Sunday, March 26, 2006

Mission Accomplished

We found the coffee shop with wifi! It took 20 minutes to get a toasted bagel and the drip coffee is bland, but unless I find someplace better, I'm sure I'll be back. Oh, Bauhaus, I miss you.

Courtney and I spent much of yesterday afternoon on campus taking loads of pictures. The campus is really pretty and the day was beautiful--sunny and warm with blue skies. We hit the Geology museum and library, which are two of the cooler sites in my opinion.

Back home, I got some stuff up on the walls and the big mobile hung, so my place is taking shape pretty nicely. Courtney's flying home this afternoon and I'll be home alone and working on my office. Work starts tomorrow, and I'm really looking forward to it. I accepted the position in late December and it's finally starting, three months later. The first couple of weeks in a new job are always strange and by the time I figure out what I'm doing, the semester will be over. I guess I'm glad to be starting off slowly during summer session and getting my feet wet before the big fall semester chaos.

I'll post some pictures as soon as I remember to bring my camera cord with me to an internet connection. My posts might get a little more interesting in the near future. No promises, but I'll try.

Friday, March 24, 2006

I live on a dirt road

I've been here in Laramie since Sunday, and have mostly unpacked. I still have some clothes and books and a little bit of kitchen stuff left to unbox, but it's going well. My sister-in-law Courtney came with me and has been helping me settle in. She's here until Sunday and then I start work on Monday.

I don't have internet or phone set up yet, so I'm a bit out of touch. I won't be able to post much until next week sometime, and that goes for BlogHer, too. I feel like a kid who hasn't done her homework, but I am hopelessly behind on reading blogs and can only get online at the laundromat and a restaurant here in town. I heard there was an internet cafe, but have not been successful finding it. It's going to be a big adjustment for me to live in a place without 1.5 million coffeehouses with wifi or any 24-hour supermarkets.

More as it happens.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

magazine reviews

I started reviewing a couple of magazines a few weeks ago, when I was sick. Being sick gives me cabin fever and as soon as I felt safe to leave the house, I ran out to grab some trashy magazines to read in bed. I got sidetracked when I saw two titles I'd never heard of before, both marketed to the professional woman. I figured that my WB television habit and propensity to car-dance to 50 Cent aside, I fit that demographic. Here are my brief reviews:

BeE Magazine ("For the woman who is interested in politics, lifestyle, & finance")
Quarterly, launched October 2005.

I don't really approve of its intercapped name, but BeE is a pleasant surprise. Topics covered in the second issue include the second installment of a two-part piece about a woman making over her financial life and a discussion of the relative merits of voting green and buying green. I was really impressed with the quality of the writing and the usefulness of the content. I could do without the odd piece on spring/summer fashion trends, but for the most part, I enjoyed reading a women's magazine that addresses its readers as women rather than ditzy bimbos with lots of disposable income. The website describes the BeE reader as "active, hardworking, educated women—either at home or in the office—between the ages of 25–54," which sounds about right, based on the content. Here's the BeE case study from Magazine Launch, if you're interested in more about the target audience, marketing strategies, and the like. I agree with the magazine's founders that BeE is different from other women's and lifestyle magazines out there, and I do hope it survives.

I couldn't find much, but here are some other takes on BeE:
Tim Rogers at D Magazine doesn't care for the design and enjoyed one article.
Nichell Stephens of Nichelle Newsletter will support the magazine "as long it doesn't dissolve into silly odd-number lists for beauty and sex tips."


PINK ("A beautiful career, a beautiful life")
Bimonthly, launched June/July 2005.

When I grabbed Pink and BeE from the newsstand, I expected them to be really similar. I was wrong. Pink seems to be aimed at a more specific audience of women executives. The "about" page on the magazine's website sums this up:

"PINK exists to promote this new generation of women who are making a significant impact on the world through their work and their lives-while being true to themselves. PepsiCo´s North American President Dawn Hudson is one such woman. She´s part of the growing coterie of America´s most influential women who are redefining what constitutes success (for men too) in the 21st century."

Reading through the magazine, I saw Pink's definition of a professional woman as much narrower than mine, limited to mid-level and higher corporate executives. There was very little content that resonated with my career in higher education or my life in general. Topics of articles in the
December 05/January 06 issue include profiles of women running top advertising agencies and a forcast of "The Next 20" female CEOs of major companies. In short, it's really focused on private industry. I did appreciate some of the personal finance coverage both in the magazine and on the website and found the advice and explanations to be thorough and useful, but I don't see myself subscribing or even reading Pink in the future.

Other takes on Pink:
Pallavi Gogoi wrote a pretty in-depth article on Pink for Business Week
Elizabeth Albrycht of CorporatePR doesn't care for the title and wishes they had a blog. The comments on her post are worth a look, too.
The anonymous blogger at MBA-Women calls Pink's articles "informative and inspiring."
Linda Locke, editor of Moms in Business liked the content and finds it interesting

Ulrich's doesn't have much information on either title yet, so I don't know if, where, or when they might be indexed electronically.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

BlogHer

I recently joined BlogHer as a contributing editor for Research and Academia. My beat is humanities and research, which includes libraries and archives. Leslie, the other editor for R&A, covers science and academic life. I'll be posting few times every week on current topics in the academic blogosphere, which includes the biblioblogosphere. If you want to recommend any academic blogs by women, please send them my way. You can also submit links to the blogroll yourself.

If you're not familiar with BlogHer, it's a network of blogs by women, covering more than 20 categories. It seems like a great community and I'm looking forward to posting there.