Monthly Archives: January 2014

Cosmo: Magazine -vs- Online

For this blog I am comparing the Cosmopolitan magazine to their online equivalent. It’s been a while since I have read the magazine; I kind of forgot what the experience was like.

Here’s a list of some of the differences I noticed:

  • In the magazine I had to search for the information I was interested in, flipping through many things I had no interest in.
  • Online it was easy to access my desired material
  • I have to mention the cost… The magazine was $5.24 whereas the online experience was free
  • The magazine has a more classy feel
  • Reading online was more blunt and not ‘censored’
  • The products being advertised in the magazine feel out of reach; like it would require a lot of effort to find &/ purchase
  • Online the product information was a click away, if wanted I had the option of purchasing online, not having to leave the house
  • The magazine was composed of personal stories, articles about celebrities, and information about how to have beautiful hair or skin, to me these didn’t give me that instant gratification that I want
  • Online there were articles related to the internet, for example:
    Revenge Porn Sites
    Amazing Woman Confronts Her Alleged Rapist on YouTube
  • There were also hashtags and memes online
  • While reading the magazine, I am distracted by all of the words, ads, and other content. Online I am able to relax and focus on what I want to read
  • Also online I can easily research the information, there are links to similar articles, I can quickly search something I am curious about and I can also read other peoples comments.
  • The comments online seem more real and less staged than the ones in the magazine, which have obviously been read over and edited.
  • Online I can bookmark the information I want to keep, in the magazine I would have to rip the page out, but what if there was something on the other page that I wanted too or it has other information that I don’t want?
  • By accessing the information online I can organize it to my liking.

So what to make of this.. Yes the medium most definitely affects the message. I am an impatient person; the magazine does not suit me. I prefer the online version of Cosmopolitan. I feel that I can relate more to the content offered online.


33 Things About My Life That Won’t Change Your Life

Hello, my name is Paige! I want to welcome you to my first ever blog. I am so excited that you are here! I spent a lot of time thinking of something to blog about. I read many articles about blog topics/themes and still didn’t know what to write about. I was thinking to myself… What am I really good at? Cooking–No. Technology–No. Fitness–No. Any hobbies? Not really. So, I still have nothing.

Finally, today, a lightbulb turned on in my head! I was checking something off of my to do list for the day and one of the last things on there was ‘post on blog’. I love making lists; I have lists for everything! It’s something I am really good at, so why not embrace my wonderful talent and passion and just make more lists!

Before I start I want to show you the oldest list I still have in my possession, written when I was 6 years old (I really have been writing lists my entire life):

So here it goes… 33 things about me

  1. Paige actually isn’t my first name, it’s my middle name
  2. Rylee is my first name
  3. When I was 12 I decided I wanted everyone to call me by my middle name because it was a girl’s name and Rylee was a “boy’s name”
  4. My nickname is P or PB
  5. I am 22
  6. I have a chocolate lab named Lucy, who thinks she is about 50 pounds lighter than she actually is (she’s passed out on my lap snoring at the moment)
  7. Recently I found out that Lucy is allergic to house dust and many other things I have little control over
  8. From the time I started talking until I was about 6 I had an accent; we don’t know where it came from or what it was but I had my own way of saying things
  9. This summer I got engaged!
  10. When we get married my initials will be PP
  11. My fiancé just had surgery on his shoulder and three weeks ago broke his foot
  12. I just gave him 2 percocets to knock him out for a few hours so that I could write this post (kidding but not kidding)
    *Update: It worked*
  13. I love A&W root beer
  14. I went backpacking through Thailand this summer
  15. While in Thailand I fell in love with scuba diving
  16. I am now an Advanced Open Water Diver through SSI, which means I can dive anywhere in the world up to 30 meters
  17. I love grilled cheese sandwiches
  18. I am taking Child Studies at Mount Royal University
  19. I drive a baby blue Nissan Versa (this girl drives standard)
  20. Although I don’t play any sports I have two Calgary Flames jerseys, an Indianapolis Colts jersey, and a Team Canada jersey to support my favourite teams (I still need a Blue Jays jersey)
  21. I work at a drug and alcohol addiction centre for adolescents (aka, never a dull moment)
  22. Right now I really want a McDonalds Oreo McFlurry
  23. On my PVR you would find: SNL, The Bachelor (Juan Pablo=yummy), The Good Wife, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon #lololololololololololololol
  24. I wear my contacts longer than I should
  25. Lucy (my dog) gets really excited when she hears the word ‘Jose’
  26. I can’t cook
  27. I can make a wicked fruit dip
  28. Favourite movies: Footloose & Grease
  29. I have Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop stuck in my head
  30. My Zodiac sign is Scorpio; whatever that means, I don’t really care.
  31. I just watched this funny video, you should watch it too!
  32. I am terrified of spiders; I can’t look at pictures of them, I don’t like talking about them, I can’t even kill a spider because I am too afraid to get that close to it and I am afraid that if I suck it up with the vacuum it will crawl out and seek revenge
  33. I originally wanted to do 100 things about me but let’s be honest, I don’t want to write that many things and you probably don’t care to read 77 more of these so I’ll stop here at 33

Thank you so much for letting me share this with you. Now it’s your turn! Do we share some of the same interests or experiences?