Sunday, February 23, 2020

Page Analysis: Sussex Royal

I became a bigger fan of the royal family when I was introduced to first Kate and William after their
wedding, and then to Harry and Meghan.  I don't remember seeing young royals being published in the news in the United States for their work or activities in England prior to the previously mentioned couples.  After Harry and Meghan wed and became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex their audience got to learn more about who they are and what they are passionate about through their work.   

For this course, I will be focusing on their Instagram account Susses Royal which is the official page for their work.  In the fall  Harry and Meghan wanted to use this account to support people all over the world who lead a cause or made a major contribution to their community.  The Sussex Royal account would follow back any individual that met this criterion.  Both Harry and Meghan are big supporters of charity work.  The news coverage that has followed their work more closely in recent years has not always focused on positive contributions and can also be considered negative.  

How does this impact their page?

Will the rebranding of this page have on their followers?

Can followers make a contribution o support them?

How will rebranding their image impact their work?  

My analysis will focus on the questions mentioned above.   More information about Sussexes can be found on their website SussexRoyal.  My biggest concern is the rebranding of this page going forward and having access to it.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Week 5 Bookmarking or Social Tagging?

My initial impressions of bookmarks online and social tagging were not what I thought it would be.  I and others are probably familiar with creating bookmarks in your browser.    Social tagging to me referred to using folksonomies to link data to one another webpages.  How could they work together?  Which is better?

The first article we read this week is about social marketing.  It describes sites that use these functions.  I will use Pinterest as an example in this area.  Social tagging is defined as:

"Social tagging is a way for online users to categorize and share content. Within a social tagging system, users describe and categorize web content with a set of their own keywords, called "tags," and diverse content is searched and shared using these tags.  Because tags generated by individual users also help other users search and organize content, the collections of individually generated tags are called "social  tags." (J-Stor Daily, 2019

 I had never thought of it as a way to social linking between different webpages.  I have a board for  Writer's Corner but had never thought about connecting other blogs or websites that might be useful or create stronger links to this blog.   I have not had much success with doing this kind of marketing with Writer's Corner.  I think I might look for ways to include social links to increase marketing possibilities.

My experience in the past with marketing Writer's Corner lead me to sites that used paid links to refer to Writer's Corner to increase the audience.  I feel that libraries would want to possibly research this option but may not want to put the money into it.   I was for a time part of the Pinterest committee in my library system.  There were many good ideas for boards but none of them included ideas for marketing or creating bookmarks to draw in more of an audience.  I think their way of bookmarking was to follow other boards but not creating links between webpages.  I took time off the committee, but the Pinterest account did not seem to survive.   The library decided to focus their social media efforts in other areas such as Facebook, Twitter, and  Instagram.

Social tagging can provide connection to others.  Marketing may not be cost-effective as being willing to work together. I would like to see library systems be open to working together and offering a way of helping one another.   I feel that social tagging could benefit everyone should one choose to work together.  This could also work by including publishers and authors. It also could be a more cost-effective approach.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Week Three Ontologies and Folksonomies

 This week the topic is discussed Folksonomies and Ontologies, and their impact on social media.
   They play an important role in social media.   How can they play an important role in connecting information?   

My experience with folksonomies is more advanced than my experience with ontologies.  Folksonomies are the use of words to connect posts in social media together.  An example would be using a hashtag to make posts more searchable.    I have often used them her to let both the publicist and author know that I have posted a review of the book or the guest post that has been written by the author is available. 

Ontologies are the study of how two items connect using a common language.  An example of this blog would be using one of my reviews that I have also posted on Amazon to help someone decide whether or not that person would want to purchase a book.  Shoppers can also grade the reviewer by how effective their review is. 

I feel that both concepts folksonomies and  Ontologies can play important role in social media and connecting libraries.   These concepts could improve the reach and help build community for libraries.   I read an article last fall on a study done by the University of Montana State on how to build community with libraries.   They did both formal tweets and informal tweets.  The these tweets used folksonomies and could be studied for their ontologies.   The informal tweets were more engaging than formal tweets.   The way the words connected help to engage other students and the same could be said for patrons at a public library.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Welcome to Graduate School Course LS 565

Hello again!  I know that it has been a while since I have posted anything.  I started graduate school in the fall of 2018 at the University of Alabama Distance Learning program.   I am studying Library Science and Information Management.  I  have read many great books in the meantime you can check my Goodreads feed to see what I am currently reading.  I will be posting for my latest class Library Science 565.  This class will  discuss interaction of Social Media and Libraries.

I began my journey with social media in 2007.  I joined Facebook through an invite by a friend.  Once I joined Facebook, I started exploring what the site had to offer.  My informatics or the information that I selected to share with others, in my profile. One of the ways I use this site is to network and meet people.  It can also be a way of learning to process what is shared over time.   Over the years I received advice for what to post and how to develop a social network of people.

