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Slideshare & Chime In

Dessert at the restaurant at the Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage in Interlaken, Switzerland.

Dessert at the Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage in Interlaken, Switzerland.

Vacations seem to spend the days like calories at dessert time…they never go as far as you’d like!

It has been an interesting week though, as I explore new Web 2.0 applications and write an article a day for my 2012 summer staycation on guide2travel.ca, my travel blog where I revisit some of my favorite destinations of summers (and winters!) past.

I created and uploaded a new slideshow on the Sarawak Cultural Village to slideshare.com, which is a great service that lets you share your PowerPoint presentations. I’ve embedded a number of slideshows others have made in course materials I’ve created for my library technician courses over the past two years, but hadn’t done any sharing myself until now. Here’s the link: http://www.slideshare.net/aksomitis/rainforest-world-music-festival

If you’d like to know more about Slideshare, see: http://www.slideshare.net/about

Then, I signed up for a new service called Chime-In that lets you make storyboards with links/images/webpages. It’s a little like Pinterest, only instead of creating subject boards you use up to seven keywords to describe your storyboard. Like Pinterest, you drag the Chime In tool to your bookmarks option on your browser, then start chiming about the great sites you find on the Web.

While the information I find on the Web says Chime-In is supposed to pay people for posting, I wasn’t advised of that when I signed on. Here’s a tutorial from HubPages on how to use Chime-In: http://haunty.hubpages.com/hub/What-the-Heck-is-Chimein


 

This week’s Staycation Stops at guide2travel.ca

 

Linda Aksomitis at Harderkulm, with the city of Interlaken nestled below in the valley, and the Alps mountains in the distance.

Linda Aksomitis at Harderkulm, with the city of Interlaken nestled below in the valley, and the Alps mountains in the distance.


And I’ll leave you with a photo of me from Switzerland. Stay tuned for five more exciting staycation stops next week as I continue to go through my albums and travel adventures! And of course, a few more Web 2.0 tools I find to use in my Web development.

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Holidays are here–time for my 30-Day Web Staycation!

Linda Aksomitis in Budapest, Hungary.

Linda Aksomitis in Budapest, Hungary, in July 2009.

Happy Canada Day! I get a double celebration as it’s also the beginning of summer holidays. When I was a kid I used to think they lasted forever, now, I blink and they’re done. That could be because I’m the proverbial kid in the candy store who wants to do everything.

I usually take my biggest trips over the summer months–last year it was the Yukon, the year before, Switzerland, and the year before that, Hungary. Well…you get the picture.

This year, 2012, I’ve come up with a different plan. I’ll get away locally a bit and do a few day trips taking my parents and grandson to some Saskatchewan attractions we haven’t seen. There are many, some of which are included in my book: L is for Land of Living Skies – A Saskatchewan Alphabet.

The other thing I usually do over my 6-7 weeks of summer vacation is write the first draft of a novel, or do a full revision to an existing draft. I like the dedicated period of time to full immerse myself in a time and story.

My parents and grandson on holidays in 2010 at the Cypress Hills winery

My parents and grandson on holidays in 2010 at the Cypress Hills winery – http://www.cypresshillswinery.com/

So this year I’m going to combine these two activities with a twist and do a 30-day Web staycation on my travel blog at: http://guide2travel.ca

So, my Web staycation will replace the far-off destinations and the novel writing by a planned 30 day Web staycation. Starting on Monday, July 2, I’ll be blogging previously untold stories from my travels around the world, playing with various types of storytelling multimedia to enhance the tales and images. I’ll post Monday through Friday for six weeks.

Should be fun, shouldn’t it, especially as I can take along anybody who wants to join me. If you click on over to guide2travel.ca on Monday you can jump off Whistler Mountain in British Columbia — it’ll take your breath away!

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