Social Media Presence

Well guys, have you missed me? I’ve been gone for quite a while but hey I’m back now.

So I been focusing on my schoolwork lately and my internship and exams and packing and everything associated with the end of the semester. I have completed 130 hours at my internship site. I am going to miss going there but its time to go forward with my life. Lately, I have been learning to regulate my emotions because that is something that I usually struggle with at the end of the semester; I usually end up really stressed out but this semester I feel like I am holding things together very well. 

I haven’t been on social media much lately though because I feel like it adds stress to my life and I am pretty sure that that is not what I need right now. I have created an instagram account which is apparently really popular and everyone is on there. I never saw the need to have one but I enjoy it. I still have a facebook account and a twitter handle. I always say that I don’t like being on social media but I feel like I need it in order to keep up with my friends and extended family members. Maybe I will get rid of it eventually but not now.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with your social media and social presence? 

Are E-books the future of written word?

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One of the great changes in society that the digital age has brought about is the shift in how we purchase and consume various forms of entertainment from music to television shows to magazines.

The digital age in particular has created a whole new way for people to buy and read books and magazines with the introduction of e-books and e-readers such as kindles. At the turn of the new millennium technology companies started trying to develop the e-book and e-reader market with some success, however it has not been until the last five years that they have really taken off. The reason, because now e-books can be read on a variety of platforms such as smart phones, laptops, tablets, computers etc. as now all these devices come with built in e-reader so most people have one with them all time, even if they don’t mean to.

But why are…

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Books, books, and even more books!

Okay so I love to read. I had loved to read since I opened my first book when I was little. I love the anticipation of knowing what is going to happen next; getting lost in the book making up what each person looks like in my own mind; seeing the story take place without any pictures. I like the freeness of reading a book. It has always been one of my favorite hobbies next to writing (which of course is number one!). But what I wanted to discuss is this new war between the reading world. Some people like to read the traditional book; the paperbacks or hardcovers. Then others like to read on an e-reader; kindles, nooks, or even tablets.

Now originally I was #teamtraditionalbooks! I loved the feeling of cracking a book open and seeing the pages turn and hearing the crease in the book. I always thought that people who read from e-readers are not true book lovers. But to my surprise I was sadly mistaken. Recently, I finally broke down and bought myself a Kindle Fire HD, and I must say that it was one of the best things that I have ever bought for myself! I love my Kindle!!!!! Every year that I been in college (3 years, I’m a Junior), I have been trying to win myself a Kindle for free from my school. There is always a contest with the library and at moonlight breakfast (our end of semester celebration). Out of all the three years that I have been trying to win this thing, I never seem to win it. I always come in 2nd place but since I’m a good sport (sometimes :p) I never pout or get upset.

But this year after moonlight breakfast, I realized that if I really want this thing then I should just purchase it for myself; I buy everything else that I really want so why not buy this? Now I am #teamkindlefire and I am so excited about it. I read so much more than I used to before I got my kindle and also I can keep all my favorite books with me at the same time in one place. It is the most amazing thing that I can have ever gotten for myself.

So my question to you guys is: Are you #teamtraditionalbooks or #teamereaders? I think I am a mix of both but what are you?

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014

Hello to all my followers!

It is a new year and everyone always say “New Year, New Me”! It has been all over my newsfeed on facebook and when I checked my twitter that I don’t really use anymore, it was all over that as well. I don’t really like being on my Facebook during the holidays (ANY HOLIDAY) because people tend to get too excited and have to announce it to everyone, I’m gonna be honest now, at 12AM this morning I did send everyone in my text messages a happy new years text but that is only because it is expected. I don’t really mind sending a text because it is really not that big of a deal but when everyone start posting their “new years resolutions” every five minutes, I do tend to get annoyed. Most people who set goals for the new year usually don’t follow through on them. They keep pushing those resolutions until the next year rolls around. That is when they decide that they are “serious about that goal” all of a sudden. I try to stay away from making resolutions that I know I will give up ASAP!

