It’s interesting to read the associative trails of my fellow students. More than once I have found myself relating so strongly to their brains that I shout in my head “Yes! Yes! I totally get that!” or “Damn! I should have said that!”. For instance, in I’ll Just Leave This Here… the author explains that her screen shot for the associative trails assignment does not accurately represent her thought process. She then goes on to post a more “normal” screen shot of her later searches. When writing my own post for this assignment I actually considered doing just that and then wrote it off.
I related to other posts less. For instance, in Morgan Thinking Things, Morgan is critical of the common tendency of getting distracted by articles or interesting headlines on the internet. I just want to scream out because that sort of curiosity is the best kind! So what if it takes an extra 20 minutes to finish an assignment? You will be much more satisfied at the end of it if you satiate your own curiosity.
I think I was influenced last and most positively by Becca Brehm’s Blog which inspired me and resonated with me. I think what I enjoyed so much about Becca’s post is that she took her curiosity and she ran with it. She took a general and not-necessarily-academic related topic (Post Secret) and pulled something out of it that she wanted to research. I am so envious and inspired by this thought process because Becca is learning about what she wants to in a creative and unhindered manner.
After reading other nuggets and trails, I realize I sort of half-assed my nugget. I was honestly just so uninspired by the essay and because of that I got combative with the writing. I focused on something I disagreed with and just wanted to rip it to shreds. I think if I looked at it with fresh eyes I may be a little more inspired to get creative with the discussion.