Posts Tagged ‘Web 2.0’

Eight Years . . . and Counting!

June 24, 2016

Happy Friday, and Happy Anniversary!  Eight years ago today I started blogging and began my journey with The Gun-Carryin’ Librarian.  This endeavor began as a learning opportunity when I undertook the Special Libraries Association’s “23 Things” self-paced course of study.  I had no idea what blogging was and was quite behind the curve on all things Web 2.0.  And, while I am still not an early adopter when it comes to new things/technology, I’m not completely afraid to try them either (thanks to SLA’s 23 Things).

Over the past eight years, I’ve managed . . .

  • more than 3,080 posts
  • more than 255,000 views
  • more than 39,100 visitors

My most popular date — June 14, 2012 (1,091 views).
My most popular day of the week — Thursdays (18% of views).
My most popular hour of the day — 5:00 PM (8% of views).



Three Thousand, and Counting!

March 29, 2016

My blog has reached a new milestone today . . . my 3,000 post!  A journey that began on June 24, 2008, as a learning opportunity in concert with the Special Libraries Association’s “23-Things” Web 2.o initiative.  A journey that has continued for just under eight years (and counting).

To date, my blog has had . . .

  • 3,000 posts
  • 37,688 visitors
    • day with the most views: June 14, 2012 (1,091 views)
  • most popular day: Tuesday (17% of views)
  • most popular hour: 2:00 PM (7% of views)
  • visitors from 64 countries — the top ten countries by the number of visitors for 2016: U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Australia, India, Brazil, Netherlands, and Spain.

Historically, 2012 was by far the best year statistically with 371 posts published and 59,303 views . . . but the blog goes on.

Use Twitter to Your Advantage!

May 8, 2014

I’ve been “tweeting” for a couple of years now, but I am by no means an expert.  Here is a fun infographic that outlines some “best practices” to help “up your game” when using Twitter as your social media outlet.  I’ll definitely have to consult this frequently until these types of habits/behavior become second nature.  Enjoy!  Thanks Tracy (@LibrarySherpa) for sharing this with me!   For a much more in-depth look at Twitter and its capabilities, check out the Twitter Guide Book.

Checkout the infographic here.

Infographic courtesy of: Passion Digital

Must Have Technology Skills for Educators!

February 21, 2014
Happy Friday!  As ;the weekend rapidly approaches, let us ponder the growing list of “must have” technology skills that today’s educator should possess.  Below is the list of the 20 basic technology skills that all educators should now have (and I would hazard to guess that this list could be expanded beyond the teaching profession).  The advent of the computer and computer-related technology make it no longer acceptable for educators to be technology illiterate.   In addition to being literate, educators must also find the time to keep up with and/or improve their technology skills . . . because the technological landscape will continue to change (and quickly), I guarantee it.  Check out the entire article here.  How many have you mastered?
  • Word Processing Skills
  • Spreadsheets Skills
  • Database Skills
  • Electronic Presentation Skills
  • Web Navigation Skills
  • Web Site Design Skills
  • E-Mail Management Skills
  • Digital Cameras
  • Computer Network Knowledge Applicable to your School System
  • File Management & Windows Explorer Skills
  • Downloading Software From the Web (Knowledge including eBooks)
  • Installing Computer Software onto a Computer System
  • WebCT or Blackboard Teaching Skills
  • Videoconferencing skills
  • Computer-Related Storage Devices (Knowledge: disks, CDs, USB drives, zip disks, DVDs, etc.)
  • Scanner Knowledge
  • Knowledge of PDAs
  • Deep Web Knowledge
  • Educational Copyright Knowledge
  • Computer Security Knowledge

Source: the t|h|e Journal website.

Your Digital Afterlife!

January 24, 2014

Not to be morbid, but here is some interesting food for thought.  Have you ever stopped to think about what happens to all of your many online profiles (your digital fingerprint, so to speak) after you die?  Will you “live on forever” via your social media accounts?  Here is an interesting infographic that shows you exactly what is required to deactivate many of the common social media accounts after someone has died.  Very interesting indeed.


