A Little Birdy Told Me…Week of 8/8/11
Happy Friday! Another week has drawn to an end, and for many on the East Coast, we’re getting a little break from the heat and humidity. I was happy to open the windows overnight and get some fresh air into the house after weeks of circulated air. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t live without air conditioning. But three weeks straight is a little rough. Oh well, we’re that much closer to comfortable weather in the Fall. If you plan on taking a break this weekend, here are this week’s links and posts of interest to share-enjoy!
Making Time for Writing (by @chrisbrogan):
Writing for a blog, plus working full-time, plus a personal life to balance can be tricky. Chris Brogan would be the one to talk when it comes to finding time to write a book, considering all he has on his plate. What I enjoyed about this post was how the tips can apply to writing for anything-especially finding time to write a blog. It’s worth it to try out a few of these tips and to check out the next posts in his series about writing a book because, in the end, writing is writing and we could all use more time to do it.
Higher Ed Communications Catching Up to Social Media (by Karine Joly via @CASEAdvance):
Here is an example of a good, well-organized and presented post about digging deeper into social media statistics with regard to higher education. Author Karine Joly notes that although many statistics point to higher education institutions using social media, it seems they are not using them effectively.
Ms. Joly’s post brings up valid questions to ask when using social media, but the most striking thought came from the comments section. One of the commenters brings up the analogy that just using one social media platform without a strategy is like using a hammer without using the whole tool box to build a house. It’s simply not effective and doesn’t accomplish your goal.
Journalists Under Attack in London Riots (by @pressfreedom) *warning- the photo accompanying this article is a little bloody:
All week, the news (and social media) has been covering the civil unrest in London. It’s a complex and multi-layered issue, but that’s not what this post is about exactly. Instead, the Committee to Protect Journalists demonstrates within the context of current events how the press is not safe in international conflicts, as the media appears to be a target in the London riots.
CPJ’s report includes accounts from several different news organizations, including CNN, who have fled for cover when the violence has been directed at them. It’s a difficult situation when your job depends on your ability to report on dangerous situations, and for the press covering these stories, it can literally be a life or death situation.
An Instagram Day in the Life (by @arikhanson):
An interesting way to keep your blog content fresh is to offer sneak peeks into your “real life.” It’s a great storytelling opportunity, and one that Arik Hanson pulls off wonderfully by sharing his enthusiasm (or obsession) with Instagram by showing his readers a day in his life with pictures. For a former Minneapolis resident, this also tugged at my emotional strings more than it might have his other readers. But Mr. Hanson keeps it interesting, stringing the story along with photos, and also demonstrating what he likes about Instagram.
And since Mr. Hanson’s post has me thinking of home, I found a video to share with you set to a song named for the City of Lakes: