Place Pins


Good news for all those Pinners out there, Pinterest has recently come out with a nifty new application that will make planning your bucket list and next vacation much easier. According to The Pinterest Blog, every day people Pin about 1.5 million places, and now there are more than 750 million Pins of these destinations on Pinterest. With this in mind, the creators of Pinterest came up with Place Pins to inspire Pinners to turn those travel dreams into reality.

Place Pins is an application designed to combine the mind-blowing images of a travel magazine with the utility of an online map. Place Pins is also accessible on iPhones and Androids, which means you can find new places on the go and even get directions straight to your phone as you travel.

For more information on Place Pins: The Pinterest Blog

Anti-Social Networks

In WRA 415, Digital Rhetoric, we discussed what it meant to be social. Is socializing the direct verbal communication between individuals? Is it the action of participating in tasks to facilitate socialization, such as reading a certain book or watching a popular TV show? Or is it something else entirely? On that note, what are we to make of social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest that were created to enable communications between people all over the world? Are they really helping us socialize or are they killing it? Check out this video and decide for yourself.

Covering an Event via Social Media

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Today there are myriad social media platforms to tend to. We have our Instagrams to post our lunches on, our Twitters to inform everyone in 140 characters or less what we’re doing at 2:30PM on a Sunday (drinking coffee, #typical), our Facebook to post our latest selfie or video; it can be exhausting.

While keeping up with our personal online presence is already pretty involved, for some people it’s their job to maintain their company’s, too. Sometimes this means covering an event, which can be pretty daunting. So, how does one do it? Ed2010 writer Elizabeth Lilly gives us the lowdown in this article.

Brene Brown and the Importance of Authenticity

A few months back, I stumbled across a TED talk with sociologist Brene Brown titled, “The Power of Vulnerability.” In this talk, Dr. Brown stresses the importance of cultivating and embracing vulnerability in our daily lives. The talk has gone viral, and Dr. Brown even released a book called Daring Greatly, based on the principles of this talk.

Recently, as I was perusing the web, I found this Huffington Post article written by Dr. Brown, writing about the struggle many face with just being themselves.

As writers, we tend to seep through within our work; it’s inevitable. So, when it’s time for peer reviews, edits, advice, etc., it can be downright daunting to get feedback and induce feelings of vulnerability because when a part of our work is rejected, sometimes it feels as though part of us are being rejected, too. But we need the edits and second sets of eyes. So, how can we deal with the rejection in a healthy way?

While the article linked above stresses the importance of every day authenticity and being ourselves, I thought it would be especially interesting for writers to apply to our crafts and learn to move through constructive (and sometimes destructive) criticism with more grace and realize that not all of our work is going to be perfect, and that is perfectly okay.