Project: Week Five

Last week, I covered the Lolita style, in addition to doing the studio tours.  I dove into the Lolita style knowing there were different aspects to it – I didn’t realize that I would cover fifteen different styles.  There are probably more than that, but I found the most information about those.  That means I couldn’t just write about clothing and makeup for one style, but for all of them.  I decided to organize it like this:  First, I covered the basics, such as what all the styles had in common.  Think of it like a tree, I was doing the main part before I got to the branches.  Then, I had an alphabetical list on each page of the different styles, and wrote information about each one describing how one style was different from the others, or what made a particular style the way it was (such as, Deco Lolita vs Guru Lolita).  I did this for each page.  I also added links to videos, websites, and shops, as I’ve done before with other styles.  I wrote about 3250 words about the Lolita style.  This is not including the internal or external links, and there were a LOT of those.

Then I came across a style called Shironuri.  Shironuri is another Japanese style, and it translates to “painted white face” (traitionally seen with Kabuki or geisha styles) but has evolved into something that I think is just fascinating.  So, for the fifth week of this project I worked on Shironuri pages.  There isn’t as much information about this style so I wasn’t able to give as much information – though, that is part of what a wiki is for, for others to add their knowledge.  Still, it was interesting to read about this style.  Seeing photos and watching videos gave me a better understanding of the Shironuri style.  Shironuri is not a very common style at all, and yet there are already many different subsets of it, just like Lolita has at least fifteen.  So, this part of the wiki is still a work in progress.  The biggest part of Shironuri style is the makeup, so most of the information I found was about makeup.

 

Here are the pages I worked on during week four:

Lolita Main Page

Lolita Clothing Style

Lolita Accessories

Lolita Footwear

Lolita Hair

Lolita Makeup

Lolita Lifestyle

 

Pages I worked on during week five:

Shironuri Main Page

Shironuri Clothing Style

Shironuri Accessories

Shironuri Footwear

Shironuri Hair

Shironuri Makeup

Shironuri Lifestyle

 

Pages worked on during both weeks:

Alternative Fashion Wiki Main Page

Wiki Page Index

Project: Week Three

Since I am still in the experimental phase of my wiki – trying to figure out what works for me, what doesn’t, and what my wiki platform is or is not capable of doing – I am also trying new things as far as how I go about adding content.  This week, I was working with the topic of Gothic Victorian fashion.  First, I added a photo to almost every page.  Then I started the  time consuming, somewhat mundane task of adding all of the pages and then adding the internal links to each page (the pages within the Gothic Victorian category, the home page, and the wiki page index).  For the past two weeks I did that last, but this week I decided to just do it first to not only get it out of the way but help me navigate to pages faster.  Once I did that, I figured I was free to focus on content – then realized part of my content includes external links as well.  So, I searched the internet for websites and videos relevant to the pages I was working on, and added many external links (I continued to do this throughout the week as I found more).  Finally, I was ready to add content.

Since I knew I would be busy working all weekend, I decided to make things a little easier on myself by initially having each page list the various details I wanted to write about, then coming back later as I had time to expand on those key words.  Previously, I had been typing as much as I could in one sitting, but doing it this new way gave me a frame to work with.  I also kept editing pages to add key words as I thought of them.  Dong this worked really well for me, so I will probably do it again next week as well.  I also decided to expand the content so there are more sentences and not as many lists.  Like last week, I kept with writing about men’s fashions as well as women’s fashions.  I also added a section to my Online Resources section (external links), which now includes a section called “Shops” so that people viewing the page can be directed to some of the top online retailers and find clothing, shoes, and accessories in the style they are reading about (some have physical shops as well).  I will have to go back later and add this section to the previous pages I have worked on.  On the Gothic Victorian Lifestyle page, I added a section called “Audiobooks”, because I discussed popular Gothic literature and then found many of those books as audio files online.

I added a slideshow to the Accessories page.  I’d like to go back and add other slideshows to other pages.

