Reading blogs this last month has been fun. Usually I’ll tell myself that I don’t have time, but after beginning Rudai23 I’ve made time, and in so doing I’ve proven to myself that I can, after all, spend time reading people’s blogs and not just techie sites and the news. It has been an entertaining, insightful, educational and sometimes emotional experience.
I summoned up the courage to comment on some blogs, even if it was just to thank them for sharing. It’s amazing how eloquent some folk are, and how willingly they share professional advice. I have also begun to follow a few more librarians’ blogs, managed to gain 3 followers to mine and have responded to one very kind comment on one of my posts, for which I was very grateful.
Keeping a diary for years, where I only wrote for my personal reflection and for therapeutic reasons was, to me, a safe option.
Now, blogging for public view I find to be quite daunting. My efforts left me feeling as if I’d written a few university assignments, actually. :p I know I’m not a natural writer, so it takes many drafts before I’m satisfied enough (well sort of) to publish a post.
Fortunately, completing the Copyright course through ALIA, just as I began with 23 Things, proved to be fortuitous, in that using images from online sources was less scary as I was able to search for permissible ones, understand the licences more thoroughly, and cite them correctly.
Working with WordPress has been a mission of sorts. I realise that I should do a few tutorials, even though I’ve used it for a couple of years already, but time is so limited. So I plod on and hold thumbs that the post looks decent when I’m done. I’ve pulled my hair out trying to tweak the appearance of the blog. Perhaps it’s me, or (at the risk of sounding as if I’m blaming my tools) it could be my old laptop, but I find WordPress doesn’t always ‘play along’ and do what I think it should. Grrrr!
Because I have been very interested in online tools over the last few years, and have been using a few of them for just as long, a lot of the first few Things’ content was not new to me. But even so, there were aspects that I learned for the first time, like muting a twitter hashtag or account, or how to use a Twitter chat app. I explored Google more fully, and opened a G+ account and began to use Google calendar. I discovered that one can make a professional URL on LinkedIn, and I appreciated the tips for a professional LinkedIn profile. Facebook was a challenge since I have a personal dislike for the service, but I propose to use it to my advantage this time round. And now, after exploring the site and all the settings, at least I know that if I were asked by a member of the public for help in setting up an account, I would be confident to do so.
The module on personal branding, Thing 3, was fun to engage with, but I have felt uncomfortable with placing emphasis on myself. The write-ups for each Thing are about my experiences, and so invariably the content has too many ‘I’s. However, I am eager to build a professional brand as I believe it contributes positively to one’s chances for employment…so here’s to brands. 😀
These are my reflections until this point. I look forward to continuing and learning more about online tools. If you’re doing the Rudai 23 Things course, please be sure to connect with me on Twitter, using #2016Rudai23. Alternatively, leave a message here.
Clipart from Clipartheaven.com, with thanks. 🙂