blogging is the most technologically-advanced thing i do: a plea to innovators and early adopters!

I still have a cell phone two versions earlier than the razor. Yea, it flips open, but not in the hip-flip-phone-kind-of way. I don’t own an iPod, or even a decent pair of headphones. I don’t have a Twitter account. Blogging is probably the most technologically-advanced thing I do all day (Sorry, it’s been a while. Don’t you hate when all of your posts have to contain apologies?), and it took me years to start a blog. I was the pitiful classmate always waiting for a tech-savior during glitches in my PowerPoint presentation.

Ever since studying the technology adoption lifecycle years ago in my Intro to Mass Comm class, I’ve envied the innovators and even the early adopters. These are the ones who joined Facebook before it was a thing, the ones who know how to use new operating systems before they’re even officially released. They could easily list PhotoShop as their second language.

Oh, why have the gods of technology cursed me so?

The technology adoption lifecycle, modified to include the latest of the late, a.k.a. me.

the challenge

So, if you’re one of those 2.5% of innovators, or even if you’re an early adopter, start a blog about it. Post how-to’s for the rest of us. Share your expertise, your wanderings and explorations in the technology universe. Teach us where to buy, what to look for, how to do cool stuff with our gadgets. Help us out.

possible blog names

  • ForTheLaggards
  • InvitationToInnovation
  • TechnifyUs
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when the icecream truck arrives, the icecream arrives

When it rains, it pours. We all know that this familiar phrase means something along the lines of, “Bad things always happen in pairs.” This phrase always reminds me of that motif in movies where the characters are broken down on the side of the road, the closest gas station is 25 miles away, and they open the trunk, only to discover that their dog Scruffy (who was being stowed in the trunk for some unknown reason) has eaten all the food supplies. But, inevitably, one character will console the rest by proclaiming, “At least it’s not raining.” And, boom! As if it was an invocation of Zeus himself, it starts to rain.

Well, I like to consider myself a very optimistic person, but yet, I can’t think of a single proverb that means the opposite (that good things never happen alone, either). That’s why, for the sake of this post, I had to create my own: When the icecream truck arrives, the icecream arrives.

Icecream trucks are a delight in their own right. They’ve got it all. Dainty music looping. Pictures of children scooping. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry grouping. (This paragraph reminds me of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” so far.) I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get excited when they view an icecream truck driving down the neighborhood street.

Have your icecream truck and your icecream, too.

But when the icecream truck arrives, so does the icecream! That’s the best part, no? Icecream sandwiches, popsicles, sprinkles everywhere, cones, and bars. If icecream trucks weren’t enough, you get icecream, too!

Now, at this point you may be wondering why I have gone to great lengths to explain a fabricated proverb about icecream trucks, as you well should be. Keep reading. You’ll see soon.

When I first started this blog, I envisioned a sweeping phenomenon of readers grabbing hold of each post and starting their own blog that I could showcase along the way. I’ve enjoyed writing the blog, reading comments, hearing feedback from friends and bloggers, it just hasn’t been the way I envisioned.

But dear readers, the icecream truck and the icecream arrived this week. After posting 365 and 52 (project): the numbers of 2012, I had three good friends decide to start a project/blog in part because of the inspiration of this post. I couldn’t believe it!

So now, it’s only right that I let you in on their blogs!

FewFavorite – 365 Project of photos highlighting some of my sister Kerrie’s favorite things

Felicityefriann – 366 Project (because 2012 is a leap year) that shares a photo about my friend Felecia’s day; She’s also trying to learn one song on the guitar each week.

Revolutiondude – My friend Lucas’ daily blog about finding meaning in the small things

Blog on, bloggers!

365 and 52 (project): the numbers of 2012

One year. One project. Are you in?

The official WordPress blog recently encouraged readers to “Kick Off 2012 with Project 365.” Though this project is most often associated with taking one picture each day for a year (There’s a whole site for it, 365project.org, with over 70,000 users uploading one photo from each day of their project.), the concept of a 365-day project can be adapted to fit any project you hope to work on during 2012.