I also started to add tags to the wiki pages, but only a few have been done so far, so this part is still a work in progress.

I didn’t have trouble with anything this week…. Except that I am still trying to figure out my navigation menu.  “Mori Girl”  had added itself to the nav bar last week, and now “videos” has been added as well, but Yama Girl and Steampunk have not been added.  I’m not sure why some things seem to be added automatically while others are not.  I have looked at the code for the page and from what I can see Mori Girl was never added in the code, yet it’s there and functional when the page is not in edit mode.  I also can’t figure out how to add my other pages to the nav bar – ideally I would like it to have the main pages in the navigation bar with a mouse-over drop down menu – so for now I continue to add the style main pages on the home page and keep my index page organized.

One thing I don’t like about this wiki is that it seems to automatically add a “Contents” part to every page, unless I add code to each page telling it not to.  I didn’t do that this week because I focused more on content, but that is another thing I intend to go back and do.  Maybe in the future I will see its use, but right now I think it is a pointless feature.

Next week I will be focusing on Lolita fashion.

This week I worked on nine pages and wrote about 2450 words, not including typing all the internal links.

Wiki pages I worked on this week:

Alternative Fashion Wiki Home Page

Gothic Victorian Main Page

Gothic Victorian Clothing Style

Gothic Victorian Accessories

Gothic Victorian Footwear

Gothic Victorian Hair

Gothic Victorian Makeup

Gothic Victorian Lifestyle

Wiki Page Index

 

Project: Week Two

For week two of my project consisted of creating pages and adding content about Steampunk.  I worked on pages for clothing, accessories, footwear, hair, makeup, and lifestyle, as well as the main page (links at the bottom of this post).  I did a lot of research for each page to make sure I had at least a good starting point for information.  I inserted relevant images and videos on almost every page.  One thing that was different about this week was the inclusion of men’s fashion.  I also added a small amount of information on sub-genres, such as Dieselpunk and Sky Pirate, which I will probably make separate pages for later (along with adding all the internal links).

Since I had already played around with the wiki last week, figuring out things from inserting images to making different headings to inserting links, I had a pretty basic idea of how to organize the information on the wiki.  I also had a pretty good idea of how I should go about creating pages, so those things went a lot faster.

There was one thing that gave me trouble this week.  I have read a couple tutorials, even on the Wikia help wiki, but I still can’t figure out how to change my wiki’s navigation bar (under Wiki Content).  I’ve tried following directions and messing with the code a few times but it doesn’t work.  The weird thing is, the Mori Girl pages were already added to the navigation bar a la drop down list before I started messing with the code (Yama Girl was not).  And, all the links work.  But when I looked at the code, it didn’t say anything about Mori Girl being there.  Codes are different on this wiki compared to the class wiki, and I guess I wish wiki codes were universal.  It’s just weird.  I gave up because it was frustrating and I was running out of time that day, but I’ll continue trying to figure out this wiki’s code stuff  hopefully have a functional navigation bar next week.

I also had a little trouble with Steampunk fashion itself.  I already had some knowledge on this subject but again, I did further research to ensure my wiki content was as thorough as possible.  And, what I found was somewhat disappointing.  There wasn’t actually that much information about Steampunk fashion!  Many pages were just copied and pasted from other pages, and the rest were missing half the information.  And, there seemed to be about as much information on Steampunk as a lifestyle.  I solved this problem by just searching for images and writing information based on what I observed.  However, it was still a push to meet my weekly word count.  My word count was initially to be 500 words over three pages, but when I created my wiki I realized I wanted needed more than three pages per subject.  Because I have more pages I’ve tried to exceed my initial word count goal.  With all links included I have about 2,000 words this week.

As I was creating pages and then inserting internal links to those pages I realized how intricate wikis actually are.  I knew this already, but it wasn’t until I was running my own wiki that it occurred to me not only how much work goes into it but how often content links to other pages within the wiki, or outside of the wiki via external links.