I started  Writer's Corner blog in 2010 and started posting book reviews, guest posts by visiting authors, and excerpts from upcoming book releases.  When I started trying to link data initially to my posts prior to clicking on an FB icon.  I had to cut and paste links to post on Facebook.   I love the icons that now exist that allow easy linking of data to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. 

I hope to learn in this course how to make linked data more discoverable on the various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram, and Pinterest.  I have learned how to link data through my work on this blog, but my posts are not as discoverable in the social media network.   One goal would be to learn how to apply it to libraries.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Are You Familiar with the Nantucket Christmas Stroll?

The second book of the Nantucket Christmas series is Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand.  I love her books and how she shares the annual traditions that take place on Nantucket.  This time she brings us back for Christmas and the Quinn’s family during the Winter Stroll.  What  how eventful could one Christmas really be?

“A second Christmas on Nantucket finds Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn reflecting on the past year as he writes a holiday letter to friends and family. Though the year has had its share of misfortune and worry, the Quinns have much to celebrate. Kelley, now single, at least is on better terms with his first wife Margaret, who is using her celebrity to lure customers to the inn in record numbers. Their son Kevin has a beautiful new baby, Genevieve, with the Inn's French housekeeper, Isabelle; and their daughter, Ava, is finally dating a nice guy--her devoted colleague, Scott.

Now the Quinns are looking forward to celebrating Genevieve's baptism, welcoming Isabelle to the family, and enjoying the cheer of Nantucket's traditional Christmas Stroll. But just when a peaceful family gathering seems within reach, Kelley's estranged second wife, Mitzi, shows up on the island after souring on her relationship with the inn's former Santa Claus. Soon Kelley isn't the only Quinn entertaining a surprise guest from Christmases past as lovers old and new gather beneath the mistletoe. With jealousy, passion, and eggnog consumption at an all-time high, it's going to take a whole lot more than a Christmas miracle to get the Quinns--and the inn--through the holidays intact
. “ (Amazon)

I liked this next chapter with the Quinn family.  The book is short and will not take a long time to read.  Like most of Elin Hilderbrand’s books the characters drive the story, and keep the reader’s interest.  I will admit that I read this a little out of order, but still enjoyed it.  I am not a huge fan of Mitzi Quinn’s character and her choices, but that is a character trait of a good book. 

A great holiday read!  Catch the next chapter in the Winter In Paradise saga here.



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

How Do Secrets Impact Your Life?

Thank you to Goodreads and Penguin for give me a copy of Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner.  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  It was also a Goodreads First Read book.

Imagine that you were separated from your sister and you might never see her again.  What questions might you have? Would they be something like where did she go?  How do I find her?  Is she still alive?  These questions not only included all siblings but a nation as English parents who sent their children away from the front of the war, in London.  Then the debilitating losses of the London Blitz struck and  permanently tore families apart.   Are you ready for the journey in Secrets ofa Charmed Life by Susan Meissner?

“Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for
 decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.

1940s, England. As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, one million children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed…” (

My Thoughts: 

I loved this book!  I started  Secrets of a Charmed Life, and had to put it down in favor of a library book that would be soon. There was one problem,  I so did not want to stop reading it.  Ms. Meissner hooks the reader in her prologue when she introduces Isabell’s character.  Who is she and why did she change her name?  What happens in the London Blitz to the two sisters? 

  I loved the theme of this book that you never know where you will find family and or community.  It could be something as simple as your neighbor the half brother or sister you never knew you had.  The point is to focus on doing life together.  You never know who you might meet.



Purchase a copy of Ms. Meissner’s current book The Last Year of the War here. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

What Do You Believe is Real?

I was sent a copy of The World Breaks Everyone  by Create Space Press.  I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

What happens when the world does not seem to be the way you thought?  What if the very people you referred to as family  suddenly became people  you didn’t recognize?  Then what if it happened to a teenager whose world is totally rocked  by their circumstances?  In The World Breaks Everyone by Lauren Clark,  these  circumstances describe Olivia Jacob’s  life.  

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Every day, I wake up certain of only three things: I am responsible for my mother’s death. My father has vanished. Someone wants me dead. I’m on the run. It’s me against the world. I cannot let it break me. When sixteen-year-old Olivia Jacobs and her celebrity chef father are brutally attacked after his French Quarter restaurant opening, the shell-shocked Olivia finds herself on the run on the streets of New Orleans. Who wants her dead? And why?

My Thoughts: 

When Lauren Clark switched genres and began writing in the suspense genre,  I looked forward to seeing what the story would be like. I loved Sister Dear, but I did not love the World Breaks Everyone.  There is a compelling premise to the story, but the pacing of the story was long and drawn out.  The story is told in alternating chapters between Kate and  Olivia in alternating chapters. The chapters are short and written well.  

I love Lauren Clark as an author but will look forward to her next read.
To purchase a copy of The World Breaks Everyone here.