Woo Hoo!

I bought the best thing ever a few days ago. A Kindle. i’ve been looking at one for a while and thought it would be so nice to have, for several reasons. It wasn’t until I met up with Josh Bancroft a few weeks ago to talk about wikis that I got the chance to see a Kindle live and in person. It is so cool! You can have hundreds of books on your Kindle. You can subscribe to magazines, newspapers and of course buy books, load free books and so much more.

I just got the Kindle last night, plugged it in to charge it and then in a couple of hours started reading the Jun 16th edition of Time magazine. How cool is that? I also chose some books and had them loaded on my Kindle. It’s so super easy. I mean you just go tot he Kindle store, choose your book, etc and then it’s one click for purchase and then in seconds it’s sent to your Kindle via their wispernet system. I mean I didn’t have to subscribe to a wireless account or anything. I guess it uses the same technology that cell phones use. Basically if you’re in a location that gets cell service, you’ve got wifi access on your Kindle. Awesome!!

Honestly, I can’t even say enough about this cool toy. I love the idea that I can read magazines, books and more from one device. I love that I can jump from one to the other, leave notes in the book, etc. There’s just so much to say about this thing. I can’t imagine not having one if you’re an avid reader. I’m sure it won’t be long until we’re getting one for Eric. He loves reading too!

More on the Kindle to come later as I use it more!

“Kindle: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device” (Amazon)


Web 2.0 Challenges

I can’t even believe that it’s been so long since I last posted. I mean, where did the month of May go? I have found that blogging has become a challenge for me. I mean, I’ve never been one of those people that blogs all the time, or that has tons to say. I do enjoy blogging though. I like sharing what I’m doing with my life with my family and friends. I love learning from others and finding new, fun things from others.

Ok, I have to start this post by saying I LOVE Web 2.0 (yeah, I hate the term too!) technology but I’m finding it a challenge too. I am the sort of person that’s good at multi-tasking, but there’s so much. You’d think this would mean I would be great at reading blogs (yes, I use Google Reader), posting to my blog, and just generally keeping up with things. I feel like a “techie geeky girl” but then I feel at other times like I’m not even close.

So here are my challenges. I’m looking for ideas here on how to deal with things.

Challenge 1: Keeping up with blogs

  • I really love reading blogs and what others have to say. I just find the challenge in keeping up with it all. I want to, really I do, I just don’t know how. I’ve cut my rss feeds down to something like 200, which is pretty good for me. I have found that there are some posts I read throughly and others I just scan. I just have that, “if I don’t subscribe, I’ll miss something” feeling. I just want to keep up with the things I’m interested in. I think it’s important to keep up with my industry too and learn what others have to say about eLearning and instructional design. I have found I’ve gotten in the habit where the number of unread posts will get so high I just hit the “mark all as read” so I don’t feel like it’s staring me in the face, but at the same time I feel guilty because I’m sure there was something great in some of those posts and I missed them. Argh!!! I can never win.

Challenge 2: Writing to my blog

  • I have never been a writer. I mean, when I was a child I always wanted to journal, thought I should journal but I’d only get a few entries in and then I wouldn’t do any more for a LONG time. I’m finding that same challenge as an adult. I’ve tried to post when I have something to say and not put the added pressure on myself to always post once a week or some frequency.
  • I often find myself going through the day and composing a blog post in my head about neat things I’ve learned that day or something I want to share. Sadly, it doesn’t get put down and I find that it’s the end of the day and I can’t remember what I wanted to write, let alone do I have the time to write it.
  • Another issue is that I’m hypersensitive about my writing. Ok, what do I mean? Well, I know I’m not a great writer. English has never been my strong suit. I mean, I don’t care about dangling participles and things. I care about the message. Bad, I know. It didn’t help that recently, when I was interviewing for a job, the manager asked me this, ” I looked at your blog and noticed a lot of writing errors, is that an indication that you lack attention to detail?” I so couldn’t believe that. To me blogging is all about getting the idea down and sharing with others. I consider it more of a free writing space. If I was writing a formal article for a newspaper, or other publication, then my all means I agree that the write needs to follow English rules but a personal blog… I don’t know, maybe I’m missing something.

Challenge 3: Finding time

  • Who doesn’t have this challenge? I find it so difficult to make the time and find the time to read, write or post. I also find it difficult to keep up with all the places I am at. I mean, I have a Facebook account, a Linkedin, Squido, Goodreads, and more. I’ve often thought of making some sort of mashup that is a page that has all of these things I’m in, just so I can keep them all straight. I know, it’s crazy to be a part of all of these things but, at the same time, isn’t that part of social networking? I mean there’s a reason I’m part of each. Everything from having friends there to meeting people professionally in that location and more.
  • I do know that if I reduced other things, like scrapbooking and my hobbies I might have more time for reading, but i don’t want to do that. I love being creative, it’s really my outlet and stress reliever. I think I just need to turn the tv off more and read or something.

So there it is, my challenges warts and all. Does anyone else face these challenges? How do you deal with them. I welcome ideas and would love to chat more about fitting technology into your life.