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Comprehensive List of Patterns to Use with Mini Skeins & Yarn Advent Calendar Sets

Evin O’Keeffe - Sun, 08/02/2020 - 13:10

We all have those mini skeins we treasure, smaller yardage balls, and are maybe even eyeing a hand-dyed mini skein set for a daily knitting project. When I dine out, I love a nice main course, but have you ever...

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The Rigor of Getting Seen, Read, and Heard #digped

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 08/01/2020 - 07:56

IF YOU HAVE a worthwhile message, you need develop a rigorous process for sharing your messages across different social networks. We bring this principle into sharp focus as part of the rigor of media writing with my college students.  I have an example from yesterday that shows how written ideas can percolate across several social networks. I believe the process, workflow, and transmedia elements of this concept are essential elements of digital literacy. I also believe students need to see or hear important takeaways related to their academic coursework on social networks where that they occasionally visit. 

Words Count.

I share more by text than through images, video, or audio. That's because I start the process of sharing with words I tap on my mobile phone. When I blog those words, I can see the number of people who read them. I also share teasers of that written information on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Statcounter and Google Analytics show me the number of people who read my teasers and then follow up by tapping onto a hyperlink for the full content.

Students need written text to anchor their work. A straightforward brief helps prevent mission creep. Good briefs (no longer than two pages) keep everyone on target. Sometimes I publish parts of creative briefs as blog posts. In all cases, I send the briefs to my Kindle Paperwhite as Word Documents where I can highlight parts of them for review with Readwise.

The Statcounter screenshot (above) shows that I get more referrers from Twitter than any other social network. I believe that's because my blogging platform tweets whenever I publish on Typepad.

Twitter Drives Traffic

My webstats show the strength of Twitter, serving both my teaser content and as a referrer. When I see my posts appear as tweets, I resolve to create more compelling titles.

I rarely get more than a four per cent engagement from anything I blog. The Instapaper post gained me 3% engagement 24 hours after the tweet appeared on my timeline.

I could pay to promote my blog posts and would do that only after adding a video clip to the tweet. I've reached hundreds more people when adding video clips to my tweets. On one occasion, I've been offered five dollars for every tweet I've published.

Muted Reach with Facebook Pages.

I attract fewer people to my blog when I cross-publish onto my Facebook Page. I know that's because I haven't promoted my Facebook presence. I need to get at least 100 likes of FB.com/makingcreatingsharing before it makes any impact.

When I add my blog content to a Facebook Group, I can double the referrer traffic when compared to my Facebook Page.

There is a vibrant LinkedIn Audience.

During the COVID-19 period, I've noticed a significant rise in the number of people using their Android LinkedIn app to read content I post on LinkedIn. But no more than two per cent of my LinkedIn readers actually click into my website.

People will listen to your audio Message.

I believe my most loyal readers are also listeners. My use of web analytics documents I have no more than 15 regular readers of content I blog. I get double that amount of listeners as podcast subscribers and as listeners on Spotify.

I hope that audio content I create can improve the collaboration we have on our campus. For example, I think we could learn more by collaborating with shared notes and that's one of the topics I've written and spoken about using Spreaker Studio on my mobile phone.

Listen to "Collaborative Notes E533" on Spreaker. Imagery is Important

I started this blog post with a sketch that Rachel Dunleavy made as cover art for a Media Writing Journal in 2017. I encourage students to use Sketchnoting for modules I teach because I believe sketching and note-taking invokes a strong kinesthetic learning response. I can see people clicking into Flickr photos that complement my writing after I link those images to my blog posts and academic material. I believe I can enhance the rigor of learning by adding hyperlinked images to my course material and by asking students to apply some design thinking to the notes they take.

My Flickr stats (above) from the day I posted about Instapaper helping me read deeper shows people who landed on Flickr images that complemented the blog post.

I have to add Instagram to the rigor of getting seen because that is the visual social network of choice for my current students.

I started this blog post after reading a thread by Dr Heather Miceli about "rigor" and then let Readwise.io archive her thoughts in a permanent archive.

I plan to embrace the rigor of reading, illustrating, and speaking about creative media content in my remaining four years of teaching third level students in Ireland.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology. Bernie started this blog post after seeing a tweet about rigor from Dr. Heather Miceli in Readwise Favorites.]

