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I use the "2Do" app because I have so many tasks that need to be repeated on certain days of the week or from week-to-week. It helps me by automatically adding those things to my to do list. However, there are two drawbacks to the app. First, clicking a box and watching the task disappear is not nearly as fulfilling as actually crossing the item off of a list. Second, I often find more tasks rotate onto any one day's to do list than I can possibly complete. It's a bit defeating. I just start with the three most important thing and prioritize my way through the day. Whatever I don't get done, I move to the next realistic time.
1 week, 4 days ago on My Work Threw Up on My Bed
@JannaVenardPyle That sounds really annoying. I agree that some people talk just to hear the sound of their voice. That's not good. Plus, classes are short and there's a ton to cover. I would never want to discourage a student from asking questions, but I do hope they're respectful of their classmates (and me) in the way they ask.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 12 Ways to Tick Off Your Professor
@WendyAllenBrunner I actually heard that we aren't suppose to put our textbooks in the library, but I do anyway. I also usually have a couple of older editions in my office that are better than nothing.
My friend Chad made some good points here about student concerns about buying books. We don't have them buy books just because we can, so it's hard to understand that some professors seem to do that and students pay a lot for books they don't need.
I agree that the way students ask the question makes a huge difference. My friend Ellen wrote a book called "Say This, Not That to Your Professor" about these exact types of issues. It's all in the manner in which the question is worded.
Thanks for providing me "Google machine" banter. :)
@marlelew Please do!
1 month ago on Nerd Note: How Zombies Make Your Writing Active
@Tinu Thanks so much!
@James Michael Taylor Thank you so much, James. What a kind thing for you to say.
I guess my assumption on asking "who is calling" is that the person they want to talk to will take the call if they are in the newsroom. Many times the person answering the phone is the only person in the newsroom, so they typically are taking a message. You know how it is, students running in and out between classes and interviews.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate your support.
1 month ago on Pub Manual 101: Newsroom Phone Etiquette
Hmm... I'm not so sure about being a 5-minute teacher. Maybe I don't understand the concept?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Book Recommendation: The 5 Minute Teacher by Mark Barnes #100books
@TammyL Thank you for the recommendations, Tammy!
2 months, 1 week ago on My June Reading Challenge Update #150Books
I work much better in the morning. If I can just get myself from the bed to the shower at a decent time, the rest of the day is golden.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Is There Really a Perfect Time to Blog?
Are we sure it's because of online shopping? Frankly, I like going to outdoor shopping centers more than malls these days. However, I can tell you that the teens around here still hang out at the mall like it's a job.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on R.I.P., Great American Shopping Mall
@audaciouslady Yes, I still use them. That may not be the correct link. I would just search via your plug-ins tab in WP.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on My Toolbox
@KDillabough This gives me hope that I can and will get better at saying no with more experience in doing so. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Your perspective means a lot to me, Kaarina.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Quotable: Saying No
@mssackstein I also do rewrites on journalistic stories, sometimes several times. In the end, students get an average of all of their grades on the writing. However, the better it is, the greater their chance of being published in student media.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on “Miss, can I get some extra credit?”
Wow! I bet the X post was tough!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Saturday Six #532
People want hard news about issues about which they care. They will consume everything they can about something that impacts their lives.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Do News Consumers Really Hate Hard News?
I almost always give a bonus paper in my classes to replace the lowest grade on a regular paper. However, I do not allow it to replace a zero. If you didn't bother the first time, I'm not going to do extra work for you at the end.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on “Miss, can I get some extra credit?”
I'm not sure how publicly praising or using a product in public can NOT be an endorsement.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Dr. Oz Grilled By Congress Over ‘Weight Loss Miracle’ Claims
This is a great list, Gini. I read Nos. 1, 2 and 5. I didn't like The Dinner, but the concept was interesting. I added No. 3 to my reading list. I love that you're doing this. People always are looking for something to read.
