This blog is a little out of the ordinary for my personal blog, but today my personal life and professional life are intersecting. By day, I am a technology manager, charged with supporting software applications, building technology solutions for complex business problems, and making sure those solutions are secure and our end-users are properly trained. By night, I usually blog about those random things in life that inspire me. Lately, that has been security.
As this is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), I have been running a campaign at work to raise end-user awareness about simple security tips to use at work and home, as well as posting information on social media under my personal accounts. As a member of the “Stop. Think. Connect.” global online safety awareness campaign, I use many of their materials for this initiative. And when I came across “Safety Tips for Bloggers” I figured I would share this week, as the theme is “Our Continuously Connected Lives,” hoping I could share some useful information with my readers. Continue reading “Cybersecurity for Bloggers”
We should not be content to stay stagnant; but rather we should continue to push ourselves to learn and grow, like a plant or a flower always reaching for the sun. Push, stretch, grow!
I started this blog almost a year ago, knowing nothing about WordPress. I wanted to write about things that inspire me and how I cope with fibromyalgia, so I just started and didn’t really take the time to learn the tool fully. I have muddled my way along, making my share of mistakes:
- I still can’t get my pictures sized the way I want half the time.
- I post and then find errors and edit and repost.
- I just tried the “Reblog” button this morning for the first time and screwed that up and had to do it again.
Haha. It’s been frustrating to say the least. But I laugh at myself and keep learning, because I learn from my failures and mistakes. Life really is a journey of self-discovery. We should not be content to stay stagnant; but rather we should continue to push ourselves to learn and grow, like a plant or a flower always reaching for the sun. Push, stretch, grow!
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Your head must be clutter-free in order to be productive and creative.
Several years ago I saw David Allen, the “Getting Things Done” (GTD) guru, speak at a leadership conference, and he said some things that have resonated with me:
- There is chaos and clutter in your head. (I need to remember to get milk on the way home. Did I feed the dogs? Johnny has football practice today. That presentation is due this week.)
- Your head must be clutter-free in order to be productive and use creative energy.
So I created a modified version of his system in OneNote for writing ideas and to-do’s down several years ago. I started a similar approach when I first started my blog almost a year ago, but over the summer I just quit writing. Now mind you, I recognize that this is really still a half-hearted online journal at this point, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, people! So after this prolonged
writer’s block absence, this past week I decided it was time to write again, as I made a concerted effort to write AND post. So after several months, what changed?
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Do you ever find yourself wondering “What am I doing?” I do. A lot. Now I think I am pretty successful at my job, and I have always been pretty good at or knowledgeable about a lot of different things rather than really great at one or two things. But sometimes I just want to know what I am doing has significance and meaning and makes a difference. I feel like I am constantly seeking that one great thing I am meant to do in my life.
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