Developing my Digital Identity

Since the beginning of the Social Technologies module for 2012, I’ve been developing my digital identity. Getting myself out there, in and amongst the very same types of people that I want to be working with after I graduate. This blog, as well as the use of social media sites is how I’ve been achieving this.

This is a screenshot of the google analytics data that has been collected since my blog went live: (click to enlarge)

Whilst there may not be a huge number of people visiting, there’s certainly a consistent pattern. The spikes that are visible on the graph come from when blog posts are posted and shared on twitter. This shows just how powerful a tool like twitter is, and certainly a key tool in developing my professional social network. Continue reading

BBC Digital Archive Project – Release and Reflect

And so the BBC Archive Project has drawn to a close. The final product from the footage we had been given to use is ready for you to watch:

The BBC had given us an overview into the types of skills that they where looking for from future graduates from The University of Salford. They wanted to assess whether releasing their archived content to students was a worthwhile and meaningful thing to do so, in order to develop the students skills.

When I first heard about the project, I was immensely excited, and was eager to get stuck in and begin being as creative as possible with the material. As in my previous blog posts, we had a number of ideas of things that we could do, however realised that we were very restricted on time. This meant that I was a little over ambitious at first, however we used the ideas generated at that time to inform our final product.

So, what skills have I developed during the course of this project? Well. Where do I begin?  (an appropriate question I am asking whilst typing this!). Continue reading

Exporting WordPress Posts as PDF

So as part of my assignment for the Social Technologies module at University, we are required to hand in a hard copy of all the blog posts that we have made thus far. Whilst pondering my options for doing this, namely the first idea being a copy and paste session of each article, I began to think outside of the box.

As a programmer and tech geek, im always looking for a software alternative to problems. If there is something that requires a user to manually do a bunch of tasks, then there must be a way to automate the process and save everyone a great deal of time. So i did a little digging around on the internet and uncovered something that IS going to save me a bunch of time, and looks rather good as well! Introducing – “Print Friendly and PDF” (currently version 3.0.8). It’s like ronseal, ‘it does exactly what it says on the tin’! (for my international readers thinking “what the heck is ronseal?”: http://www.ronseal.co.uk/). The offical description for the plugin: “PrintFriendly & PDF optimizes your pages for print. Help your readers save paper and ink, plus enjoy your content in printed form”.

I’ve done some testing with this plugin already, and it seems to do exactly what I want it to do. I can now just go through my blog posts and print them out with just a click of a button or two (perhaps three).

As i don’t host my blog on wordpress.com I am unsure as to whether those users are able to install this and use it too, however for those that host their blogs externally… Have at it!