3 months, 1 week ago on Summer Reading: Five Novels and One Business Book
I'm not sure our blog design is ever 100 percent what we want. It's an ongoing process. Unfortunately, the last time I tried to alter mine, I messed it all up and had to restore to an older version. I guess it's all part of learning, right?
3 months, 1 week ago on A New Blog Design, But Still Not 100% What I Want
@TammyL You should try Ann Rule. I really love her writing. The Stranger Beside Me is about her personal relationship with Ted Bundy. They were friends and she was writing about his murders while they were happening. How crazy is that? It's a great book.
4 months ago on Book Review: Green River, Running Red #150Books
@Soulati | Hybrid PR I've been a bit more active on LinkedIn lately because I was teaching social media marketing and my students wanted to know specifically about it. I increased my presence for teaching purposes. However, it's difficult to justify spending much time there unless you're doing it for business or on a job search.
4 months, 1 week ago on I’ll Never Forget The Glory Days Of Twitter
My high school algebra teacher told us: "You have to learn algebra to graduate. If you don't graduate, you'll spend the rest of your life slinging tacos at Taco Tico." Well played, Mrs. Poplin. Well played.
4 months, 1 week ago on “Miss, Why does this matter?”
I still love Twitter. It is my favorite social medium because it is most like a conversation. I'm sad to read that you aren't getting much out of it.
We like the lists we're on. That's the thing I find so interesting. If we're not on the list, we may not see the value. If we are, we love it.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on People Lists: Love’m, Hate’m, Got to Click
I like post dates because I also want to know when things were written. However, I do repost evergreen content from time-to-time. I read through it first to see if it should be updated. I prefer these types of posts because I can use them repeatedly in classes. They're really more like "handouts" or teaching tools.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Omitting Post Dates? You Have a New Responsibility!
@KDillabough First, Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! I'll tell you on Facebook too, so it's "real." ;)
I fly through my fiction, but spend a lot more time on non-fiction. I noticed last night that I don't have much fiction that I'm really interested in on my reading list. I think it's time for a trip to the bookstore!
Do you finish books you don't like? That's what slowed me down a bit in April. I started three books that I didn't like, then dropped them. I just can't force myself to read a book that I don't enjoy.
Thanks, as always, for taking the time to read and comment.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on My April Reading Update #150Books
Brain on Fire is my favorite book I've read so far this year. I'm also reading Thrive right now and I'm loving it.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The pile next to the bed… what’s on your summer reading list?
@swrightboucher I forget the high volume warning more times than I care to admit. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Displaying Impeccable Twitter Manners
@tcraft They were difficult to remember because they were different from postal abbreviations. However, it doesn't look like you should delete them from your memory completely. You'll still need to use them on lists, datelines, etc.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Nerd Note: AP Changes Style for State Names in Stories
@KDillabough That's excellent advice. I'll keep it in my head for days when I need it.
5 months ago on Nerd Note: Just Write
@dinodogan Here's my honest two cents. I love the app. I'm seriously considering how this might work for broadcast journalism students as a way to distribute their electronic portfolios. It loaded a bit slowly on my phone, but nothing that caused me not to want to use it. My only real complaint about the app is that it's strange to have someone's face on my phone every time I look at the screen. Now, you're a handsome fellow, I understand, but it's a bit much each time I look at that screen. Perhaps a logo version of your name? Or maybe you want to keep this for impact. It certainly keeps you top of mind.
Are downloads going well?