Next week I will be working on the Gothic Victorian style.

My work this week:

Steampunk (Main Page)

Steampunk Clothing Style

Steampunk Accessories

Steampunk Footwear

Steampunk Hair

Steampunk Makeup

Steampunk Lifestyle

 

 

Project: Week One

This week, I spent time figuring out developing my Alternative Fashion Wiki and navigating the Wikia website.  So far it feels like it is taking a really long time to do something that is supposed to be simple, such as adding an image.  I have to keep looking for answers to my questions on the wiki’s help wiki, so everything I want to do takes two or three times longer than usual.  But, I know that will improve as I learn how to use the website  I did figure out how to add a background image, and link to other pages within my wiki as well as add internal links.  I added a small “Alternative Fashion” text image.  I also looked to other wikis for ideas on what to say on the homepage of my wiki. **

I created and worked on the Mori girl page.  On this main page I gave an overview of the history behind the Mori girl look, when the trend began to rise, where it originated, who inspired it, and the main idea of the look.  I added pages for clothing style, accessories, footwear, hair, makeup, and lifestyle.  Each of these pages included a description and a list of examples, as well as external links to tutorials, online shops, and other relevant websites.  I also included photos and videos on some pages.**

Although I already had a general idea of what a Mori girl is and how a Mori girl would look, I still did some research to make sure the information I was giving was accurate and as complete as possible.  I used various websites to help learn more about Mori girls, and compiled some of the information on my wiki.  All of the links I used to research this style are linked on my wiki on their relevant pages.  I divided the links into the categories “videos” and “websites”…. Even though I acknowledge YouTube, for example, is a website, it just seemed like the easiest way to make the distinction between links that contained video and links that did not. **

I also discovered a style that stems from Mori girl, which is called Yama girl.  While a Mori girl enjoys the forest, a Yama girl lenjoys the mountains.  The styles are very similar, but do have some distinctions, which I also detailed on my wiki page Yama girl (Mountain girl), and the subsequent clothing style, accessories, footwear, hair, makeup, and lifestyle pages.  I didn’t originally plan to add this page, but I felt compelled to add the relevant information.  Though, since Yama girl is so new and still a developing trend, there isn’t much information.  I also gathered information about this topic from as many websites as I could find. I created an index of my wiki pages, partially to keep track of the progress I have made, and also to help others who may eventually use my wiki to better find what they may be looking for. **

I didn’t originally set out to create so many wiki pages.  However, as I created pages, I realized that the information I was giving could be broken down into further categories, such as when I created the Clothing page.  I realized half the page was about the Accessories, so I created an Accessories page.  Also, Accessories includes items put in the hair, so part of the Accessories page has the same information as the Hair page. I originally intended to create at least three pages with at least 500 words per page.  I ended up creating 16 pages, including the home page.  As the information was spread out over quite a few more pages, as well as the fact that much of what I was writing about is still fairly new in the fashion world, many pages didn’t reach the 500 word minimum.  However, overall I exceeded my word count – at three pages, 500 words each I was supposed to have 1500 words total on my wiki.  **

I ended this week with 1920 words on my wiki, solely in content, almost 500 words more than I set out to do.  This is not including the amount of internal and external links I added, which was a lot more time consuming, and kind of  tedious (and probably added another 500 words), but necessary for the organized wiki I hope to achieve.  Although I think I did a pretty thorough job of researching and adding information, I know there is more information out there, such as the couture side rather than the every day looks I focused on, but that just leaves room for others to eventually add to the wiki.

Now that I have spent so much time working on my wiki, I have a better idea of organization and how to go about researching for information, as well as more knowledge of how to use the wiki.

Next week I will be focusing on the Steampunk look.

