Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Jersey

In 1987 Mary and John purchased their home that they would spend the next 27 years living in. The  New Jersey suburb of Philadelphia was the perfect place to make their home. 

Their son Michael had just been born and John was 3 years old at the time.  Mary said” when I first saw the house I knew it was the place I wanted to live” it was the perfect little home with a big back yard for the kids to play in. 

“I Knew this would the perfect house to raise a family in” said john. As of today Mary and John still live in the same house.


After being married in 1978  John and Mary decided to go to Disney World for their honeymoon. Shortly after the wedding they took off for Florida, both 22 at the time had never been to Disney before.

 Mary and John both had no idea what Disney world would be like before going there. Both being very afraid of roller coasters somehow found themselves on space mountain. 

Space mountain is a roller costar that takes place in the dark so you have no idea what is happening. “I thought this is Disney nothing can be that scary” said Mary. 

“I thought I was going to die on that ride, I couldn’t wait for it to be over” said John. 

Now all these years later all three of their children happily ride space mountain and are not the least bit scared.

Story Series

I am doing a story series on my parents Mary and John. 

They have been married for the past 35 years and I thought It would interesting to share some of their stories.  

I have grown up hearing these stories all of my life and wanted to share some of them form their early years of marriage.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My parents

My parents met in college and have been married now for 35 years. This is the story of how they fell in love and eventually got to where they are today. A lot has happened over all these years while a lot had stayed the same. I wanted to share a little bit about their lives because I think they are great …but I may have a bias being their daughter and all.

 Mary and John each went to an event that was held at Le Moyne College in upstate New York. This is where they were both studying and had not met each other prior to this. Mary was from up state New York while John was from New Jersey.

They were both 21 years old at the time and in their junior year of school. Le Moyne is a small college with only a little over 2,000 students who go there. The event they were attending was a dinner held on campus and they just happened to have mutual friends and sit next to each other.

Mary was the more out going one while john was shy, so she had to do all the taking to get the conversation started. They really hit it off at the dinner and had a great time talking to each other. After talking and meeting for the first time at the dinner they began to hang out more with their friends.
As they become better and better friends they started to fall for each other. Over the last year of college they got closer and closer and better friends. Towards the end of their senior year my dad proposed to my mom. They were married the august after they graduated in 1978 at 22.

John had plans to attend law school at Rutgers University in New Jersey. So they made the move to New Jersey, little did Mary know that she would be spending the next 35 years there.
While they were getting on their feet they lived in not so great areas and made they best of what they had while John was in law school. After grading law school they moved to south jersey.

 After a few more years of getting on their feet they bought their first house.  This is the house they would spend the next 28 years in and raise three kids in.

Over the next few years they had their first son john at the age of 28. Two years later they had their second son Michael and then five years later their daughter Maria. 

Mary had dedicated her life to her children, staying home to take care of them. While John has been a lawyer for the past 30 years ,running his own practice specializing in personal injury. John also became a judge and is still doing both as of today. While they are still live in New Jersey in the same house. They plan to move to California in the coming years to join their two children. John who lives in LA and Maria who lives in San Francisco.
 A lot has changed over all these years but a lot has stayed the same also.


 More photo's on Flicker

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Evaluation of Storify

Storify and scoopit both use different ways to tell a story. Scoopit lets users post links from other places in to topics that you have created. While you can create your own content most of the things posted are from other places with insight added by the user. This can be a good format if you want to organize content from many different websites in to one place. With scoopit you can get a better feel for the interests of a person by looking at their topics. This is telling people the story of who you are as a person and what you are interested in. I liked how easy it is to get a feel for what a person is interested in.

With storify you can tell any kind of story that you want. It is very easy to add content from other places in to your story. people do not have to go click links to other websites. I liked how easy it is to add content from other places so people do not have to click on links it is all right there for them.
Scoopit has effective aspects when saving articles for later. It is easy to have all your things in one spot and organize them. Scoopit lets you see others topics without all the mess of having to scroll though many at once. Some things that are not effective are finding other peoples content and reading it. You only follow a topic of someone and not the person so this could be a problem for some people who want to follow a person. There is also the problem of having to pay to get more topics; this might turn off some people.

Storify has the effective qualities of being easy to use and connect with many other sites. I really liked how easy it was to add content in from other places. Also to have this content be right in the story instead of having someone click on a link to another site. Some of the set backs are that I have not seen many stories from storify around the Internet, so I do not know how wide their user base is. Another set back is not having some sites linked to it, so they are not as easy to add content from.
Some elements that drew me in to stroify were how easy it is to post from other sites. This makes more of a dynamic story that is not seen on many other sites. I was drawn to how many different aspects can go in to one post making the story more interactive.

