It’s my favorite day of the week, Friday! Not only does the culmination of busy week come to an end, it’s Follow Friday day on the blog! I love this blog series because it gives our blogging community an opportunity to highlight some people or places to follow (in a non creepy way, I promise).
I’m excited to present what I’m referring to as an East Coast Edition of the Follow Friday series, because I am choosing to highlight two women I admire who happen to reside on the east coast. And they say east and west coasts can’t get along!
Cindy Kane: Cindy is the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. I first “met” Cindy soon after I found the #sachat community on Twitter, and instantly knew that this smart and witty woman was incredibly kind and authentic. Cindy is known for adding wonderful insights into conversations, and is especially adept at discussing the intricacies of the Strengths Finder assessment. Cindy and I frequently commiserate about our shared Individualization strength, and how exhausting it can be. As a bonus, Cindy is the proud mother of the most hilarious red haired kid I know on Twitter: Little Red Said.
Sue Caulfield: One of the things I love about social media is how you can get connected to people you may never meet otherwise, yet are grateful for the opportunity that brought you together. Sue is a recent connection, and someone who quite simply is a joy to know. Sue is caring, compassionate, and quick to advocate for her fellow introverts. Sue and I share a number of nerdy tendencies, which is something I really appreciate. Something that truly inspires me about Sue is her artistic talent. If you haven’t checked out the myriad “suedles” on her website, I would encourage you to look through them. Simply amazing and inspiring!
As you know (and may well be sick of hearing) from previous posts, I recently embarked on a quest to get more fit (or, well, fit at all if I’m going to be honest). Because I’m one of those people who likes to research everything, I’ve started following some fitness blogs and am sharing them for this edition of Follow Friday:
Women’s Health Magazine:The emphasis on weight loss and getting a “hot” body is annoying, but if you can get past that, there’s some good information on nutrition and fitness, as well as some good workouts, usually with video.
Fit Bottomed Girls: A more feminist and body-positive spin on women’s fitness (how can you not love a group who titles their book The Anti-Diet?), this site contains a wealth of information on fitness, nutrition and health. They’re also funny, which is a plus.
Of course I responded by saying that some of the best voices aren’t even on Twitter because they’re too busy doing stuff. I agree with Stacy, being that there are times I constantly see the same people’s “voices” on my feed and wonder if they even work during day, but that’s another blogpost. I digress.
But there are people on Twitter who I think carry more validity than those who are the loudest or who have the most followers/fans. Here are just a few:
@DeanWenner : Dean Annamaria Wenner from Wentworth Institute of Technology is a fabulous example of how a dean connects with her students. I find her tweets to be fun and very student focused. I think if anyone is thinking – but she’s a dean and she is so far up the admin chain, how does she have time for students? – be sure to follow her because she always makes time for her students. Her thoughts of the day are fantastic too!
@JasminePClay I love to follow Jasmine because she is always tweeting out motivational and inspiring things. If I’m ever having a bad day, I know I can count of Jasmine to make my day better with a little word love. Some examples of her tweets: “It isn’t motivation that creates success, but habit and action.” or “Compassion can encourage efforts toward global justice and social change.” Thank you Jasmine for making my day a little brighter!
@ShineyJames Similar to Jasmine, Shiney is just a fantastic person who makes my life a little better. Shiney works at BU with me and she is one of the most fantastic women who work here. She;s our director of orientation and does a fantastic job of welcoming the new Terriers. Some of her tweets that make my day ” Challenging the folks who settle to discover the errors in their ways is something I am always willing to do.” and “If we live only for our individual goals or only for the community, we live a short life. Finding the balance between the two gives us joy.” Thank you Shiney!
