Web 2.0 a journey of words

Posted September 19, 2010 from United States

I have never been one to speak out about my life, I like to keep my life private, to myself, however ever since I have become a member of PulseWire, I feel that I have been able to share my views, reactions, and successes with people from all over the world that care. Web 2.0 has opened up a whole new world for me. A place that I know what I say I mean, what I read is real, how there is good in bad, how together we can become a strong voice, a voice out of the shadows of quietness. To be able to share and interact with personal stories of sadness, grief, joy and excitement is an amazing tool that has just begun to scratch the surface of what citizen journalists can do. I am honored to be part of this global village ready to stand tall and proud.

Web 2.0 brings empowerment to women’s issues in ways that are personal, first hand. It is not a story I am reading in a textbook about a girl that is made up. I am reading stories of actual heroines, of people over coming culture changes, technology and medical advances to empower not only their lives but the lives of the women and girls in their communities and countries. As I read and interact more and more on PulseWire I feel more empowered and inspired to do more with my life, to become more involved and to use Web 2.0 as a beginning place to learn, grow, succeed in helping to get stories out to the public. To engage the listener that women not only have a lot to say, they have a lot to give with ideas, technology, medicine, family and success. We would not be here today if it wasn’t for women who stood up alone to face their opposition. The least I can do is to give women from all over the world, class, and race a chance to express their views and opinions on things that impact their life. A life is told in stories, Web 2.0 allows for these stories to be turned into moving live stories that don’t have an end, but many different chapters that can be edited and improved as life continues to grow and be shared.

Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0

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  • EleanorJohnstone
    Sep 24, 2010
    Sep 24, 2010

    Hey Rach083! Good to hear from you here. I just read your profile, and I have to say that I hear you on the struggle to find a job. But it's good that Pulse Wire is part of your post-college process, I hope that it serves you in many many ways!

    I really loved the heartfelt, personal tone of your post this week. It allowed me to know more about you while also getting a sense of how this program will benefit yourself and people like you. You seem to have a very personal, passionate understanding of a story. That is so key to this kind of journalism, I believe.

    One thing that could help drive your article to a more urgent and eye-catching level would be a more concise structure. I love many of the ideas that you've put forth in the second paragraph, but I think that they would be more visible and accessible if they were more easily distinguished from each other. If you could isolate a few phrases from the paragraph that encapsulate two or three of your main points, or the branches of one larger point, and then expand on them in separate paragraphs then I think you will find that your voice becomes stronger and your work has more 'grab' to it. But don't sacrifice your ideas and your graceful, almost lyrical tone, because they are EXCELLENT!

    Good luck in the coming weeks, I look forward to hearing more from you!

    ~ Eleanor

  • ShukThi
    Sep 26, 2010
    Sep 26, 2010

    Hello rach083

    Thank you for sharing your heartfelt words about the personal meanings Web 2.0 holds for you. I realize that the public nature of blogging can be a challenge to someone who is a private person! Kudos to you, for stretching yourself through Voices of the Future.

    On the other hand, it is so true that the private lives of people can be accessed through stories told in their own voices using Web 2.0 technology. That is a great point you made, about the immediacy of reading about lives and actions on the ground as opposed to in a textbook.

    You might want to look into adding more tags to your post. As you may know, tags make your post easier to find in the blogosphere! Perhaps, taking a phrase or a concept that is central to your idea and using that as a tag... or using a tag that already seems popular, but fits with your post?

    I agree too with Eleanor that more visible structure would make your voice louder in your journal. Using the simple html formatting is a great way to do this!

    I would love to hear you elaborate more on some of the ideas in this entry. When you talk about personal stories that moved you, is there an example you can write about? Was there a particular heroine who spoke to you? I would love to hear more about how you are being empowered.

    It is clear that you feel a strong sense of connection and community with women throughout the world. I love that part of your spirit shines through so clearly through your writing. Keep it up!

    Looking forward to reading more :-)

  • rach083
    Sep 28, 2010
    Sep 28, 2010

    Thank you ladies for your input and feedback. I have thought a lot about how I can make my next journal entry be better than this one from your ideas. I have added examples and personal stories to help promote my ideas. I look forward to hearing more from you!

  • Mary Patindol
    Sep 28, 2010
    Sep 28, 2010

    Thank you for your sharing, rach083. I can sense the hesitation behind expressing more of yourself in this post, and I can also glean the nuggets of gold struggling to come through. : )

    "Moving live stories" through Web 2.0, particularly WorldPulse... that seems to be the main thought in your post. Structure your sharing around it then, with more vivid details and personal examples. That should make it stronger.

    Keep on keeping on!