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I am a 20 year old wanna be blogger who loves family, friends, soccer, food, and fun and is just trying to figure out life one blog post at a time.

Chris Meyers

Weekly Participation Report: Week 3

5 min read

It's been a long week folks. This week has by far been the busiest of the summer. I learned tools on how to investigate and evaluate claims we see on the Internet for credibility, used these tools to investigate and establish credibility for a claim of my own, and tried my writing hand at blogging. 

To start the week off, we used Mike Caufield's Web Literacy Textbook as a guide to help us evaluate an assigned website for credibility. I learned a lot of new tools and tricks to help me establish websites credibility, which is something I've never really had to do before. Sure I've had assignments in which I was required to use credible sources, but to complete those assignments I would usually only use online databases or scholarly websites dedicated to academia. If I ever did have to evaluate a website that was outside of these "safe" ones, it was a long, hard, confusing, and tedious task to explore credibility and this week made me realize how I was going about the process the entirely wrong way. The main thing I learned from this exercise was the importance of reading laterally, or looking at outside sources when evaluating a website or claim for credibility. It wasn't good enough to use a website's about page to try to establish credibility. You need to branch out to other sites and sources that have evaluated the claims we are looking at as well. Google scholar searches, web domain searches, identifying sponsored content, working 'upstream', and finding a journal's impact factor are all new tools that helped me evaluate the credibility for content I was seeing on the internet, and helped me immensely when it came time to working on the big assignment for the week. 

Our project this week was to investigate and evaluate a claim for the Digital Polarization Project. To complete this take, we were assigned into groups. We were to explore and familiarize ourselves with the Digital Polarization project, and investigate and report about our assigned claim. Working with a group for this particular assignment was basically a blessing. Because searching for a web content's credibility was still such a new and hard concept, it was nice to be able to have a group of people working on the same claim. We were able to discuss our findings and ask questions to direct each other until we reached a group consensus for the credibility of our claim, and then built a wiki page that contained the findings of the credibility of our claim and how we reached our decision. The internet allows us to access a multitude of information. In this digital age, being able to evaluate what we see and separate the credible from the crap is an important tool to have at one's disposal. Through the Digital Polarization Project, my team was able to not only use tools to evaluate a claim for credibility, but put out proof of our research so other's can see and hopefully learn like I did how it is important to always view information critically and not believe everything you read before you really understand it. 

The second portion of my week was dedicated to our second module. Within my Digital Polarization group, we decided to do the blogging module. At first, I was a little hesitant about this module. I am an avid blog reader, but I didn't know how I felt about trying to be a blogger myself. But I am so happy that I was a part of this module. For how often I read blogging, it was nice to research and learn more about the blogging of culture itself and to try myself out as a blogger. If I wanted to be a blogger, I first had to figure out what type of blog I wanted. To do so, I explored and tried different blog and CMS platforms until I found the one that I felt worked best for me. Once I got the style of my want to be blog down, I had to work on the content. This came with a lot of trial and error. Trying to come up with topics to blog about was by far the hardest step in this module. The module gave us suggestions for things to blog about, and I definitely used those as inspiration.  I know that blogs usually serve the purpose of containing one over arching theme and contain posts that fall under this theme, but because I was unsure of what type of blog I wanted I decided to take a different approach.  I decided that I was going to challenge myself to pick 3 different topics about my life and blog about them. By the end of this experience, I was hooked on blogging. What started off as a class assignment turned into something I view as a new hobby. I don't know if people will look at what I wrote, but to be honest I don't care. I had fun blogging and even came up with some ideas of blogs I could, and wish, to pursue in the future. 

 

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Chris Meyers

A Pizza My Heart

6 min read

On my road to being a blogger thus far, I have introduced you to my life as a soccer player and informed and educated you about an illness that has effected my life for over 13 years. But today, for this blog, I am about to share with you something that is very near and dear to my heart....

Food. Let's face it, there's a reason people eat food. Sure you can go all scienific and tell me about the biological and metabolic life processes that require energy from food. But what about the joy that comes from food. The smells, the tastes, the connections you make with others over a shared meal. There's nothing better. N.O.T.H.I.N.G.

Okay, maybe that last statement was a bit dramatic. But again like I said, I really love food. And there's one food group that stands out about the others for me: pizza. (Yes, pizza is a food group). Pizza is like blogging: there are endless possibilities. You can have a breakfast pizza, you can try different toppings or suaces, you can make it for dessert and top it with marshmellows and chocolate, and you can get it individualized or bigger than your face. I am Italian, so pizza and I have a close relastionship. 

