My first blog post!

Hello guys!

Welcome to my blog! I hope you all enjoy reading it this semester. The hardest part about the blog so far is definitely customizing it and finding the right theme. I am still very confused as I make this posting. Setting up the widgets is much harder than expected.

 

Image result for 4c hair

Here is the first photo I’ve chosen. It is of a woman with 4c hair, laughing and embracing her natural hair. I borrowed it from essence.com.

 

Image result for 4c hair cartoon

 

This is a cartoon of a woman with 4c hair, rocking a new do in every picture. I borrowed it from pinterest.

Me vs. Them. (How my blog stands out!)

Thinking of what makes KinkyKutiez different from other blogs out there was quite a task, because there are plenty of natural hair blogs out there. However, one of the main differences that I could think of was the fact that this hair is dedicated to only one specific natural hair texture. Ideally, the term ‘natural hair’ refers to hair types that have not been chemically processed. However, this blog will focus on a specific texture of natural hair, which is the 4c texture. This textured hair is usually looked down upon because it is hard to style, and has negative connotations that date back to days of slavery. I believe this blog will stand out because I aim to uplift. I know the struggle of feeling different and less than beautiful because your hair texture is looked down upon in society. For many years, I hated my appearance because I did not ascribe to traditional beauty standards. Other blogs may provide tips on how to maintain the hair texture, and how to creative innovative styles with it. While my blog will also include some of these ideas, I want to send a message to my followers to embrace their 4C hair. I want my personal experience to motivate my followers, and I am dedicated to allowing this passion to reflect throughout the blog. That is how my blog stands out.

Me vs. Them. (How my blog stands out!)

Thinking of what makes KinkyKutiez different from other blogs out there was quite a task, because there are plenty of natural hair blogs out there. However, one of the main differences that I could think of was the fact that this hair is dedicated to only one specific natural hair texture. Ideally, the term ‘natural hair’ refers to hair types that have not been chemically processed. However, this blog will focus on a specific texture of natural hair, which is the 4c texture. This textured hair is usually looked down upon because it is hard to style, and has negative connotations that date back to days of slavery. I believe this blog will stand out because I aim to uplift. I know the struggle of feeling different and less than beautiful because your hair texture is looked down upon in society. For many years, I hated my appearance because I did not ascribe to traditional beauty standards. Other blogs may provide tips on how to maintain the hair texture, and how to creative innovative styles with it. While my blog will also include some of these ideas, I want to send a message to my followers to embrace their 4C hair. I want my personal experience to motivate my followers, and I am dedicated to allowing this passion to reflect throughout the blog. That is how my blog stands out.

Creative Commons

Find the link for my photo choice here!

Completing a search on the Creative Commons search engine was definitely a new experience, because I never knew there was such a thing before this class. I was so used to going on Google and copying whatever results I got there (oops!) and incorporating it into my work. Learning that this approach might have been illegal was definitely enlightening, and slightly depressing. After searching for pictures for what seemed like forever, I finally found an image of one of my favorite natural hair products, the Shea Moisture Organic Black Soap Purification Masque for itchy scalp. (I absolutely recommend this product for anyone who struggles with dry and itchy scalp! It worked wonders for me!) I believe that it is completely legal for me to be using this content because it falls under the category of Education on the Fair List checklist. I do not intend to profit from the use of this photo, nor am I using it for commercial purposes. I was super impressed by this checklist, because it really forced me to look at my previous use of Google photos. I am not sure if I had the right to use these images for my assignments, although they were mainly for educational purposes. Although I did find my results limited in this particular search, I will continue to use this Search Engine for future assignments, just to be on the safe side.

Meme(ing)!

Finding a meme that related to this blog was difficult, due to the large underrepresentation of 4c hair. I searched on the KnowYourMeme website for about an hour struggling to find something that could relate to the 4c hair experience, when I finally stumbled upon this meme of Conceited. I laughed aloud when I saw it, because I could definitely relate the natural hair struggle to it. Buying products for natural hair is so thrilling. I often feel like it is more fun than buying clothes.  However, they are usually very expensive, making the feeling more bittersweet than anything else. Nonetheless, the meme connects to the page because as expensive as natural hair products are, something as small as $4.99 shipping can be such a turn off. According to background from KnowYourMeme, the person shown in the photo is the rapper by the name of Conceited. His facial expression is supposed to express anxiety or disapproval. That is the exact same facial expression I make when I have a cart full of products that are ridiculously expensive, but the shipping costs are not equated into that already high price. It is a huge turn off from shopping, and usually results in me just emptying my cart and researching homemade hair treatments. Check the meme out here.

Peanut Girl

I think this assignment might be my favorite so far. Actually, it may be in competition with the Commercial. Nonetheless, I think this experience was great. I initially thought the idea of ‘peanutizing’ myself was very corny (no offense, Professor!).  However, I had a lot of fun when actually doing it. The character I created was supposed to be me. Although we do not actually resemble each other, I believe she is a reflection of my spirit animal. The hairstyle I gave her connects with the theme of this blog of natural 4c hair. Her hair is not easily tamed, and it reminds me so much of the hairstyle I used to wear as a child. I was embarrassed of my hair because it was not straight, and I thought the twists she is wearing were odd. Her wearing this style represents me owning that style that I was ashamed of, and represents me being myself. I found the outfit choices to be very limited, as I consider myself to be a very stylish person. My favorite part about her is her huge grin, which also reminded me of myself as a child. Overall, my only critique of the experience would be the lack of outfit choices, because it deprives us divas from expressing ourselves the way we see fit! Check her out here! What do you all think?

