Twitted fiction, how do you do it?

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Eloise’s reaction describes the struggles of coming up with twitter fiction…

This week we were given a task of writing three pieces of twitter fiction. I haven’t used twitter so I didn’t really know what it was all about. We were told there were examples on the Guardian’s website and on twitter under #twitterfiction, which I found really helpful. Having a look at what other people had come up with gave me an idea of paying extra attention to my own life’s events, as of something to inspire me. Actually, I got the first potential twitter fiction idea right after the lecture when I missed my bus. I did have to change the wording of it quite a bit to fit to the character limits and in order to save the ‘revealing’ plot twist to the end. Here it goes, my first ever twitter fiction:

  • I ran for my life, I did not want to miss it, but I did. Then I heard the bus hadn’t even turned up – they said it was the diversions.

After the first bright idea I had nothing on my mind, and trying to think of at least something I decided to write a twitter fiction of my struggles…

  • Eternal emptiness… no ideas, no inspiration. She had been thinking about it for days… How to write a striking twitter fiction?

Haha, I was quite amused by this actually. 😀 I’m not one to take things too seriously, so when I struggle I try something different. This time it worked, woohoo. This could be a really deep and emotional bit of a novel but then it’s got the hilarious twist. I’m actually starting to enjoy this. I noticed that it’s quite easy to tell the genre of twitter fictions, I mean you can have horror, crime, romance, or whatever you’d like! Maybe I’ll try something different next…

  • His hands were covered in blood. Where did it all come from? It’s not like he deserved it – he was only there to clean the toilets.

Ha! Got a bit of scary stuff going on there. It wasn’t actually that hard figuring out the third one, it just came from somewhere! That’s it! Three twitter fictions done and I feel strangely proud. I don’t think we’ve been given any homework during the first year so it was nicely challenging to have to come up with something.

Being connected

Our first project was to create a clip on Vine, which is an app to create short 6-second videos. The point is, as long as you hold you finger down you are going to be filming, and you can create different shots by lifting your finger off the screen, moving the camera and pressing your finger down again. To be honest I had never heard of Vine before and it took me a while to get the gist of it. The video project topic was to create what we think being connected is. First I filmed my mates with their Iphones out but the clip ended up being a bit rubbish because it was the first time I even used Vine and I didn’t know to take my finger off the screen. 😀 So I ended up filming another one, this time of me and Eloise listening to music whilst chilling out and being on social media. It’s not like we’re unsocial because we talk all the time but sometimes you just need to check what’s going on on Facebook or Instagram. I mean that’s what a media student’s got to do! Listening to music together is connecting as well! I love listening to music with someone because you can comment the song and lyrics or just feel it all together. Also, Eloise has some pretty good tunes on her Ipad!

My top 3 favourite blogs

For the second lesson we were given a brilliant piece of homework – to list our three favourite blogs or blogs that we are interested in. Obviously if you’re not into blogs or have never read a blog it would mean a lot of googling and figuring out what kinds of blogs you want to read. To me, it was easy because I regularly follow blogs, and picking three was not difficult. Of course there are plenty of other lovely blogs I read every week but these three seem to be the ones I look at regularly. Let’s begin with one of the most popular Finnish bloggers, Annika O.

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>click here for her blog< She’s had a blog since she was a teenager, and I’ve pretty much followed her the whole time. Five years ago there were only a handful of bloggers and it was easy to get many followers. She seems to have managed to keep her blog interesting throughout the years, even though it’s only about her life and outfits. The thing I like about her blog most is her clear and large photographs. She has also managed to stay down-to-earth even though she has thousands of followers, and she still replies to every comment she gets. Even though she has quite a few foreign followers she doesn’t add a translation, which would possibly make her blog even more popular. It might be that she wants to keep it to the Finnish readers and that way have a more personal touch, even though blogging is her job.

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The next blog is Deliciously Ella >click here for her blog<. Her blog is about food, specificly about healthy food. Her recipes use ‘clean’ ingredients, which means they are not processed like white sugar and plain flour, but more like oats, vegetables, and coconut sugar. Even though she bakes cakes and makes chocolate and delicious smoothies, everything can be classed ‘healthy’. I like the variety in her blog, and if I fancy making something different I often search a suitable recipe from her blog. I don’t necessary read every new recipe she posts but the ones I’m interested in making. She has recently published a cook book in the UK, which was a huge success beating cook book author’s such as Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. Her photographs are clear and big as well, which seems to be something in common with all the blogs I have chosen. To be honest, the photographs are the main thing I look at in blogs so the pictures need to be large and clear to keep me interested.

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The third blog is Nirrimi’s photography blog the road is home >click here to have a look<. She is a professional photographer, but the different thing about her is her age, she was world know at the age of 16! Her photographs are the main reason I read her blog, even though she seems to be able to capture so much emotion in her writing as well. She seems so down-to-earth and has a gorgeous daughter who often poses in her photos. The stunning views from Australian beaches and the boho lifestyle Nirrimi has are intriguing and even though I don’t follow her blog religiously unlike the first one, I definitely get back to it time after time.

The beginning

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Hi, I’m Johanna! I’m a student in Anglia Ruskin university in Cambridge. I’m doing a media course and I’m going to be writing this blog as a part of a module called networked image. I’ll be posting different projects we are given during the course, and some random pictures and thoughts, too.

I have done blogging before and have a personal blog on www.thegoalistograduate.blogspot.co.uk. I’m interested in blogging and how some people do it for living. I don’t know if one day I would want to earn my living as a blogger but I think it would certainly be an interesting topic to do research on. I am also interested in print journalism like magazines and newspapers, and last semester got keen on doing radio. Outside of university my interest are having a healthy lifestyle, photography, and painting my nails. I am not even lying if I say I paint my nails at least three times a week, just because I enjoy it!

I moved to Cambridge three and a half years ago from my home country Finland. I have a part-time job in a pharmacy, which I enjoy because it gives me a break from studying, and obviously some extra money. I’m looking forward to exploring the different projects we are going to do during the networked image module as I’m keen on social media and blogging. You shall find out more about me as I post things on here. 🙂 You can find all this information from the About page on the top bar.