I believe that I am not alone in my fandom of pizza. But if you are from the DMV area, you may think that your pizza choices are limited to "Dignornio or delivery". That is why I am here. My blog post today is more for your entertainment purposes, but nevertheless, I believe you will find it also informative. I chose to attempt a different style for this post, but I think it willl serve the purpose I have today.

What is that purpose you may ask? Well, I am here to share with you the best places to find pizza in the DMV area, that doesn't come from your regular Pizza Hut, Dominos, or Papa Johns.

(Side note: not saying that these pizza places are bad. As you may have guessed I am a lover of all pizza. But for the purpose of this post I wish to focus on pizza places people may not know of or frequently use to fulfill their pizza needs.)

So here it is... the must visit pizza places that will steal a 'pizza' your heart.

5. Santinis

If there is one thing that we in the DMV could learn from our fellow city friends up in New York, it's how to make pizza. Now whether or not Santinis could be considered close to authentic New York Pizza is probably unlikely, but here in Virginia, it's as close as we can get. You can opt for a slice of classic cheese, or go with the works. However you like it, you can't go worng at Santinis. All of their pizza's are made fresh to order so you will never be dissapointed when that warm slice is placed in front of you. One slice will satiisfy your pizza cravings, but if you go for two I don't blame you.

Pros: Pickup or eat in option, cheap, sells in slice of whole, fast service

Cons: Not the greatest crust (okay so this is the only con but all pizza lovers understand crust can make or break a pizza)

4. We the Pizza

We the pizza is another New York inspired pizza place and carries that city inspiration in every pie it creates. Enjoy an extreme variety of choices, from classic cheese to bbq or vegetarian to meat lovers, by the slice or a medium or large pizza. Thier sauces are delicious, their toppings are fresh, and the crust in the perfect combination of crunchy and soft. Order online and pickup in store, or grab a seat and dine in. Have a business meeting or a party? We the Pizza has you covered. They offer specials for caterring and will meet any party needs you have. Whatever you pizza you decide, make sure to wash it down with one of the restaraunts homemmade fruity sodas. 

Pros: Quality pizza, variety of choices, carry out or dine in

Cons: Not easy access (really have only seen the restaraunt in DC, but its worth a trip into the city.)

3. Tesoro Pizzaria

Tesoro Pizza is a casual pizza eatery with Italian flare. Enjoy a slice of their various hot and delicious pizza in their cozy dining area. Quench your piza cravings a step further, and try their hommeade garlic knots served with a side cup of warmed marinara. With their authentic homemmade sauce and fresh toppings, Tesoro brings a slice of Italy to DC. 

Pros: Authentic Italian food (pizzas and pastas), Best crust I've evere eaten 

Cons: Cash only, small location, not sold by the slice 

2. Benny's

Any pizza lovers dream consists of pizza slices bigger than your head. These dreams come true at Benny's Pizza. Benny's pizza was made famous for its gigantic slices of pizza. With their big porportions comes big flavor. All slices of pizza are made fresh to order. Although your choices are limited to cheese, pepporoni, suasage, or the special of the day, it meets the needs of every pizza lover. Enjoy it by the slice, or put in an order for a whole pie (but be warned, you must pick it up and it does not easily fit through doors.) Again, one slice should satisfy your pizza cravings, but if you go for two...I'm not judging. 

Pros: Huge slices for cheap, fresh and hot pizza

Cons: Only avalable in a couple of locations

1. Mod Pizza

Mod pizza only recently entered the pizza scene, but has since stolen a peice of every pizza lovers heart. Imagine Chipotle, but for pizza. Either choose from a menu of pizzas, or from their multitude of sauces and toppings. All pizzas are made fresh to order and are cooked in a stone pizza oven. When you are done enjoying you personalized pizza made just for you, finish off your meal with Mod's very own Dessert pizza. Made of cinnamin sugr and finished with a vanilla frosting drizzle, it is the perfect end to your pizza meal. Becasue after all, what better time to eat piza, then after just finishing pizza. 

Pros: Cheap, Make your own, fast servie, made fresh to order, many locations

Cons: No delivery or pickup 

 

Chris Meyers

Just My Type

6 min read

I have a question for you. If John has 20 candy bars and he eats 12, how many does John have? 

A) 8 

B) idk

C) Diabetes

What was yout answer? 

I have to admit, I didn't make this queation up. Odds are, you knew this This question is from a popular meme. And becasue its a meme, the answer is never the obvious choice. So if you guessed C) Diabetes, you guessed correctly. 

Yes this meme was made for humor purposes, and I hate to be the buzz kill that taks the humor out of a joke, but it has some "truth" to it. Diabetes is an illness not many people know about. They have heard of it, and think they know what it is, but this diseases has a lot of misconcpetions around it. There is a stigma and stereotype surrounding diabetes. When people think about diabetes, they think of overweight old people who eat too much sugar. They think that if you have this illness, you can't eat anything with sugar or else you die. I know this becasue I'be heard it all said to my face before. 

On my road to being a blogger, I am testing out different blog styles. My first blog post was a descriptive one. It was a intoriduction to me and my life. This blog post continues with that theme (a look into my life) but with a different style. I want this blog post to be an informtaive one to educate others about the misunderstood illness that is a part of my life: Diabetes. 

Diabetes is characterized as a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to insulin is either inhibited or impaired somehow. It requires constant care and close attention to blood glucose levels.There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2. Both types deal with complication's of the pancreas' ability to produce and and process insulin. However, Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in that affects the body's ability to produe a sufficient amount of insulin it needs. This type of diabetes is usually associated with poor nutrition and obesity. It is treated with either daily injection shots of inuslin, or insulin pills and can usually be cured with proper nutrition and exercise. Type 1 diabetes is different. It is a chronic condition in which the pancreas no longer secreats any insulin and is usually due to either prior illness or genetics. It is treated with daily injection shots and close moderation of carbohydrate intake, but there is currently no cure. 

People often do not know that there are two forms of diabetes, and that they mean different things. For the most part, people associate diabetes and those who have it to suffer only from type 2. They view them as overweight, and maybe even blame them, saying that it's thier fault they suffer from it and if they ust lost weight or exercised from it they would be fine. Coming from someone who suffers from Type 1 Diabetes, there is nothing more disheartening then hearing these false assumptions.

First of all, Diabetes is a disease and in no way, shape, or form anyone's "fault." I was diagnosed when I was 11. The reason was said to be because of genetics. Type 1 Diabetes runs in my family. It doesn't effect everyone in the family but for unknown reasons effects only some individuals fo a family. The doctors said that me getting diabetes was inevitable and wasn't so much a matter or if, but a matter of when.  

My diabetes requires constant around the clock care and moditoring. I meticulously count my cards, check my blood sugars, and give daily shots of insulin. Some days I get it right, some days I get it wrong. If I get it 'right', I can live my life and do and eat practically whatever I want. When I get it 'wrong', I suffer from high or low blood sugars, which results in either fatigue, neasuia, migrane, dizziness, confusion, and in extreme cases, can lead to a coma. It's a hard balancing act, and there's no real way of knowing how to get it 'right' or 'wrong'. I just do my best with what I can do. The same goes for those who suffer from Type 2. They follow a similair regimine of constant care, and work their hardest to get their blood sugars to where they can be. 

Whether you suffer from type 2 or type 1, I know how disheartening it is to hear comments from others who don't truly understand this disease. I used to get upset or annoyed when people would make incorrect statemants or questions regarding my illness, but now I welcome those comments. I welcom them beause I use it as a chance to educate others of my disease. 

This disease, and anyone who has it, is not limiting. Type 1 diabetics can play sports, indulge in sugary sweats, and travel just like anyone else. It requires a little more constant care then others are used to, but we do it. I understand why people get confused about this disease, but that is why I take the time to educate anyone who makes a false assumption or asks a question regarding my disease. 

Did you know that Type 1 diabetes effects 3 million people around the world? Or that 1 in 10 Americans have the illness? DId you know that with quality care and moniterring, Diabetics can live long,healthy lives. They can win gold medals, run marathons, start a family, climb mountains, and have succesful careers in any profession they choose. I emplore people to educate themselves of this disease, and I emplore those who have the disease to educate others. We are so close to finding a cure for diabetes, and we will get even closer with the support and education of all indiviudals. 

Together, we can turn type 1 into type none. 

 

http://www.jdrf.org/

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Chris Meyers

Kicking it for real

7 min read

Blogs are a reflection of the author. And if I want to make a blog that reflects who I am, I wanted to start off my blog posts by sharing the thing that is the biggest reflection of who I am: and that is my life as a soccer player.

I was not an attractive child. You are probably wondering what this has to do with my life as a soccer player but bear with me, I'm getting to that. I was born weighing in at 11 lbs. 9 ounces and was 23 inches long. I came out more like a monster than a baby and was supposed to be boy, shocking everyone by turning out to be a girl. My parents figured that as I would grow, I would grow to be more proportionate with my weight and height to the norm that they had seen with my older siblings, but this wasn't the case. As I grew older, I grew bigger and taller, and it was not to my advantage. Most children start walking when they are around 9 months to a year old. Me on the other hand? I didn't take my first steps until I was almost 22 months old and wasn't fully and independently walking for another couple of months. My coordination and developmental processes were slow and lacking. But despite all these challenges, I was an extremely happy child and was loved by my family unconditionally, but it seemed that genetics was stacked against me and to the great disappointment me of my dad, I was not destined to be an athletic child. But that certainly didn't stop me from trying. 

