I think it is safe to say that I have never experienced an English class quite like this one. Although I mean that as the highest of compliments because I have really enjoyed the unique nature of our class. I truly feel as though I have been able to delve into a much more open literary mindset instead of what I have been used to in high school. So in looking back on my writing it is fun to see it progress into something new that I would not have grasped if it was not for this blogging experience in which I wrote roughly 6000 words.

In regards to the blog posting I have chosen, I tried to single out the ones in which I dug deeply into. So in addition to that I was also trying to select postings that might be able to be connected with a similar theme, but it wasn’t clicking until I read through them all one final time. It was then that I finally found my trend. This trend is that all my best posting have a personal aspect attached to them. Maybe this is just a subconscious habit of my writing, to write personally, but it was intriguing to discover. Once I made this discovery I became very pleased with my final selections. For example, my strong posting #3 analyzes common items that I encounter in my daily life and what they symbolize to me. Another example of this theme is the “blog post in which I have stretched myself creatively.” This posting was particularly different for me because it required me to do the one artistic thing that I don’t find appealing, drawing. (don’t get me wrong, I love all types of art. Just not when I have to draw it) However, I soon found myself reliving my 3rd grade years as I sporadically recalled the minute details of one of my childhood neighborhoods. All in all, these are just two examples of my blogs and why I chose them. I hope you enjoy my selections as much as I enjoyed writing them.

My favorite comment on an OCU blog

My favorite comment on an AUM blog

The most intriguing and inspiring blog posting for me

Strong Posting #1 (also my best analytical writing)

Strong Posting #2

Strong Posting #3 (also my best exploration log posting)

Best use of an image to enrich my writing

Blog posting in which I stretched myself creatively

Best use of hyperlinks to encourage adventuring


AUM friends and beyond

I’m gonna be honest, when I was walking to class when they were visiting I was really hoping that it would not be a really awkward situation. However, once I got there I sat down at my groups table and started to talk to Tracey (Ink Paper Pen). She was a very nice girl and in no time the whole table was being incredible social. It was almost as though she had been part of the class all semester, although I guess she kinda was. I met all the other students as well, however my group and Tracey seemed to have bonded the strongest. So once class was over we all went to lunch and continued the dialogue that we started in class.

This class has been proof that college challenges you to encounter new experiences. For one, I never thought I would make a blog in my lifetime, and I especially never thought I would delve so deeply into it once I started. Also, to interact with students from across the nation through common assignments and goals. And finally, on top of it all we actually got to meet our “pen pals” (or something like that)! This class has been a positive experience that I will never forget because of its unique and quirky style.

Hipster Central

I am collaborating with Happy Feet Hansen, A Spoonful of Sugar in the Circle of Life, and Jacob the Legend Tipps to create a map of what I like to call “Hipster Central,” although it is actually called The Paseo Art District. My group is making a map with a pop-up style format in order to breath as much life into a map as possible, and the concept is coming along nicely.

For me, the Paseo has always drawn me in because of its uniqueness and its openness to people. What got me most intrigued with the scene was The Paseo’s first friday of the month art walk. This free activity has always been something that I make sure that I don’t miss, and I try to get as many people to experience it with me each month. Therefore, ever since I relocated to central Oklahoma City I have begun to have a closer relationship with the Paseo and the people who run the area. All in all the Paseo is simply something that visitors should definitely experience with their time here.

At face value The Paseo seems to be just a few blocks of somewhat long and winding road (Beatles reference ahh yea). However, from my time spent at the Paseo I have found that most of the charm of the art district comes from the amount of uniqueness packing into the area. It seems as though every month there is something new to be discovered, and that is where the personal experience element comes into play. So in doing our map we are striving to capture that element of personal experience through the use of pictures we take along our journeys in Hipster Central, and then compiling those memories into our map.

Vote Juxtaposition for 2012!



The two maps I chose to compare are over the 2008 presidential election. Both maps are sectioned out by how each individual county voted in the general election, however they both tell so much more that just that. First it is important to explain their obvious difference, the shape of each map. The map on the left is in the typical shape of America, and the one on the right is a population cartogram. A population cartogram is a type of map that rescales states in regards to their population. Therefore states are drawn with size proportions not dependent on the state’s acreage but instead on the number of inhabitants. In this case the cartogram map allows people to see the true trend of voting amongst the American public instead of a deceptive generalized map. I think it is safe to say that the shape seems like the most obvious contrasting thing between these maps. Overall, it seems as though the left map has more of a focus on specific areas that voted a certain way, and the cartogram is more interesting in displaying the general trend of voting.

As I was introduced to the political process (primarily around the 2008 election) I found my self really confused about how McCain could have support from such a large land-wise majority in American and still lose by such a large margin in the general election. So, finding this map helped me to better visualize the trend of voters in urban areas, instead of just accepting the fact that even with the little amount of blue on the normal map, Obama still won.

Purple America

This map comes from Mark Newman, Updated November 4, 2010 URL:

I have always been really fascinated with the political process of elections. Everything from poll numbers to caucus results get me riled up for my candidate, and since our subject for this post is color I felt as though it would fit perfectly. This particular map is from the 2008 presidential election in which President Obama (Blue) defeated Senator McCain (Red) 365 – 173. It was created to adhere to a particular need for a more accurate portrayal of the voting done by the American public, and in doing so employed the use of color almost exclusively. In its attempt the colors of the map are meant to bleed and blend into each other to portray the contrasting beliefs everywhere. On the other hand the normal election style map is a very generic red and blue map that has colors divided up for each state. Although that may be helpful to see the tendencies of each state, it lacks the ability to show the political climate on a more specific basis.

Monmonier reminds us that “People respond emotionally to some colors, such as blue and red,” (Monmonier, 170) which makes political projection maps all the more powerful. It is interesting how people react to colors on a map, and how our age is also a factor. The book also mentions how “North American adults seem to prefer blue and red to green and violet” (170), which also gives us insight into why our two main political parties are clearly identifiable by their colors. So finally, this map works upon our American desire for Red, (white), and blue to be apparent in our political maps due to our cultural climate as Americans.