So in my DIY Publishing class we have been talking about participatory culture, including social networking, blogs, review sites, and wikis. In a way, the concept of Wikipedia is awesome. Everyone in the world can contribute their knowledge about a subject onto one page on one site, accessible to everyone. It's like a melting pot of knowledge, so to speak. Unfortunately it doesn't work like that in reality. With the option of being able to edit pages with whatever you choose, Wikipedia has earned a reputation of being unreliable. Anyone can edit, regardless of whether or not you are credible. I think that would be a good change for the site to make actually – before anyone can submit a change on a page, they have to somehow prove their credibility. Like in order to add information on page about human anatomy, I could present my college degree in biology. /Shrugs. Just an idea.



Anyway, I decided to try my hand at editing a page. I've never done it before, and it was actually pretty interesting. I used to think Wikipedia pages were pretty darn accurate and thorough. I thought I'd have a hard time contributing information, but when I went to the Domino's pizza page and scrolled through, I realized a lot of information was left out or barely touched upon. I consider myself pretty knowledgable about Domino's seeing as how I've worked there for the past 3 years and my older brother before that. I decided to edit the Products section because it looked fairly outdated and like there was less room for error. I added a bit about the (new-ish) Parmesan Bread Bites that they sell towards the bottom because they were just introduced in 2012. It's not much, but it was pretty fun – not gonna lie. There were a few other areas of the Products section that I thought were lacking, but decided to leave it at that for one day. Perhaps I will revisit it at another time. 


Edit: Okay so after refreshing the page to see the little paragraph I added, it was gone! Does it normally take awhile before the edit shows up, or was it just blocked? Or…? 

Weekly Wrap-Up

Hey guys, here's just an update on some things I've been loving lately. Feel free to share your current favorites in the comments.


What I'm reading: Sever by Lauren Destefano. Enjoying it so far. I'm excited to see how she ends the series but sad at the same time!


What I'm listening to: I've been (re)discovering some great music lately. Here's just a few. 

"Waiting on the Rain" by J Boog

Also loving the new Walk off the Earth album! Seriously. Every song is amazing. Here are some of my favorites though for your listening pleasure.

"Revo" by Walk off the Earth

"Red Hands" by Walk off the Earth

"Summer Vibe" by Walk off the Earth 


What I'm Watching: Well I had to watch a few episodes of Supernatural for my ETS 145 class. It was decent, not really my thing though. Otherwise The Host is coming out in 2 days and I'm super excited to go see it. Maybe there will even be a review to follow? 

2013 Reading Challenge Update

In 2011, I challenged myself to read 25 books. I read 37.

In 2012, I challenged myself to read 30 books. I read 32. (You can tell I was suffering from senioritis in 2012!)

This year, I challenged myself to read 50 books. Pretty big number compared to the previous 2 years, but I had high aspirations for myself in January. Plus, I was in a reading frenzy. What's better than snuggling up in bed with a good book and some hot chocolate while you're home for winter break? Nothing. Okay actually a lot of things are better, but it's still pretty awesome. 

So far I have only read 7/50 books, which means that I am 4 books behind schedule. Yikes. Looks like I'll be doing a lot of reading this summer…

Add me on Goodreads to view the complete list of what I've read so far if you're interested.


Reading Slump!

School is so time consuming! Everything I do has to be planned around my classes and homework assignments, even on the weekends. It has kind of taken over my life, and that's kind of ridiculous. So needless to say, I haven't had much time to read lately. Well, I do have quite a few free moments seeing as how I procrastinate my assignments until the last minute anyway, but I always end up reaching for my laptop instead of a book. When that happens, you know you're in what is referred to as a reading slump. It's comparable to writer's block, if you're more familiar with that. They are both very bad but unfortunately happen more than I'd like. It happens to the best of us I'm afraid. 

However, I am here to offer a few suggestions to cure the reading slump, because I know I can't be the only one suffering from it. When I haven't finished a book in over a month, extreme measures must be taken. And if that means documenting it in a blog post and publicly committing myself to doing something, then so be it. 

Here are some tips to get yourself back into the reading mode:


1. My first tip is simple: find a good book that you know you'll be able to get into quickly. This usually means sequels or books by your favorite authors that you haven't read yet. This is the most effective method, in my opinion. Get a book that excites you, one that promises to be a page turner…not some boring story you'd find in one of my English classes.

2. Make time. Set aside 30-60 minutes one day and dedicate them to reading.

3. Just do it. Sounds easy right? Unless you're an extreme procrastinator like myself, it should be easy. But you already have the good book picked out, all you need to do is force yourself to get past those boring first few pages and don't stop until your attention is grabbed. That way, when you put it down, you'll want to go back to it later. 


Ta da! Just like that you're out of the reading slump. Now I just need to follow my own advice…

In My Mailbox #1

Who else is excited for the very first IMM?! Because it's the first one and some of you may not be familiar with what exactly it is, i'll explain it for you. Basically, IMM is a (usually) weekly meme where you post about books you've received/bought recently. It's a great way to discover new titles and find out when the ones you've been looking forward to have been published. 

So this week I just have a few titles to show you guys. The first two I purchased when I was back home for Spring Break and actually had access to a Target without needing to take a sketchy Syracuse bus/taxi to get there. 


Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Sever by Lauren DeStefano

This last one I actually received from my mom, who got it from her boss…Her boss wants me to read it because it's apparently a good example of the kinds of books I shouldn't edit/publish (when I acquire that dream job of course). So that basically means it isn't very good, but I'll probably end up checking it out anyway. The whole can't knock it 'til you try it type of thing.

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

That's it for me this week. Let me know in the comments what books you've gotten lately!