While making my writing theory page spread, I explored the ways that I can improve my writing by observing the way that I write. Throughout unit 2, I learned how to write and consider my own rhetorical situation. I have consciously considered aspects of my rhetorical situation in my blog writing. For example, I take my audiences experiences into strong consideration. I know that the only people reading my blogs, aside from Mr. Stephens, are my peers who want to read something relatable. As Kevin Roozen says in Naming What We know, “Writing, then, is always an attempt to address the needs the needs of an audience.” Therefore, I made what I knew would appeal to my audience my primary need in my writing or my blogs.
I have found that I can create more material and ideas to write about if I just write and write and don’t think about what I am writing. If I sit down before creating a journal entry, blog post, or simply a paper assigned to me in a class in school to create a graphic organizer to “plan” my idea, I have trouble creating those ideas and find myself settling with ideas that just fit the material instead of new abstract knowledge. For example, Heidi Estrem says that “writers of all kinds- from self-identified writers to bloggers to workplace teams to academic researchers- have had the experience of coming upon new ideas as a result of writing.” I strongly agree with Heidi because I personally have less trouble creating abstract ideas and knowledge to share with my reader once I have began writing, as if my writing leads my brain to explore the concepts I wouldn’t of even considered if I had sat down and planned out my whole post, entry or paper.
I have learned a lot from observing my own writing. Through my rhetorical writing, I found that, while comparing two things, using one of them as a lens to view the other helps generate meanings of both ideas or things I am comparing. Moreover, by using one as a lens, you can easily distinguish the pros and cons of the other by creating ideas that go against it. When I have one of the things that I am comparing as my focus point (a lens), it makes my ideas flow and allows my pencil to nonstop write when I am “looking into” the other.