BCM 112

Annotated Bibliography

While working on my digital artefact ‘positivevibes_daily’, an Instagram page targeted at youth and aiming to inspire positivity daily, I have had to do some research. This was so to ensure myself that a) I know where I’m heading with this project and, b) How to successfully curate and execute something like this. The following are sites that I have come across and utilised so far in the governing of my page.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234617

This article is one on a news site called ‘Entrepreneur’ written by a navy seal and entitled ‘9 ways to inspire others’. The title is misleading, as it has more of a boardroom focus. However, while some of the ways were too workplace focused and therefore of less relevance to me, some resonated with the cause of my digital artefact. It raised good points about curbing ones enthusiasm and leaving an ego out of your work so that your online personality is personable and doesn’t come across as too self -confident so that people will actually listen to you. Thus I will need to be careful to not appear overly positive but rather to keep a balance in my writing so that it is actually relatable. In short, the article has a misleading title, but was helpful in guiding me in what to aim for while creating my online persona.

http://addicted2success.com/quotes/50-positive-thinking-quotes-for-more-inner-strength-growth/

This is a blog about positive quotes that people should read when they are looking for success in a particular area. The combined block and running writing title “addicted 2 success” is too clunky and looks amateurish in that it isn’t clean, simple and professional. Additionally, the photo to quote ratio is unbalanced making it unlikely a reader would read all of the page’s content. It is however relevant in using the abundance of quotes it has used for inspiration or quotation in one of my posts. In short, the layout was amateurish but the quotes were plentiful and could inspire topics to post about in my digital artefact.

http://www.positivityblog.com/

This blog, Hendrick Edburg, is a positivity blog, which produces articles on methods to overcoming issues in the way of keeping a positive demeanour. These barriers included a wide variety of things from: complexity; fears of failure; criticism; and laziness; to a need for too much control in one’s life, self-doubt, lack of listening and advice on appreciating the power of friendship. Each article articulated well how many subsidiary topics I could touch on under the umbrella term of positivity. I also thought it was very effective in that in each article the author would generally highlight the sources behind what causes people to be a particular way (e.g fear to start something new) , and proposes  step by step ways to overcome those issues. It presented a very pro-active and logical approach to creating positivity in readers. Whilst the layout of the blog and each of its articles could have been more aesthetically pleasing to attract more readers, the content was very insightful and inspirational on topics I could personally touch on in my own digital artefact. In short it was lacking aesthetics but information rich.

http://www.mastersincounseling.com/50-best-blogs-for-practicing-positive-psychology

This website generally introduces the idea that in order to achieve a happier society, humankind shouldn’t be reactive to things like mental illness on account of negative thinking, but proactive in helping people stay positive to avoid consequences of negativity (such as mental illness). It gave me a purpose that I in turn could stress to my readers – encouraging them to understand how best to approach problems they may not have even encountered yet (like a stressful work environment) so that they can tackle or prevent the issue if the occasion ever arose. Though I appreciated the setting out of two lists of examples, one on positivity blogs and the other on articles about the effects of positive psychology on people, the layout was bulky and the annotation of each source wasn’t insightful enough as each link seemed to overlap with the same content. Whilst the content of each link may have been useful, some drawn conclusions and personal opinions would have engaged more. It taught me to make my artefact personalised and not simply rely on a page of hyperlinks to the works of others.

http://positivedoodles.tumblr.com/

Positive doodles is a Tumblr page depicting cartoon drawings of animals which say positive things like “You do lots of good things”. It was helpful in seeing that on the opposite side of the spectrum of content heavy blogs and articles, small visual images can also be very effective.  Whilst I think some pictures were inspirational, like the “Your kindness is powerful and important”, some weren’t as effective like “I’m sending you positive vibes”. The curator’s ‘about’ section said the page isn’t about serious topics, but personally I felt her non-seriousness in some photos didn’t have the ability to inspire positivity in audiences as, in my opinion, no-one could actually relate to them. I also think that whilst animals are cute, the image depicting the quote would have been more effective if it had had more variety like scenic backgrounds, smiling people, and things that engage audiences and create a feeling or reaction in them e.g. calm seas depicting escape or inspiring a relaxed mood.

