New Quarter, New Schedule

by Kristen Abell

As many of us start a new academic year at our institutions, we here at Student Affairs Women Talk tech are starting a new quarter of blogging. Believe it or not, we are getting ready to start our third year of blogging in September of this year. And with this new quarter and new year comes a new schedule. We like to keep things funky fresh here.

So for the next few months, you’ll be seeing some of your favorite bloggers write about whatever they choose, as well as our highlight posts (best practices, highlight an app, and highlight a woman in technology and student affairs) and the occasional Follow Friday post thrown in for good measure. We’ve also reached out to some of our favorite women in tech to see if they’d be interested in guest posting on here, so we hope to feature a few of them, as well. If you have an idea for a guest post, feel free to contact me (kabell96@gmail.com) and let me know about it – we’d love to feature you on our blog!

We hope you’ll continue to enjoy reading about the world of student affairs and tech through our blog. Best of luck to all with the beginning of the school year, and we look forward to blogging for you!

 

New Quarter, New Schedule

Welcome to Summer!

by Kristen Abell

Well, for some of us, the summer season has already started, and for the rest of us, it’s probably not that far away. Summer tends to be a season of projects, of getting done all that we put off during the year, of rest and relaxation, of catching up. Despite the fact that the reason many of us love our jobs is because of the students, there is also a freedom that comes with having an empty campus, a chance to breathe a little. We’ll enjoy it for a little while, and then come August, we’ll be ready for the students to return, to bring the vibrancy back to our campuses that have been too quiet all summer.

Here at Student Affairs Women Talk Tech, we’re taking stock. We’ve made some changes to our schedule to freshen things up. Instead of posting Monday – Thursday, we’ll now be posting Tuesday – Friday. On Fridays, we’ll be adding a new type of post – the Follow Friday post. This will give our bloggers a chance to tell you who they follow and what they’re reading – and give you some new info to check out hopefully. Consider it your very own student affairs and tech content curation system. Feel free to send us suggestions to check out.

As of this post, we’ve published 458 posts, over slightly less than three years. We’re one of the most consistently updated (and least recognized) blogs in student affairs and technology. This summer, we’ll be bringing you even more and better content, including some collaborative posts by our bloggers, who have so much good info we can’t wait to share it.

We hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it. Happy summer!

Welcome to Summer!

August Anticipation

by Kristen Abell

It’s that time of year in student affairs – we’re all prepping buildings to open, working on advising and enrolling new students, finishing up last-minute summer projects, and generally getting ready for the onslaught: The Students Are Coming!

For many of us, this is a stressful time of year – we are working later hours and weekends to get ready. We may or may not get to see our families or friends during the next few weeks. While some folks still claim August is summer, most of us can’t remember the last time August was anything but the beginning of fall.

On the other hand, we also know that this is go time – this is everything we prepare for the rest of the year. Why else are we here if not for these students? We know that there may be trials ahead, but there are also likely to be triumphs, and this time that hangs in the balance is nothing if not full of possibilities for the coming year.

It is with all of this in mind that this blog goes into its third year of publication – with some of our original bloggers, but also some new faces. You’ll see a number of the same types of posts this fall, although we’re cutting back to four per week instead of five with fewer bloggers this time around. We’ll still be doing our weekly Linkage Love on Wednesdays, sharing the best of apps, women in technology and practices to make life easier on Thursdays, and whatever our bloggers come up with on Tuesdays. We continue to grow and change as we encounter new professionals and new technologies. We hope you’ll continue to join us on our journey.

Welcome back to SA Women Talk Tech – the Fall 2012 version!

August Anticipation

New Semester, New Schedule

by Kristen Abell

Welcome back from the winter break and to a new semester at Student Affairs Women Talk Tech! We have been busy recruiting and planning and scheduling over the break, and we have some new additions to our bloggers, as well as our blog that will be showing up in the next couple of weeks. I thought I’d take a minute and share what some of these changes will be in today’s post.

First of all, we’ve done such a great job recruiting, we have enough bloggers to post FIVE days a week! I know, pretty exciting stuff, right? Instead of just Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you’ll now see us all five weekdays, filling up your Google Reader (or other RSS reader of choice).

In addition to posting five days a week, we’re changing up some of the types of posts we’ll be sharing. Since we didn’t get much response from the Monday blog prompts, we’ll be cutting those posts, although we’ll still be using some of the prompts internally. (If you’re interested in some different types of blog prompts, be sure to check out the Reverb Broads project I’ve been coordinating with another blog friend of mine.) Once a month we’ll have an Open Thread Monday post, where we’ll throw out a topic or issue, and you’ll get a chance to discuss amongst yourselves…and us.

We will be keeping our Wednesday Linkage Love posts, since we like to share the love as much as possible. Feel free to send us your links to share, as we’re always looking for good content.

Tuesdays and Thursdays will be Blogger’s Choice – in other words, a chance for our bloggers to write about pretty much whatever they want…within reason, of course. These will remain on the technology/student affairs/feminism topic areas, but it gives us a chance to spew about whatever’s on our mind these days.

Fridays are going to be a mixed bag of awesomeness. We’ll be rotating three different kinds of posts on these days. Highlight an App will give us a chance to talk about our favorite new app for whatever device we wish – again, feel free to send us your suggestions, too. Best Practices/Making Life Easier will be a post on either best technology practices at an institution or organization or a way of using technology that’s making our life or someone else’s life easier. Highlighting a Woman in Student Affairs and Technology will do just that – we really want to recognize those women that are out there paving new roads for the rest of us. Now that I look back on it, I’m not sure any of these needed much of a descriptor, as they’re pretty self-explanatory, but you get the idea.

Although we have a full schedule for the next three months, we’re always looking for new bloggers and guest posters, so feel free to contact us sawomentalktech@gmail.com if you’re interested, or if you have ideas you’d like us to blog.

Happy new year and good luck with the spring semester!

New Semester, New Schedule