Peer Review #2

For our second peer review, I was assigned Lianne (Megumi) Cooks. Megumi’s blog is focused on reviews for coffee shops as well as restaurants. Her blog theme radiates a sense of calmness and tranquility, which was one of the first things I noticed once scrolling through her website.  Within her bog posts, she greatly describes all her visits, one particularly named “the espresso series #2”.  The descriptive words used within almost every sentence which brings such a vivid imagery to mind, is extremely pleasing to read! To elaborate, she says terms such as “nutty” and “warm” to describe the taste of her espresso drink. In terms of her media, I don’t see too many linked sites other than the simple website link of the shops she visited. Megumi can possibly work on this as a suggestion, of providing even more links to past shops or even related links to certain topics within each post. This way, the readers can look more into exactly what she is trying to describe, and they will even more likely visit her recommended stores.  Furthermore, Megumi can also work on making more content available within her website, since I don’t see too many blog posts in general. In contrast I see more process posts than blog posts. If this improvement can be made, it will add to her collection of recommendations, and provide more variety within her feed. Megumi has a great about me page, which describes who she is and where she is from, it adds more insight to the general platform. Another suggestion I would make is that I can only see positive feedback from the places she has visited. Honesty will come with some form of negative feedback. I’m not saying that she should completely bash some places, but even informing the readers on some inconveniences she may have faced, such as the route to getting to the places, or even her experiences inside such as possible waiting time being too long. These types of suggestions will all help the viewers analyze at a greater depth, the locations that Megumi has suggested. Other than that, as mentioned, her general content and theme is very appealing to the eye.  The simplistic white background, with little detailed images added within the background provide great contrast when simply viewing the website. The descriptive words used within all of her posts are also extremely detailed, to the point of describing the touch, taste, and smell of some items.

Most common symptoms of HIV ( continued)

As mentioned in my last post about HIV symptoms, we went over the acute, and asymptomatic period of the infection. Th last stage of HIV, which is the most severe is AIDS. The symptoms include: extreme weight loss, fatigue, vomiting, shortness of breath, neurological disorders, sores, rashes, and more. This is when the immune system is heavily compromised and weakened.

” You’ve Establish your professional self”

Todays class covered the importance of going over huge errors made in big industry names ( such as DOVE, snapchat, etc.) and how crucial it is to make sure whatever you are posting is appropriate, and will not create any type of backlash to ANYONE. It is always important to remain having respect to people around the world, and when creating a professional self, this is something that is very necessary to understand an follow.

What are the most common symptoms if you have HIV?

Symptoms will solely depend on the stage of HIV a person is in ( acute, asymptomatic, advanced). For the asymptomatic period common symptoms will include ( but are not limited to): sore throat, extreme head aches, rashes, as well as fever. Then, the asymptomatic period will show no signs of the infection, however this does not mean it is gone at all. But instead, the virus is undergoing its replication phase.

Guest Speaker: John Burns

This week, the class had the pleasure of hearing from the incredibly talented John Burns. His lecture was extremely informative and insightful, explaining the ins and outs of journalism and story telling in general. I have personally never heard from a professional point of view, how the career itself is, and hearing advice from someone who has spent his entire adult life in the field of study was very intriguing! Moreover, the class participated in an activity exploring “The 7 basic plots “. This activity really helped me get in touch with my creative side, and opening my mind to future ideas for my blog.

How do I support a friend who has HIV?

Its new that nobody wants to hear, however it happens, to the best of us. When someone is positively diagnosed for HIV, it can be a terrifying and horrific feeling. So, what should someone do if they have a loved one that has been affected? well, the number one thing that is always emphasized is to LISTEN. Hear him/her out, and see how they are feeling. Ask them, what kind of support they are looking for, and make sure to be mindful and respectful. Some other key things to keep in mind is the confidentiality that should be present within the conversation, and making sure they get the proper support and care. I’ve attached a very helpful link with this post, on tips and advice given on this exact topic, feel free to check it out!

link for supporting a loved one who is HIV positive :view/making-a-difference/supporting-someone-living-with-hiv

Conversations “With” not “At”

This week, we learned about the importance of not speaking AT customers, but differentiating this from actually speaking with them. This is a very important concept to understand, since its very important building a relationship with your customers, and if you come from a point of view that is almost in a way of putting yourself higher up than them, then the respect will not be present any longer.

Audience, Metrics, and Analytics

This week our class went over the importance of analytics, metrics, and our audience. I hope with the more content that I plan to post in the upcoming future, my analytics for my website will increase. Moreover, the audience in which websites target is crucial to understand and analyze. Without this, you wont be able to describe what you should base your future decisions on for content.

What does HIV attack?

Once the HIV virus enters the host, the main cells in which it attacks are our CD4 cells. These cells are used in out (adaptive) immune response, to fight off infection if the first and second defenses failed. And, since HIV is such a tricky infection to fight off ( due to multiple reasons), the fight against a human beings immune system and the HIV disease still continues to pose an ongoing battle.

Pros and Cons of Branding

I have decided to not identify myself as a particular brand, since I consider this blog to be simply a resource for HIV. The professional aspect of business will come into play once a person is able to identify what exactly they want tp be seen as in the view of the public, as well ass establishing a strong base for themselves.