So imagine my surprise when the Zero to Hero Day 8 topic turned out to be something that, much like days 6 and 7’s redesign challenges, I’ve found myself working on over the past few days-this time the About page. Although I originally put a lot of thought into creating all of these elements, the way the blog has morphed since its beginning, just 2 months ago, calls for a redesign.
I began with a very simple page that explained who I am-and that is still the core of my About page. The blog was originally just a place for me to practice blogging and building an audience as Gene’O and I built a network of contributors. But as the site changed to become more collaborative (see Gene’O’s Strategic Blogging Series and my Zero to Hero Day 3 post), and as I developed new blogging skills, I wanted to include a few links and photos in my personal profile. I didn’t want to over-clutter, but it seemed important to me for the pages to have some visual interest and provide links to the other elements of the site.
For now, I’ve settled on an About that describes me, as I’m the primary blogger on Part Time Monster, but the page has a link to the contributors page, as this has now become a place where other writers are featured. I’m still working on both pages, but I’m happier with them now than I was before. And Sourcerer’s redesigns look wonderful.
And now, on to other-fun-business. Victoria of My [Redacted] Journey has nominated me for a Sunshine Bloggers Award. I stumbled across Victoria’s blog in the Zero to Hero challenges, and I’ve been enjoying reading her honest reflections. Nearest I can tell, this is a blogging award that is given to bloggers who inspire other bloggers in some way. The rules of the game are:
1. Nominate 10 other blogs
2. Write 11 facts about yourself.
My nominations are all blogs that I’ve enjoyed reading and/or bloggers with whom I’ve enjoyed communicating: Sourcerer, Polymathically, Ana Lyn’s Blogging Adventures, The Leather Library, Container Chronicles, Lazy Lady, Blame it on Em, Life is a Beach, Ali Does it Herself, and Creighton Creation.
1. I really love bad jokes. (One of my favorites, for example, is Q: What do you a call a sleep walking nun? A: A Roamin’ Catholic.)
2. When I was in school, the only tests I ever failed were timed multiplication tests. I have always had a difficult time with math, and the time constraint added to trying to remember the multiplication tables scared me, so I always just panicked.
3. I love shoes, though as a Southern girl, I really love to be barefoot.
4. I love dinosaurs. I’ve been fascinated with them since I saw The Land Before Time and watched Denver the Last Dinosaur on Saturday mornings back in 1988. (Considering yesterday’s post, it seems that 1988 was a formative film year for me.)
5. I think the Elf of the Shelf is creepy. We have one, and he was out during Christmas-time, but we don’t make a big deal of out him reporting back to Santa. In fact, we don’t make a big deal out of Santa watching in general, much for the same reason. I like the idea of Santa as a benevolent gift-giver, not an inundation to the world of the panopticon.
7. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. I really identify with Belle.
8. I have two tattoos-one on my hip and the other on my foot. They both have significant meanings for me, and I’ve never regretted getting them. I would like to get one other, but for now it’s just seemed like too insignificant a thing to spend money on.
9. I love the Eagles. They remind me of my childhood. Gene’O was always a big fan, and so I learned to like them by listening with hi.
10. I consistently feel like an impostor when I’m presenting myself as a writing expert in the writing center, in front of my students, and/or in front of other graduate students. Writing is difficult; it’s always difficult. And I’ve never been published anywhere (granted, I have been terribly lax about sending out things for publication), nor am I even the best of the people I know. And there are so many things that I don’t know.
11. I used to be an archery and ropes course instructor and a lifeguard. Sometimes I miss those days of much more tangible, physical work.