It's been ages since I've taken the time to post to this blog. I gave up trying to get through all 23 of the 23 things--it seems easier to find a purpose for any one and then "master" it. Though Twitter still confounds me. Maybe I'm too wordy to sum up the day in a sentence?
I've discovered that the more time I spend learning new things to do on the internet, the more time I spend doing them. I go to Facebook to find out what my kids and grandkids have been up to, and then spend half an hour messing around with Farmtown. Then I'll take one of the quizzes, and before I know it, two and a half hours have passed, and what have I accomplished?
It's an eye opener to me that I can waste such vast amounts of time on the internet. No wonder people who use the library's internet want to be on longer than an hour. It's too easy to get caught up in something, and poof, your time is up.
Twitter still is like a foreign language to me, and there seems to be no point to it. Guess that will end my tweets or tweetings or whatever they are called.
I found a new website called StumbleUpon. It's one way to find some unusual websites, and get recommendations from others for websites. I've just discovered it, and I need to spend more time with it, but it seems kind of fun. But as with everything else, the jury is still out!
Ok, so I've done a blog, I played with RSS feeds, Twitter, FaceBook (and I did download a photo to it!), and LibraryThing, all due to 23 Things on a Stick, and More Things.... I appreciate that, as even though it's not much, it's a heck of a lot for me.
I've come a long way in the last few weeks. I actually am using/reading Twitter, and whoopty-doo. I'm not that impressed with it. I'll give it a few months, and then, if it doesn't seem to grab me, I'll give it up. Does it have a purpose, or is it just another "thing" on the internet? Maybe I'm missing the point, and need to learn more about it. Hmm.
My kids suggested I get on Facebook, so I did. Now I'm addicted to the game Farm Town. Talk about silly. I enjoy Facebook as I can see pictures of my kids and grandkids, and nieces and nephews and their kids, and even a sister! It's fun to keep up with them all, and Facebook is an easy way to do it.
It's been a heck of a couple of months. I registered for More Things as I really wanted to get more technically and interntly (is that a word?) adept. Didn't happen. Due to budget cuts, my library system is cutting hours, and as a result, I spent a whole lot of the last couple of months working on schedules, and dealing with endless details on what needs to happen before and what will happen after the hours change. And of course it's been a little stressful. I can't even read lately--if it's a book that requires any type of thinking on my part, forget it. No concentration whatsoever. You know those cheesy little romances? Well, they have even been a struggle lately. It's the pits. And of course, in a little over a month, summer will be here, along with all the little darlings and their parents coming in to the library and keeping us busier than busy. And who knows? The new schedule has cut hours, which may make our "busy" into something out of a nightmare. I'm having trouble staying positive on this one.
But in the words of someone that should be famous if they aren't, "This too shall become a memory."
A few weeks ago (or probably longer, who knows?), I read THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Shaffer. It's an epistolary novel (I love that phrase and I love that style of book) and so well done. I felt I knew the characters by the time it ended. I've heard the book on cd is well done, also. I highly recommend it!
Well, here I go again. Three strikes and I'm out, so I have to make it through this version of 23 things. I set a goal this year of getting my weeding done at work, and am adding a goal of finishing 23 things this time around. I figure if I put in 15 or 20 minutes a day for a while, and get into the habit, I'll get this finished. Wish me luck.
Good books read recently:
STILL ALICE by Lisa Genova. The story of a woman's descent into Alzheimer's from her point of view. Rather eye-opening.
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman. Wonderful story, very imaginative and creative, with an action-packed storyline. I'd recommend this to adults and kids!
It's a good idea to look at what ACL currently has and what we could do to at least get on the road to 2.0. I'm pretty sure we are trying to do that, but it's a bit more difficult now in these times of budget problems. Sometimes it's hard to scrape up the funds to be adequately staffed during the busy summer. But I agree wholeheartedly that if we don't make at least a few moves toward the future and what our customers, current and new, want, we'll be left in the dust. 23 Things on a Stick is my contribution. If I know what's out there, I can of course give a more learned opinion on what the next step is in our progress toward Library 2.0.
It's been a busier summer than ever, and the last thing I've been able to do is post to this blog. But the end will be here sooner than I know, so I'm trying to get started. Here's post 2 to a neglected blog.