Author: aglin11

Twitter Conversation

Recently I tweeted one of my favorite blog writers, Brian Rubenstein, to ask how he got into writing, he eventually became a writer for The Soup, Tosh.O, and currently the show Suburgatory.

I tweeted him…

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So I emailed him. I had his email previously from having to ask him for his password to his new blog site.

His response…(click to enlarge)

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I really enjoy Brian’s writing style for my entertainment purposes. Although I may not be necessarily be aiming for a profession in the writing for entertainment industry I still enjoy most forms and styles of writing and find it a wonderful way to express myself. If anyone I can touch me with their styles of writing I consider it pretty special and unique and Brian’s writing does that for me which I reached out to him.

Re: Social Media Tools

I am not going to lie, being enrolled in this module really opened my eyes to the many apps, widgets and devices (whatever you want to call them) that the internet now offers to us. Being your standard 23 year old girl my internet activity tends to be focused solely on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. for personal and recreational reasons.

Social Media Examiner listed “29 Social Media Tools Recommended by the Pros” and it really surprised me by how many tools there are for expanding off of those popular social media apps (shareroot). I also surprised by the usefulness they serve in their own way (pocket, anyone?).

I think the only one I’d add on is hoot suite. I heard about hootsuite in a meeting for sports club presidents and how to promote their clubs. They recommended hootsuite because it lets you manage all your social media apps at once! If you are captain of the soccer team you might want to let people know when the game is and hootsuite allows you to put that on Twitter and Facebook at the same time. You can even schedule ahead of time when a post goes up, like a week before the game or 24 hours before the game.

I am glad I got to take this course that introduced me to some really useful apps for finding good resources that can help me with my education and beyond! #tfws14 for life!

This post inspired by: @TheJennAdams tweet

Re: Gender Equality

I really enjoyed Maggie’s post on an article about a girl losing her faith in religion in order for her to accept gender equality. These types of post are very eye opening and inspiring to me. I can relate to her in the fact that through life we all faces challenges and things that push us to an edge. The only thing that helps us at that point is to trust yourself and go with it.

I think the author of this article is someone who is a good candidate for speaking for gender equality. She is effective because she has seen both sides of the situation. She was raised as a biblical literalist and struggled to find herself outside of those beliefs. Someone who might not have that experience may very well not think twice about the societal roles men and women play.

This article really made me think ad I hope to read more about the same subject.

Re: The wrong way to teach grammar

Yesiris from class recently tweeted a short article posted on the Atlantic about the most effective way to teach Grammar. It seems the old way of repetitive pencil to paper exercises don’t prove themselves well. It seems one study even showed three separate students with different strategies to learning grammar. The third group was never provided grammar lessons but given creative writing lessons. Not one exceed the other except it seemed the two groups that had grammar lessons despised it!

I agree with the backwards design way to teach grammar through writing, rather than writing from grammar. I definitely think this almost makes learning the grammar a more personal experience for students. This is because they are learning from their writing and not a unified lesson that they may not understand. I would say it is considered differentiated learning because it’s a personal approach to how children learn. The way children learn grammar through their work makes it almost automatically streamlined to fit them. They will learn it and incorporate it into their writing by their terms not by “correct terms.”

I feel with the rules of grammar, you feel forced to write a certain way with a certain voice. Hopefully this approach is picked up by other schools and institutions to help give students their own voice in a still legible, intellectual manner.

Is your LinkedIn profile your friend or foe?

As a newcomer in some aspects of social media myself (I just recently got a twitter account less than a year ago) some places of the internet have still been left unexplored by me.

One of those is a LinkedIn profile. I have never taken the time to do so because I did not know if my educational or work background was profound enough to start one. However, after stumbling upon this article I am glad I have never started it yet!

It seems as though many people entering the online realm of professional profile making may have been daunted, confused, or bored by the entire process and left it unfinished. With that being said your online reputation is already being judged by future employers from your “unfishined business.”

Stephanie Sammons, the author, explains that doing a Google search of your name probably results in your personal sites first such as your Facebook or Twitter site. This can hinder you if you have not yet started and completed a professional profile such as LinkedIn.

As the author says “If you don’t define your online reputation, it will define you.”

So what I learned from reading this piece it is that it’s important to sit down and put some time aside to really revamp your online image especially right before going out to search for a future career. Knowing myself personally, I know I  have not completed my educational journey yet, so that part would be left unfinished. When the time came around for me to graduate and to go out to get a job, would I have remembered to polish up my LinkedIn profile or would it have gone forgotten?

Another great quote from this article I enjoyed was: “Your online reputation precedes your offline reputation in the digital age.” 