As you may (or may not) know, I am a graduate of the University of Kansas, also known as a Jayhawker for life. This means that I’m especially attuned to events going on in the Lawrence area on the interwebs. this week was an active week for Larryville in the Twitterverse and beyond, as they commemorated the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence in 1863. For those not in the know, Quantrill led a band of pro-slavery Missourians in a raid that burned the anti-slavery stronghold of Lawrence almost entirely to the ground. In order to commemorate the rebirth of Lawrence after this event, the city decided to re-enact the raid…on Twitter.
Although it’s been a couple of days since the Twit-enactment, you can still see most of the stream by checking out the #QR1863 hashtag or by visiting the website at www.1863lawrence.com. I’ve always thought a use of social media to re-enact a historical event, a TV show, or a book would be an excellent way of teaching others how to use the different tools available, and this is a fabulous example of that. If you visit the website, you can even see the timeline they used to create the Twitter stream. Several members from the Lawrence community acted as historical figures, complete with Twitter handles and bios to fit. In addition to tweeting out the events of the day, they reacted to tweets from “current day” responders. Getting into the excitement of the day, a few folks even created some new Twitter profiles – @horse1863 and @martymcfly1863 are just a couple examples – and jumped right into the tweet-stream.
In addition to the folks live-tweeting the re-enactment, several schools in the area followed along and did history lessons so that their students could participate in the historical events of the day.
Now this, folks, is how you use social media. I highly encourage you to go check it out and think of ways you could use social media similarly. I’ve already got my mind churning on ways to do my next training via live-tweeting an event or book. What similarly awesome uses of social media have you seen?
There are a few different hashtags I follow on a regular basis for good material in my Twitter stream (I’m still working on the whole hashtag thing in Facebook – let me know if you’ve figured out a good way to utilize it). The first of these is probably one many of you already follow, or maybe you just join it for the weekly chats, but it’s definitely worth following all the time for good, up-to-date tech info for higher ed. That’s the #satech hashtag. There is a weekly chat on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. CST, but people have been using this hashtag for awhile to denote any info they’re sharing that is worthy of student affairs technology interest. Or sometimes just tech interest. In any case, it’s well worth the follow if you’re trying to learn more about technology, stay up on your tech, or just love to talk about technology.
In addition to #satech, there are a couple more recent hashtags that I’ve enjoyed learning from. One of these is the #sambti hashtag that has some great info about Meyers Briggs types in student affairs. In addition, folks occasionally post more info about introversion and extroversion on this hashtag, and it’s almost always fairly interesting. In addition, if you’re lucky, you’ll chance upon some of Debra Sanborn’s posts, and we all know she rocks it when it comes to the MBTI.
Finally, a new and still somewhat seldom used hashtag that I’ve been learning from is the #salean hashtag. This was originally designated for discussions around Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, but it has generated some additional discussion around women, work, and leadership that has been fairly interesting. I hope that you’ll consider not just following it, but contributing to it, whether you’ve read the book or not.
What hashtags do you follow for news and discussion?
I just got back from NEACUHO (The Northeast Affiliate of ACUHO-I) and while I enjoy the work I do in residence life, being at a conference with residence life and housing people just makes life a little bit better and invigorate the love that I have for working in housing. I am often in awe at the professionals who have been here a lot longer than me, and those who work in the operations side and not the residence life side of the housedorm residence hall. This list was hard to come up with because there are so many great women in the housing and residence life field, that it would take me an entire week to write this post. I feel like this is going to have to be a series.
@bethmoriarty is someone who I would for sure consider an housing all-star. Beth is an exemplary leader to those at Bridgewater University. She is someone who does it all: from teaching class to grad students to leading a great team of residence life and housing professionals. Beth also just won the NEACUHO Charles Lamb award for outstanding service to the association
@StacyLOliver: One of the reasons I enjoy following Stacy so much is because she truly has a knack for working in residence life. Nowadays, she works with room assignments, which I do not envy at all. Stacy brings a lot of knowledge to our functional area and is currently the president of GLACUHO. She’s written a lot of articles and with her partner-in-crime @kmagura (who you also need to follow — another all -star) have written many great articles such as this one for “The Talking Stick” on Gender Neutral Housing. They both also won the “Talking Stick” article of the year award in 2012 for that article.
