My partner for the first peer review is Eleni Papadoulis, whose website is titled Exquisitely Eleni; I like the website’s name as it ties in with the theme of being inside Eleni’s mind. Diving into the different blog posts will be something new for me as I am not used to reading about mental health, self-development and articles that touch on emotions. The use of the slider to showcase different blog posts is also a favourite of mine; it allows the visitor to quickly view various posts without sorting through the tabs, which I find useful as a first time visitor.
Eleni’s about me section is filled with details about Eleni; the reader is first brought to a picture of Eleni, allowing the reader to better connect with whose work they are reading. I think for the blog theme, this is necessary; as Eleni is providing tips on mental health and self-development, a reader is more likely to take the advice if they can relate with the author. The use of this picture alone minimizes authority between Eleni and the reader; visitors may feel more inclined to leave a comment on the post due to Eleni showcasing a photo and personal interests creating a deeper connection to the reader (Suler 2004, para. 14-15). Eleni continues to connect by making a list including zodiac sign, cultural heritage, personal interest, and career goals, which will allow individuals who may share the same characteristics to gain further interest in Eleni’s blog.
Eleni’s website has numerous posts so far, yet I decided to start with the blog posts; this tab’s home page is simple; this allows the reader to view a brief excerpt of each post and then further view as they please. The first blog post gives the reader an inside into Eleni’s life as she explains why she chose this theme of the blog and why she thinks it’s important to prioritize self-care. Eleni explains a new journal called “The Five Minute Journal,” not only does she explain what the journal is, but she also explains why it has worked for her, which I think is necessary; the link to the journal was a nice touch as well.
The next blog entry is Eleni self-reflecting. Eleni expresses how she has had trouble expressing emotions to anyone outside of herself and often neglects self-improvement by focusing on school first. Eleni looks to use her blog as a medium of expressing her deeper feelings; as Suler explains, individuals online have a better opportunity to go deeper within their thoughts (2006, para. 24). Eleni wraps the post by posting the link to a blog she had created over ten years ago, reflecting on her memorable blog attempt in the past. Eleni’s next post is written from the perspective of Joy. Joy is writing on the site giving advice on how to stay positive, such as creating a list, giving compliments to yourself, and creating memorable memories. This piece is well written as it is filled with a joyful tone, which resembles the character quite well within her actual role.
The latest blog post is Eleni’s most personal of them all, titled “Mental Health: Anxiety and Therapy” Eleni dives into her battle with anxiety and overcoming the thought of what others think. Eleni explains the process of finding a therapist while explaining the self-resistance that she faced when booking an appointment. She explains the benefits of the sessions with the therapist. Eleni describes how she came to the point of finally booking an appointment with a therapist by the pandemic taking a toll, and how over the past few years, she has felt anxious about certain things. An important note she mentions is that therapy is not the solution for everyone, yet it is beneficial to make an attempt. Eleni explains alternatives such as help-lines, meditations and breathing exercises.
Eleni’s process posts give the reader another aspect to her everyday life; the post about talking to a stranger may seem like a small encounter to some is quite substantial to someone who does not often speak out as she claims herself to be. Eleni discusses how she interacts with individuals online, which is an important aspect in today’s day and age. This attributes to differential situational context as mentioned in Suler (2004 para. 33).
The latest process post explains how Eleni would react if the internet were to be gone forever, a tough question for many yet an important question. Through reading this post, a reader can gain appreciation on how much the internet affects individuals; this question can be answered in many different ways. Eleni showcases how vital the internet is to herself; this allows the individual to see another side of Eleni as a person that we have not seen before in her previous posts.
I believe that Eleni’s blog is overall very well put together; I found it hard to find much wrong with the blog, the blog posts gain the reader’s attention throughout as well as the process posts. Although I would suggest making a post on the home page to summarize the approach of the blog, I had the benefit of knowing the theme of the blog before visiting, yet others may be confused without visiting the about section or the first post. Eleni incorporates links and readings from each week very well; nothing feels forced or unnatural when reading the different posts. I enjoyed visiting the site and will be coming back for tips on self-development!
Suler, John. 2004. “The Online Disinhibition Effect.” Available from: Cyberpsychology & behavior 7.3 (2004): 321-326. http://truecenterpublishing.com/psycyber/disinhibit.html