New-to-blogging tips from some pros

Somewhere along the line (six months or so ago), I stopped blogging. (Okay, wait. I checked and it was more like eight months ago—ugh!) And in that time, I also slowed down, way down, my reading of other blogs I follow (Heck, I wasn’t even faithfully checking my email to see what all of you fellow bloggers had been blogging about. My bad!)

I know why, or at least partly why. I was in a get-ready-for-considering-running-for-chapter-president mode. I was thinking about my work future, knowing in a few months my job on a project would come to an end. I just had things on my mind and unfortunately (for you, dear follower?), I quit blogging for a while.

I’m back now, thank you very much. And I’m going to try to be more consistent about blogging.

Consistency is one of the tips that other bloggers recommend.

Check out these 14 tips for new admin bloggers, co-authored by Christina Holzhauser and Layne Tinsley. It’s an oldie (a few months), but still a goodie.

So if you know of any bloggers (admin-types or otherwise), share that link with them, will you?



Knowledge-sharing New Year

Happy New Year! I’m starting 2017 off by a little knowledge-sharing. Specifically, a how-to on creating PowerPoint handouts. And what’s so special about that, you say?

Well, maybe you don’t realize that there’s actually a feature in PowerPoint called Create Handouts. And maybe you typically created a handout of your PowerPoint slides by going to the Print screen and printing directly from your slide deck.

If that’s how you usually create a handout of your slide deck, you might want to take a look at what I’m including in this post, just for you.


Because the cool thing about the Create Handouts feature is that you can easily update your handouts if your slide deck is edited, without having to edit both of the files.*

And, since the Create Handouts feature means you’ll end up with an MS Word file, you can jazz up those handouts all you want, however you want.

Here is the handout I created. It contains the PowerPoint slides I made (the steps to do so), and you can see that I added a footer, etc.

It’s my New Year’s gift to you, dear readers. Enjoy!

*There are some bugaboos that the Create Handouts feature won’t do (darn those Microsoft developers!). Like if you insert a new slide in your PowerPoint file, then update the Handouts you had already created, that new slide won’t show up in the update. But still, being able to link the Handouts to your slide deck is a really nice time-saving feature to have on hand.