Is this site just some sort of self congratulatory thing?
Can’t quite figure out its purpose or why I frequently end up on it when I’m googling (it always appears at the top of search results) genuine, useful info on OU
Someone not called Bob.
Dear Someone not called Bob,
Thanks for your email, and for having the gumption to use the contact form instead of leaving a comment on an unrelated post. I hope you don’t mind me reprinting and replying to your kind words here, as I cannot reply directly to your made-up email address.
This is a blog. Wikipedia defines a blog as such:
A blog (a blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary [or] descriptions of events. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.
The purpose of this blog is threefold. 1) It is a personal journal for myself charting my progress through the courses leading up to the Open University’s BSc Psychology degree, maintained and archived for future reference. 2) It is a resource and a help for fellow students: although I do not go into too much detail about assignments, it is hopefully useful to know how someone else is progressing through the courses, and tackling the essays in particular and the courses in general. 3) It is a forum for asking and answering questions; I have had many comments, and a few discussions have been held about the topics covered and the way the courses have been run.
You say you are looking for “genuine” sites – how is this not so? Obviously, the most genuine site would be the OU’s homepage, which I assume you are aware of. If not, it is here: The Open University. You also state you want useful information – perhaps you can expand on what you mean by “useful”? If you want information about the courses, I would again refer you to the OU homepage. If you are already undertaking some courses but cannot do the assignments perhaps a word with your tutor would be helpful. Maybe you should also consider whether you are up to it and if these courses are for you.
Why does it always appear at the top of your Google searches? Without going into too much detail, when Google indexes websites it picks up on words used on the site’s pages: therefore when someone (for example, you) search for “I want the answer to DD101 Social Sciences TMA01″, Google knows this site has most of those words, and hey presto! If you don’t want to frequently end up here, Google helpfully indicates the website it has pulled pages from which should help you avoid clicking on any links to this site.
I would assume Google links to this site because there are very few OU blogs (I have links to some of the others in the sidebar, if you wish to send them snotty emails too). If you think you can do better maybe you would like to start your own? I would heartily recommend WordPress or maybe Blogger.
And yes, I suppose this site is “some sort of self congratulatory thing”. Like the majority of Open University students I have undertaken these courses on a part time basis whilst continuing to work full time, spend time with my wife and child, and maintain something of a social life. You will forgive me if I am proud of what I am doing and what I have achieved so far, as all students would be.
Please feel free to leave any further comments you wish to make.