Shopping malls depress me.
I work at a shopping mall every so often. For some reason it doesn’t depress me too much to work there — there’s always someone to talk to, always something to do — but I still get a little depressed watching some of my customers, especially the ones who look unhappy to be there.
Sure, a shopping mall represents American consumerism at its finest — but it isn’t my biggest disappointment with shopping malls. It seems like malls highlight the mediocrity in all of our lives. It separates us by who can afford better and those who can’t. It separates us by age and stages in our lives. It highlights mediocrity by these slight differences, even though everything is housed under a single roof. Mediocrity is one of my biggest fears; I am almost more afraid of mediocrity than I am of failure. I’m not quite sure what that says about me, but I’m sure that in one way or another, it labels me some kind of overachiever.
There are some great events that go on here in Boulder concerning various aspects of social media. I’ll be going to Ignite Boulder this week, and hopefully someday I’ll participate in Startup Weekend.
But an event coming up in January promises to be one for the ladies: Chicks Who Click.
I’m hoping I’ll nab a chance to go — partially in telling you all about it — but I’m also hoping that this isn’t the only opportunity for web-savvy, social media-interested women to get together through some fun activities, great talks and novel concepts under the Flatirons. I know it hasn’t even happened yet, but the success I’m sure it will be will be enough reason to do it again!
If I get a chance to participate, of course I’ll be blogging about it. If not, I’ll be eagerly awaiting what the attendees have to say about it!
I like short-form a little better than long-form anymore when it comes to Internet distribution of information. I just don’t have time or patience when it comes to articulating myself on a daily basis, and things like Xanga (oh jeez) and LiveJournal are just not my thing as much anymore. I admit I’ll keep up with friends who still use LiveJournal, and I’ll post stuff on there once in a while, but for the most part I don’t use either.
Instead, I have found myself on Tumblr. Check it out! Maybe I’ll be using that quite a bit more.
If you’re bored with my blog, you aren’t alone.
I’ve been a little too occupied with life in general to blog, and that makes me sad. I really enjoy writing, but I’ve devoted most of my writing energy to academic papers. It’s honestly a little stifling.
I told myself this year that I’d start blogging regularly again. I have only upheld that promise to the smallest degree possible, and I know I’m better than that.
Once school is finished, I’m going to hash out the rest of the backdated blogs I have and then list them in an updated entry. Hopefully someone will find a few of them interesting.
Until then, I’ve got more research papers to finish.