Category: Just My Life

Point, Shoot, Throw

Since when are point and shoot cameras considered “kind of disposable”? My orange Olympus Stylus 830 that my husband got me in October of 2007 won’t work anymore because the xD card reader got screwed up from particles scratching the reader. Then he recommended that I just buy a new camera, because it would be easier and cheaper than getting the current one repaired. He said that point and shoots aren’t made to last very long, and they What?? That makes me mad on so many levels. That is one of the the problems with the world today, that technology can and should be replaced instead of repaired. I can’t say that I am helping, being that I wanted a camera that worked, and I wanted it sooner than later, but still. I do plan to contact my husband’s friends that own a camera shop in town and ask them if they would look at my camera and see if they could repair it for a decent price, then I’ll either keep it as a backup, resell it, or give it to my mom to use to take pictures of her dogs. While not reducing, it is reusing, so I can still sleep at night, knowing that I’m not killing the Earth too much more because of my camera dilemma. The red one pictured above is the one that...

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Why I started blogging

This isn’t my first blog, but it is the first one that I am going to try and keep up with long term. I have blogged publicly, and not so publicly, since the early 2000’s, when Xanga was cool amongst the more computer literate of us in high school. Then, it was like writing a mass note to your friends without having to scribble it on paper and keep up with it until the next class started. Then it wasn’t cool, then I was so busy writing for academic purposes during colleges that writing anything else was out of the question. It was during this time (2003-2008) that blogging became as vital to the marketing and public relations toolkit as a press release or a good logo. Blogs are a way to keep your clients, consumers, and interested parties even more involved with the company than ever before. Blogs areĀ  informal, available round the clock, and hopefully chock full of the information that the viewer wants. I wish that I would have kept up with blogging, because if I had, I’d have a great portfolio chock full of writing samples. Now I am struggling to start blogging again, whereas my more competitive peers have their own URLs and fancily designed pages that they probably coded and designed the graphics for themselves. Keeping up with an organization’s social media output...

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Continuing Education

Last spring, when I was contemplating my two year anniversary at the data entry job at a large national bank (that I hated), I decided to beef up my resume with some continuing education through the nearby community college. I had skills listed on my resume that in good conscience shouldn’t have even been there, but in my desperation to leave the bank as quickly as possible the skills stayed put. I figured that these classes would level out the reality of the situation. I started off by taking Event Planning, which is a simple class that I already knew most of the basics of, which was a good way to start back into school. I hadn’t had to use my brain in an academic sense in almost two years at that point, but I dove in enthusiastically. I learned some of the finer points of event planning, and some timelines that I may not have thought of on my own. Upon completion of this course, I printed out my certificate, added it to my resume, and began browsing for more classes. I was addicted to learning in a way that I was never able to be in college, what with having to split my focus between five classes, which 75% of the time, I didn’t even want to take. Now, I could design my learning in a way...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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