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Write a one paragraph proposal for your website, briefly describing its topic, target audience, and some content ideas; put this in the “Leave a reply” section. 

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Write a one paragraph proposal for your website, briefly describing its topic, target audience, and some content ideas:

As many people support me to choose Korean Cooking Log which I am also interested in, I decided to make my blog to the Korean Recipe site. My target audience is people who are new to the culture but still have motivations to learn actively. One of my peers left a comment about differentiating my site by making my food with a low budget with other Korean cuisine recipe websites. That would be an awesome idea!

Sounds good, Emma! I like the idea of going into detail about one item of clothing at a time. I mean, it’s better to provide complete instructions about how to make one thing than incomplete instructions on making many things, right? And I think a lot of value of the website will be in your own commentary and explanation in the videos and elsewhere. My daughter wants to learn how to sew and I have no idea how to teach her–so I’ll just refer her to your website! Thanks. 😉

For my website, I am going to make it based on the second idea I had, which was to have an item of clothing on the front of the website, and wherever they press on that specific item of clothing, a video will pop up on how to sew that particular spot. Due to having only ten weeks to make this website, I will start with only one item of clothing to make sewing videos of (maybe a pair of pants). The target audience is people of all ages who like sewing or for people who don’t have the money to be able to get their clothes hemmed. Some content ideas I have are to include videos, descriptions, and pictures on my website.

For my website, I would love to focus on mindfulness and its benefits on college students. Mindfulness is something that can help anyone and everyone, but it is especially helpful to college students because we are under an immense amount of stress. As a student, I’ll be able to provide tips I use on a daily basis for specific events such as homesickness, social anxiety, test anxiety, and anxiety in general. Breathing techniques, journaling, and mental prompts can all help calm us down! On my website, I’m planning on having three main sections:

1) A page with a short description of what it is and what the goals of mindfulness are.

2) A page dedicated to the techniques themselves. This page would have sections within it depending on the subject. I’d separate it into breathing techniques, journal prompts, and mental prompts (grounding, the 7s, down the river, etc.)

3) A blog of me using these techniques on a weekly basis, I’d check in once a week and write about how I used a specific technique and in what scenarios they helped me out in.

I like the fact that you’re narrowing in on a target audience of college students, and also differentiating your site by including your commentary about your own use of mindfulness techniques. You could perhaps just focus on one technique to begin with (breathing? journaling?) and do a bunch of entries on that to see if you have enough content to support a narrower focus.

For my website I am planning on making a a guide to picking out the perfect Dunkin drink. At my Dunkin location, we always have new customers come in wondering what they should try and what the different drink options are. Like Starbucks, there are various drinks that can be personalized that will not be listed in the menu; my goal with this website is to help customers build their perfect cup of coffee without the hassle. This guide will not only make it easier for customers to order their drinks, it will help the baristas too if customers know exactly how they like their cup of coffee before hand. I want to include a secret menu, the easiest way to order your drink, and even how to get the most affordable drinks. I would also include the lists of flavors, seasonal drinks, and the differences between the coffees and the espresso drinks. My intended audience is anyone who loves coffee but hates the hassle and complications that come with ordering at big coffee chains. I want to make it easier for our customers and easier for the baristas making thousands of different drinks everyday.

I did a quick Google search and it looks like there are already some “secret menu” Dunkin sites, so I think you can still include that component but try to differentiate your site in other ways–maybe by being a more complete guide to Dunkin coffee? Or by making the writing style informal or humorous? Or by targeting a specific audience or price range?

I plan on making a my website a platform through which I share my favorite plant-based recipes that center around tofu. From tofu scrambled “eggs” to chocolate mousse cake, I’ve tried many fun, delicious recipes that I believe others may enjoy as well. My website will likely be blog style, where I post pictures of my tofu creations, along with recipes and descriptions for each one. Furthermore, I can make a page expanding on the different ways tofu can be prepared: steamed, fried, grilled, etc. My target audience would be vegetarians/vegans or anyone who is interested in going plant-based! My hope is to inspire and inform people that there are lots of ways to enjoy meat-less meals.

I like your idea for this site, Sabrina. As you look at other tofu-centered websites, you’ll probably get more of a sense of what’s already out there and how your own site can be different–in terms of content, audience, style, design, etc. You can also look at other recipe websites–just to get more ideas on what you can include on yours. I look forward to reading it and trying out a few recipes!

My website will be in the form of a text-based webcomic/interactive story. Very inspired by choose-your own adventure books! The reader will have the perspective of an AI computer that has woken up in the very distant future. I have some really interesting ideas planned so far! Such as, how will this AI react to the future? Will it make friends? Will it make enemies? How will it keep itself alive? Does it even consider itself as alive? I think there are some cool existential questions that can be discussed in it. The target audience will be fans of sci-fi/dystopian stories and media, and anyone interested in reading experimental comics!