Two Thousand, And Going Strong!

July 16, 2013

Today marks my two-thousandth post to this blog!  Wow, what an adventure this has become.  From my humble beginnings with SLA’s “23 Things” (which I started a little over 5 years ago), I’ve managed to stay the course and still find myself enjoying this activity.

And now for some shameless statistics . . .

To date, of my 2,000 posts I have had

    • 2,826 views in 2008 (the last six months only)
    • 42,412 views in 2009
    • 53,973 views in 2010
    • 37,149 views in 2011
    • 59,303 views in 2012
    • 15,867 views (so far in 2013)
  • 104 average views per day
    • 15 views per day in 2008 (the last six months only)
    • 116 views per day in 2009
    • 148 views per day in 2010
    • 102 views per day in 2011
    • 162 views per day in 2012
    • 81 views per day (so far in 2013)
  • Month with the most views: June 2012 (9,236)
  • Day with the most views: June 14, 2012 (1,091)
  • Month with the highest average views per day: June 2012 (308)
  • Categories utilized: 29
  • Number of tags utilized: 5,746
  • Number of “followers”
    • 55 blogs
    • 237 twitter
    • 614 facebook

It ebbs and it flows, but it continues to be a lot of fun.  The “Gun Carryin’ Librarian” will blog on . . . for now.

Still Going Strong!

June 20, 2012

Happy summer solstice!  And, in four short[er] days, I will celebrate my blog’s fourth anniversary.  However, today’s posting represents a new blogging milestone: my 1,600th blog post.  Wow!  What started as an educational exercise, a way to document my progression through the “23 Things” and to become more Web 2.0 savvy, has become my daily ritual and I don’t envision it ending any time soon.   Allow me to offer a word of thanks to all of my faithful readers along this journey.  I truly hope you have enjoyed following my blog as much as I’ve enjoyed writing the posts.

Social Media in Higher Education!

February 10, 2012

Here is a wonderful infographic from on how higher education is using the existing social media.  Enjoy!  Here’s a link to the original article from the Mashable Social Media website, but the infographic is below.

The Death of Television?

November 10, 2011

Probably not.  Outpaced re: growth, definitely.  Here is an interesting infographic (courtesy of that shows the growth of YouTube versus conventional television.  I don’t know about you, but I haven’t really had a television since August 1984 (there was a short period of time [2001-2006] when I was given a television, but I only used it as a monitor to watch movies [VHS/DVD] and it too has since quit working).   Now, I simply use my laptop to accomplish this same purpose.   I do have access to a wonderful big-screen television for those rare occasions when a sporting event just shouldn’t be missed (the Olympics, College Football, College Basketball and March Madness, etc.), but other than that, I find that I have enough activities to occupy my time that I’m not needing a television to fill an entertainment void in my life.

Twitter and Local Government!

November 8, 2011

Does your local government have a twitter account?  If they do, do you follow them?   In the November issue of Government Technology, Code for America crunched the numbers and compiled a list of the most-followed local government Twitter accounts (and two are from Oklahoma!). Here are the top-ten!

@311NYC (21,726 followers, 1,989 posts)
@CityMinneapolis (11,719 followers, 827 posts)
@SeattlePD (11,109 followers, 2,445 posts)
@MiamiBeachNews (8,814 followers, 1,020 posts)
@PhiladelphiaGov (8,571 followers, 4,333 posts)
@cityofokc (6,636 followers, 856 posts)
@bouldercolorado (6,309 followers, 2,702 posts)
@MinneapolisSnow (6,000 followers, 113 posts)
@RichmondPolice (5,538 followers, 4,252 posts)
@OkCountySheriff (5,469 followers, 1,526 posts)

Are you following your local government’s tweets yet?