July 2010

Number 5

by admin on July 31, 2010

5. To learn to blog better

I’ve been writing this blog since March of 2008 so clearly I must know what I’m doing, right? Well there’s always room for improvement. I love to write and to share my thoughts through words. My main problem is that I don’t believe many people read my posts aside from a small portion of my online friends and a few people I know in my area. When I first started I only thought I had two readers, but I think I might have a few more now. Sarah Reinhard, of the Snoring Scholar blog is a presenter for the blogging track. I am excited to meet her in person and to learn from her. Also presenting are Thomas Peters of the American Papist blog and Rachel Balducci of the Tertosterhome blog.

I’m also interested in the hearing the podcast presenters, but at this point I have no interest in starting a podcast. I’d just go there to hear them talk about them producing shows about their passions.

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Number 6

by admin on July 30, 2010

6. To see social media in action

Social media is a big part of any online community and most everyone involved in the online world. It’s so important that Cliff launched a podcast about it last summer called Social Media Serenity. I’m involved very much in social media with a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Plurk. Through these outlets I have made friends all over the world and have re-connected with people I knew years ago. Social media has extreme power to make a difference and when so many are involved it’s amazing. On one of the early episodes of SMS, the hosts read my e-mail about my experience using hashtags at last year’s CNMC. Basically, we used Twitter throughout the weekend with the hashtag #cnmc09 to report on our experiences at the conference and during the weekend. We also were able to find new Twitter friends to follow and identify avatars to people based on what they wrote.

Another awesome thing that happened was with a new organization called Real Men Pray the Rosary. In one of the sessions, the presenter talked about this organization. One person tweeted about it, and then within minutes that was re-posted several more times further spreading the good news. It was pretty rad.

I’m looking forward to seeing social media in action next weekend and what it leads to.

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Number 7

July 29, 2010

7. Watching other people meet each other for the first time I am an introvert, and as such I’m also a big fan of people watching. I’m completely comfortable sitting off to the side and observing others interacting. I’ll never forget watching how excited my friend Barb was to meet her Twitter friends in person. […]

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Number 8

July 28, 2010

8. Seeing Boston Boston is a city and area that is full of American history. My education on that time period was severely lacking however. I’m very excited to be able to see it for myself and to learning more about it. On Friday morning I am taking the Unofficial Harvard Tour that I heard […]

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Number 9

July 27, 2010

9. Getting signatures of the famous authors Maria Johnson, author of Confessions of a Middle-Aged Cubanita and Lisa Hendey, author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms will be in attendance at the CNMC. I just ordered both of these books today and look forward to seeing these wonderful ladies and getting their signatures on my […]

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