This sounds great, Liz. There’s a program called Twine (https://twinery.org/) that you can use to tell interactive stories; it’s not too hard to learn, and you can plug it in to a WordPress site. Let me know if you’re interested and I can show you how to do it.

I’m planning to make my website about bullet journaling spreads and themes. I would have a section where I rate the different spreads that I tried out to inform the audience about their effectiveness and how often I actually used the spreads. I also want to have a section giving spread/theme ideas for specific uses. For example, I could give ideas for what might work better for a college student versus what might work better for an athlete. I would also like to include tips on how to motivate yourself on using your bullet journal more often. The audience is a bit broad, but I think there is a good amount of people in different groups who are interested in bullet journaling and would like a website that has my personal rankings and tips.

I don’t know much about bullet journaling websites, but it seems to me that yours is pretty well focused in terms of content. You might consider narrowing down your target audience (high school students? college females?) because that will help you determine relevant content as well as writing style, design style, and other features of your site. Of course others could also visit your site, but by selecting a target audience you’re helping yourself add something of value to the web.

I am planning on basing my website on music, and creating playlists for different emotions, situations, etc. I will not only have lists of the songs in each playlist, but also a bit of writing on each playlist and some of the songs chosen for each situation/mood. I think that a website like this could be accessible to a fairly wide audience, but I guess it would mostly be targeted for high school/college students, and I could even include study playlists that have helped me to get work done and focus. As someone who is definitely interested in finding playlists already made, I think it could be a good tool for music discovery, but also for creating more cohesive playlists.

Good topic, Natalie, and you provide a good description of what you’re planning. I like the fact that you have a pretty well defined target audience and an approach that will be most relevant for that audience (e.g., playlists for studying). Also consider the images/design and style of writing at your website; those should appeal to your audience as well.

My website is going to be about going on a self-healing journey as a college student during a pandemic. My target is to reach people who have been struggling with their mental health and want to explore different methods to heal. The content would be geared toward college students, as I would be writing from my own personal experiences and struggles, but the methods themselves could be applied by anyone, and I think that some of the issues that I’m working on healing in myself could be relatable for younger and older folks.

The website would be mainly divided into 6 different sections: journaling, meditation, exercise, healthy eating, extra tips and tricks, and my own personal journey. I could include pictures, links to outside sources, and maybe even documenting my own journal in a video/vlog format. For journaling, I would talk about different ways to journal, include various prompts, and describe how each may be tailored for a specific purpose. For meditation, I would explore different ways to meditate, the best resources for meditation guides, and reviews on different apps. Regarding exercise, I could review and recommend my favorite youtube fitness channels depending on their difficulty levels and specific characteristics, as well as explore different methods of working out (HIIT, weight training, cardio, etc).

This is a really important topic, Tiersha, and one that’s relevant beyond the pandemic (though it’s especially relevant now). My one suggestion is that you focus on just one of the content categories that you mention here–at least to begin with. It’s better to cover one thing in depth than many things superficially, right? And you want to make sure your website adds new information and value. For instance, with journaling, there’s so much advice already out there on the web; how will your content be different? Let me know if you have any questions about my comments; I’d be glad to talk further.

I would like my website to be focused on cooking in college but with meals from different cultures. I think that my main focus would be on foods from Asian cultures (but not necessarily limited to this) because I grew up in Hong Kong which is actually a very internationally diverse city. My target audience would be college students who are interested in expanding their horizons when it comes to cooking college meals. I am not the most experienced at cooking myself, so my goal is to demonstrate that anyone, especially hard-working college students that live off of frozen meals, can cook meals from all over the world, and it’s probably easier than it seems. Content ideas include recipes, my overall review of the meal (taste, fragrance, appearance), rating the level of difficulty, things I would do differently, things I would recommend for others to do when recreating, and where to purchase ingredients that are not easily found in your everyday grocery store.

This looks good, Hattie. You’ve got a target audience and some ideas about the content you’ll include that will be most relevant for that audience. Give some thought also to the tone and style of the site so that it appeals to the audience as well. Researching other similar sites on the web will likely give you some more ideas.

My website will compile a list of my favorite (and not so favorite) beverages and where to find them, in an effort to help people navigate the drink-selection and/or fridge-stocking processes. My target is to reach drink enthusiasts, fridge stockers, and thirsty road-trippers alike through a simple, graphically exciting, navigable, site that’s straight to the point and funny. Each drink/drink page will have its own animated GIF and a paragraph about the drink’s backstory before diving into unique variants and locations (i.e. gas stations, specific store chains, online).

Sounds good, Ben! I look forward to reading the site and learning about all the drinks out there. You can incorporate tags and categories for your posts to help people navigate all of the options. For instance, you could tag posts about drinks that have caffeine in them, and your users could search for “caffeine” and find all of the relevant posts. We’ll get to this in class next week, I think.

