From all of the effort and time I've put into these hypertexts, I can honestly say I'm extremely pleased with the way all three of my hypertexts turned out. As much as I wished and crossed my fingers, these projects didn't become complete overnight. In order for me to feel fully satisfied with the way these turned out, I spent many hours on these projects.

First, my personal webpage dealing with my basketball career that was effected by my dad's drinking was something I felt very passionate about. Still, I had to teach myself the ropes in creating a hypertext, as well as a website in general. So, as I began to work, I realized I had much more freedom in style and expression than traditional essay formatting. I was able to add experieces and connections that could work with me not against me, like most essay writing. I found I had to grab a wider audience instead of just the teacher's attention. The personal website was the foundation and baby steps I took and used for my future sites. I started to consider design concepts and typography - things I never cared about before but are so effective. Dreamweaver seemed like it was going to master me, but instead, I took control.

In my second hypertext - No Thanks on Prop 8 - I focused a lot on the design, moreso than the last. I knew I would have to show improvement from my last site. I took the idea of readability into account and the use of similar page layouts. In this hypertext, I mixed different pictures, videos, and text cohesively to form a functional and easy to use hypertext. I used 2 navigation bars this time, and in simple places - the left and right sides. I was really trying to perfect this site (all of them really) and it shows in the way the internal links flow and connect. I felt I also created all sides of the issue in terms of my topic through the multiple medias used. The linear version seemed to take me quite a bit of time to distinguish what to keep and what to add.

Lastly, for my research hypertext on Low-wage Waitresses and Waiters in Family Owned Restaurants, I was able to use all of my tools and resources to create a hypertext that was very representational and strong. Doing the annotated bibliography really helped me gather all of my key research ideas to form a topic, thus established in my review of the literature. The first draft of my site consisted of key components in terms of the life of these wait staff employees. As I began to revise, I interviewed waitresses and waiters to contribute to the site and add my own original contribution. I asked questions relevant to my research question, and I revised my site again when figuring out how to implement this information into my site. The design concept seemed to flow as I figured out how to construct my information and ideas My last revidions consisted of a few more pages added and a removal of some heavy backgrounds. When writing the linear version, it was easier than the second website. I was better at knowing what to keep - information wise - and I added a lot of helpful information, too. With the linear version, it was apparent what my research topic was, as well as the new information that was gathered. I was able to fill these "gaps" of darkness by gaining personal knowledge through my original contribution.

To me, I was annoyed when we were told we had to create linear, printable versions. I thought, "Why do we have to do this if we already did the site?" However, I found that it was crucial for the revision process. Creating the hypertext first helps me gather a central point with few details, while catching the reader's attention. The linear version was just an expansion and anaylsis of the hypertext. I was able to add transitional phrases that fit better for a linear esay.

The annotated bibliography was probably the hardest part for me. Getting sources first seemed like a joke, but it turned out being the best way to go about the whole hypertext, research wise. Having scholarly work makes you feel like you know how to find intelligent thinkers, as well as respectable work. This is the reason why my research is so strong and why my linear version was so strong. The review of the literature proved to concentrate my research topic and find the idea I wanted to learn more about. It was almost a summary of what I planned to do.

The printable version was a success in terms of influencing my hypertext. I was able to add information in appropriate spots that maybe needed more validity. Thus, my writing seemed to improve and become more condensed but not overpowering. After talking to Marc, I also found that I could add 4 more pages, and I did so by giving biographies on the four interviewed waitresses/waiters.

There are a few descriptions of critical thinking that apply to my experience composing hypertexts. I have two of these after re-looking at them. The first - "Critical thinking is deciding rationally what to or what not to believe." In hypertext writing and creating, I had to analyze my research and decide what was true and what was false - in terms of my topic. This also happens when choosing what I stand by as a writer. The second idea of critical thinking that I found to be imporant is critical thinking is "reasonably and reflectively deciding what to believe or do." This is demonstrated when you have to start from an idea and branch off from that idea to c topic with strong details. You get to reasonably decide a lot of the website in terms of text, images, etc.

