Tech-Savvy

My Online Journalism course this semester has been a whole new experience in itself. I’ve not only created and monitored this blog, but I’ve learned how to use programs like Garageband, iMovie, Google Maps, Dipity, Twitter, etc. I’ve really been informed about the wide world of the internet and all there is to do! It seems like the possibilities are endless.

My next assignment for class is to create something “interactive” for my audience to engage themselves in. I’ve decided to create a Google Map of all the places I’ve been this semester. Stay tuned 🙂

Published in: on April 14, 2009 at 7:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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2DO Before I Die

I am in the process of making a list of goals and experiences I want to accomplish in my lifetime. As I walked around Border’s looking for a book for another subject, I ran across 2Do Before I Die: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to the Rest of your Life. On the cover were small pictures with captions like “Plant a Tree” or “Meditate in a Himalayan Cave”. I knew right away I needed to buy it.

2DO Before I Die features personal accounts of experiences people have had when they made it a mission to make a list of things to do in their lifetime. The book helps inspire people to find what THEY want to do in life. It’s broken down in themed chapters. For example, “Roots” deals with perhaps “Meeting a Childhood Hero” or there’s “Challenge” which suggests “Take up Karate”. The levels of the ideas all vary and anyone can find something that they’ve wanted to try.

Another very cool thing is they have a 2DO Before I Die official website that has it’s own blog. Different contributors offer insight daily on what others can try. There is also a section of life lists that the public has started, and people are constantly posting new ideas.

I strongly recommend that everyone gets a copy of the book. It’s an easy read, very creative, and a wonderful inspiration for my very own life list that’s currently in progress!

Published in: on April 3, 2009 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I’m a “Follower”

Apparently, I am now a “follower” in many senses of the word. Yes, I am challenging myself to try out Twitter.

In Online Journalism class, we had a whole lesson on the new phenomena. It’s pretty much everywhere from television shows to online news. Signing into WordPress today, there’s an informational post on how to add Twitter to your blog. Well, that’ what I’m doing.

What is Twitter? I’m still trying to figure that out. It’s been compared to Facebook Status updates and how people constantly tell what they are doing to their social network online. However, people who use Twitter say it’s much different- and in fact, better. Twitter describes itself as “a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” From my recent research, journalists, friends, family, celebrities- everyone seems to have a Twitter account. Where have I been?

I was not going to make an account. I hesitate about signing up for online social networks because of the lack of privacy, plus I hate admitting I’ve given into a trend. But when I received an e-mail from Twitter announcing my mother had invited me to Twitter- yes, even my mother’s with the program- I realized it was time to try something new.

Published in: on March 26, 2009 at 8:37 pm  Comments (1)  
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A Work in Progress

Trying new things for this blog has made me realize there are many experiences I want to have in my life that go beyond just this school semester. I am currently working on a list- similar to a “bucket list”- of goals I want to complete in my lifetime. By the end of this semester, I will post my own personal list.

My challenge to you? Make a list of life goals for yourself too! It’s fun to dream and even better when you accomplish those dreams. Trying everything from new foods to new events has made me more knowledgeable on topics as well as feeling more complete as a person.

Need help? Look to some of these sites for inspiration:

1000 Awesome Things posts daily about the small things in life that make a person happy, counting down from 1000. On March 12, they recognized the way a person feels after getting off of a plane after a long flight. Maybe you could read some posts and see if you’ve experienced life’s small pleasures- and if not, do it!

On March 10, 2009, iCing suggests different ways that people can look at paying bills. By having a more positive mindset in such a bad economy, you could possibly be happier and stress less. “Being content with money issues” or “stressing less” could be a goal on your life list that you work towards.

Sandy’s Year of New Things is a personal blog where a lady named Sandy posts daily as part of her goal to try something new everyday. She reflects in her March 12, 2009 entry how she’s struggling with giving up Dunkin Donuts for lent! Try giving up something that may not be that good for you and replacing it with something healthier!

(These are just several sites I use often for new ideas. Check them out. I’d love to see what ideas you may have in mind so please leave comments!)

-Shana

Published in: on March 12, 2009 at 10:33 am  Comments (2)  
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Buy and Try: Hummus

Food shopping for me is a process rather than a quick twenty minute errand. I read all the labels with every suggested recipe on the back and then compare calorie counts. During this week’s food shopping trip to ShopRite I found myself wandering around (like usual). I ended up in the gourmet section near the strange cheeses and dips when it hit me- I’ve never tried any of them! So, I decided to buy hummus.

I’ve always seen it on menus, suggested with pita bread or fresh veggies. I bought Athenos Roasted Red Pepper for about three dollars, grabbed some tomatoes, cucumbers, and crackers for dipping, and headed home.

My verdict? It was very bland. The texture of the chickpeas and roasted peppers mixed with olive oil made it very thick. I guess I assumed that this would mean it would have more flavor, but it was the opposite.

I guess I’m not understanding the whole hummus fad. I mean there is even blogs about Hummus! But I’m not closed-minded. Maybe I’ll try another brand or flavor. People have even suggested going to a local authentic Greek restaurant which is something I think would hopefully be better than the packaged product I had. So maybe a future goal of mine will be to try homemade, authentic hummus? We will see! 🙂

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Published in: on March 5, 2009 at 11:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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43 Things

It’s interesting to see how things you’ve tried and accomplished in life shape the person you are. 43 Things is a website and book that focuses on self-improvement. 1.5 million registered users post 43 personal goals they want to achieve. As they try these new things, they cross it off their life list. Others can also comment on how they accomplished that same goal or “cheer” a person on. The website has a very cool survey (listed below) that analyzes your personality based on things you’ve done in your life. I suggest filling it out like I did. I’m actually creating a list through their website and also looking to others for inspiration on tasks I can try out.

I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I’m a

Self-Improving Organized Extrovert
Published in: on February 22, 2009 at 10:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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