My older sisters both started their athletic careers by dancing. And because I looked up to my older sisters so much and pretty much copied their every move, I asked my mom to enroll me in a couple of the dance classes. As you can imagine, I struggled a lot. My balance was basically non-existent; I had a difficult time memorizing all the choreography, and had about as much grace as a horse in roller skates. So after only a couple of classes, I quickly learned that my body wasn't made for the world of dance. 

Following my short-lived life as a dancer, I was extremely self-conscious and began developing some serious social anxiety and self-confidence issues. I knew I wanted to be involved in sports, but felt that I didn't fit the athletic mold and lacked the basic talent it required to be an athlete. My parents however, weren't as quick to give up as I was. They enrolled me in camps for swimming, softball, basketball, and tennis. And every camp just left me feeling more and more defeated. By the time I turned 7, my parents asked me if I wanted to try one last camp. A couple of my close friends' mothers had enrolled them in a local soccer camp, and wanted to see if I wished to join. The last thing I wanted to do was to embarrass myself in front of my friends, but I also feared missing out. So, with much resignation and hesitation, I agreed I'd give it a shot. 

I'd love to sit here and say that a miracle occurred. That the minute I stepped foot into my cleats and onto that soccer field, my life morphed into a scene from a movie and I discovered my raw, natural talent for soccer. But my life isn't a movie and I was god awful at soccer. However, for the first time in my life, I didn't care. I had never felt so much joy doing a sport and never wanted that camp to end. My lack of hand eye coordination didn't matter, and I loved the aggressive and competitive nature of the sport. By the end of that summer, I actually had gotten a lot better and developed more skill, agility, and coordination than I ever had before. I developed a passion for soccer and never wanted to be without it. 

My newfound love for this sport quickly turned into an obsession. I tried out for a local travel team, and actually made it. I quickly developed close relationships with my teammates, and still frequently talk to some of those girls to this day. I spent my days coming home from school, grabbing a soccer ball and heading straight to my backyard to practice. I'd stay out there until my mom would call me in to work on my homework for a little until it was time to get in the car and go to my team's practice. This ritual became my lifestyle, and was one I followed all the way up until my time in high school. 

You may think that with all this time and effort I put into this sport was because of my love for it, and it was. But underneath, those insecurities and anxieties that followed me around from camp to camp and sport to sport as a young child never left me, and as much as I loved soccer, this love scared me. I didn't want soccer to be another failed attempt at me trying to be athletic. I didn't want to be left disappointed and crushed like I was when I played all those other sports, so I vowed to myself to work nonstop to be the best soccer player I could be. This promise yielded positive results, and I eventually went on to rack up accomplishments like being voted team captain, making my varsity high school team as a freshmen, winning a national championship at age 15, and even committing to continue my soccer career collegiately at the University of Mary Washington. But this positive results never came without its setbacks. The anxiety I felt with my insecurities of never feeling good enough manifested a permanent place in me, and was present in every area of my life.  

Soccer gave me a place to work though these insecurities. I knew that with hard work, practice, and sacrifice, I would get where I wanted to go. Whenever thoughts of self-doubt would arise, I took these thoughts as a challenge, a challenge I wouldn’t succumb to without a fight. I work my hardest to prove these thoughts wrong, and this mindset helped in all aspect of my anxious life. 

Whether your sport is an individual sport or a team sport, the pressures of competition can weigh heavy on anyone. No one likes to lose, and everyone likes to be the best at what they do. If there is one thing I have learned through my life as an anxious athlete, this is true. But another thing I've learned in my life as an anxious athlete is that anything in life that you love never presents itself to be easy. 

My life has been compromised of self-doubt. Of insecurities and anxieties telling me I can't do something, or I am not good enough. Everyone has experienced the same thoughts at one point in their lifetime. And these thoughts and obstacles make it difficult to do the things we love. From childhood to adulthood, soccer has been both a source and an outlet for my anxieties and insecurities. My life as a soccer player has been my title for the last 13 years of my life, and although I only have 2 years left to step on a filed, I will never cease to be a soccer player. It has taught me to work through obstacles that arise in any part of my life, and has showed me the value of hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance. It is who I am, and has helped me learn who I want to be. 

So, who are you?