Monday, July 25, 2011

The Return of the Round-Up

If you've been following this blog for a while you will remember that I used to post weekly round ups. The round up was a mash up of interesting stories, videos, books, and other links that I thought were worth sharing. Over time I started to (and still do) share the majority of those links on Twitter. The simplicity of sharing links on Twitter and constraints on my time meant eventually phasing out the weekly round up post in favour of focusing in on Friday's weekly column.

That being said, traffic to this site comes from primarily two sources: Twitter and people punching in the URL directly. The latter of which may be missing out on some of the great links circulating on Twitter, with this in mind, I've enlisted some help in order to reintroduce the round up.

Allow me to e-troduce you to Lee-Anne [LA], a self-identified "writer, editor and relative newbie to government".

[NC] Lee-Anne why don't you tell people a bit about yourself?

[LA] I've been working as a federal public servant for about 2 and a 1/2 years; I started as a communications advisor working on an external stakeholder engagement, and recently moved into a non-stop corporate role as a digital strategist.

[NC] I've worked in corporate service environments too, caffeine is your friend. Tell me, how did you happen upon

[LA] Well, during the writ period, my branch reorganized, and I got this new job. I decided that the best way to figure it out would be to: listen first, try out the tools, participate in the conversations, then see what happens. You were on Peter Smith's blog roll. He thought I might want to include a work-focused blog on my learning plan and he encouraged me to read broadly and take my time. I wound up reading your blog, then starting my own. I love the idea of virtuously scheming.

[NC] Tell me a bit about your own blog.

[LA] It's just a baby; ask me again in a few months. I'm sure things will change. I’ll find my voice over time.

[NC] What do you hope people take away from the round ups?

[LA] I hope it makes it easy for folks catch up on good reading. I hope to bring my own flavour to it -- you and I are interested in some of the same things, but also some different things. I hope to share ideas, collaborate, and to grow my community in Ottawa.

[NC] Well, let's get to it then, shall we...?

[LA] Round-Up For the week of July 18 - 22

Bwah. Out sick yesterday, so the round-up is a day late … but here’s the usual collection of good reads, courtesy of the #w2p community.

More talk on QR codes:


Tools of the trade:

Open up!

Random thought:

Someday the machines will sound an alarm whenever we even think about typing a cliché. Blah blah blah. Until then, we’ll always have Damn You Auto Correct to insert clichés and the wrong word at just the wrong time.

This post has been a collaborative effort from Lee-Ann Peluk and Nicholas Charney

[image credit dolmansaxlil]

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