My associative trails experience is just as I described it in my first blog post, “Thinking Portrait”, a rip current. At first I chose a nugget about the Memex and since it was hard for me to understand I looked it up. Surprisingly, I found a video describing the Memex with a diagram and voice explanation even though the machine doesn’t exist. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to spark my blog, I thought too hard about it and got nowhere.
Luckily I found another interesting nugget about photography, which I randomly connected to the human body. I began to search random words from the nugget for clarity and examples in hopes to trigger this idea. I took my time and thoroughly researched both topics, found great links and added them in as I wrote my blog. When I finished I went a little off course and off topic. I started to look for sites with gifs and certain pictures that I could add to my post.
In the end the metaphor I used in my nugget blog post was true. I said, “experiencing cognition is more important when thinking rather than finding the answer,” which works for me. English isn’t my strongest subject because of the way I think. Sometimes there isn’t always going to be a concrete answer like math, science, or history. When writing you have to use your cognitive thoughts and apply them, not just give an answer.
One also must not rush this process or panic. You will get no where, just as I described being caught in a rip current was like.
My results can be viewed below. After all the random searches for pictures and links, I finished the blog. Although there was a lot of randomness the blog sums up all my searching in one post.