With that being said an unfinished profile might result in a potential employer thinking you are insufficient in starting and finishing projects. As time goes on technology will be more and more included in the hiring process and it’s important to cover all your bases and know how to present yourself professionally online.

To make sure you are taking the right steps to creating an effective online profile, you can check out another post I made featuring a checklist of important things to include in your LinkedIn page.

Social Media Parody Video

This parody video was made by the local Fox channel in Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas. It starts with the first 20 seconds or so seeming like your average news channel coverage on the scene of a city hall shootout. However, when it comes time to see the reporters on the scene, the first one is tweeting and the next reporter even takes a “selfie” with a dead victim found at the crime scene!

I think the spoofs in this video really highlight how we use some of the social media and how ridiculous they can honestly sound. How silly did the one reporter sound telling us about her checking into “Foursquare” at Starbucks?

The example of the reporter tweeting the shooting and not actually being involved in what was going around him hit home for me. I know there have definitely been times when I out was somewhere too busy trying to get the perfect Instagram photo or tweeting about it rather than actually just enjoying it in the moment.

It may sound silly saying all these things (skyping, tweeting, liking a page) out loud and watching others engage in them so seriously is a little cringe inducing but I think it brings something important to mind.

It is okay to be an active user in all outlets of social media. However, to immerse yourself so deeply that you lose touch with the reality of a situation is when a red flag should be raised. After watching this video, perhaps next time you go to use social media you’ll do so more consciously and with purpose. I know I will!

Social Media Task List

Since the popularity and explosion of technology and social media, many people have turned to the computer and internet for advertisement or business related purposes. Since many of these people probably started out with personal profiles before professional, it can be tricky to determine what is important when it comes to maintaining their professional electronic profile.

While browsing through Zite I came across this article that featured a graphic “checklist” one could use to determine if you are using your technology in the most effective way possible.

Having a personal profile such as Facebook, you get the satisfaction of posting about your breakfast, ranting about that episode of “The Bachelor” or sharing photos of the snow day. With a professional profile not as much. While it may be fun to incorporate some personal touches into a business or professional page, it can be distracting.

I think one of the most important things to take from this list is staying connected with others. When you interact with others through the correct way, people are drawn to your site and want to keep coming back. If you never respond or post anything of relevancy that might interest your audience, they may think you’re just a robot behind the computer screen.

Another important thing to keep in mind is relevancy. If you are a person running a twitter website for a certain company that deals with (for example) fitness, you should stick to retweeing/tweeting about other tweets that have to do with fitness. Make your professional profile stay on track.

While these little tasks may seem time consuming, they are important to utilize into your social media routine to obtain the best results. Engaging and connecting with one another the right way really ties people together and strengthens the 0nline community in the most healthy, beneficial way possible. Whether it be expanding your business or advertising, this task list is a good place to start.

Response to Jay Bolter articles

In our Intro to Writing Arts class we were assigned by professor Wolff and respond to two articles we read for his class. The First Article is Titled “Writing in the Late Age of Print” and the second “Writing As Technology.” I took a quote from each piece and gave my opinion on what I got out of it.

In Bolter’s first article Writing in the Late Age of Print that discusses the role of technology in for printing and literary uses. It is argued throughout that although technology is a different medium and provides different experiences with texts, it is still just as useful and insightful as words printed on a paper. In one part of the article Bolter mentions how critics claim that technology will never replace printed books due to the fact that you cannot bring your “computer in bed” (p. 8). Seeing as this article was written in 2001 and he talks about how technology is advancing to the point where we can, today we see how true his prediction is. With devices such as the Kindle and Nook technological devices are being invented to specifically replace the comfort of reading a printed page on a device without the discomforting feel of “using a computer.”

In Bolter’s second article Writing As Technology I think makes an excellent point of accepting how our culture and literary needs change within the times. Bolter claims: “Our literature culture is simple using the new tools provided by digital technology to reconfigure the relationship between material practices of writing and the ideal of writing that these practices express” (p.18). We must be able to acknowledge these differences in technological writing and not look at how the texts is be presented through technology but what programs are used and consider the use of the programs to be a literary act itself. Personally I do not believe the expression of words through a computer on any set program- whether it be blogging, tweeting, or even in a visual Prezi prevention- prevents a message from getting across. I compare it to a photo of poverty and hungry to an article written about the same topic. Both express the topic in different ways, without being done in a right or wrong way.


Bolter, J.D. (2001). Introduction: Writing in the late age of printWriting space: Computers, hypertext, and the remediation of print. Mahwah, NJ: LEA. 1-13. [pdf]

Bolter, J.D. (2001). Writing as technologyWriting space: Computers, hypertext, and the remediation of print. Mahwah, NJ: LEA. 14 – 26. [pdf]