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Words? Words? Where are you?

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So this summer I thought I would be able to sit down, chillax (seriously, chillax isn’t a word?), drink tea by the gallon and write up a storm. Apparently it has taken me till now to realize… It ain’t happening. Now you must be wondering why or maybe you have read my previous post about getting my AWESOME summer job.

Basically to sum it up in 150 characters or less: By time I get home I am so exhausted that I barely make it into the house without falling on my face, tripping on my cat, or just deciding to sleep right there on the floor in front of the door. (Total words: 41)

On top of working full time I am trying to finish a online/distance education course to make up for the one I failed during the semester. Thankfully most of the assignments are fairly easy and I am working through them steadily. Getting them handed in? That’s another story…

But today I got some writing done before work! I am so pleased with myself even though what I accomplished is maybe 500 words or about half a page. Although I have not been able to work on it since, my lunch hour was spent discussing articles in the Metro, I have the paper right beside me if I have a sudden burst of inspiration. This morning when I was working my goal was to get a head start on a dual point of view scene between 2 of my main character at first then adding a 3rd and perhaps 4th later. It is a challenging scene but I am looking forward to getting it done!

Hey Hey! Thanks for all the follows, I just recieved notification that A Munchkin’s Word World has surpassed 50 followers! Thank you, I honestly never would have thought it would happen (especially since I keep forgetting to post; bad munchkin, bad).

Maybe I will have something to report more in a while but for now I need to get back to work.

Lab Results #3: The Debriefing of a Librarian Technician in Training

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Holla Minions!!

Today debriefing focuses on the lesson we had in class about microblogging via twitter! In our assignment we were given 3 questions to choose from and to write a blog post about it. I chose the third question:

If you already have a Twitter account, discuss your experiences with it. Do you use it often? Do you use it to connect with friends or groups and organizations? What do you like and dislike about Twitter?

Alrighty, lets get started! I’m going to break down the question so it makes it easier for you to read and for me to write.

If you already have a Twitter account, discuss your experiences with it. I have had a twitter account for a number of years, well two actually. At first, when I was twitter naiive, I didn’t realize that you could change the @___ bit so I deleted the entire account…and restarted. 

Do you use it often? I use my twitter account very often and many times a day at all times. I will tweet about everything and anything…to an extent. I mean obviously there are just something you don’t put up on the internet. Sometimes I will post silly pictures that I have found on different sites or post quotes that I found moving or stupid or humorous. I am also notorious for linking my instagram account to my twitter account sometimes but in all honesty I’d rather just post the picture a second time on twitter without the fuss. 

Do you use it to connect with friends or groups and organizations? I do follow quite a number of people and organizations. If you want an approximate number I probably follow roughly 200 people and/or organizations.

Out of my friends I know I only follow two of them who are actually on twitter often (I even have notifications set so when they tweet I’m ready.) When we tweet usually we have some sort of conversation whether it has to do with school, or some sports event that we both have a mutual interest in. My one friend doesn’t like sports, well except Spain in World Cup/FIFA, so we discuss books or we send each other links and pictures that we have found to each other.

**When I start snorting in class, usually its because I’ve logged onto my twitter and found something ridiculous that my friend tweeted me or instant messaged me**

Besides them I follow various people on twitter who have to do with my interests. I follow an awesome lady in the Netherlands who just started her first semester as a highschool english teacher and her tweets are awesome! I followed her originally because she writes and I love writing. Through her I followed some other people but soon un-followed because of various reasons.

Regarding organizations I follow many different organizations and famous people such as the official geocaching feed, some libraries, popular music groups and artists, published authors that I absolutely adore and a couple authors from various websites such as Wattpad. I also follow various CBC.ca feeds; including The Strombo ShowGeorge Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and CBC Books.

What do you like and dislike about Twitter?

