Has it really been a year? Last September, I decided to dust off my blog, then titled “Insights by Terri Webster Schrandt.” I looked at the WordPress Reader and saw the invitation for Blogging 101. Although I started my blog in October, 2011, it was very narrowly focused and bored even me. It was time for a fresh start.
In looking back, I have no idea what compelled me to take on this task. I was planning to retire in a few months from my day job in parks and recreation, teaching two nights a week, and I was busier than ever. I cannot believe how much my life has changed now that I am a blogger! It took me a while to even admit that as part of my identity.
I have always enjoyed writing. I am much more of a journalist, a non-fiction writer, maybe going as far as being a feature writer. In Blogging 101, we were asked to dig deep. This is when I changed my blog’s name and focus to “Perspectives On…Life, Work and Leisure.” Now that I am semi-retired, I do not blog so much about work, instead focusing more on the leisure aspects of life.
In Blogging 101, I met and followed a group of new bloggers. Thankfully, they followed me back! In fact, this first post had a whopping three likes. My next post on September 17 Perspective On Reading Others’ Blogs, gushed about how cool it was to be in Blogging 101 and meet other bloggers. That post garnered 13 likes. For a new blogger, that was huge.
Then I wrote an assignment called “Dream Reader” in which we were to write to someone who would never read our blog. The post, Dream Reader: Perspectives on Being a Disappointed Daughter got “rave reviews,” many likes and encouraging comments. I have updated and re-blogged that post for Mother’s Day.
In the prehistoric days of my blog, I participated in several of the daily prompts. I really had no idea what I was doing. By mid-October I started figuring it out. And I titled all my blog posts “Perspectives On…blahblah…” Yes, I stopped that practice. Not that there was anything wrong with it…
For the one-year anniversary, I changed the image on this blog post. I had used an image pulled from the Internet.
One thing I have learned (among the many hundreds of do’s and don’ts about blogging) is to use my own images as much as possible, or at least, use stock photos to avoid a copyright infringement lawsuit. This image is a free stock photo that I edited with PicMonkey. Lawsuits have happened and it is not pretty. Please be careful, even if you give credit to the image on your blog!
Too much information? Probably. If you haven’t yet, go back and look at your first few posts and see what has changed, or improved from what you are doing now.
So please indulge me by reading my first post below.
Originally titled: TMI
Overload Alert “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” — Gertrude Stein
Do you agree? While information overload is a perhaps a common malady as a result of technology, it is not necessarily a destroyer of common sense.
As a part-time lecturer in a university, teaching in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration (aka RPTA), I am bombarded with great ideas of thoughts and issues I can share with my students in the course I teach called Management of Recreation Facilities. Just today, I read an e-mail about how another park district is handling their wading pool water at the end of each day. At work, an issue came up about one of our softball facilities. I tell my students that I could stand there in the classroom and just tell war stories all day, and many of them said “that would be great, we can learn practical experience from you first-hand.”
My first instinct with the wading pool e-mail was to download the article, and link it to our Blackboard page. I have begun writing notes to myself about daily facility issues that I can use in my lectures. I have found that when delivering information face-to-face in the classroom, that it is very gratifying to see facial expressions, pencils writing and interest (yes, sometimes a bored look) as I describe a situation.
Sidebar: In my research into the Four Generations, I found that college students (mostly Millennials), although they are masters in the digital world, prefer to be in a real classroom with the professor learning face-to-face. In contrast, Baby Boomers, who love their ubiquitous face-to-face meetings, ultimately prefer e-learning for themselves, rather than sit in a classroom. Very interesting.
This is a TMI moment that I had to share. Yes, we live in an “information overload” culture, but it is our decision to read it, save it, ignore it, link it, or share it, either face-to-face or digitally. At the end of the day, we all want information but it is ours to do with as we please.
Not too bad, eh? Even a year later, this post is still relevant.
One more item before I close. When I started Blogging 101 a year ago, I met some wonderful bloggers who are still blogging, and whom I look forward to reading. Here is a short list of bloggers who have been with me since the beginning:
Marty from Retirement Lifestyle
I am sure there are others who have come and gone, as well as hundreds of other bloggers who now follow this blog. It has been a wonderful journey so far and I look forward to more years with you!