I was checking out videos on my youtube channel just to see some funny videos. I use youtube as s source of entertainment. After browsing through some new videos I remembered that I had received an email from one of my subscriptions. So since I am a die hard fan of this particular vlogger (I think thats what you call them), I clicked his video and I must say that his video was very inspiring. He is a great human being and I would recommend anyone who watches youtube videos (which is almost virtually everyone) to subscribe to his channel. He will have laughing, crying, thinking, and go through every emotion that you could imagine. I am going to include his last video post that I can guarantee you that you will enjoy. Ok so I’m not gonna say that you will enjoy it but I did and I think you would too. It is a tear jerker so beware.

In the spirit of new years though, I did come up with my own resolution! Yay ! I am a normal person! LOL!!! But in all seriousness I did come up with a goal for myself. I am going to lose 20lbs within the year 2014! Ok so I know that a lot of people say that they want to lose weight every year BUT last year I managed to lose 20lbs and it only took me about 6 months even though I gave myself the whole year to do it. Now I know that i can do this and I know it is not going to be that hard because after losing my first 20lbs I had received such wonderful feedback from everyone (friends, family, professors, doctors, etc) that I want to keep it up. I will not disclose my weight to you guys because that is something personal but I will say that I do feel healthier even though i could lose more weight.

I hope that you all enjoy this new year and may it bring you success and all the things you want! Thank you for continuing to read my blog 🙂

Evolving Language

I am not surprised about this at all! LOL people are so self centered nowadays

Social MADia

According to the Oxford Dictionaries Online quarterly update, “Technology remains a catalyst for emerging words and is reflected in new entries”. Over the last five years, there has undoubtedly been a strong social media influence on today’s social lexicon.

New acronyms like BYOD (”bring your own device”) and FOMO (“fear of missing out”: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere) are examples of how we have change the way we define our environments, daily activities an even ourselves.

A couple of weeks ago, there was a big buzz about the word “selfie” being named the word of 2013. The word Selfie in fact can be traced back to 2002 when someone on an Australian online forum posted: “Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped over and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had…

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Me vs Mother Nature

TYPICAL MUSE

Mother Nature is a serial killer.

I admit.  I haven’t read the book.  The movie was good enough to excite me about reading the book.  It’s usually the other way around.

I never really pictured mother nature as a killer; albeit she really is, come to think of it.  From typhoons to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, yeah, she’s a pretty solid killer.  I never saw it that way though.  I always pictured her as the fountain of youth, the salving balm, the powerful healer.  Maybe it’s the romantic in me.  Nevertheless, she’s always got something up her sleeve, and it seems we are never truly prepared for whatever it is.

We had another emergency room rush again last night.  My 6-month old son had been feverish most of the day, and his fever just happened to spike at 104°F after dinner.  I guess I followed the protocol in calling the…

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My Story, My Words, My Blogging Experience!

So even though I make it seem easy, blogging is not one of the easiest things that anyone can do! Okay, so maybe anyone can do it but that doesn’t mean that they will be successful or find ways to keep their followers or readers interested. This has been a hard task for me personally because I didn’t know what people would want to read about since everyone is different. What I can say though is that I am getting the hang of it and realizing that even though I may think that no one will be interested in what I am writing about…there is always at least one person who would find interest in the same thing as me. There is always someone else who thought about the topic you are writing about already.

I may keep updating my blog ^.^

This blogging experience that I had was started solely for my social media and digital communications course in college but I think that I might keep on writing because I have learned a lot through keeping a blog and I don’t want to one of those bloggers who start off strong and then fall off after a while. And who knows I might end up being one of those bloggers eventually but I am going to try to keep this blog going. I think that I continue to have people reading my blog then I can probably find the time to keep it updated.