Promote me!

Hey guys! This week I will posting about social media, because you know, it is a huge part of everyone’s life these days. If you all are interested in seeing more of the kinky hair chronicles, an awesome way to promote this page would be through Facebook. I believe that Facebook is an awesome social media tool to promote this website because it features photo, video and personal status updates. The hashtag #kinkykutiez can be used on Facebook to mention the website, or to tag us into anything you believe will enhance your experience browsing with KinkyKutiez! This hashtag can also be used on other social media sites, including Instagram and Twitter. Promoting this blog will be super beneficial because it will allow me to get more ideas of what to feature on the site. Connecting to the 4c hair community is exactly what I envisioned when I created this site, and by promoting this page, you all will play an important part in making sure this vision is fulfilled. The 4c hair community is largely underrepresented in the mainstream media. By promoting this blog, you all will take a stance against those who undermine the beauty of this hair by strengthening our community, as well as give me ideas on how to improve. I think this sounds great, so hashtag #kinkykutiez and let’s get to work!

Freestyle Post: Progress Report

Hello, friends! Today we were able to choose anything to write about, and I decided to discuss my experience with this project from the beginning of the semester until now. It won’t be too long, or sappy- I promise!

This experience has been very enlightening for me because it has shown me how little I really know about having an online presence. Yes, I am an avid social media user. I have many social media accounts, and know how to edit photos on Instagram. However, I struggled very much trying to complete the photo editing portion of the assignment. It frustrates me very much, because I do not understand what I am doing wrong. I had a simple idea in mind for the photo that I wanted to edit for the header. Because the blog is about natural 4c kinky hair, I wanted edit a photo of a butterfly resting on the afro of a 4c hair cartoon. However, I keep ending up with an edited image that comes across as a PicCollege, rather than something that was edited using Pixlr Editor. After my hard drive crashed last week when I began the project, I have had no luck improving. I encountered some roadblocks with my commercial, but I easily overcame that by converting the file type to a .wav file. However, with the photo editing, I am not sure what to blame my failure so far on. I’m not sure if its a buggy browser, (despite the fact that I have used Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Explorer to try to get the work done) but I definitely having a challenge with this aspect of the course. However, I am determined to overcome it. I am not discouraged by my lack of success, but extremely motivated to try to have my vision portrayed. I am really dedicated to this blog, and 4c hair. I am positive that I will overcome this.

Screencasting!

Hello guys! This week’s assignment was to create a screencast. You guys can find the link to my screencast here.

I believe that this assignment was the easiest so far. However, despite it being the easiest, I still believe that the commercial was favorite.

I initially dreaded the idea of doing the screencast because I thought it would be a lot of work on a subject that I was not even remotely familiar with. However, Jing has an awesome tutorial for first time users, and it is very easy to follow. After watching the short tutorial on how to use the program, I felt like I was good to go!

The hardest part of the project was definitely finding a blog to discuss. I am not much of a blog person so it was very difficult for me for to find a great one to get into. I found myself googling generic terms like “Good blogs”, hoping to find something that would interest me. This was to no avail. I then started looking for fashion blogs, and came across many blogs that featured a bunch of expensive clothing that I would not dare wear. Finally I came across “What I wore”, and I felt that it was the perfect match for what I was looking for. The design was very simple and the website was easy to navigate. She even included a cooking category of the different food she ate throughout the summer.

 

Another loophole I fell into when completing the assignment was the audio on my computer.  I tested the microphone by recording personal videos, and talking on Skype, but when I recorded on the computer, the mic appeared to be muted However, after plugging in headphones, and speaking directly into the headphone’s built in mic, I was able to get some audio going. Hope you guys enjoy!

My Commercial

For this week’s assignment, we had to make an audio commercial for our blog. You can find the link to my commercial here.

This assignment was very difficult for me, because I have never worked with audio before. However, I must admit that it was much easier than the header assignment, because photo editing is super confusing- kudos to all the Photoshop masters out there! I also must admit that I had a bunch of fun completing the assignment and feel satisfied with the outcome.

I encountered many obstacles while completing this assignment. The first being that I could not settle on an audio file to choose. I was originally thinking of going with something basic, like the featured Windows music that came with my computer. I decided that that was too boring and decided to go with something that I was familiar with. I chose the instrumentals of my two favorite Afro Beats songs, Yawa by Tekno, and Pana by Tekno as well. (You guys should check the songs out when you get a chance; they are really awesome!)

My second dilemma was with recording my own voice. I originally recorded my voice on my smartphone, but Audacity could not import the file because it could not read the format. I had to convert it to a WAV file. After doing this, I had no problem with my own recording. My biggest obstacle definitely was adjusting the sounds. For about an hour, I was just messing around dragging the cursor everywhere, with no progress. I watched a couple of YouTube videos on basic editing tips for Audacity, which was a huge help. I also had to edit points of the audio where my voice was too low, and bring the second song in at a good point. Overall, I am pleased with my work as an amateur, and can’t wait to hear what you guys think!