many women face. I suppose I’m writing for women that are also interested in female empowerment, and television, books, and movies.

With the topic I’ve chosen, there are also infinite different fictional universes I can connect to, and a much higher likelihood that readers will appreciate what I’m writing about if they already like the book, movie, or tv show that the character I feature is from.

As an avid bookworm, I try to cater to readers, and strongly advocate for dark mode. My theme is white writing on a faded black background, which I stick to religiously on my e-reader. I think it also creates a cozy sort of feeling while adding an element of uniqueness because the strong majority of sites use light mode. On top of the dark theme, accent colours faded oranges and yellows (to add some warmth). Additionally, I’ve tried to create a somewhat “dreamy” aesthetic, with faded leading photos for my posts and no harsh lines.

I try to use a trendy vernacular to connect to young adult readers. I’ve connected to female characters that people in my age range (the early 20s) could understand and appreciate. Furthermore, I’ve tried to link out whenever possible to interesting videos and sites, which could keep the content rolling on for viewers, and enhance their understanding of my sense of humour and fun. If they like the videos and sites I link out to, perhaps they’ll remember my blog fondly as well. For example, when I featured Dr. Cristina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy on my blog and wrote about the lessons, she could teach us on becoming the main character, I linked out to “best of cristina yang”. Whenever I feature a character, I make an attempt to connect to further content that features them.

I think that I can provide a friendly voice and an uplifting sense of humour. I hope to teach my readers a little bit about the lessons I’ve learned in my journey towards self-love and to make them feel a little bit better about their own flaws and insecurities. I want to show women that they are important and that their mistakes don’t rule them. I want to make people laugh (I’d even settle for a chuckle). I strongly resonated with Weber’s (2009) ideas of female coded texts and the culture around them. Weber describes how female-created texts create an atmosphere of intimacy through our assumed bond of communal longing. Weber discusses how the female discourse is one of disappointment, and how these texts put our pain and alienation on display. This pain isn’t meaningless though. We can be driven by that disappointment and that pain. It can power our potential and drive us towards change. In connection with this, I want to discuss these difficult issues through humour and pop culture references, and usher in a new culture of self-love and female empowerment.

The analytics have shown that my audience is mostly women ages 18-24, and 25-34. This fits what my target audience was, however, I think that this is likely because of the demographic breakdown of people within our course. I’ve gotten a couple of readers from outside of the course (from what I can tell), however, the majority of the people that have visited my site are likely from the course, which is made up of mostly young women. However, I’m confident, given what my peer reviews said, that I can reach my intended audience.

At the beginning of the semester, I thought that blogging was outdated and overrated. I was eager to learn the skills the course would offer, but not committed or invested in my own blog or content as much. Throughout the semester, as I’ve seen my blog develop, and I’ve poured more and more of my heart into this publication, my opinion on publishing has definitely changed. This has been one of the most freeing and cathartic activities I’ve ever engaged in. I’ve been reassured of my worth. I’ve learned countless skills. I’ve created a blog that I’m entirely proud of. It doesn’t end here. I expect to keep blogging, and I hope to expand my “universe” just as our reading on transmedia storytelling discussed. I would like to create some quizzes like Buzzfeed‘s with the ‘Which character are you?” series. I would create quizzes deciding which female character you are, or what character trait of yours is the most dominant. The idea I am the most excited about though is to make YouTube videos. I could make videos similar to my IRL Lessons blog posts in which I discuss a certain lesson I’ve learned in my life, or I could make videos showcasing amazing female characters. I think there’s so much potential here. The sky is the limit.

Now here is why I had you watch that video. There’s a social media trend in which you take the first 30 seconds of audio from that video I originally showed you, and you put it to clips of your own life. This will make it evident that you’re the main character.

I want to leave you with this. Just as she says in the voiceover, romanticize your life. Think of yourself as the main character, don’t let life pass you by and then live with regrets.

Be silly. Be stupid. Be so full of life it’s bursting out the seams.

If you ever feel bad about yourself, put together your own video to this audio track, and feel your own importance.

You weren’t meant to sit in the shadows, in the background. You were made to shine. We all were. Our lifespan is short, like a burst of sunshine in an infinite dark, so let’s be the brightest burst possible. Let’s be blinding.

Let’s accept that we are: The Main Character.

References

Brenda R. Weber. 2009. “The intricacies of an Intimate Public Sphere.” Contemporary Literature 50 (3). https://www.jstor.org/stable/40664367

Kevinbrittenylauren.wordpress.com. 2013. “Pokemon as transmedia storytelling. https://kevinbrittenylauren.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/pokemon-as-transmedia-storytelling/

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