Readwise Saves Threads [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/31/2020 - 13:22

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I can find them later in readwise.io/favorites

Ultraviolet Knits – Phare Hat

Evin O’Keeffe - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:17

To celebrate summer, I’m focusing on one pattern from my latest book, Ultraviolet Knits, each week all summer. Today, it’s all about my Altair Cowl. This pattern has the distinction of being the only hat in the Ultraviolet Knits collection. Inspired by...

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When it's raining outside [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 07/30/2020 - 04:13

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Cats find the warmest place to rest.

Shadow [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 12:45

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Our faithful rehomed cat.

Sharing Premium Content [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 12:40

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Snapped from Bernie's Note 9 in 2020 and repurposed in a blog post.

Instapaper Helps Me Read Deeper

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 09:09



I GET MORE from the books I read or the subscriptions I fund when I can explore segments of them in different formats. So when I glance back at highlighted passages through the use of apps, I often recall important points I forgot on my first pass through the material. Nothing helps me through this revision process better than my Instapaper and Readwise.

I've been using Instapaper for five years and watched it move from Marco Arment to Pinterest to Instant Paper. Along the way, I've heard a chorus of objections to its subscription model. Some have noticed the app doesn't save web links. Others object to its lack of a dictionary and a few other features expected of a mature app.

My experience with Instapaper has been consistently pleasant. It saves entire web pages from subscription sites and pushes them out to a shared public web address where I can view them with students. This is critical for me because I get to actually use what I've paid to read.

I wish I could highlight passages directly inside Instapaper so they would appear on Readwise. However, I can get my highlights into Readwise by using Microsoft Word as a work-around.

I have the full mobile version of Word on my Samsung Note 9 and that means I can easily "select all" and then copy and paste thousands of words into my documents archive with simple taps on my screen.

I can send those Word documents to my Kindle where I add highlights and notes. However, I need to import my clippings.txt file from my Kindle to Readwise if I want to capture these highlights for review. The good news is Readwise will soon integrate Roam Research. And it's very simple pulling Kindle clippings into the Note 9.

For as long as I've kept Moleskine journals, I've been trying to refine a system that improves my memory while leveraging the hundreds of euro I spend every year for reading material. My current workflow involves spending both time and money to remember better.

Let me know if you've a similar process or if you have shared your annotated clippings in a public repository. You can see my public Readwise clippings at https://readwise.io/@topgold.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology.]

Clippings into Note [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 09:06

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Exporting Amazon Kindle Clippings into Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for revision with Readwise.io.

Seeking Workflow Efficiencies [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 08:54

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Self-reflection with Roam Research.

Improving Workflow with Instapaper [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 07:08

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I GET MORE from the books I read or the subscriptions I fund when I can explore segments of them in different formats. So when I glance back at highlighted passages through the use of apps, I often recall important points I forgot on my first pass through the material. Nothing helps me through this revision process better than Instapaper and Readwise.

Imitation Crab Salad

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 07/28/2020 - 14:05

Now that I’m a parent and making meals for four of us every day (sometimes twice a day), I think back to the balanced and delicious meals my own mother cooked for us. Honestly, at the time I was used...

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No Leaks after First Rain [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 07/28/2020 - 07:18

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The Beaver Log Cabin shed with an intact roof.

Dependent on Instapaper [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 07/28/2020 - 07:08

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Instapaper on Note 9

Travel Unravelled: Where I Went and Yarn I Bought

Evin O’Keeffe - Sun, 07/26/2020 - 14:19

When I travel, I bring back three kinds of souvenirs: Christmas tree ornaments, iron-on patches, and yarn. Each Christmas, we are reminded of our adventures as we trim and admire the tree, though I’m still trying to track down ornaments...

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How I Started Blogging and My Favorite Writing Books

Evin O’Keeffe - Fri, 07/24/2020 - 14:29

Since I learned what letters and words do, I’ve put them together to convey ideas or just for fun. In college, I was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, I was an interning editor for an educational catalog/magazine for three summers,...

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Starting the Shed [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/24/2020 - 09:36

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Probably our biggest pandemic DIY project.

100 Tonnes of Boxes Overhead [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/24/2020 - 09:07

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Airlux headed to Luxemburg from Chicago.

Rubber Mallet FTW [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/24/2020 - 07:55

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Tapping the garden shed into place.

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