Blog # 7 – Personal Reflection
- Why is storytelling important to creating great digital content?
Storytelling is important to create digital content because it easily builds connection with the audience. In today’s world, everyone has access in digital and everyone can build content. People have thousands of options. It is hard to get the attention of audience easily with any kind of content in the world of the network. Since people are emotional driven and historically are willing to listen to stories. Once people build and see the connection with one story, then they are willing to know more about that specific content. The power of similarity and connections is very important in digital content. This the reason that people with similar nationality and culture usually end up being together because they see themselves in each other.
- How will your content be guided by the story?
I think my content of story will be guided by sharing my background story. Since I know the power of storytelling, I will try to add some of my international experiences too. In this way, I can have an international audience, besides the one that I have a similar background.
- What kind of stories do you want to tell?
I want to tell my audiences to see their weakness as a tool to make themselves stronger. I want to tell my audiences how to have control of their thoughts. When one master on controlling their thoughts, then they have mastered at controlling the world.
Blog # 6
What about your childhood shaped you for this moment?
I am about to talk about my vulnerable side, so folks be ready.
When I was Kid I didn’t have lots of opportunities at my fingertips, unlike Canada. I was raised up as part of a minority group in Afghanistan. I used to go to a public school, where we did not have a real classroom. There was not enough building, no rooms, no chairs, no tables, no desks, forget about whiteboards and technological tools not even a clear black board. Our class was in an old tent. It was provided by unicef. Some students, who were “rich” used to bring their own chairs. In the summer we used to wet our cloths with cold water so that we feel cold with the blow of wind, if there was any. For the winter, if the weather was tool cold, our teachers would join our class with other class, that were inside the building. The funny part is that our teacher would join our class with different class however we had different subjects. Our teachers would teach us in turns. Anyways, it was fun and a bit challenging. Then we moved to a different city. Time flied so quickly, that I become grade 11. Different international organizations start doing business in our Country. Real school were build, our old teacher retired from their jobs. New, educated and trained teachers were hired in schools. I get to appreciate every new single opportunity that were provided for us. I know every single person in this world is fighting against something and have gone through different challenges. So do I, my childhood is what made me today. I happy in a way to get to experience what poverty really feels like. I think it made to be aware about real world.
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Some of the personal qualities or characteristics that set me apart from my competitors are my hard work, warmth hearted, sense of humor and organization skills. I have always realized that I am pretty good at handling stress and pressures. If I have lots of things to do I would start doing it ahead of time than leaving it for the last moments. In addition, I have realized that I get lots of positive feedback from friends that they feel comfortable around me. I sometimes think it’s because of my weird sense of humor or my kind attitude that came to me from my mom.
At age 15 I start living by my own, Independent girl! I know it sounds cool to say the word independent, but it is not easy at all. I traveled to Canada to peruse my education. At the beginning It was hard to integrate to totally new cultural and everything. Lately, I have sort of found myself and my goals. Things are working in a way that I want them to work. I am becoming a real independent person and taking all of my responsibilities. Not to brag, I got good grades at my previews ‘semester. I am basically saying, being from totally different culture, learning a new language and standing on my own feet really make me be proud of myself.
My friends have told me that I trust people easily or am easy going on some occasions. I don’t know if it’s a good quality or my weakness. This trait makes people feel connected and comfortable around me, sometimes. I personally think that I should be more aware of my surrounding and still be nice and kind to people. Kindness and a good personality are what makes you stand out.
I have said this previously, I am really proud that I am full-time student at Algonquin college and challenging myself to learn new skills and new things.
B2C: I think a great example for online Business 2 Consumer company is Amazon.com. This company was founded on July 5, 1994, by Jeff Bezos. Amazon sales different kinds of products including electronic products. Amazon has separate retail website for some countries. Besides amazon does international shipping. In 2016 amazon had around 300,000 employees worldwide, which is a massive job production.
Using social Media:
Amazon uses social media as a great tool for marketing. For example, Amazon has 27 million likes on its Facebook page. Its Facebook page is a great way to communicate with its customer and listen to their concerns. In addition to that, amazon market its most recent product on its Facebook page.
Largest online shopping:
Amazon became the world’s largest online shopping retailer. And the biggest bookstore in the world. Some of the reason for its success, which I thought are amazing, are the following.
