Farewell Post–Until Next Time

We’ve hit the end of the road for Sunny Side Up. I started this blog at the beginning of class not really knowing where it was going to take me. Along the way I discovered new places, enjoyed good food, and made new friends. Overall, I would call that a success.

Although the blog is ending, my love for diners and breakfast food certainly will not. This, and anything else I get into, you can keep up with on my twitter at @LaurenPurnellNJ. I can’t promise in depth reviews, but I do snap the occasional picture of my breakfast.

During this semester, I’ve been pushed to my limits. As a full time student and a full time employee at Wawa, it is sometimes difficult to balance all of my class work let alone an interactive blog on top of it.

Through Sunny Side Up, I definitely learned how to budget my time better. I had to plan ahead more and reach out to people to get quotes for my stories. There were times where I had an interview lined up and it fell through, I had to act of my feet and reach out to someone while I was out at one of their locations and simply ask them for their opinion.

Through my interviews over the semester I’ve learned how to network. Every connection that you made can be used to some way during your career. I’ve learned to keep track of the people that I meet and what their area of expertise is, just in case they may be able to answer a question that I have at a later date. I’ve also learned to keep my distance, you want these connections to remain a working relationship.

I’d like to say that my skills have improved as the semester went on. The thing that I now know to focus on the most are my photos. Writing I can do, taking pictures are a different story. Not always being proud of the photos that I post, I now take extra time and care when shooting for different stories. I pay attention to things like light, positioning, and distractions in the background.

Over all, I’m happy with this blog. I got to do something that I love to do with my friends, and share it with other people. I wanted this to be fun for the reader as well, focusing on bright colors and lighthearted topics, and I hope I was able to bring a smile to some of your faces.

Here are some of my favorite moments:

  • Sitting at the Westampton Diner and shooting video. It took me a lot of tries to get everything right and at least an hour of editing, but I produced something that I can say that I am proud of.
  • Ordering at IHop was really fun. Taking photos was really fun. Uploading the photos later and critiquing my work later, not so fun. Going forward I was definitely be focusing on taking more professional looking photos.
  • My interview with Robyn Austin is a memory that I am fond of. She is more of a “person-on-the-street” type interview but she had some really interesting things to say that related to my beat. It just goes to show that you never really know where you will find a story.
  • Previewing Amy’s Omelette House and then following up later with a review is something that I think added flare to my blog. The reader was able to learn about the diner and check out its social media and reviews and then later see how it actually looks and feels to be there.
  • My first visit to the Liberty II Diner also went really well, I was happy with how I formatted the article and spaced out the photos so that the text was broken up and it made the story more enjoyable for the reader.

These are just some of the highlights from my semester with Sunny Side Up. Thank you so much for following, and remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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