What drew me in to scoopit was how you can create your own topics and decide what goes in to them. This power to create what you want and organize them is appealing. Another thing that draws me in is seeing other people’s topics and what they think is important and interesting.
I was more drawn in to the stories on storify because I felt they are more dynamic. The stories are also more interactive and interesting because everything is all within one post.
I think the photography comes off well on scoopit and the images look nice. This is a good way to show pictures within different topics.

Scoopit is more about other people’s stories and what they have to say. While storify is more about your own personal story and what you have to say. Each has their purpose and people can be use them in different ways. Scoopit is good for finding stories on the Internet while story is good for creating your own story.

Platform wise storify is easy to use and has a professional feel to it. It looks nice and was easy to learn how to use the first time I posted a story. Scoopit is easy to use and has a nice look to it. Scoopit limits you to the amount of topics, so you have to choose the two most important things to you unless you want to pay.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

After using all three of the blogging platforms I found the easiest one to use is blogger. The lay out is more simple then wordpress and tumbler, making it easier to navigate. I found blogger to be the best place to write long form post, while tumbler is better for more short posts. Wordpress is also good for longer stories but I found the options to be more confusing. I feel that each has good options that will appeals to different people, for me I feel that most comfortable on blogger. Wordpress and blogger allow for the most use of options and are the easiest to use.

The lay out and design that appeal to me the most is that of blogger. I feel that blogger has a somewhat simple lay out but is nice looking enough to have a professions feel. I like this lay out because I feel that it is easy to understand and use, this is why it appeals to me. You have the options to make blogger look nice and more professional. Blogger has the ability to be viewed by the most people; I come across blogger blogs on a regular basis. I do not see as many blogs from wordpress, while many are on tumbler this is not as a good setting for long form stories. This is why I am I am drawn to blogger because it has the opportunity for more people to see it.

I have been using blogger longer than wordpress or tumble so this is possibly why I am drawn to it as of right now. Posting content on blogger is something I find easy to do and I like the look. wordpress does have a professional look also but I feel it is seen less.  After some more time of exploring these other sites my opinion could change about which one I think is the best. I plan on trying each site and exploring the options more to see which one I feel the most comfortable on.

Link to my tumbler

Evaluation of Scoop.it!

1, Content: USF has the strength of being well known so more people will be drawn to reading their things.  They post content from students so this gives an interactive element to their postings. People will be more interested to read things that students are saying then things straight from the university. They also have the strength of posting about events, so this will draw more people in to read. Some of the weakness of USF are when they do post about events that are happening on campus, this is really only interesting to the students. If you have not gone to USF then you might not think some of their topics are interesting. Another weakness is when they just post a photo some people might want to read more of a story and have a background to what it is about. Posting stories about San Francisco is strength for them because people from all over will find those interesting.
What draws me in to a story would have to be the picture. If the picture draws my attention then I will be more likely to click on the link and read the rest of the story. 
Pretty pictures of the city or campus are what I look at the most and want to know more about. What turns me off to a story is something about an event on campus. That is something that I don’t care about as much so as soon as I see one I more on. Another thing that are turns off is something serious, light stories are easier to read.
The value that is added by the insights from the creator is important because it makes the difference whether you click the link or not. If the description is good then the likely hood of someone reading more is higher. The descriptions cannot be too long or else no one will read them.
Form- Some of the benefits are how you can see many stories all at once. So it is easy to scroll and find one that interests you to read. It is easy to click on links and read other stories. The pictures come off looking nice, which is important.  Some of the draw backs are being able to see so many stores at once makes it easy for you to pass something up. As a reading this can get over whelming when there is so much at once. Another draw back is just how important the picture is because of the picture is not good then no one will care about the story.

Reflection- USF does a good job of using scoop it to promote the school while showing events on campus.  Scoop it is a good place to draw in people who are interested in USF. They have a good balance of posting about the school and the city, to attracted readers. USF seems to be using this platform to promote the school and make it look good. This appears to be working in that the scoop it profiles make USF look good.

2, Content- Candice Novak has the strength of being connected to USF, so she gets more readers that way. There are separate sections for just USF and one for Alumni also one for USF in the news. This makes it easier for people to get what they want when reading about USF. One weakness is if someone does not care about USF then this will not appeal to him or her.
Form- I think the scoop it platform works well when trying to connect with people like alumni or students. This is an easy place for them to go to see what is happening at USF. This also works when trying to promote the university to get more people to come.
Reelection –Scoop it can work if enough people are reading it and paying attention to the articles that are posted there. I think it is good place for people to find out more information about USF and what is happening. I think it works well by having many stores at once so people can get a good sense of what it going at USF.

As a Curator
After creating my own content to scoop it, I feel that it is not my favorite platform.  It is not as easy to share articles on scoop it compared to other platforms. I feel not as many people use scoop it so it is hard to gain followers. I think scoop it could be a good networking tool and used for business but as for personal use I would not decide to use it. After posing some articles I have realized that I do not like the way the site is set up. how you have to click on each topic to see the articles inside is not something I like.

Disney World and me

I made this digital story about my love for Disney World