www.na The Pilates Body: December 2006

Sunday, December 03, 2006

New Challenges Lead to New Discoveries: Reflecting On My Blogging Experience

As the semester comes to an end, I look back on the experiences I have had with Blogger. My initial reaction to learning that I would be using Blogger to write and post my essays was one of excitement, but also anxiety. Not only did I have little experience with this type of technology, but I actually had never even heard of a blog. I immediately decided that it would be a new adventure with challenges I could overcome and of which I could be proud when I completed the semester.

Because we were asked to choose a topic in our field of interest or future profession, I felt I could use my Pilates business as a unique area to explore in an academic setting. Since May of 2006, I have owned Pacific Coast Pilates in the Pacific Palisades, teaching private and semi-private lessons to clients of all ages. While my degree at the University of Southern California is in Political Science, I always have had a passion for the Pilates Method since my years in dance and gymnastics. This topic presented some difficulties with the subjects of the essays, yet I found myself searching deeper into this form of art and science. Subsequently, I broadened my knowledge of the importance of this exercise and rehabilitative regimen on critical issues in American Society.

Still, my essays posted on my blog have their faults. As mentioned before, it was challenging to address the prompts in an academic way, unlike other fields--like Political Science--are able to do. Had I chosen to use my major as the subject for my blog, I believe I would have had less difficulty with choosing a website to critique and with a person to nominate for an honorary degree. Nevertheless, I am proud of my work, and I feel fortunate that I was able to learn how to use Blogger in this class. Rather than simply writing an essay as I do for every other class, I learned how to make connections with other people in my profession and use the Internet to my benefit. I look forward to maintaining my blog and sharing it with my clients!