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Shhh! The blog is sleeping Zzzzzz……

I have come back from vacation to find that I’m in a crunch time at work. Additionally, I have to take a certification exam (also work related) in a few weeks, so there’s some studying involved. Definitely not conducive to daily posting and photo meme participation. Hoping the crunch ends soon and I get get back into the daily swing of things.

Blogless Thursday: Memes I Owe

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Blogless Thursday: Memes I Owe

Blogless_Logo_smYou might think that I have forgotten my vow not to blog on Thursdays. Well, I have not forgotten. I am writing this on a TUESDAY and setting it up to publish itself on a Thursday. Therefore, I am not blogging. My blog is, in fact, blogging for me. In a court of law, the most I could be convicted of is conspiracy to blog, or perhaps pre-meditated blogging. But not actual blogging.

Anyhow – I owe people memes. I got tagged a bunch in the past month or so, and never made good. So I’m-a-makin’ good now! I used the feature in the dashboard of my blog that shows me who has linked to me in order to find all the blogs of all the people who tagged me. If you have tagged me and I didn’t respond or list it here, please bring it to my attention!

Flickr Six Of Six
To friendshipLast in, first out – it’s my pal banannie The idea is to go to page 6 of your Flickr photostream and select the 6th photo to post on your blog. So that’s what I’ve done, and what I found there was this photo that I mobile photo blogged a couple of weeks ago from Biddle’s Bucket on Sanibel Island while I was there with my friends doing the Sanibel Bar Crawl. The caption is “To Friends”. Ain’t that the truth!

I don’t think I actually know six people who use Flickr that I could tag on their blog. I think I know two aside from the person who tagged me. So here’s to you, Elaine – tag, you’re it! And you too, Gayle – tag, you’re it!

Six Random Things About Myself
Up next, we’ve got a two-fer. Both Debbie and Robin tagged me with this one

The Rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you – see above, it was Debbie and Robin
2.Post the rules on your blog – this is what you are now reading
3. List 6 random things about yourself.
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog

SIX Random Things About Myself
ONE. I am currently wearing a gold fishie necklace that was given to me by Niece No. 5
TWO. I call the bathroom in my master suite “The Palace” because it is so freakin’ huge
THREE. I miss crunching the leaves while walking up to my voice teacher’s house every autumn – she had the best leaves!
FOUR. Can’t wait to see The Biggest Loser tonight!
FIVE. I wish I had started studying earlier for this exam I’m taking on Saturday morning in Orlando. I keep doing practice tests each night, and I’m getting a little better each time, but still not where I want to be…
SIX. I’m going to violate the rules of this meme and NOT tag anyone. It was hard for me to come up with “six random things” and I have read that on other people’s blogs too, so I’d rather not torture them!

Kreativ Blogger
Kreativ Blogger AwardI got tagged with this one by Gayle. It’s not just a meme, it’s also an award called Kreativ Blogger. It even has it’s own logo! For this one, I have to name –

SIX Things That Make Me Happy
ONE. Being able to enjoy the sunshine and warmth of Florida year-round makes me happy.
TWO. Having time for a life makes me happy.
THREE. I’m an information junkie, so the internet makes me happy.
FOUR. Dove miniatures make me happy
FIVE. Seeing my family and friends makes me happy, especially if they come to visit me here!
SIX. Music makes me ecstatically happy.

Wow that one was MUCH easier than “random things”! And now, I have to tag six people.

Tootie at Sanibel Toot’s Lazy Days , Snowbird at Sand Between My Toes Christa at Teetering on the Edge of the Empty Nest , Melora at A Little Slice of Life Ed at Caribbean Soul and Christene at ChrisCandJonJ – Our Vanilla Life – TAG, YOU’RE IT!

This last one is also from Gayle. It’s actually a SEVEN random facts meme. Since I’ve already done six of them, I’ll just add one more –

SEVEN. I hate putting on makeup, but once it is on, I’m all like, “Dang, woman – you look EXCELLENT” 🙂

And with that, I do believe I’ve caught up on every meme I owe! If I didn’t catch them all, please drop me a comment with a link and I shall mend my memeful ways and get right on it!

The Unity in CommUNITY – or – Birds Of A Feather

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My friend Annie tagged me with this very thoughtful subject for a blog post – the unity in community.

I recently attended the Gartner Symposium and IT Expo, which is held each year at the Swan, Dolphin, Yacht Club and Boardwalk hotels in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. It was a glorious week. My idea of heaven is running around learning all day, sprinting from session to session in a constant state of information junkie euphoria, and then eating new and exciting cuisine and drinking new and exciting wines all night in Disney World. Attending this symposium is one of the most mind-expanding experiences I’ve had. This year, I chose a track that has absolutely nothing to do with what I do for a living. I chose to search the session database for every offering that contained the keywords “social” and “web 2.0”. And I learned something about what Gartner refers to as “the wisdom of the crowd”.

I came home and googled that phrase (“googled” has taken its place in the lexicon as a verb now, so it doesn’t get an upper case leading letter from me any more). I was surprised to find that there’s a book called The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations. Yeah, long-ass title, but very descriptive! Published in May of 2004, Amazon’s review tells us that this is indeed an intriguing subject, and it is still fresh enough to apply to our internet experiences today.

Psychology and sociology have some fancy theories that really just boil down to “birds of a feather flock together”. Since the very dawn of the bare-bones internet, collections of similarly-feathered folks have flocked to virtual meeting places to share what they know about… whatever. I think it starts out as, “looky what *I* know”, or in some cases, “um, does anyone know?” and then somehow along the way, it all becomes meticulously collected and organized, and before you know it, you’ve got rec.arts.disney.parks, or The DIS or the Sanibel forums on TripAdvisor.

The Gang at Casa YbelThese days, you can even create a community that does not know it is a community – at least, not initially. You can put a bunch of blogs that you read into your Google Reader or into Feedly or Spokeo, and voila! It’s YOUR community, where you go to share stuff that you know, and learn stuff that you don’t know with friends that you’ve never met. And they may or may not know each other in the beginning, but somehow, the unconnected become connected over time, and you find yourself toasting the birthday of a blogger from Alaska in a bar on a sub-tropical island with friends from Indiana and Connecticut and California and Ohio that you met on the internet.

It has always amazed me whenever I’ve taken the plunge and met folks from online, just how very SAME we are in real life, in ways that we didn’t know about until we met. Maybe a disproportionate amount of us are smokers, or the majority of us had strict parents, or maybe we’re all secretly listening to the Partridge Family in the sheltered privacy of our own iPods.

A psychologist once told me about an experiment that was conducted – a hundred strangers were put into a room together and given no real instructions. Two of them had children going through chemotherapy treatments. Within a ridiculously small amount of time, the two parents of the sick children found each other. They FLOCKED.

Looking back, I realize that I’ve actually known about the wisdom of the crowd for a long time – at least as long as I’ve been on the internet (1994? I think?). For me, the internet has been a flocking ground, where I have found or formed communities that first established their unity in sharing knowledge, but solidified that unity in friendship.

HERE COME THE TAGS – would love to hear what the following folks have to say about “the unity in community” –

Snowbird at Sand Between My Toes

Tootie at Sanibel Toot’s Lazy Days

Chris at ChrisCandJonJ – Our Vanilla Life