Fun with Technology: Discovering Tumblr and Myself

© Holstee LLC, 2011One look at the laundry list of social media platforms I’m involved with and someone could conclude following:

Anita intends to saturate the internet with her presence. 

This is true. Journalism school (and my PR friends) have taught me well. I am all for some good ol’ fashioned branding. I am all about networking, reaching my target audiences and letting people know that I’m here and I’ve got important things to say–or tweet– and the skills to tell my stories well.

The list is getting long: Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, WordPress, LinkedIn, Google+ and now… Tumblr.

But this particular social media platform holds a different meaning for me. In stark contrast to all of the other SM sites, I use Tumblr purely for the LOLs, pardon the netspeak. Tumblr makes me happy. It’s like this pretty online scrapbook  that contains everything I like, love, laugh at, admire and aspire to be that I can share with my friends.

Plus, I think it combines the best of all the aforementioned SM sites (except LinkedIn). Tumblr mixes the brevity of Twitter, the friendships of FB and Google+, the curiosity of StumbleUpon and the pleasing aesthetics of WordPress.

And it’s all mine. For me,  Tumblr isn’t about my career. It’s about my happiness and appreciation for the small and giant, awe-inspiring things in life on display for myself and my friends. It’s not about branding or my portfolio.

(Which is why I have not included a link to my Tumblr page in this post. If you’re a good friend of mine, however and want to follow me on Tumblr, let me know and I’ll send you a link.)

Lately, I’ve been wanting to expand my horizons beyond what I do for a living. I love what I do. I love journalism, but I don’t want my career to define me. I’ve recently realized I’m more than my career, I have lots of facets.

And I can’t wait to discover every fabulous one.

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Culinary Experiment #1: Peach Wontons

As I’ve mentioned in my About Me page, not only am I a bit of a foodie, but I’ve recently started a new “bucket list hobby project”.  A few months ago, I asked a few of my friends on Facebook to suggest different hobbies and activities for me to try out. One of the suggestions involved me cooking my way through a cookbook a la “Julie & Julia”.

But since I couldn’t find a cookbook that interested me (I didn’t want to be tied down by any sort of theme and there are so many themes in the world of cookbooks!) I compiled my own. I figured why not just use the thousands of online recipes I’ve bookmarked (and drooled over) but never bothered to use. I’ve since narrowed that collection down to include about 100 recipes in my “Hobbies Cookbook.”

And I’m starting off with Peach Wontons. I visited a friend in Athens, Ga. recently and we decided to have a baking/dance party. Cue the visions of dancing dorks, fried pastries and blaring rap music. Hey, it’s my dance party. Nelly’s “It’s Hot in Herre” may be a little cliche for a kitchen, but it makes me happy. So there.

The recipe we used can be found here. It’s a blog called “She Wears Many Hats.” In the interest of saving money, my friend and I did make a few changes to the recipe.

  1. Instead of fresh peaches, we used canned. We got the amount of peaches we needed with the added bonus of syrup. Which brings me to the next change….
  2. Since the peaches were already in thick syrup, we didn’t see a reason to use flour as a thickening agent.
             Upon tasting, they were pretty glorious. Crispy, sugary and filled with juicy peaches. It’s like a peach wrapped in a funnel cake. Eating these certainly calls for the addition of ice cream, fireworks and a ferris wheel ride.