When I initially wrote out my project proposal, I was planning on making an interactive website to reach out to the public. I also included a backup plan to make a Tumblr blog for the project. In the end, I decided to go with my Tumblr plan. The goal of my project was to engage college aged students with archaeology in a way that held their interest (including my own.)
The reason I chose to create my own Tumblr blog is because it is a beginner friendly site. My computer skills are definitely not proficient, so Tumblr was the perfect medium for me to promote archaeology. There are preset designs to customize your blog and the method for posting any desirable media was pretty dummy proof. I had an easy time manipulating the site, which allowed me to focus on the content of the project. Also, Tumblr is a great way to engage with my target age group. I know that Tumblr is a very popular website used among high school students and college students. So, it only made sense to post my thoughts on a site that college students were already using instead of creating a separate site that most likely won’t attract as much attention. I also figured that Tumblr would be an easy way to share news stories, since reblogging can be done at the touch of a button.
To accomplish my project goals, I posted memes, blog posts, and reblogged news articles. I also created a quiz as a prelude to the world of archaeology. I especially loved posting memes on the blog because it is a quick and fun way to send a message to the public. Plus, memes do a fantastic job bringing attention to my blog. I found some great memes that debunk common misconceptions with archaeology and add variety to my blog. I also did a few blog entries. The blog entries were a way for me to explore a couple of subjects I was curious about. Blogging allowed me to personally connect with archaeology. Hopefully, my personal accounts will help my target audience connect with archaeology. I wrote about underwater archaeology, the catacombs of Paris and the Terracotta soldiers in China. I also wanted to post archaeology news through my Tumblr, which is why I reblogged news articles. By posting current events, hopefully, my target audience will see how important archaeology is today. Lastly, I created a quiz. The point of the quiz is to provide a way to test the knowledge of the visitor of the site and hopefully get rid of the common myths of archaeology. I also included a few tricky questions for the archaeologists who would visit my blog.
Initially, I had trouble setting the tone for my blog. Did I want it to be super structured or was there another way to go about the project? But I eventually asked myself what would I like to learn about. I would have included more quizzes, but they were pain to create. The generator online was easy to use, but it was difficult to come up with questions and answers (and making sure that they were well worded.) How professors and teachers do it beats me. I also found it difficult to write blog posts that people would want to read. In the end, my posts may be kind of long for the casual reader with initially no interest in archaeology.
Overall, I actually enjoyed doing this atypical project. I was able to have fun with this project and I felt that I was able to connect with the material better. Hopefully, my page will attract a few followers!