http://www.appleseeds.org/10-inspire_Angier.htm

This page lists ten ways to inspire other people to be their best. Not too short but not too long this website doesn’t have quotes, or hyperlinks or photos; just a concise list of ways you can create happiness within yourself, by inspiring it in others. Whilst I usually frown upon too much simplicity, on this occasion I found it effective and engaging in its conciseness and connotations of a ‘quick read’. Each way is also signposted by one word that is bolded for emphasis and easy to read and memorize. It helps me look at different ways I as a curator, can use simplicity as a tool to inspire my audiences to become more positive people. It is a great guideline to keep in mind for visual accessibility and lists.

http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2015/01/06/instagram-marketing

This website page is about how to make people love your brand on Instagram. As Instagram was my chosen Platform, this site presented me with food for thought on layout and content as the post comprised examples and descriptions of good Instagram pages. Unfortunately, on first appearance this website was very long winded. I personally think the content under each subtitle could have been condensed to make readers read the whole thing. That said, I liked its colloquial tone, constant examples explained in writing and photo, and its occasional bolding of sentences to give first time readers a gist of what the article was about.  I also liked that the subtitles of each section started with the hashtag to continue the ‘Instagram’ theme; with the ‘actionable hashtag section’. It persuaded me to 1) Create my own hash- tag so that it can be used across multiple platforms for example on twitter and 2) That an effective way to inspire positivity is by producing slightly personal but not too long-winded content attached to visual elements.

http://curatti.com/create-an-effective-hashtag-strategy-for-instagram/

This article was specifically about how to create effective Hash-tags. Whilst some tips were obvious like ‘don’t do too many’ or ‘don’t hijack hash-tags that don’t relate’, some I thought of as quite helpful tricks. One useful tip was to repost hash-tags on the same posts to resurface its presence in Instagram searches. The second worthwhile tip was to combine non-popular hash-tags- most likely the one you’ve created, with already popular ones. In this way the less popular hash-tags may produce quicker results because they are more directly related to your label. More popular hash tags supposedly linger longer in the Instagram search bar. Both tips would help me enlarge the scope and reach that one post could have in the Instagram sphere.

http://brightdrops.com/best-inspirational-quotes

This blog posts inspirational quotes by famous people. Each post consists of a photo with the famous person’s quote, the quote’s repetition in the caption and a commentary below each elaborates on what it should mean to readers. This blog is extremely relevant to me because it is exactly what I want to aim for through the Instagram platform. The blog is highly effective and aesthetic as the photos are the main focus of the page, not making the content too much to take in as well as to imply an easy read. But what I liked the most about it is its short introductory paragraph that inspires readers to empower themselves with just a quick read of one quote a day. However, a couple of photos are awaiting copyright, which takes away from the general aesthetics on the page. The owner of the website should have utilised creative commons or tried to ensure that, if a picture is not coming up on the page because of copyright, it is replaced.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goo2IMA-nBw

This is a video, by a Buddhist monk, talking about how positivity isn’t about what we have or don’t have but how we understand our own mind and emotions when faced with difficult situations. He proposes that meditation is the way many may release the pressure of life’s difficulties and reach a balance and understanding that we need to achieve inner peace. The close up shot of the monk and the lack of over-editing in the video makes the content seem very genuine, as it inspires even those who are non-religious to give meditation a try just for the benefit of one’s self. Meditation may be a great method to try, inform my readers about, and recommend as a proactive, preventative measure to inspire others to actually do something positive. I also want to adopt the same genuine nature in my writing as the monk’s speech. The video could however have been shorter and more concise as it often repeated a lot of the same ideas. In short, it was helpful but longwinded.

Jade xoxo

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