By Brenda Bethman
As you may have noticed, we here at Student Affairs Women Talk Tech have succumbed to end-of-semester madness and have been light on the postings. We will try to pick back up soon. In the meantime, we promise to always get to Wednesday’s Linkage Love posts, even if the rest of the week is light. So with no further ado, here are this week’s links:
It seems that everyone is talking about email this week. On the I, Cringely blog, Bob Cringely writes about “The Decline and Fall of E-Mail.” Many of his commenters point out that for folks who work in “regular” jobs, email is definitely not in decline. Eric Stoller agrees with those commenters in his love letter to email over at Inside Higher Ed.
If you’re a blogger, check out the #reverb10 challenge, an annual event designed to “reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.” You sign up to receive daily prompts in your email and pledge to blog about the prompts throughout the month of December. I posted my first entry today over on my personal blog and am looking forward to the challenge of blogging daily. If you do sign up, please leave a link to your blog in the comments so we can follow your entries.
Speaking of bloggers, Kikolani published a list of 125 Fearless Female Bloggers. Go check it out and add some new favorites to your Google Reader.
The Boston Globe had a great piece this week on Information Overload, 15th-Century Style, while HASTAC published a good response to the New York Times’ latest entry in the “kids today” genre. (Truly, I am so over those articles. I’ve been teaching for 15 years now and every year, my colleagues and I complain about our students’ lack of attention. And I’m pretty sure my teachers complained about my lack of attention. Can we please stop blaming Facebook?).
Over the break, I spent a lot of time playing around with new tools. One that holds great promise for anyone who produces written content (so bloggers, teachers, writers, etc.) is Scrivener. Long a cult favorite among Mac users, there’s now a Windows beta version as well. I also stumbled across a great post on using Scrivener to organize classes — even if you don’t teach, the tips are useful for organizing other kinds of content. While I haven’t had much time to play with it yet, it looks very promising.