This CV, you may notice, is not much like the black-and-white stacks of paper you normally see. It just seems disingenuous to do it the old-fashioned way when I profess to be all about the new cross-platform content. So, I’ll try to be a little more entertaining in my presentation. Really, making all of this was fun for me, so why should reviewing it bore you to tears?
And yes, I am a geek.
Stuff I investigated/wrote about:
The Twitter Follower Ruse–This is a paper from one of my early classes, “The Health of Networks.” I analyzed the Twitter followers of an academic organization, and what I learned was not at all what I was expecting…
Building a network, in 10 weeks or less–For our “Networks and Narratives” class, I had to try to build an audience network for a brand-new blog (logistikat.com), and analyze my success (not so hot). I was also grouped with others who were blogging about “doing” things, and we produced the following video:
I used the blog site as a project for a content design and curation class. Wireframing, User Experience, and back-end development were the focus there, as they applied to creating a portfolio or project site. This is my final project plan for the logistikat.com blog.
The Funnel Study–What did I learn here? That I really quite like statistics! Our survey instrument didn’t receive enough completions to actually glean any relevant information, which was disheartening, but the process and the subject matter were tons of fun, and my study partners were the best EVAR.
Stuff I made:
As an undergrad, I was accepted to present at the ACA/PCA national conference in St. Louis in 2010. My paper, “Sheep in Wolves Clothing” was an analysis of the ideal and the reality of the “strong woman” in the books of one particular paranormal romance author. This paper gained me the notice of Drs. Eric Selinger and Sarah Frantz, the founders of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR). I have since been a member and copyeditor of the Association’s sister Journal of Popular Romance Studies.
Coming from that work, I presented a paper at McDaniel College’s “Popular Romance in the New Millenium: An International Conference.” This paper studies the the growth of niche academia, using IASPR as an example, and network and innovation theories as a basis for my thesis.
As an independent study class, I built a website for a real-world client, Evil Slave, LLC. They are a new local film production company on the rise, and wanted a website to promote their work, and also reflect their irreverent style. Here is my Preliminary analysis for the Evil-Slave.com website.
From that project came another: one of the principals of Evil Slave, Ben James, has a film review blog, called DilettanteDouchebag.com. I’d helped him set up a bare-bones WordPress blog two weeks before my “Narratives and Networks” class ended, and it went big, fast. So, Ben hired me to assist him with developing a brand and website that is in keeping with his pretentious douchebag persona.
Coming soon: the original LogistiKat–a review of 3-D movie trailers, coded in HTML, PHP, and CSS.