So this is Project Community’s end. How nostalgic I could get by going back to that first Monday which was all about confusiasm. But lets not to that. I’d rather talk about how this course has affected my life so far.
Back at home I’ve always been the kid who’s “always on the computer” and for that I grew up believing I just fit this archetype. Sometimes when that happens is hard to judge yourself on how much you know and how much you think you know. Everyone around is there to reinforce how connected you are to the digittal environment and how helpful you are with this topic. The Project Community course showed me not only how far from being a “technology expert” I am but also how rewarding it can be to be around people who know about it more than you.
What will definitely always stay with me is obviously the crowdsourcing and funding concepts but mainly the different kinds of approach to it and the power that asking the right question has as well. One of my principles from now on is that innovation combines old ideas and concepts to new necessities and issues, and that is what the networks and communities stand for. People can always add little details and reminders you may ignore once your focus is to bring their attention to what you are producing. This happens because you are the one seeking the enhancement of a product or tool and people are the ones who in fact need your process to be actually creative and useful at the same time. One thing differs from the other, making of this understandment what brings the right questions and answers to the process.
In addition to this, Project Community’s team work was a special one for me. Obviously I have worked with other groups before and learned from it, but this time, besides all the cultural differences and other trending topics for the group, I have worked and reflected a lot to understand how groups work and how I fit them or not, but mainly the reasons for it. It was nice that we had great help from the lecturers (I’ll never forget Maarthen’s class on team work) but the very best of it was dealing with the colleague’s expectations and limitations. I’ve come to realize that sometimes I need to insist a little bit more on explaining my point of view and find other ways to better express myself so people can understand my interest and effort are genuine and useful, and not fake.
As I’m someone living in a new place and therefore everyday facing different situations from what I’m used to, I’m always reflecting on what I’m doing and how. It sounds good but actually is a bit tiring most of time, at least good news is that I constantly think of “tips and advices” I’d give anyone who were in my position.
For the next year’s students
- Don’t leave it to monday!Anything. If the next year’s week schedule is the same, Monday is going to be a good day to test your student skills. This is such a busy day that you need to bring all your patience, concentration and practicality to the class with you. Resist the temptation of getting all your stuff done since it is Monday and another magical week has started. Make this a zen day when you won’t need to do your laundry or any other housechores, even grocery shopping or anything. Really just try your best to get everything done by the weekend or the rest of the week and leave your monday schedule free to process and enjoy all the information you WILL be exposed to. If you’re not so good with time management like me, try to not even have to go out of school for lunch. That guarantees you will not be late to Project Community. Being late to this class means losing the most important part of it, which is the first 10-20 min.
- Tumblering sounds like a scary, difficult task to some. It is not. All you have to do is play around with the blog prompt and set a maximum time to it. Once that is done, you’ve understood what it is asking you. Then maybe you are a fast, practical person and can start blogging. If that is not the case, you can jump to some other task or even relax a bit and only then start composing your answer or famous blog post. Please do not freak out, seriously. It’s hard not to want to do your best, and of course you’ll end up trying to, but the most important is to just do it. It’s only a tumblr blog. One in 143 millions of it. You are not writing to The New York Times, you’re writing to lecturers and students who can completely cope with the development of your brand new skill: blogging. Believe me, it’s gonna be useful. If you still haven’t got how important it is to blog about what you do, you seriously need to take a better look around you. Here are some more tips to the ones who still don’t get this Tumblr thing:
- You can Schedule posts: Select TEXT, write a draft or paste the blog prompt there, and then click the little arrow in the blue “Post” button. You’ll be able to choose “Schedule” post and then choose the time and date for it. You can even schedule all the week posts to organize yourself, and they’ll be on the right menu “Queued posts”. If you leave them there and not edit it, it will be posted by the time you’ve set. But you can always edit and post at anytime. This helped me a lot to start every blog post, because it gives a sense that you were already prepared to it.
- Bad, bad tumblr. Tumblr does not automatically save your work like, for example, Google Drive does. If you spend one hour writing your blog post on it and then your computer or browser crashes, this heartless bitch that Tumblr is will not help you. So if you’d like to feel a little more relaxed while writing it, don’t do it on Tumblr like I am now =) you could lose everything.
So far I think these are the tips I have thought of. I can’t wait for the closing event of this course and all the tips that are going to pop up on my mind!