If I had to address just one thing that I dislike about twitter my biggest munchkin pet peeve is that when I come across someone who is being super negative about a band I enjoy and they are literally spamming them and clawing at other people’s twitterthroats I wish either one of these two things:

  1. There was some kind of button that you can push that sends them a message saying that they are being idiotic and would they stop please?
    (For now I suppose the block button will have to do even though it is not as fun)
  2. Reporting this kind of behavior on twitter is easier. The few times I have had to do this resulted in my IpodTouch flying across the room, nearly hitting my friend a couple times, because of all the forms that you have to fill out and such. IN OTHER WORDS trying to stop people from spamming twitter is hard. I don’t like it. I just want to be able stop the spam.
    On the other hand…shouldn’t twitter be able to stop it? Or have some kind of moderation plan?

What I love about twitter…Oh lordy.

First thing I probably love about it is that I am able to follow, in real time, people who are deemed to be “unreachable” such as movie stars, authors, and people who you see on the T.V.

Second thing I love is that I am actually able to interact with those “unreachable” people through just sending a tweet. Sometimes you get a response, which sends an erruption of glee through the system, but generally you will not. Which is fine. Its my opinion that every tweet is seen by the person who you sent it to.

Although I am not yellow…and I havn’t worn overalls since I was like 5…Its a minion. A munchkin minion.

Third thing I love is that I get to “meet” new people who have common interests. Its always a blast when you get a tweet from them saying, “Whasss up?”

As a side note, at this time I will not be adding my twitter account to my blog. Though if I find any interesting articles via twitter and feel the need to comment on them with more than the prescribed dosage of words twitter gives…you may see them pop up on here. If in the future I find that maybe adding my twitter account here is a good thing…then I will, but for now it will not be. Thank you. If you wish to follow me or for me to follow you umm..comment. Or just follow A Munchkin’s Word World!

Lab Results #2: The Debriefing of a Librarian Technician in Training

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Today’s lesson in my multimedia class was (insert drum roll here)…BLOGGING! It was very interesting to see how different library blogs are run and what kind of effort the page is being subjected. Read down for more!

::Todays Debriefing Questions::

1. What new information did you gain from today’s lab on blogs?

 I found it very interesting on how many different types of blogs are out there and seeing how it is possible to make webs with them by just linking one blog to another through hyerplinks and cool techiness.

It impressed me on how the response of the readers does have an effect on what happens in a blog being created if the parent website is getting interaction with a specific member of the team or whatever floats the views at that point in time. Its a pretty genius idea: driving your website readers to more of the good thing by setting up a blog dedicated just to a section of your news paper.

2. Out of the 5 blogs you looked at in Activity 2, which one(s) did you prefer?
I was definitely impressed with the blogs from Georgia State University Library CollectionWaterloo Public Library Bookclub Book ReviewsMohawk College Library Brain Blog for Students and The Unquiet Library- High School Media Centre. I have even subscribed to three of them becayse they impressed me so much. Why? What was of interest to you on it? First thing that impressed me was that the layouts of the blogs were all user friendly. In my mind that is a very important aspect to every blog since you want people to be able to interact with them. Second I was highly impressed with how much time and effort has been put into those sites to keep them updated with a fresh look and feel. I almost didn’t want to go away from them and their articles are brilliant. (Which is why I subscribed.) On the other hand when I clicked the link to the Hillsdale Public Library Teen Blog I immediately felt like it was a waste of time being on the site! It just seemed like it had been put up there for the sake of. It has not been tended since its last blog post!

3. In your own words, discuss the ways in which you think using a blog in libraries could be useful to patrons. I think that a blog for libraries is an important thing because it adds a human and personal touch to an already fairly inhuman/alien cyberspace for many people. If someone is unsure about using the internet then it is nice if a library has a blog which is so user interactive that even someone who has never been on the internet before has a feeling of comfort.

Blogging for a library would also be a good investment as advertising since many people do go through their catalogs online. The blog should enhance the patron’s experience with the library rather than take away anything. It should be informative, updated, and give more than just book facts but other relevant posts (such as interesting facts, or news about big authors and publishing houses) that would be of interest.