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My First Wikipedia Experience

Conrad Aiken as a Boy

Conrad Aiken as a Boy

Music I heard with you was more than music,
And bread I broke with you was more than bread;
Now that I am without you, all is desolate;
All that was once so beautiful is dead. ~Conrad Aiken, Music I Heard

This is the first verse of one of Conrad Aiken’s poems. Aiken’s poetry is some of the well-known and award-winning American work in the 20th century. I stumbled across Aiken’s poetry when researching a topic to edit for my class’ Wikipedia project and was intrigued by his story.

When I searched for Aiken’s page on Wikipedia, I was surprised to find out that the information was very limited and quite disorganized. This is when I decided that his page would be my focus. His page was missing three main things:

  • Selected works
  • Awards and Recognitions
  • “Snapshot” biography box and photo at top right of screen

With some detailed research, organization, and patience, I was able to insert a solid list of selected works and notable awards. Looking at other poets’ wiki pages (e.g., Robert Frost and Maya Angelou) proved to be very helpful in determining a sufficient layout/format. The biography box was a bit more of a challenge; I had to cut & paste the section from those “edit” pages and adjust it with Aiken’s information. Another challenge was keeping track of the references and including the appropriate external links. The final challenge was inserting a picture. With all of Wikipedia’s copyright rules and guidelines, and after many failed attempts, I decided to give up on this one aspect of the page. I do admit that I was a bit disappointed by this, but got over it 🙂

I think that editing a page was much easier than creating a page from scratch, mainly since I did not understand all the formatting tricks. However, despite the challenge, I would definitely edit a page again if I got the opportunity and if I found a topic that I cared enough about!

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