I learned quite a bit of valuable things this Fall. I learned that it takes a lot to make good quality work that one can feel proud of. I was frustrated a lot over the course of this work; I even cried when I thought I lost all of the work I did. I think now, essays sound easy. There is no design I have to worry about; it'll just be an essay. Reviewing my work constantly will be a good tool to take forth to the rest of my classes. I also learned the correct way of researching, which was something brand new to me. I never had a clue about it beforehand. Learning to use Dreamweaver is also a tool that can be helpful on a resume or for any job, or for personal enjoyment.

I really feel that my website is something that a waitress or waiter at a family owned restaurant - living the low-wage - can recommend to someone else in that situation. Mysite mainly focuses on how the waitresses and waiters are treated at family restaurants and extra struggles that they have to deal with. I feel like this site gives these types of waitresses and waiters a voice that not many people know about. Overall, I think my website gives waitresses and waiters in family owned restaurants - whom are outsiders - a chance to gain what they've maybe lost due to family employees/co-workers. My site also touches reaches the owners of these family restaurants and shows how waitresses and waiters at these restaurants are treated. The interviews I composed give these wait staff workers a chance to relate, as well.

When I set my midterm goals, I know I met them. I first felt like I was being too ambitious, but I know I got the job done. My goal was to show I knew how to make a professional looking website, while keeping the content I needed. If I were to have any new goals, maybe for Spring Quarter, it would be to make the design even better, and to focus on keeping my reader's attention.

I thought the blogging was very fun. It was very personal, and it was a new way of interacting with classmaters bys eeing what they were up to, as well. Looking at others' ideas really seemed influential to me and beneficial because I got to see what others thought and planned to do for their work. Getting feedback from my classmates was also something that was useful.

My design was fairly basic on the first hypertext. It was just consisted of similar pages with my school colors, text, personal pictures, and quotes. It was nothing too fancy. In my second hypertext, I fooled around more with Dreamweaver, and my site had a much more fun element to it. Also, I was able to make my website fit into the screen and not stretch so people would have to scroll to see everything. In my last hypertext, I used more typography, and I aligned the body of my website in different places. I kept it more simple, but it appeared to be more effective. The improvement in the use of Dreamweaver is seen through each of the three hypertexts.

If I were to continue to add and work on my site I would fix any grammatical typos and design. The design can always be made better, and fixing the different fonts seen on other computers. My next website would hopefully look even better and cleaner than the previous three. I would strive to keep consistent colors and use multiple navigation bars, and I would want to mix medias.

I don't think any of my classes have a reasonable reason to have a final project as a website. Out of any of my classes, I would say my Art History class, maybe. It could be easy to put together pages of similar artists.

My website consists of 32 pages, including the learning page. There are about two internal links per page on average, as well as two navigation bars: one bar with 4 links, the other with 5 links. My website contains about 3,000 words, and my linear version contains about 2,200 words. My review of the literature has about 1,200 words. My annotated bibliography has 15 sources: 13 database sources and 2 online sources.

I have worked for low wages in a restaurant before, and it's something I know I could never live off of, even if I was full-time. What Draut talks about in the book "Strapped" was a wake-up call. Draut talks about how myself and people my age are going to have a tough time trying to reach our goals job wise. Today, being in the middle class requires a person to have a college degree from a four year university (pg 5). We've always been told that school was good, but now that it's expected puts pressure on us teens/young adults in order to "be somebody." Draut talks about the average costs of going to a private university (27 grand a year) (pg 7.), and SCU is double, if living on-campus. I can barely afford tuition led alone living, which is why I live at home still. Draut also talks about how people who graduated thirty years ago made more than individuals who graduate today (80). That is seen in the low-wage work of waitressing and waitering. Most of these struggles to get ahead result in these people getting stuck in dead end jobs.

See you in the Spring Quarter Marc-ee-Marc.