This is the new website in case I delete my old one! =)


So for the past several weeks I have been documenting the feelings of friends, family, and myself using status via facebook. Every day I looked for feelings of happiness, sadness, and anger and each day I was able to find at least one status for each of the 3 categories. People use the web or social networks to express themselves in a way that they may not be comfortable expressing in front of a crowd. In other words, we use social networks like facebook as a diary in order to document our everyday feelings of emotion. In some cases you can determine how one feels just by a simple face for an example:
=) – Happy or =( – sad, but what if someone uses the smiley like this one =|. This smiley may be hard to interpret the feeling that is intended because it could go in either direction of sad or angry. The point of this is that people sometimes misinterpret people’s feelings over the web because the individual isn’t standing directly in front of them. In other words, expressing emotion over the web has its’ pros and cons. However, for the most part it was much easier to find status that provoked happiness. So I would say that for the most part people are just trying to share the happiness that they have in their lives with their social networking friends. Facebook as well as other social sites are not just sites that provide juicy gossip and drama as many people claim them to be. Instead, these are places where people can come together all over the world to communicate and share feelings without direct involvement. This form of communication allows people to share their feelings of emotion freely and without having to deal with the factor of “saving face” in society.

Happy: Me
#”At chillis… Yum! Haha.”
Sad: Tiffany (friend)
#”Quit tryna sell me a hope n a dream I don’t got time for it..I’m to busy livin reality”
Angry: Tiokha (cousin)
#” On everything I cant stand a liar…. Everytime they lie they should lose a year of their life lol seriously tho”

Tuesday April 26, 2011
Happy: Jackie (friend)
#” Ive grown a lot… able to see what i couldnt before… God opened my eyes to a better world! #FAMILY”
Sad: Toya (cousin)
# “the only person tht can help me in this time of need is GOD…ughh..what a day what a mighty stressful DAYYYYY!!!!!”
Angry: Jonte (friend)
#” I will no longer give apologies or make excuses for things I do that you get in your feelings about when you do the same s**t to me ten times worse”

Dear Future DS106er,
If you are looking for an online course where you can lay back and do the assignments on your time because the course is ONLINE, well you may not want take this online. This coure is intense and it is very important to stay on top of the assignments because there is a newone rolling in almost every week and you don’t want to get behind.
The first day I met groom for the online course meeting, his lecture definitely scared me and made me think twice about staying in this course. He warns you then that the course is intense and there is a lot of work. Trust me, he didn’t lie. I didn’t think that I would be able to succeed in this course especially since it dealt entirely with computer work. Don’t get me wrong I can function the basics on a computer, but the things he said we would be doing in that meeting, I thought to myself there was NO WAY I could do that stuff! However, I was up for the challenge.
The very first assignment ith simply created your own web hosting site I struggled with! It was’t that the instructions were difficult, I knew what I was suppose to be doing, but I just didn’t know where to start. However, Groom gave GREAT tutorials to guide us through every difficult assignment and once I got a hand on this tutorial for the creation of the website, I was able to set things up without a problem. After getting through this first assignment, I was anxious to see what we would be doing with our sites. This anxiety reassure me that I should stay in this course!
We played with our sites tools creating different appearances, plugins, and all along blogging every move! I was loving this course at this point because I realized this was not going to be the usual class!
The assignments were definitely out of the ordinary, but very interesting. One of my favorite assignments was the daily shoot assignment where each day we had to take a picture of the given theme on the daily shoot. However, once i got to audio/video I had to add a few other faves to the list. I never would have thought that I would be able to create a video movie. This was loads of fun and in my spare time I mess with the video and audio tools that I had to install on my computer. I don’t think that I can really say I hated any of the assignments. I enjoyed doing every assignment and in how many classes would you hear a student say that they actually enjoyed doing an assignment EXACTLY!
Overall, I would say to the future ds106ers to definitely stay enrolled in the course or if you are not enrolled get enrolled. Digital Storytelling definitely opens your eyes up to every aspect of the web! Social networking, blogging, video, audio, ect!It is a great opportunity to take a class out of the norm and the course material will be very useful in the future! If you stay dedicated,focused, and determined and have fun with doing the assignments, you will not regret taking this course!

So I have been thinking about this assignment all week. Well, mostly because I couldn’t think of something that I am truly a fan of. Then, as I was riding down the road jamming to Chris Brown’s new album, it hit me. HIM! I am a big fan of Chris Brown! So, for this assignment I decided that iI should recreate his album cover for the CD he just put out a couple weeks ago and include his biggest fan on the cover.. ME! =) Check it out below!

This is the original Chris Brown Album Cover:

Pic from google images

AND Here is the one I created:

Happy: Shereka (friend)
# “Out with my biff?”
Sad: Me
# “done studying for the night goin to finally try to lay down and get some rest. Exam tomorrow. =\”
Angry: Deonte (friend)
# ” I guess our love was seasonal your a joke man”