 

 

Links to this week’s wiki work:

Alternative Fashion Home Page

Mori Girl Main Page

Mori Girl Clothing Style

Mori Girl Accessories

Mori Girl Footwear

Mori Girl Hair

Mori Girl Makeup

Mori Girl Lifestyle

Yama Girl Main Page

Yama Girl Clothing Style

Yama Girl Accessories

Yama Girl Footwear

Yama Girl Hair

Yama Girl Makeup

Yama Girl Lifestyle

Wiki Page Index

 

 

 

Week 7 Reflection

I think this week flew by, despite the fact that winter seems to be dragging on and on (and on and on and on, I’m tired of this cold!)..

This week I worked on the page WhatMakesWikiWritingSoEasy.  Part of the assignment this week was to revisit every other day, and I did, though I didn’t make changes or additions each time.  I would think about what to add, but I’m guessing that when it comes to homework it’s not the thought that counts.  Still, I did quite a bit of work on the page.  The content included links to outside materials.  I did use chapter 32 from the reading Wikis: Web Collaboration, by Ebersbach, Glaser, Heigl, and Warta .  I think it must have been handed out in class, but I found the reading online (thankful for some open source content here).  I basically took the parts of the reading that discussed what made wikis so difficult, such as having a variety of positions and wiki vandalism, and flipped it to show the positive side.  I also filled in the information with some of my own knowledge regarding wikis.  I had posted at the top of the wiki page that it is a work in progress and invited others to add to it, but I have been the only author on that page so far.  I added the following content:

Accessibility

Almost anybody can add to or edit existing wiki content, or create a wiki page using a new WikiWord. The exception to this would be a wiki that requires a password or invitation to access the editing feature, though the content usually still be viewed by an outside audience. This would be known as a fish bowl wiki. Generally, though, wikis provide a level of accessibility that makes wiki writing easy.

Straightforward

The information on a wiki isn’t usually cluttered with images and instead is generally presented in a straightforward way and under a logical structure. Some may think this looks boring, but actually it can be quite helpful for locating the information you need without becoming distracted. Also, due to the overall absence of color on the page, links to relevant content and outside sources are easier to spot, since link text is in color.

Collective Intelligence

Wiki content is usually the result of a collaborative effort between multiple wiki users. While a printed version of an encyclopedia may need annual updating, a wiki can be reworked and edited to fit and reflect changes immediately. This concept is also referred to as “swarm intelligence” or “the hive mind.”

Nothing is Permanent

No matter how many changes are made to a wiki page, those changes can always be reversed. This could come in handy if, for example, a spammer got hold of an unattended wiki and filled the page with links to viruses, advertisements, or nonsense.

Versatility

Wikis are so versatile! Wikis can be used to compile any kind of information. Wikis can be comprised of personal pages and group discussions, created by teachers as a virtual classroom for their students, organizing information between friends such as when planning a camping trip as shown in the video - Wikis in Plain English. Here is a list of - 50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom.”

I had intended to add to other pages as well, but it seemed like many of the topics were pretty well covered.  The most trouble I had this week was collaborating.  I created a wiki page and added content, but nobody else added to it.  It helped me to realize that wikis NEED multiple contributing to the information.  A wiki isn’t just the presentation of information, but a way of working together to present that information.  Since I was the only contributor so far, I didn’t have any other information to build on or rework.  That made building the page more difficult.  I suppose then that I should have added to other pages no matter how well I think the content was worded or how much information had already been given.  It can always be reworked.

 

Week 6 Reflection

I liked working on the wiki this week.  Even though I went in with the understanding that it was a group effort, it was still a bit strange to see work I had put in being changed, rearranged, and expanded upon, though not off-putting.  Most of the work I did was unfinished, which I intended for others to use and expand upon, or for me to go back to later.  I liked that I could just throw an unfinished paragraph onto the page and others could jump right in and finish it for me, and I can definitely see this as useful for those who don’t have the time, the will or the know-how to finish what they have to say on a wiki.  (Back to the “Two heads are better than one” saying, though in a wiki, the more heads the better.)

My personal wiki page for this class can be found HERE, I worked on the pages WikiAsPersonalNotebook and WelcomeRitual, and although I will post in this blog the work I did, the details can also be found HERE.

