Day 7: The Journey Ends

Today I had be up early and didn’t even having time for breakfast let alone time to spend online before leaving the house. However once arriving home I did my usual morning routine where i watch Youtube videos and scrolled through my social media simultaneously. The main videos I watched were focused around productivity, made by MuchelleB and Lavendaire.

As I’m not at university on Monday’s I like to try and make my day as productive as possible getting both uni work and other tasks done so that I can have a positive start to the week. This is why I chose to watch videos on this topic because I hoped to pick up some tips and be left feeling motivated to work. Whilst I don’t usually comment on videos, I did comment on MuchelleB’s video because I found it extremely helpful and wanted to share my appreciation for it.

I then started to do some of what I consider my ‘Youtube work’, which mainly consists of replying to comments, remaking thumbnails that I no longer like and just ticking things off my Youtube to do list. Today I replied to comments on this recent video as this is something I hadn’t gotten around to doing yet. I basically just answered any questions that people had about the video and thanked them for watching it. I like to do this for all of my videos as I feel it helps build a stronger connection between my audience and I and it also allows me to show that I appreciate them watching and commenting on the video. I also sent out a tweet apologising for not uploading a video this weekend (as Sunday is my usual uploading day) so that I can keep my subscribers in the loop and explain why I wasn’t able to get one up.

I then moved on to completing some uni work online, using Blackboard and a shared google doc to work on a group assignment. We also utilised a Facebook group at the same time to keep in constant communication about what direction we hoped to go in. Using both platforms was effective as it helped us to keep the doc focused on the final work whereas the Facebook group was used more for drafting and communicating.

Other than that I didn’t let myself use social media and online media all that much today as I was focused on being as productive as possible. However, I did partake in my usual nightly scroll through social media. I just checked up on some Tumblr blogs that I generally frequent, reblogging and liking a few posts about fashion and photography. I also tagged a few friends in a comedy video on Facebook about public transport as we often talk about how annoying it can be and I thought they would appreciate seeing it as well.

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Day 6: Instagramming my Adventures

Today I had to leave the house quite early, leaving me no time to do my usual morning scroll through social media. However, while I was out I was in a situation where I was creating and uploading quite lot of content. We went down near the beach and visited a cute cafe and I utilised this location to take some photos for my Instagram page. As a typical millennial who cares too much about their Instagram, I took photos of the food I was eating, the cafe interior and just anything else I saw that looked nice while we walked down the main street. While I wasn’t posting the actual photos to Instagram as I went, I was using Snapchat and Instagram’s story feature to share pictures of what I was doing with all of my friends (on snapchat) and followers (on Instagram). Taking photos is something I really enjoy however I like to live in the moment as much as I can so being able to share these images so quickly through these methods is something I really appreciate.

When I got home I then sat down and edited all of the photos I’d taken throughout the day. To do this I used the editing app VSCOcam which allows me to edit the images so that they fit the theme or aesthetic of my Instagram. I then chose one image that I really liked and posted this to my Instagram. I added a caption and tagged the cafe that the image was taken in. I also utilised hashtags such as “#vegan”, “#cafe” and “#Melbourne” to help share my photos with a wider audience of people. This photo was also shared to my public twitter account so that my followers on there could see it as well.

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Once posting this image I then let myself relax and I usually do this by watching Youtube videos. Today I watched a few dance videos (1, 2) as I really appreciate the art of dancing and also just clicked on anything in my subscription box that looked interesting. Whilst watching these I also caught up on what was going on throughout my other social media, liking any posts that I thought were interesting or funny.

Day 3: Connecting, Curating & Passing the Time

Today was another fairly typical media use day for me whereby I mainly just distributed or passively viewed online media. I didn’t get the chance to scroll through my social media in the morning as I usually would so I therefore had a much less structured scroll throughout each social media site throughout the day. I looked at my Facebook notifications, mainly posts that I was tagged in by friends such as this meme about pets. I also caught up on what was going on in a few groups I’m involved in such as a vegan group and a dance moms group as well.

During my four hour break at uni I was listening to music on Spotify for majority of the time because I find that this helps me to concentrate and also helps to pass the time. I was listening to the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack as well as starting a March/April playlist. To do this I listened to a range of playlists created by artists I like, people I follow and radio stations that I listen to, such as Triple J. Through doing this I begun to curate a library of music that I like and want to listen to over the next couple of months.

