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Deep Winter Blues!

January 10, 2017 Leave a comment

Lately, I have been in a “winter funk” combined with the busyness of the holidays and all the post election media, I just haven’t felt like writing (or doing anything for that matter).

But, it is now a new  year! So, a few professional New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Professionally re-position myself and pivot towards my passion and away from the things that drain my energy, leave me mentally exhausted, and unfulfilled. This is my fancy way of saying, I am going to pursue new employment adventures!
  2. Write more. Here and else where. Personally and professionally.
  3. Make it a point to reach-out and network more and increase my social media presence.

Like most, 2016 has professionally and personally have left me feeling drained, mentally exhausted, and yearning for a new year and new opportunities.

For some real soulful “Deep Winter Blues” By Chris Rea. Enjoy.

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#Twitter Purge 2016

Well, I am back to being active on Twitter. It is has been a love/hate relationship. I think this time, I am back and committed to it.

This seems typical of most resolutions. They start with enthusiasm and then it wanes and by March and the person is back to their old habits. …but we’ll see. I even changed my avatar and background.

Regardless, I was reviewing my string and did some purging. It felt good to remove some of those people/organizations that I followed.

 

Purge is a harsh word, I “unfollowed” the following types:

  • Large news organizations (I’m just not going to use twitter for breaking news).
  • Financial and real estate sites were unfollowed. This reflects a shift in interests.
  • People with annoying names. For example I unfollowed one “freak” and another with “fart” in their names. I just couldn’t handle it.
  • Unfollowed were those that kept spamming me ads and pitches to buy stuff.
  • Deleted were those that bombard me with inspirational and motivational messages about change and improvement. Apparently they motivated me!

I tried not to unfollow those who were individuals or those that posted with things relative to my interests such as geekdom, tech, science fiction, and e-learning. Unless they just annoyed the shit out of me.

The truth is, I am pretty excited about having a cleaner feed and about getting information about things, I am interested in and want to pursue.

 

MS Project: A Formative Reflection on Writing

January 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Currently, I am working on my MS project so I can finish degree (finally). The project consists of a course paper and a grant. The focus is a student non-profit consulting project. It is as it sounds, Training and Development students work with Marquette Co. non-profits to implement performance improvement technology. The goal for the students is to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in a real organizational setting with real resource limitations. The goal for the non-profit will be to use the performance intervention for capacity building and to better fulfill their mission.

In any event, I have enjoyed the writing. Surprisingly, I have not always enjoyed writing. “Formatively” reflecting on the project:

  • Writing is easier (much easier) when you know what you are trying to communicate. Preparing to write and communicate your ideas, etc is important. Prep work might almost equal the time it takes to write.
  • Leave good notation from where you left off. Nothing worse than wasting 5 or 10 minutes trying to get back to where you were.
  • Pick it up, touch it, read it, interact with the writing in someway everyday. Even if only for a few minutes.
  • Screw perfection, write to communicate a point.
  • Writing everyday helps. Even if it is just a quick blog post, commenting or LinkedIn group.
  • Be in the moment. When writing don’t think about work, bills, checking Facebook, etc.
  • Writing and communicating are skills, if we don’t use them, they begin to diminish.
  • Think about your ideas, points, etc, when you are away from the keyboard to find clarity.
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread…

I am excited about completing the project, so I can focus on other things….writing.

Writing Template

January 15, 2014 Leave a comment

In order to help me produce more posts and I have designed a several templates, which allow for a different style posts.  Example below:

Topics/Keywords:

Title:

Introduction: Introduce article, provide, author name, link, political persuasion, bias, etc.

Summary: Provide a brief 1 to 2 paragraph synopsis of the article

So What? Or the Takeaway: What is it that you want your readers to take from the article. Why is it important? Why does the article matter?

I have constructed the template as table (tables are a great way to structure documents and forms).

 On the the left hand side,  I have what I call my “map.” I use the map to help me structure my thoughts and the article.  On the right side of the table is where I write my post using the left column as my guide. Then I simply paste over to WordPress and quickly format, preview, and post.
So far,  I have found it a helpful and efficient way to write.  My next step will be to integrate a more links and media to my writing. Ironically for this post, I did not use the template!

Expert Status?

December 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Looking to gain expertise status in an industry, field, or discipline? Tried blogging?

If the answer is “no” you may want to start.

See: If you’re Serious About Ideas, Get Serious About Blogging and Want to Grow Your Business With Blogging? Here’s Your Quick-Start Guide

Both explain the importance and how to use a blog to become an expert. Of course there is always the issue of driving traffic to your blog, which can always be a challenge!