@dschmidtrogers and @laurieABerry: When I was at NASPA 4E’s WISA Drive-In, these two women, along with (@monicamfochtman) gave an exemplary presentation on three women who identify as being introverts and the challenges of finding their voices. After spending some quality time with them, I must say that they are some of the smartest women whom I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know better over the course of a few days.
I stumbled across Warsan Shire on Tumblr (that’s the magic of Tumblr, right?). She’s a 24-year-old Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer, editor and educator who is based in London. Her début book, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth (flipped eye), was published in 2011. Her poems have been published in Wasafiri, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthology ‘The Salt Book of Younger Poets’ (Salt, 2011). She is the current poetry editor at SPOOK magazine. Warsan is also the unanimous winner of the 2013 Inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize.
On Tumblr, someone had reblogged a quote of hers:
It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful, I’m not alive for that. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.
That resonated with me instantly, particularly given the work I that do working with women students and the conversations I have about gender, beauty and body image. I ordered her book of poetry, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, and had that feeling of wanting to read everything she’s written. Her writing is powerful, so if you’re looking for something wonderful to read sometime soon, or just wanting to know more about a dynamic woman artist, follow Warsan Shire on Twitter.
Are you seeking inspiration? In your work or in your life? If so, I have a couple people that you absolutely must follow – whether on Twitter or through their blogs.
Lisa Endersby – Lisa is a purveyor of awesome – whether it’s giving folks virtual high fives or her two cents (Canadian), Lisa is full of incredible ideas and inspiration. If you haven’t had the chance yet to watch her TED talk, please stop reading RIGHT NOW and go check it out. Seriously. Okay, done now? Now we can move on.
One of Lisa’s greatest strengths is not just her teaching, but in her ability to infect those around her with awesomeness. She is not just the star athlete, but the head cheerleader, too, and she will make sure that you know that you absolutely can do it – whatever “it” is. To tap into a little of this inspiration, go follow her on Twitter (if you aren’t already) or go check out her blog. Then come back and thank me later.
Amma Marfo – If Lisa is a purveyor of awesome, Amma is an introvert advocate – but she’s also an incredible writer. Consistently creating quality content (say that five times fast) on her blog and through her Twitter account, Amma makes all of us think a little bit more about how we work, how we interact with others, what we could do with our talents. If you’re reading her blog, you’ll know she’s also putting her talent to work at writing a book, and from time to time, she’ll ask for her readers’ input. So come on – go read Amma’s blog and give her some inspiration back – she deserves it.
This week I wanted to share with you two women that I have recently found on the internet who I think are amazing. They are not only smart and resourceful women, but they are committed to sharing what they know with everyone else in the world. Their entrepreneurial spirit is inspiring and I am amazed by what they accomplished once they put their mind to it.
@alexisgrant describes herself as “entrepreneurial writer and digital strategist, with a focus on careers and the workplace.” I found her website when I was searching the web to help a friend try to figure out how much she should charge for her time as a freelance social media and newsletter editor. It’s hard to know how much your time is worth and what the ‘right’ amount is to charge to make sure you are valued and still be reasonable. As women, I think it is particularly hard for many of us to name our value, which is why so few of us ask for raises. Alexis Grant’s site focuses on helping people live the life they want to live by giving career advice, and sharing an amazing amount of resources. I was particularly impressed with her page on “Awesome Resources for Building a Business, Blog, or Brand”
@BostonOnBudget was started by Kate in the summer of 2012 as a way to share with others cheap or free things to do around the city. Her website is so extensive that it had everything from college discounts to what do do that is free this weekend. She has clearly taken a hobby to the next level to help so many others. If you live in or around Boston you should DEFINITELY follow Kate!
I hope you find these women as inspirational as I did!