5 months, 1 week ago on I’m Starting My Own Oprah’s Book Club Inside my App. The First Book Selection is…
Now you've made me really curious. I'm downloading it now. Don't disappoint me. No pressure. :)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on I’m Starting My Own Oprah’s Book Club Inside my App. The First Book Selection is…
@Chris Long Comic Sans always is a no in my book.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Write a Professional Twitter Bio
@zoeywrites The negative people... I can't believe I didn't mention them. I can't stand it when people act all snarky, but really they're just being a jerk. I unfollow them too.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Nine reasons I ‘unfollow’ people on Twitter
@Liz Ramirez My primary question remains "Is this news?" I don't think the way they covered it was news. Lost is a television show. This tragedy was quite real. The coverage was insensitive to the families involved.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on TV Station Apologizes for Altered ‘Lost’ Poster
@KaylaBennett1 Using the poster just isn't news. I think that's my biggest concern here. If you offend someone while telling the news, at least you're reporting something real. Otherwise, it seems like you're being offensive just because you can.
@TerranceCraft I didn't watch Lost either, Terrance, but I agree that it's "too soon." In fact, I would argue that it always will be too soon for those families. Also, news agencies should report news, not use memes or altered posters in their reporting. It's just not conceptually sound to me. Why risk alienating your audience? It just doesn't make a lot of sense.
@Technically Easy It doesn't seem like a difficult rule to me either, but I guess many people struggle with it.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Nerd Note: Lose the Loose
I love getting "thank you" emails. I mean, I appreciate any thanks, but it's really nice to get emails because I know it takes an extra step. To me, this means the person must really have liked the post or my site in general.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Ways to Thank Your Blog Readers
I think it's great that you always feel on task. I honestly haven't felt anything but behind since I began writing my dissertation. It's always looming out there. I don't think I'll ever truly feel caught up until it's done.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Tips to navigate the paralyzingly overwhelmed sensation of being behind
I can't imagine them changing the way that Twitter engagement works because it is so successful. They may change the way we notify each other of comments and topics (aka: the method), but I think the functions will stand.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Twitter Ditching @Replies and Hashtags? Let’s Hope Not!
@CaitlinHeller I'm glad you found it helpful, Caitlin. I hope you enjoy the site.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on 7 Places to Find Usable Images Online
I am loving the warmer weather. I only like winter during the Christmas season. Other than that, I think I need to move someplace warm year round. It was warm here last week. Now it's cold again. It's a bummer. I'm ready for consistently warm days!
6 months ago on Believe It or Not, Spring is Almost Here!
This is a good list of annoying writing errors. No. 11 really burns me. The excessive use of literally when writers don't really mean literally has started bugging me recently.
6 months ago on 12 Most Unforgivable Writing Mistakes
1. Many of the Japanese people I've known have been meticulous in their appearance and work. I love that.
2. Cherry. I have texture issues, so I don't want anything in my Jell-O.
3. Nothing that comes to mind. However, I do remember a recent experience when I felt like the pastor of the church was speaking directly to me as he preached. That's always a humbling and exciting experience.
4. Rated R for sure. I have a bad mouth and a snarky personality. Of course, I also like really nerdy jokes.
5. Cranberry, although I don't drink much juice because it's full of sugar.
6. Probably not much. I'm not a keeper. I constantly am donating things because I can't stand to have stuff just to have it.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Saturday Six #517
I can't believe it's been a year. Congrats! I'll do my best to be there this week.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Next Bloggab (3/11): Open Mic & Happy Birthday!
That's what I call "ugh." Big ugh.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on What Mastercard Learned about Journalistic Ethics
@demirstrub Demi, I think the biggest criticism of Rowe is his complete change of attitude where Wal-Mart was concerned. Overall, though, I agree with @patricksplace, Wal-Mart has a reputation as being a terrible employer. I certainly would go elsewhere if I were looking for a job.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Rowe Claims Walmart Ad Led to Death Threats
@TammyL Thanks, Tammy! I need the luck. My research time today was full of one step forward and two steps back.
It sounds like you're doing a fabulous job with your reading. Any recommendations?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on My February Reading Challenge Update #150Books
@JLWatsonConsult Jim, I think there always are exceptions. However, I was taught that you can almost always write something better than someone else can say it. So, as a writer, you should draft your own lead, then you can back it up with a great quote.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Quotable: Jeremey Donovan on Starting