As usual I also watched some videos on Youtube, mainly ones from my subscription box and recommended videos page to help pass the time. These were mainly on the topics of fashion, lifestyle and vegan related videos as these are what I enjoy watching.

Once arriving home after a long day of university, I treated myself to a night in front of the TV. You might be thinking “well thats not online media”, however while watching the shows, Survivor in particular, I was interacting with other viewers in the online space. I tweeted my reactions to the show using the hashtag #Survivoron9 and also read and replied to a few comments on Facebook about the show as well. I like to interact with people in this way as no one in my personal life watches the show. Therefore by going into the online space I am able to find people who are as involved in the show as I am and we can discuss our thoughts and opinions on what is happening.

Day 2: Tweeting my Emotions

Today’s online media usage tended to surround the excitement I had for seeing the new Beauty and the Beast movie. This movie is one that I have been looking forward to for years now and having always loved the original I was excited, to say the least, to see the new one. I therefore posted and interacted with a lot of content relating to the movie.

I posted multiple tweets (1, 2, 3, 4) to my public account expressing my excitement for the movie throughout the day. I then also posted mini review-like tweets after seeing the movie, sharing what I thought of it. These tweets were posted so I could share my opinion on the movie and also so that I could connect with other people who’d seen it and wanted to talk about it as well. I also posted an Instagram story of the event, taking a photo with my iPhone of the cinema and the screen that was shown before the movie played. I placed text over the image sharing what I was doing with my followers and again expressing how excited I felt in the moment.

During the day the rest of my online media use was mindless scrolling through my social media platforms. I checked notifications on my Facebook, mainly photos that friend’s had tagged me in or group work pages for university. I also scrolled through my Instagram feed liking posts from celebrities, fashion bloggers and more. Through liking their posts I was sharing my appreciation for their posts. Lastly, I also listened to Spotify whilst completing work for university, listening to playlists I’ve previously curated such as my ‘Throwback‘ and ‘January‘ Playlists. These things were not at all substantial and mainly occurred simply to fill time and occupy me between completing other important tasks for university/work.

Day 1: Embarking on the Journey of Analysing my Online Media Habits

As a typical millennial, the first thing I did this morning was check my social media notifications. I made my way through every platform; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest, checking up on what I’d missed overnight. Majority of what I looked at was posts from friends, vegan videos and photos as well as some posts from celebrities that I follow. This morning I got particularly engrossed in a Tumblr page talking about and critiquing celebrity PR strategies. On the way to university I spent my time on the train messaging friends using both messenger and snapchat, catching up with them and also communicating about where we will meet when we arrive in the city. I also utilised Spotify to listen to music on the train, listening to an album by the band Holy Holy. A large portion of my time online once I got home was spent on Youtube, watching a range of videos from my subscription box. Before bed it is also part of my routine to check my social media one last time. I did the same rounds as in the morning, checking Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr before shutting off my phone and going to bed.

While I didn’t post any content online today I did take a few photos from around the city, using my iPhone with the intention of uploading these to Instagram eventually. I didn’t post these however as I tend to plan out and schedule all of my posts to make my Instagram look more clean and professional.

I also liked and commented on many posts today and therefore distributed these to a wider audience. One thing that I liked on Facebook was a video relating to a campaign aiming to educate and bring awareness to the objectification of women. This topic is one of high importance to me so liking it and sharing my support for the campaign felt necessary. Similarly, I also liked many vegan/animal related posts on both Facebook and Twitter for this same reason. On Tumblr I spent time reblogged many posts which were mainly artsy photography type photos and quotes. Through reblogging these I further distributed them, utilising them to curate my Tumblr blog, giving it the aesthetic that I desire.

As I said most of my time online was spent watching Youtube videos and I did this in an attempt to gain inspiration for my own content. I too create videos on a regular basis so seeing what other people are doing and how they’re creating and curating their thoughts is not just entertaining but also helps inspire and shape my content. The videos I watched were the artsy/creative type videos such as this one by Arden Rose and this one by one of my good friends Alex Miotto. I also showed my appreciation for these videos by giving them a thumbs up and commenting my thoughts on them.