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Filling my online toolbox

In AppMakr, apps, blogs, Facebook, Feed My Inbox, Google Voice, iPhone, journalism, Many Eyes, music, News.me, photography, reporting, research, RSS feeds, Skype, social media, technology, tools on June 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

Fact: I keep coming across Web and smartphone tools that I’m interested in but forget about shortly after hearing about them.

Fact: When I need a tool, I come up shorthanded.

Fact: I love lists.

So to help me remember all the tools at my disposal, I’ve started a “Tools I Love” list on this site. You can find it above under “dash.” Read the rest of this entry »

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30 before 30

In 30 before 30, blogs, coding, commentary, decor, entertainment, family, food, hobbies, journalism, literature, Louisville, music, my life, programming, travel on February 23, 2012 at 9:30 am

A lot of things recently have made me reevaluate the person I am and where I’m at in my life — not the least of which is the fact that I’m turning 30 in October.

On one hand, I feel like I can still get into the head of the person I was at 22, when I was living in Bakersfield. But then again, I go over all the things that have happened since then and know that I must have changed.

And lately, I feel like I’ve slacked off on many of my hobbies and taking journeys, which is what made the decade following high school so much fun.

So this has been running through my head, and then I saw friend Maggie Creamer’s blog “Sometimes you need that.” Read the rest of this entry »

Story ideas with a scone and coffee

In blogs, branding, journalism, reporting, social media, Twitter on September 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

In early August, I wrote about California Watch’s Open Newsroom project, in which its reporters spread out around the state and set up shop in wifi-enabled coffeehouses.

The purpose was to mingle with readers, gathering story ideas while promoting California Watch at the same time.

I wanted to do something similar on my new beat covering Oldham County at the Louisville Courier-Journal and am happy to report that earlier this month I did.

The Courier-Journal dubbed the event “C-J on the Go,” and along with promoting the fact that I would be sitting around a coffeehouse for five hours in the newspaper and on my blog, we shot a promotional video, the link to which is happily no longer available online — being on video is not my favorite thing to do — and set up a live blog for me to update throughout the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Google Voice helps me look like a local

In apps, blogs, Google Voice, journalism, reporting, social media, technology on August 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

Google Voice is my new, impressive, close acquaintance who is on the way to becoming a great friend.

I signed up for Google Voice last week, and really started exploring it today. And so far, I like.

(I know I’m probably a little late to the game on this, but I figure that since I didn’t understand all the ins and outs of this until now, there are probably others who still don’t as well.)

Google Voice is free for the most part and allows you to forward calls to any number of phones using a number provided by Google.

I was initially intrigued for these reasons:

  • My cell phone number is long distance from where I now live. Having a local number makes it easier for sources with land lines to call me, reiterates that I’m local and beats carrying around two phones or changing the number I’ve had for close to 10 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Meeting readers outside the newsroom — a novel idea

In blogs, branding, Facebook, Google+, journalism, reporting, social media, technology, Twitter on August 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

I suppose it’s a little insulting that this strikes me and others, including the Nieman Journalism Lab, as innovative.

Going to where the readers are, making yourself available for coffee — groundbreaking to be sure.

But, really, I’m quite taken with this.

Earlier this week, California Watch, an initiative of the nonpartisan Center for Investigative Reporting, had its reporters spread out around the state — and even beyond — and set up shop in wifi-enabled coffeehouses.

They call it Open Newsroom, and this most recent one was its fourth to date. The idea is that reporters mingle with readers, gathering story ideas while promoting California Watch at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »

My what-what guide to using social media

In blogs, branding, commentary, Facebook, Foursquare, Google+, journalism, reporting, social media, technology, Tumblr, Twitter on August 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

Lately I’ve really attempted to try everything I can get my fingertips on the keyboard for regarding social media.

And I’m overwhelmed.

In other words, my status update for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google+ would be, “I have so many ways 2 share my thoughts that they’re rendering me speechless. Approaching social media overload. Brain is exploding. (X_X).”

Just under 140 characters of course.

I really had this feeling when I was starting a Tumblr account the other night. I kept wondering what the heck am I going to use this for. I get that Tumblr posts are longer than tweets and shorter than Facebook updates but … still. Read the rest of this entry »

Not gaga for Google+

In apps, blogs, branding, commentary, Facebook, Foursquare, Google+, iPhone, journalism, Skype, social media, technology, Twitter on July 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

OK. I’ll bite. The siren song of a new social media fad beckons, and I can’t avoid its call.

So … I now have a Google+ account.

I signed up last week and have tried to use it more over the last couple of days.

And I respect what Google is going for. It’s like Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Foursquare and probably some other applications I haven’t yet realized all wrapped up into one.

And from a marketing and development standpoint, this seems like a solid idea: Why would anyone use five different sites when they could use just one?

Still, I have my doubts that it will reach the popularity of any of these individual sites, but I’ll save my this-upstart-will-never-make-it-in-the-wide-world-of-social-media rant for the end of this post. Read the rest of this entry »

Take part in study on Facebook and mourning

In blogs, Facebook, research, social media, technology on July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Stacie Jankowski, a very close friend of mine, is recruiting Facebook users to participate in a 10-minute survey about Facebook use after a friend or loved one has died.

Her blog, Buried the Lead, has some information about the survey. You can also directly get to the survey by clicking here.

The survey is part of a doctoral research project, and she especially needs men to take part, she said. Right now, the ladies far outnumber male participants.

Please take part and help out a journalist-turned-researcher!

(Insert witty title about me here)

In blogs, branding, commentary, journalism, my life, sarcasm, social media on July 26, 2011 at 3:48 am

I’ll freely admit that blogs are self-promoting. And, I suppose, this one won’t be any different.

But despite the blatant promotion of me, I hope that my blog will be witty, entertaining, informational, (insert funny, flattering adjective here).

I want to write about journalism, things I come across around town, randomness and maybe a few home improvement projects stuck in between — things that all interest me.

Me, me, me, me, me.

(Insert winky face to show sarcasm here.)

But while I’m on the self-promotion crazy train, I’m going to take this a step further with a little Q&A with myself about my blog.

Bask in the multiple-personality awesomeness.

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