It’s usually at about this time in the blogging assignment that students begin to excel in larger numbers.
The Comm 57 bloggers did not disappoint this week.
Week 4 of our seven-week blogging assignment has proven to be the toughest week so far in which to select my favourite five posts because there were so many good ones. I couldn’t choose the top ones purely based on their technical merits because some of the posts that moved me the most weren’t as technically well crafted. Indeed, after going through all of this week’s posts, I was left with eight distinct favourites.
Admittedly, picking the top post was easy and so was my second most favourite, but the rest? I had to get a little bit of help from Malcolm Gladwell to choose those ones.
The famous Canadian-raised journalist and bestselling author had this to say about difficult decisions in his 2005 book Blink: “Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.”
So, I closed my critical editor’s eye and listened to my heart. Therefore, it’s my heart that chose much of this week’s top 5. And, because I couldn’t help myself, I also included those other three blogs that I really liked this week but couldn’t fit into the top 5. I hope you enjoy Week 4’s top Comm 57 blogs:
1. Tyler Labelle is this week’s undisputed top blogger. Tyler, who has made the top 5 every week, continues to impress. Tyler has confessed that he struggles with writing, but you wouldn’t know it from reading his ever-improving posts. This latest one is the best yet. The writing is crisp and nearly error-free. The start is punchy and the conclusion is memorable. All claims are effectively cited and links are provided to the sources of the info. And it’s just a darned good read. I hope Tyler keeps writing once this assignment is over. I’ll definitely keep reading this blogger and I hope you do, too.
2. My number 2 favourite blog from this week comes from Marissa Burley who returns to the top 5 after a two-week hiatus from the list. Marissa is passionate about tourism after having spent a summer working in the industry in Prince Edward County. In her technically clean and informative post, Marissa tells us about Taste the County, a non-profit initiative that promotes Prince Edward County to the world.
3. Chang Sun makes the top 5 for the second week in a lesson she leads for all of us. She learned during her placement interview at A.D. Sone Publishing that she will be tasked with gathering and collating information about the company’s clients. Chang is excited about the challenge and plans to prepare in advance for that placement task. She’s determined to prove what she can do and to make the best of the learning opportunity. And she recommends that other students do the same. Go, Chang, go!
4. Harley Yeatman loves video games, but he’s particularly fascinated by the building of communities and the opportunities in sharing in the industry. He’s hoping to find himself a place in marketing in the industry once he graduates. Meanwhile, in his Week 4 post, he studies how Sony has invested in sharing technologies with its new PlayStation 4. Sharing in the gaming industry, Harley suggests, may be the way of the future.
5. Kuei-Lin Lin reflects on her coming placement with the St. Lawrence College international office. Kuei-Lin (aka Gwen) has decided she wants to make the most of the experience by creating a marketing plan to attract students from Taiwan to our college. Because this blogging assignment is about investigating one’s placement industry, Kuei-Lin has already begun some of the footwork for that marketing plan. This research has convinced her that there’s great potential to bring Taiwanese students here. Next week, she’s going to blog about her placement plan. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to learn more from Kuei-Lin.
So those are my favourite five blogs as chosen through a combination of intuition and deliberation, but my gut tells me that these three are well worth your time, too:
Areum Jeon provides a powerful lesson in her post Make a Coincidence into Inevitability. She describes how she spun a chance meeting at a networking event into an exciting placement with an organization that she has for years wanted to explore. Her experience reminds me of a quote I read in Randy Pausch’s book The Last Lecture: “Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.” Read how Areum made her own luck.
Cynthia Posadowski is consistently a worthwhile read. She’ll be doing her placement at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, so she’s exploring the golfing industry. In her recent post, she introduces us to the golfing mobile application industry and the myriad of smart phone apps now on the market. Cynthia is a technically efficient writer and finding errors in her prose is not easy.
Megan Healy is another consistently clean and concise writer. Megan will be doing her placement at the Brockville and Area YMCA as a result of her keen interest in fitness. This week’s post touches on her past life in the culinary industry. Read how here.