- Amazon has the fastest shipping system: Customers can choose their selective product and have it anywhere at any time. I think this is one of the major reason that amazon has 270 million active buyers and eBay 157 million.
- Amazon has built outstanding customers interactions: Availability, self-service and search made amazon satisfying for customers.
- Amazon has built trust with its customers: Amazon would not raise the price of its product all of sudden. Because it will cause disinterest of customers.
These are the reasons made amazon own 10 percent of North American E-commerce. I think, by far, Amazon has done a great job. By the way, I am planning to buy summer dresses from Amazon.com.
Let’s say I am confident enough and start my own YouTube channel. In my YouTube channel, I will be playing Ukulele, with the basic skill that I have. I will try to self-thought myself more about Ukulele and learn new skills.
- Let’s say my goal for the first 2 months is:
- Get 50 subscriber
- Play 2 songs with ukulele
- Respond to comments- find out what attracted viewers
- Build good relationship with viewers
-Characteristics of my audience:
I should have this in mind that my audiences are international and diverse since everyone is going to have access to my channel on YouTube.
Demographics: My audience will include all kinds of people, different age, different gender, and different ethnicity. Mostly teenagers, who want to learn basic skills of the ukulele. I don’t have professional skills at Ukulele, older people might not be much interested.
Psychographic: I think that my audience will mostly be the outgoing kind of teenagers, who are interested in learning new things. Or people who are interested in music and have never had the chance to learn. My channel will be a great opportunity for them to learn basic skills of Ukulele.
Effective ways to communicate with the audiences:
- Tools: The comment section and leaving questions at the end of my videos.
- Strategies: In YouTube, there is a comment section, where I can communicate with my audience. Answering to their questions is an effective way to communicate with the audience.
An example of successful YouTubers:
When I researched on YouTube I found so many successful YouTubers on YouTube. Most of them have used different kinds strategies to communicate with their audience. One of them that I liked is called “ Doddleoddle”. It looks that she might be around the age of 19th. In most of her Videos, she plays Ukulele or has the ukulele as her background music. She used the comments sections to communicate with her fans or audience. Most important of all she uses comedy and jokes to keep her audience energetic and interested.
Link to YouTuber: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKVfKr96Ifr3Dnhb6mhDAdw
Communications is what “bring us together”. We might use different ways of communications, but we all “have the desire to express ourselves” and be heard.
The vast development of technology might have changed the way we tell stories, communicate and engage our audience, but the purpose of it still remained the same. Humans cannot live alone, they need connection.
Social media have created a new platform for storytellers. They can share their stories with thousands of people in a matter of second. And they can get respond and comments from their audience. Moreover, social media have opened an opportunity for everyone to become storytellers. But they have to know to use the correct style of communication so that they can build a connection with audiences.
A great example can be YouTube. People of all age share their stories, ideas or any kind of content online. Everyone has access to it. Depending on the content of video it has different types of audiences. Most of them post new videos every single week. People watch YouTube rather than TV. Perhaps, because they have the opportunity to express their own ideas in the comments. It gives them a sense of connection.
Therefore, it’s appropriate to say that the way I tell a story, communicate and engage the audience is different from the way my grandfather used to do. But we both have the desire to have listener and audience.
If you are reading this blog, it means that you are living in a new era of communication. Agree?
Vocation! I don’t know what does vocation mean. I didn’t do much interesting things to tell you about. So let me tell you about my Winter Break, Exciting right?!
First, I was about to break my knee. Holy Cow! Ottawa is gold. Everywhere you go, you basically freeze. But with all of this coldness and strange weather, I get to do some new things.
G1! Since I just graduate from high school, I found some time to learn driving. I took driving test Like 3 times and finally got my G1. Now I can practice and practice to get my G2 for the summer.
Ukulele! I also didn’t know what Ukulele was. I thought it is a small Guitar for kids. I learned how to play it and tone it without a toner. I know it’s a big deal. Now I can play even songs with Ukulele. Although sometimes my roommate tells me to record myself and listen to it. But I know I sound good.
Cooking! I missed my mom. She used to cook all these delicious foods and I never get to appreciate her effort. Now that I am away from her, all I do is eat subway or sushi. But winter break was a great chance to learn cooking and treat myself.
Thanks for ready,