Tuesday, September 8, 2009

WEEK 2 - THING #3 & #4

This is the second time I have created a blog, the first being in a course I took last year about copywriting. I like making things look just so and enjoy fine tuning all my blog details. I must admit though, I do not keep a personal blog nor do I follow anyone else's blog. I just don't have the time to make it a personal mission. However, when it is a class project, I do enjoy it. Perhaps I will try making it a personal journal activity.

This was my second attempt at making an avatar. I made one on Second Life for a class project. The Yahoo avatar was much easier to understand and modify. I think it looks a lot like me. It took me forever to get the avatar from the Yahoo site on to my blog. Once I finally did it I felt so accomplished! There are still some modifications I would like to make so this blog will be a work in progress.

Oh, and I registered my blog also.


I read all about the 23 Things. Here is the list in order:

1 About
2 Life Long Learning
3 Create your own blog
4 Register your blog
5 Explore Flickr
6 Flickr fun and mashups
7 Blog about technology
8 RSS feeds
9 Education feeds
10 Image generators
11 Web 2.0 Award Winners
12 Roll your own search tool
13 Tagging and Deli.cio.us
14 Technorati and Tags
15 Copyright, Creative Commons, What's Coming
16 Wikis
17 CL2.0 Wiki - curriculum connections
18 Online productivity tools
19 Library Thing
20 YouTube and video
21 Podcasts
22 eBooks and audio books
23 Summarize your thoughts


I believe that I am a lifelong learner. I definitely started later in my life for I was not interested in learning when I was in high school. I missed so much information because I wasn't paying attention. Now, I can't stop being curious about the world around me. I am always thinking of non-credit classes I want to take at my community college such as astronomy, finances and automobile maintenance. I now enjoy learning for the sake of learning not because I have to.

Out of the 7 1/2 habits mentioned, I think I am best at setting goals. What I am really good at is breaking down large projects. This means that if I set a goal for myself, I can piece it up so that I get closer to my goal every week, month or however I wish to divide it up. I love this because you can celebrate the mini-goals which gives you continued determination and confidence to keep going until you complete the whole goal. I also write my goals down and all the steps that need to be taken to get there. Just the simple act of crossing an item of the list gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

Much like my classmates, I have a hard time perceiving my problems as challenges. At first I freak out and get all upset that there is no way to get past this problem and that I am never going to reach my ultimate goal (master's degree). However, usually, after getting a goodnights sleep, I am more optimistic and can see the problem as a challenge and not a insurmountable problem. I have also noticed that the more "challenges" I face head-on, the less anxious I get about the next "challenge" that comes along. I guess what doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.