Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
I met some amazing people at the Blogging While Brown Conference and I would be remiss if I did not tell you all about them or at least link to their blogs. But first, a highlight video of the Blogging While Brown.
A few things I learned:
FTC Blog Advertising Guidelines with Stacey Ferguson, Federal Trade Commission, Division of
Advertising Practices was quite informative. Basically, all incidences of sponsorship – money, gifts, free services, anything – must be fully disclosed with a blogger is writing about or even tweeting about something. Incidentally, Stacey is also with Blogalicious – A 3-day conference Celebrating Diversity in Social Media this October in Miami, Florida.
And no doubt the highlight of the entire meeting was the panel of Break Through Bloggers featuring Baratunde Thurston (he tweet that he liked my talk and I’ve been floating ever since), my Doppelganger Patrice Yursik (you all already know how much I heart her), and Anil Dash (a science policy social media guru who works with AAAS). The panel was moderated by Lola Adesioye. I loved all of what they said!
Hometown bloggers (straight from the M or Memphis Tennessee) Notorious Spinks and Mesha who asked the most provocative question at the conference.
Adria - another fab person and Tech Guru.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Do I Have What it Takes to be a Nerd Girl? Probably not.
My initial reaction to the video turned my enthusiastic smile into to a frown within 30 seconds. Really? Young women wearing capes, over sized tortoise shell eyeglasses, and very high heels running down hallways reminds me of a comic book.
Who is this message for? (and bookmark this question, because I’ll be asking other STEM outreach efforts this same question in upcoming posts).
For girls and young women obviously but what type of young women? The reference to embracing feminine power gives me a big clue. The femininity they promote is a very conventional, even sexualized femininity. And as I watched the video, I really felt like this campaign is not for young women like me: the not so girly-girl types. So, if I were young enough to audition I wouldn’t. To me, it is abundantly clear that Nerd Girls is an outreach program for the ‘beautiful ones’ - the charming pretty girls who are prom queen who might hide their smarts. And you know what? Those girls probably do need role models just like the ones Nerd Girls provides.
I’m no girly-girl. Some might describe me as a plane jane or even tom-boyish – mainly due to my preference for jeans or shorts, cotton tees, I love being outdoors, and getting dirty. Don’t get me wrong. I clean up nicely, very nicely for the right occasion.
Monday, June 21, 2010
The 3rd Annual Blogging While Brown Conference in Washington, DC, June 18-19, 2010 was a smashing success.
Yeah, I don’t mind at all being her Doppelganger. (But actually, I think she and my great friend Darcella Craven could be twins. Incidently, people confuse DC as sisters all of the time.)
More great news…
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
This is just a quick post to let you know to expect more. Actually, I'll be live blogging and tweeting the whole time, so if you want a blow-by-blow of the conference then go to Twitter. (You don't have to join just to read what everyone is saying). Or you can see that I'm saying at my Facebook Fan Page.
Links are below. Come back!
Urban Science Adventures! © Facebook Fan Page
@FeteSociety - that's me on Twitter
@BWBConference - Blogging While Brown Conference Twitter
#bwb - the hashtag to read what everyone is saying on Twitter at the Conference
Wow...the sessions have been amazing: The Future of Blogging, new FTC Guidelines and How to Make your Blog suck less.
And in preparation for my talk, I uploaded my talk, which is link-heavy - full of great resources about STEM outreach via social media. Sneak peak here.
Monday, June 07, 2010
Friday, June 04, 2010
Oh, I love summer! I love it, love it, love it.
And I'm very happy to annouce I have secured a fantastic summer position as the supervisor of a local Urban Nature Summer camp program. (Yes, the same one I did last year).
I'm working behind the scenes: interviewing hopeful Outdoor Instructors, calling facilities, making arrangements for the program. I'm also assembling the handbook of activities. We have a notebook full of classic raccoon circle activities that are always a hit and I've come across some new gems related to the same ideas. I just had to share these with you. I want everyone to appreciate how much the outdoors can be (and how much fun learning about ecology is, too.)
Thinks of these links as activity guides for any children you may have this summer (camp counselor, family reunions, scouting trips, babysitting, anything)
101 Nature Activities from Sanborn Western Camps
Environmental Education Activities & Games
100 + Things You Can Do Outside! - recommended by me
I'm so looking forward to working this summer.
And the Adventures continue...online. I have created an Urban Science Adventures! © Facebook Fan Page. Now you can share your pictures and stories all year long with other urban nature and environmental education enthusiasts.