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Spamalot or Not (Also Known as "My Obsession with Coffee Shops")

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When Austin Kleon advises us not to “turn into human spam” he is saying that we need to be productive contributors to the community we are in. We can’t just bombard others with our work and not offer up anything to them. We can’t do the opposite either though. We can’t simply comment on other people’s work without offering our own up. There needs to be a balance of give and take between you and the community you are interacting with. We can’t expect people to help us if we don’t help them.

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Share your Writing (sometimes)

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Thompson speaks about writing for a public audience as it relates to, for the most part, school. For some reason the only thing that this reminds me of is guided meditations in high school. I went to an all-girls catholic high school where religion classes were mandatory, but also plagued with guided meditations. All this entailed was us laying on the ground and closing our eyes while a nun played some recording of waves and told us about how Jesus walked up to us on a beach. We were instructed to have a conversation with Jesus. If we fell asleep during the process it was okay because it was "what Jesus wanted." This is not fictional; this is my life.

Taking Down Stereotypes

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I love this book. Thompson is constantly taking the stereotypes about our generation and turning them upside down. People aren’t usually kind to our generation when it comes to our use of technology, but Thompson is giving us a break and showing us that all our tweeting and texting might not be the worst thing to happen to the world.
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I May Have Cheated

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Before I begin with my photos and explanations, I must say that I love this book. I am only slightly ashamed to admit that I judge books by their covers, so Chip Kidd’s explanation of book cover graphics is just a new tool of judgment for me. I also really wish that I had the skills to be a book cover designer, because how awesome would that be to tell people? I would be running wild through the streets, looking for people holding books with covers I had designed only to start a conversation that would eventually lead to me saying “Oh, what do I do? Well, I only just designed that book cover you’re holding, no big deal.” I would then walk away having not asked this person a single question like any good narcissist would.

I can't lie; I cheated with these pictures.

Am I the Only One Confused by All This?

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These chapters confused me. Was I the only one? There is just so much going on and there are so many options; I'm bad with options. I'm also really indecisive, too many options and my head combusts. If I were self-publishing a book I would need somebody else to tell me which route to take because there are just too many for me to decide. I'm also terrible with computers, so the computer lingo used also confused me. If you can't tell, I'm confused. In the meantime, my InDesign is still loading...

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Only 10 Percent?

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Well, this is dismal. As someone who is thinking about going into the publishing industry, chapter 2 is frightening and dreary. I am now more scared than I think I ever have been. Kawasaki and Welch seem to have both had terrible experiences with traditional publishing companies and have really harnessed that anger here in chapter 2. I did get a laugh through this BuzzFeed article though.
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Speak for Your Work

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Kleon’s idea that our work doesn’t speak for itself is something I find quite challenging. I always thought that people who speak about their work a lot are a bit into themselves if you know what I mean. I also never felt super confident about anything that I have ever created. The only real genius I see in myself is my wit, often on display in less than 140 characters. I understand Kleon’s idea and think it’s 100% true, but it is harder in practice than in theory.

Social Media as Memory

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The only thing I love more than Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream is social media. While I was studying abroad I contemplated keeping track of my doings by keeping a blog. I thought about what I would write about and how I would make my blog different from the numerous poorly written, boring study abroad blogs that I'd read. I decided to keep a "picture a day" blog where I would just write a little blurb about the pictures I posted. This attempt ended very quickly once I realized that I was essentially creating a blog that was doing the same thing I could do with my Instagram account. I stopped the blog and just kept up my Twitter and Instagram accounts, attempting to post at least once a day. My social media accounts became a journal of my time in Scotland.

Travel on

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One idea I found particularly compelling from these two sections of Kleon’s book is the idea of a scenius. He talks about not needing to be a genius, only needing to be willing to have and share ideas. He says, “being a valuable part of a scenius is not necessarily about how smart or talented you are, but what you have to contribute” (11). He goes on to talk about how readily amateurs should share their work and their excitement. I, like Abby, am an amateur traveler. I fall in love with places more readily than with people and have always thought that getting lost is a beautiful adventure. I’ve studied abroad three times and have spent numerous hours researching and planning exciting journeys. I think that traveling is a way to contribute to a really broad scenius.