It’s that dreaded time of the year…MIDTEARMS!! It’s already seeking upon us and is right around the corner. Needless to say, I am SOOOOO not ready! Procrastination and studying do not mix well, and I am a procrastinator to the extreme. I really don’t mean to be. Sometimes life just gets in the way and you can’t help it. Especially if you have a chronic illness that knocks you flat on your butt. Here lately I have been so tired and drained. Some of it has to do with all the medication I have to take so I can function as a normal human being. My days are like a battle between trying to get out of bed and staying motivated. All I can do is the best I can. Hopefully that is enough.
Getting organized by filtering your email
I am a part of two wonderful organizations called Emerge and Coast Young Professionals. These organizations allow for you to meet new people and network. It is how I was able to snag a job with the Sun Herald. The only downside is all the pesky newsletters that seem to flood my inbox. Filtering my inbox has helped greatly to separate the not so important newsletters from more imperative emails.
7 Gmail Filters to Make Email Less of a Chore is a wonder site! I used tip #5: Spot Mailing Lists and Newsletters. A really effective way to assign emails that can be unsubscribed from is by typing in label:^unsub into the search box. By doing so, Google hides them away under the filter you have created (mine is Newsletters) until you are ready to read them.
A Professional Email To My Instructure Example
Hi, my name is Jessica Tillman and I am a student in your Tuesday CA 260 class, 12:30-1:45. I will not be able to attend class today due to a doctor’s appointment. I will make sure to get with a fellow student on what will be covered in class. Thank you and have a good day.
This is my second, going on third, week of school and already I am overwhelmed! It certainly doesn’t help that I had to miss school on Thursday and was sick most of the weekend due to a dumb health issue. Now I feel like I’m way behind. I shouldn’t be panicking this early in the game!
Stress has always been a problem for me. So has procrastination.I get so stressed out sometimes because I’m overwhelmed with everything that I have going on that I just want to hide under the covers and not come out. I then procrastinate on everything I have to do because I just don’t feel like dealing with it at the time. It’s a vicious vicious cycle.
It’s not easy trying to be a normal college student when your body just won’t cooperate with you. In fact, it’s down right aggravating. I know I’m making a blogging Don’t by being negative, but I’m also being relatable which is a blogging Do so it cancels each other out 😉
(This picture accurately describes my weekend)
I just need to rest, recharge, and get back at it.
Blogging Do’s and Don’ts:
This week my CA 260 class learned the Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging and how to best apply what we have learned to our class as well as our own chosen career field.
The first thing I learned? How little I actually knew about blogging!! I’ve cruised around, looked at other blogs, and though”Psh! This is easy!” Allow me to tell you just how wrong I was.
As a journalist I am use to a different style of writing. More formal, if you will. I write facts and try to be as objective as I possibly can. I certainly never write from my POV or use the word You.
In blogging, however, you (there’s that word again!) get to let your hair down so to speak and be more relatable, which coincidentally, is one of the things that blogger Brian A. Klems teaches you in his blog The 12 Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging. These Do’s and Don’ts provide excellent guidework to shape your blog.
•Be relatable, be yourself: Klems says to “Let your readers to get to know you.” How do you do that? By typing as if you are having a conversation with your reader. Let your blog be a window onto your everyday life.
•Find your focus. Now this one is a little more difficult for me. It is why I was so hesitant to start a blog in the first place. I don’t feel as though my life is interesting enough to share daily. I guess the biggest take-a-way from this advice is to find something you’re passionate able and write about it.
•Set unrealistic goals: Don’t say something like “I’m going to post in my blog every single night.” Who’s got time for that?? Life gets in the way sometimes. People lead very busy lives. Sometimes it’s hard to sit down and type when you have other important things taking precedence.
•Be negative: Fact-Negative people are a bummer. They remind me of Eeyore. People do not want to read about how crappy your day was, that is unless you can do so in an amusing way. It’s best to be upbeat and enthusiastic if you want to gain, and keep, readership.
How to apply IRL
Blogging is an excellent form of expression. It allows you to truly be heard. With my Comm classes, I can apply what all I’ve learned to better express myself to my classmates. Going forward I’ll be more aware of what I’m saying and how I’m saying it. As far as my chosen career field goes, I’m not sure how helpful a blog would actually be. It isn’t exactly the right tone of voice that I want to use in journalism. I need to come across as a bit more professional than that.
Hi. I’m Jessica Tillman, a 29-year-old who’s getting back into the groove of being a college student. They say the longer you wait to go back to school, the more difficult it is to return. Boy is that true! But graduation is in my sight and I am determined to make it through this time. What is also awesome is that I am able to pursue my passion of being a journalist while at South Alabama. I am a part of The Vanguard and Due South. My courses help to shape me into being a better writer, which is my primary focus.
Purpose of a Blog:
A blog is like a personal journal that the whole world can see. It is your thoughts, your words, your ideas. Blogs can be used for an infinite number of things. Advice, tutorials, recipes, the list continues. I personally use blogs when it comes to recipe ideas. I consider myself to be somewhat of a foodie. Recipe blogs not only list the recipe, they share a story of how that person has come up with the idea. From these blogs I have found some delicious meals and even how to make my own cold brew coffee so I don’t have to drive to McDonald’s every day.
Blogging and Journalism:
The purpose of my blog is to relate what I have learned from my classes to my life experiences.To me, that is the best way to truly learn and understand. It also is important to keep in mind the “kind of experience…you want your website visitor to have.” (McManus, 30.) I want to share the knowledge I gain from my Comm and English classes and apply them to potential stories for any clients who may be looking for freelance writers. I also welcome any comments from others like me and create a discussion and also share what they have learned.
This is the post excerpt.