This is the work I did this week on WikiAsPersonalNotebook:

2-18-14
I added the first text as a place to start:
“An example of using a wiki as a personal notebook is a personal page. For the purposes of this class, each personal page is linked to using the name of a student. This could be used as an introductory page, a place to keep notes for class, a way to organize personal links such as social media websites, blogs, and frequently visited pages.”

2-19-14
I added the text:
“According to – UruGuru, as well as what we have already learned so far, wikis were intended to share information. The information s shared publicly, able to be viewed and edited by anyone viewing the wiki, often without even having to register as a member of the wiki. However, sometimes an author may want some information kept private. This may be especially true when one is using the wiki for personal notes.

One way to restrict access to personal notes is to allow others to view the wiki but not make edits.

As an author you can also choose to make your wiki “Invite only”.

A good place to begin to set up a wiki as a personal notebook may be the creation of an introductory page. This can be used to let readers know who you are, what you do for a living, your hobbies and interests, favorite foods, places traveled to, and anything else you may want others to know. This is also a great place to add links to other pages. For example, if you wanted to list all the places you have traveled to, you could start by simply typing the link to another page, and on that page would be the list of places to which you have traveled. From there you could discuss your travels, creating more pages for the types of food you have eaten, places you stayed, and inserting photos.”

I also added “management of a project” to the first paragraph I wrote listing ways a personal wiki could be used.

This is the work I did this week on WelcomeRitual:

2-19-14
I made edits to the existing sentence” Get use to being lost and not knowing what your doing most of the time” to “Get used to being lost and not knowing what you’re doing most of the time”

I added the text:
“When first joining an existing wiki, perhaps the first thing one must realize is that a wiki is an online community. Therefore, the polite thing to do would be to introduce oneself to said community.

The creation and future ongoing editing of a personal page is one way to let other wiki users and outside readers know who you are, your purpose for participating on the wiki, and anything else you wish to add to your personal page.

A good place to start when entering a wiki would be to learn how to use the wiki. This includes everything from editing pages and entering code to wiki etiquette.”

Then I remembered that a wiki first needs to be started by someone before others can join, so I thought it might be appropriate to include this. I added this text:
“To invite others to participate in your wiki, your homepage should be welcoming others. If your wiki requires a password for others to create and edit pages, you should let others know how to contact you.”

I think I made a good effort on this project, though I think I could have spent another day on WelcomeRitual.  The only problem I really had this week was trying to look in to what a wiki’s welcome ritual should be.  At first, I juts thought about standard website etiquette and how that could be applied to wikis, but when I used a search engine to try to find something specific to wikis the search didn’t turn up anything useful (or relevant).  Still, I think as a group we did a decent job of navigating the topic.  Of course, on a wiki, the work always feels incomplete, at least to me.  Maybe it’s supposed to feel that way?  I would like to know how to add a caption under photos, if that’s possible.  Working on the wiki showed me the differences between a wiki and a blog – there are many differences, one of the primary differences is that a blog usually has one author, whereas a wiki is meant to have multiple authors (collaborators), but both are created to have some sort of audience.

Week 5 Reflection

Aside from Wikipedia, I always just assumed that wikis were about certain topics, such as the Elder Scrolls Wiki.  While learning about wikis this week, I realized that wikis weren’t as basic as I thought.  They can actually be used to organize any kind of information, even planning a camping trip with friends.  Now that I’ve seen how usefyl wikis can be, I’m thinking about starting one of my own.  I think wikis are actually pretty cool (although that probably sounds really nerdy *shrugs*).  I think this week I did a decent job of completing the assignments.  I did the readings, and completed my post on time.  I think I could have expanded a lot more on the wikis themselves as far as what I was looking at, how the wikis were being used, etc.  The part that gave me the most trouble was the reading at educause, only because it seemed a bit wordy, but it was really informative.

My post this week:

Wikis