One of the hardest things to do is getting traffic on your blog

After doing some web surfing, I stumbled upon an article titled “The Many Challenges of Blogging” by Mehmet Ozekinci. So when I read this article, I thought to myself “well, I wish that I would have seen this article before I started my blogs so that I would have known what I was getting myself into. This article stated, “How do I get traffic for My Blog? The next big question on the minds of any blogger. Well you need audience for your blogs. And getting them is never an easy job with thousand of blogs being created every other day” (Ozekinci). This article was like a slap in the face because guess what my biggest problem was for my blog? Ding! Ding! Ding! It was getting traffic to my blog. Coming into this thinking that it was going to be easy made it even harder for me because of the assumption I had already made about it.

Besides having difficulties getting people to read my blog, I can honestly say that this blogging experience has not been so bad for me. I became interested in this as soon as I was able to start posting without the permission from my professor. I also learned that if you add something that seems a little different from your usual posts then you will get more people to come to your blog because I wrote about things strictly related to social media and I think people started to get bored with my blog so what I did was go a little topic. I wrote about cyber-bullying for one posts, which arguably is still about social media but it was a little different from what I usually   wrote about. I also wrote a post about Thanksgiving and not posting while with family which is again arguably still about social media but I realized that when I went a little bit off topic more people seemed to read my posts.

          

     This has been a learning process and I must say that I actually enjoyed it. But now that my class comes to an end I may be starting to write about more than social media now. 🙂

Sources

Ozekinci, Mehmet. “The Many Challenges of Blogging.” Search Engine Journal. N.p., 1 May 2008. Web. 9 Dec. 2013. <http://www.searchenginejournal.com/the-many-challenges-of-blogging/6767/>.

Black Friday VS Cyber Monday: Who Wins?

Boolean Search on Black Friday

Boolean Search on Black Friday

Okay so now that everyone is done with Thanksgiving and getting ready for Christmas (people move on faster than you think), I want to talk about how Black Friday and Cyber Monday went across the globe. First off, this year was the first year that I actually decided to go shopping on Black Friday and I must say, I don’t see the hype. I was expecting it to be this spectacular experience that will leave me feeling like I had accomplished something so amazing…but no, that is not what happened. To begin with, I am not a person who loves to go shopping anyway. I don’t like having to play “where’s waldo” when it comes to finding clothes that I like. If I see something that I like, I get it and I leave. I don’t like going from store to store because all stores do not carry my size so I rather shop on Cyber Monday but I digress.

Anyway so Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two days that are considered to be days that people like to go shopping because things are cheaper. According to an article titled, “Move Over, Black Friday:Cyber Monday Wins the Week” by Leslie Nuccio, there were a few interesting things that happened this year. For one this year more people were on  social media sites talking about Cyber Monday and not Black Friday. Black Friday usually overshadows Cyber Monday but this year more people felt that Cyber Monday was more important to talk about.

Facebook Wins!

Facebook Wins!

Also this year more people were talking about their shopping plans on Facebook and NOT Twitter! Twitter usually outshines Facebook but not this year. Twitter did have more talk about Black Friday on Black Friday but when it came to that whole week (the week of Thanksgiving to be exact), more people were talking about shopping on that good ole Facebook.com! I guess Facebook is becoming more popular than Twitter or maybe people don’t like the fact that they were limited on Twitter so they needed to have more space to tell everyone the wonderful things that they bought.  Also on everyone’s newsfeed there were promos and sales everywhere! I am sure stores and companies knew what they were doing.

TOWELS GALORE

TOWELS GALORE

Would you believe that this year the one item that Walmart sold the most of was, wait for it….TOWELS! Yes I am talking about towels people. The kind that you dry your body with after you get out of the shower. Why is that such a big item this year? Who knows?!? But I do know that this upcoming year a lot of people will be able to dry their face and hands that’s for sure. Social media tells us a lot about what happens during the holidays and I musty say this year was an odd year for holiday shopping.

Sources

Nuccio, Leslie. “Move Over, Black Friday: Cyber Monday Wins the Week.”socialmediatoday.com. N.p., 5 Dec. 2013. Web. 6 Dec. 2013. <http://socialmediatoday.com/leslie-nuccio/1973681/move-over-black-friday-cyber-monday-wins-week>.

“Towels.” Towels. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Dec. 2013. <http://www.brotex.com/towels.aspx>