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grasping for some gasp-worthy action

I’m stuck.  I have tried to write this blog post several times.  I want to truly dig into the 10 Rules for Brilliant Women.  But I hit a wall.  I know that I haven’t been pushing my boundaries – haven’t been taking gasp-level leaps – but I am not even feeling like I know what that would look like for me right now.  The most gasp-worthy thing I feel like I can do is publish an unfinished journal entry. Not answering the questions before me. Maybe I’ll be able to come back to it later.

In the meantime, here are the prompts the lovely Tara Mohr offered for Rule #3.

accepting suggestions…ekt

Rule #3: Gasp

Start doing things that make you gasp and get the adrenaline flowing. Ask yourself, “What’s the gasp-level action here?” Your fears and a tough inner critic will chatter in your head. That’s normal, and just fine. When you hear that repetitive, irrational, mean inner critic, name it for what it is, and remember, it’s just a fearful liar, trying to protect you from any real or seeming risks. Go for the gasps and learn how false your inner critic’s narrative really is, and how conquerable your fears.

Journaling Questions:
What is a gasp-level action I need to take in my relationships or family life?
What is a gasp-level action I need to take in my professional life?
What is a gasp-level action I need to take in my personal life
What one gasp-level action am I willing to commit to doing this week?

Assignment:

Pick a gasp-level action for today, and do it! Write down your commitment here.

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a tasty dose of nourishment

I love delicious.  I would be 100% okay with that being the extent of my post on social bookmarking sites, but I’ll elaborate anyway.

Originally, when I heard about delicious, I was skeptical.  What was the point?  I have my very own set of bookmarks on my computer.  The website isn’t organized in way that was initially intuitive for me, so I ignored it.  Clearly, my web 2.0 karma decided that I shouldn’t ignore the technology I don’t feel like trying.

I taught a leadership course this summer and used delicious to share a bunch of great leadership activities and articles with my students.  It was fantastic!  Rather than sending an email or printing out a page of links they should read, I directed them to my delicious site and showed them how to find what they needed.  It was amazing!  Plenty of professional uses available here; I’ll need to continue to explore that realm, though.

Personally, I’ve found delicious even more helpful.  If I get an email about an interesting article that I might want to reference later, I can bookmark it.  A friend found an absolutely amazing photographer in the area, and I was absolutely astonished by her beautiful images.  I’d love to have her take my wedding photos or children’s portraits…someday.  It would be weird to bookmark that site on my computer.  I’d probably save the link in a word document somewhere that I save and lose.  Delicious to the rescue!

The home page is also a lot of fun; I’ve found some great sites through the “recently tagged” and top rated.  It’s a fun way to explore the web in a personally relate-able context.

Amazing.  Useful.  Easy.  Check me out @ ekathleeng

On a side note, one of my RAs has proved to be an endless resource of random information.  Every time he tells a random tidbit, I ask why he knows this.  He almost always cites stumbleupon.com.

Hmm…less than 10 minutes?  ekg

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blink!

The latest Web 2.0 element I’ve tackled is online photo sharing.  Let me say that my favorite thing about Facebook is sharing photos!  I am a bit of a self-described photographer, and I love posting photos to Facebook and reading comments from folks.  It’s been really great to connect with Zoe’s breeder and her littermate’s “parents” through Facebook photos.  That being said, I’ve never used any other websites for photo sharing, so I explored flickr.com for this week’s assignment.

I like that the first thing flickr tells you is that the most important thing about their site is community and that you should read the community guidelines.  There I go with my rules again!

Unfortunately, after spending a decent amount of time uploading photos to Flickr to create a pretty slideshow for my sidebar, I found out that Flickr and WordPress  do not play together as well as I might like.  Everyone who is participating in the 13 things @ Coe project chose to stick with Blogger rather than WordPress, so hopefully they’re having an easier time.  At the end of the day, I like the format of my finished blog a LOT better here, so, as with other bits of technology, I’ve made my choice and I’m happy with it.

When attempting to edit photos on Flickr, it actually took me to another site, one that some folks had mentioned as one of the Web 2.0 sites they frequent.  Picnik seems cool, with some interesting and fun editing and imagery options; at the end of the day, though, while it was fun to play around with, it’s not something I’m overly interested in.

After searching around the WordPress help section, I eventually found a process/site that supports slideshows on WordPress called Slide.  I haven’t gotten one on my sidebar yet (ARGH!), but I added one to my roots and sprouts pages, so check them out!  Again, though, not as easy as I would have liked.  It actually took me hours.  Thumbs down on that.

Overall, I don’t think that flickr really improves much of my life, especially since I do most of my photo editing on my computer with Microsoft Office Picture Manager before they ever hit the web.  Plus, anyone I want to share photos with is already on Facebook, so it eliminates a step.  Slide can pull photos from Facebook in addition to Flickr (and lots of other sites), so I can even keep using that for WordPress without Flickr.  I did “follow the rules” and upload a Flickr photo here, so at least I gave it a try.  Today, just to show me, Facebook wouldn’t upload any photos, so I used Flickr and sent a link.  Not as useful as I would have liked (I’ll end up loading them onto Facebook to commence tagging, etc.), but technology does have a way of saying — No!  Do it MY way!

I’ve started exploring some more Web 2.0 spots on my own, like delicious.  Not sure I’m hooked yet, but we’ll see.  Overall, Web 2.0 is taking up a little more of my life than I would prefer as of late.  Time to go outside and play.

As a closing thought, our next assignment is Twitter.  Eke.  Not so much looking forward to this one.

until I’m tweeting, ekg

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