Sorry about the late night posting. It’s been a crazy weekend complete with homecoming festivities, a friends’ wedding, and an afternoon with my family.
Something I’ve been thinking about lately has been my presence on social media. I really enjoy using the Internet as a creative sphere that takes up little to no physical space. It’s a great place to be creative and connect with so many other similarly-minded people. The book-loving community has so many names all over the Internet, and through them I’ve been able to gather many ideas and bits and pieces of inspiration.
But there’s another side to the Internet for me as well. I really enjoying sharing my special moments online. Pictures of my adventures with my family or with friends. I know many people who are successful online create an image or a “brand,” and from then on that’s all they post about. And I suppose there’s nothing wrong with that- it certainly helps them get noticed and create a fanbase. But I’ve decided it’s just not me! I don’t want to restrict myself to just videos on books and writing- I want to be able to do tags and songs and silly videos too. And I’d like to be able to talk about my friends and family online as well- not just my favorite characters.
I’m aware that I’m probably the only person who’s been thinking about this topic, but it has been on my mind a lot. So as much as I would love to label myself as a booktuber, or a booklr (that’s tumblr- a fact I didn’t know until quite recently) I just can’t bring myself to stay under that one label!
I hope you will all join me as I continue to share my adventures with you in this space. For now, I’ll see you again on Thursday! Don’t forget to like and subscribe!
P.s. These are just a few of my favorite bookish-photos… some of which never made it to the Internet. Enjoy!
Hey there internet! So as you probably noticed there was no Roundabout post this Sunday. The reason is that I was in Chicago with Nick for the day. Check out our adventures in the video! We will return to the regularly scheduled programming on Thursday- See you then!
One of the things I found most interesting about Isaacson’s lecture was his focus on collaboration- especially on collaboration in the same physical space. He brought up the example of Pixar building one giant atrium that every single person in that organization has to walk through to get anywhere. A place like that forces people from all levels of the organization to be in the same space together if only for a moment.
I think this is incredibly important, and to explain why I want to use an example. My school, Judson University, is about 1200 students. My best friend goes to U of I, which according to the all-knowing Google has 43,603 students. One of the things I commented on when I went to visit her was how the campus seemed to have multiples of just about everything. Multiple libraries, several cafeterias, dozens of dorms and well over a hundred public lounge spaces. What I found as I talked to her more was that as involved as she is, no one could possibly be aware of half the things that were happening on campus just that night alone. And how could you, living with that many people so spread out and all doing their separate things? You could go there for all 4 years and never enter every building. And you’d never know the difference. You could graduate and realize there was a whole group of people you could have been involved with and you simply never knew they existed. The thought boggles my mind as I sit here in my school’s library, the same building that houses all of our studio spaces as well as our campus’s only coffee shop. Everyone, at some point, has to be in this building for something. Whether it’s just one class or you spend your entire life here. (Looking at you architecture majors! 😉 )
*Please note here that I’m not hating on U of I or any big universities for that matter. Big schools can be awesome and I know they can do amazing things that just aren’t possible for most small schools. I am using this as an example so please don’t read into it!
Collaboration in a shared space breeds ideas and innovation and relationships that never would happen otherwise. Mainly because you’re forced to meet people and rub up against their personalities and perspectives on a daily basis. By dividing off into all of our separate spaces, we cheapen what could be a rich and intensely creative culture. When Walter Isaacson brought up Pixar’s atrium, I thought it was brilliant. That’s a massive organization with hundreds of thousands (millions?) of employees, but in some small way they can all share something- that space.
What do you guys think are the benefits to a shared space? Are there any downsides? What happens with an International company or group that can’t meet in the same space? This post was originally meant for a forum discussion for one of my classes, but clearly I just ran with it. Love when that happens!
Hope you’re all having a great weekend! I’ll see you on Thursday!
When I was younger, I had terrible handwriting. And I mean really, really terrible handwriting. I still have some of my old stories and things I wrote back then, but I can’t read any of them. All the words are squished together and blending into each other- I remember trying to do math homework (which I already struggled with) and not being able to read the numbers.
At one point I remember my dad trying to help me with this homework and both of us were getting pretty frustrated. (I mean, it’s math.) And finally he just took an entire ream of paper and set it on the table in front of me, and said, “there is plenty of paper in the world. Spread out and use it.”
And I did. And it helped. I also spent hours writing and rewriting the alphabet in notebooks, but knowing that I wasn’t going to run out of paper helped me spread out and get stuff done. It helped me not be afraid to take up space.
I think much of the time we are scared to take up space in this world. Whether it’s in our schools, our homes, or just out in society, how many times do we find ourselves self conscious- terrified to infringe on what we perceive as someone else’s space?
Each and every person on this earth has an explosive personality. Every person radiates light and life and energy. And every single person deserves to have the space and opportunity to explore all aspects of their personality. There is no reason to fear the adventure that is exploring your personality and claiming your space on this little blue marble. We should be constantly inviting others to do just that- as long as they are safe and healthy, why wouldn’t we? Their opportunity to grow as a person does not in any way endanger your ability to be you. The world will not run out of space (or paper) for you, or for them.
Last night’s video was my first official book review! Thanks to Booktips on Twitter for connecting me with the author, Felix Alexander. I really enjoyed reading this book. 4/5 Stars! Check out my full review below
Hope you’ve been having a good weekend. Recently, there have been some new opportunities brought into my life, and I’m really excited to pursue them.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how different my life is now than how I expected it to be in high school. I’m pretty sure when I was a Sophomore in High School I still thought I was going to be studying Equine Therapy and moving out of state and attending a huge university. I never expected to have a youtube channel, this blog, to be asked to review books, to make a music video or spend my summer working at Riverwoods.
And if there’s one thing I’ve learned from all these unexpected endeavors and new opportunities, it’s that God’s plan is so much better than anything I could every come up with. And I am so thankful for that! I don’t talk about my faith very often on this blog and I have my own reasons for that, but I really felt like today I just needed to put it out there- I am so blessed to be where I am right now and to be surrounded by people who have pushed and challenged me to become better, to grow, and to learn. God has great things in store, bigger and better than anything we could possibly imagine.