For my website, I would like to provide information about mountain biking in Central Oregon, providing information on my experiences and advice when on the trail. My target audience would be beginners; it will be relevant to the ones that want to stay safe and also to people who want to go on a more challenging but feasible trail. Some content ideas would be maps, which direction to do the trail (up, down, clockwise, or counterclockwise), and pictures. Also, I could do the posts in order of roughly when I did them so the difficulty is rated accordingly throughout my journey; since what I think is easy now might not have been when I first did it.

I like your website topic and target audience, and it also sounds like you have some good ideas for content. As you look around at other similar website, you’ll probably get more ideas for what to include, how to organize the site, and what kinds of concerns and challenges that beginners in particular would bring to the site. I look forward to seeing the final result!

I would like to create a volleyball-related website providing advice, tips for individual positions, volleyball life hacks, etc. geared specifically towards high school-aged club volleyball players (15-18 years old). Even though I would provide information regarding various aspects of the game, I would spend my time concentrating only on how experienced players can improve rather than dividing things into beginner/intermediate/advanced categories. To further break it down, I would create separate pages for the back row and the front row players so that individuals are able to find all the information that pertains to them in one organized space. Content would include articles/blog posts, pictures, diagrams, and potentially short video demonstrations.

This sounds great, Mina. I like the way you’re narrowing your audience to experienced players. Maybe you could start by focusing on either front row or back row (or another way of narrowing down) and see if you have enough content just for that more narrow audience? I like the range of content ideas that you have–and you can also include a resources page with links to other relevant content.

For my site, I would like to have a cooking blog about Asian-Mexican fusion and/or my experiences trying new recipes. I’m half Asian and half Mexican so most of what I cook uses some combination of Asian and Mexican spices, so I think it would be interesting if I talked about my experiences with figuring out how to tweak recipes to make it fusion. The target audience would be anyone who’s mixed race and wants to read about ways to combine their heritages in food or anyone who wants to learn more about how to mix different spices and create a fusion dish.

I love the topic idea and would definitely visit your site, but I think you could be more focused in terms of your audience. For instance, if your target audience is college students you could highlight recipes or tweaks that are relatively easy and inexpensive. And having a narrower target audience would also help you decide on the tone and style of writing at your site.

For my website I would like to make a site in which the study of psychedelics in psychiatry is broken down and explained in an easy way. That is, a collection of research that is rewritten in a more simple language to the common person. I would like to make a website that makes a topic this complex and scientific entertaining and engaging.This means that I will plan to have a background page in which the vocabulary of spirituality and psychedelics is defined, along with any basic concepts that would help the audience understand the content. Furthermore, the core of the sight will feature simplified and illustrated documentations/scientific findings of this field. The target audience for this website would range from young adults to seniors.

I think this is a really interesting topic but I also think there’s already a lot of information on the web and in books about the topic of psychedelics in psychiatry. It’s valuable to translate complex scientific research into information that’s accessible for a non-expert audience, but I think this might already exist on the web as well, especially if you’re targeting an audience of essentially everyone. Perhaps start the project by doing some research on what’s already out there and how you can hone in on a specific topic or a specific audience so that your website will be distinct. I’m glad to talk further if you have any questions.

The idea for my website is to highlight various thrill-seeking spots all around southern California. It will include cliff jumping locations, abandoned places, underground tunnels, waterfalls, lookout spots, and other things to do and/or look at. My target audience will be people living in southern California who are looking for a thrill. My website will include pictures, directions, written descriptions of what the place is like, the best place to park, and what to bring.

I don’t know too much (well, or anything) about thrill-seeking activities in Southern CA. But it seems to me that the topic could perhaps be narrowed down a bit, either by geography (Central Coast only?) or by type of activity. Be sure to look around to see what other websites already exist about this topic, and also to identify models in websites about other locations that might give you some good ideas as you develop your own website.

The proposal for my website (url: athenaswisdom.com) is an English-learning platform and informational website. This would be for intermediate learners and would focus on three main concepts: 1) conversational SPEAKING (tips and tricks for sounding natural and speaking more quickly; 2) important GRAMMAR concepts for easy communication; and 3) critical VOCABULARY for daily conversational English.

My target audience is anyone around the world who is hoping to improve their language skills. They would have to already know the basics in order to understand this website, but since English is taught in schools in most countries in the world, I want to focus on these intermediate (and advanced) learners who already know a lot of grammar and rules, but want to be able to speak more naturally and confidently.

Because the focus of my website is specifically for speaking practice and how to sound more natural the former two concepts (GRAMMAR and VOCABULARY) will only be what is relevant for the stories and exercises I use in the SPEAKING section. For example, if I include a conversation or story about college life, then the corresponding grammar and vocabulary for that will be available on those pages.

This is certainly going to be a helpful site, and I like the focus on speaking and on intermediate learners. It would be good to narrow your target audience as well. Maybe you can focus on college students in particular so that the speaking examples you include (and the corresponding grammar and vocabulary) will be about student life (classroom contexts, social contexts, etc.).

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