Another variation of the project is a Project 52 (I’m not sure if that’s an official term, but we’ll agree on it, okay?). The idea is much the same, only you do what you do to add to your project once a week instead of every day. My friend Michael Gibbons is working on a 52-week project (Check out his Scottish spiel by following the link. End shameless promo.) in which he hopes to make one video each week of 2012. He even has a theme for each week that the video must express! (Talk about project-ready.)

Now, if you’re numerical and all, then you may have gathered that 365 days and 52 weeks are two equations both equal to one year’s time. (I really don’t make these mathematical statements to insult your intelligence, dear reader. I’m just not very mathematical and like to pretend I am every once in a while.) You would be right.

Today is January 1, 2012.

So if you’re right (365 days= 1 year and 52 weeks= 1 year) and I’m right (Today is January 1, 2012.), then I believe there’s a little more going on here than math. Yes, an idea that’s brewing like hot coffee at a corporate office. Because today is the first day of a new year, it’s the perfect time to start a Project 365 or 52. So why not?

A new year is the ultimate in late Christmas presents.

Now, you know I have to throw in a little promo for starting a blog (I’ve been promoing all over the place in this post.), but I’d like to give a list of ideas for projects, and you could do these whether or not you decide to blog about it. (Of course, I’ll be the first to subscribe to your blog if you do blog about your project.)

PROJECT IDEAS

Remember: Do/Make/Take/Write (about) one per day or week.

  • Photo
  • Video
  • Meal/Dish
  • Illustration
  • Interview
  • Song
  • Poem
  • Short story
  • Craft
  • Form of exercise
  • Restoration (car, antique, etc.)
  • Review (book, restaurant, movie, etc.
  • Page of your next book
  • Invention
  • Update on your ventures in …
  • Way to give
  • One Dress Protest or other social activism
  • Letter
  • Development of a skill 
  • Experience at a new job
  • Conversations
  • Tour (of your hometown, or the world)
  • ((Insert your creative idea here))

This isn’t an exhaustive list, because you could Project 365 or Project 52 almost anything. But if you do, start a blog about it . . .

meeting for the first time

Somebody ought to start a blog about meeting for the first time . . .

Meeting people. Being introduced. Introducing yourself. First impressions. Shaking hands.

The old cliche says, “A first impression is a lasting (or important) impression.” Maybe it’s true somehow, but I find myself forgetting most of the ways I met some of my best friends. I have a theory about this!

First impressions are sometimes all that you know about a person. If you really want to know them, however, and get to know them, then you share experiences that overwrite the first impressions. (To the grammar conscious: I realize that because my antecedent is person that my ensuing pronoun should be singular, but I really hate writing “he or she,” so I refuse to do it in informal settings. My apologies.)

Some people get a little nervous when they first meet someone.

It would be cool to see a blog that documents all the first meetings of a person, for say a year or so. It could even follow the development of relationships (Although, that might be a little creepy? What do you think?). It could give examples of good first meetings, and not-so-good ones, and tips of how to improve people-meeting skills.

Today was actually one of the most awkward introductions I’ve ever had. I’ll change names to protect the identities of all involved victims (Well, there were only two victims, and I was one of them. You already know my name, so I’ll keep my name the same.):

Me: Hey, I’m Celeste.

Woman: Charlene. (I didn’t change this name, because it’s not a real person, and thus not a victim.)

Me: (Thinking to myself) I thought her name was Melissa? (Aloud) So, your name is Charlene?

Woman: No, I’m Melissa. I thought you were Charlene?

Me: My name is Celeste.

Woman: Oh.

For me, it was some consolation that at least people are getting a little more original. I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve been called Chelsea. On the other hand, I had no idea how to redeem the situation. The world needs some faithful person to blog about how to handle those mysterious first-time meetings.