Five Things Friday – Food, Food, Females, and Self-Igniting Flames!

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Happy Friday! I hope everyone has enjoyed the week and has great plans for the weekend! Once again I am coming to the end of a week having run in sub-zero temperature … But since I PROMISED no more ‘sub-zero selfies, I didn’t take one.

I have often talked about how much I really enjoy the blogging community both in terms of people who stop by here and reading everyone else’s amazing content. But I have also noticed that as I find more great blogs, my ability to keep up with them all diminishes … and I feel that putting out more than one post per day is just too much.

That is why I held off on my ‘What I’m Listening to Wednesday’ and ‘Thought for Thursday’ – I am not abandoning music posts, but will include them as part of daily posts. And I think I am already doing enough ‘thought’-oriented posts!

1. Blogging ‘food groups’

This is a bit meta, but since many of the people who will read this have their own blogs, it seems to be appropriate. LinkedIn Marketing put together some thoughts and an infographic about how to maximize the value of your blog for your readers.

Audience engagement is the definitive measure of a blog’s success, whether you’re blogging for a marketing firm or simply to indulge your own interests. You’ve probably watched as some posts go viral while others sit quietly in the corner.

This goes along with a similar theme from Net Translators, again taking a food theme and comparing bloggers and dieters. The info graphic at the top is just a snip of the full one available at Mashable.

Since my basic approach is writing about what I like and what interests me, I am not as interested in ‘marketing’ … but the audience engagement is wonderfully addictive, so I read through these articles. Not sure if I will do anything with it all .. how about you?

2. ObamaCare and ‘Woman’ as a Pre-Existing Condition

I liked this set of infographics from UpWorthy about the impact of ObamaCare for women, but what really caught my eye was the statement that one benefit of the ACA is that ‘being female can no longer be used as a pre-existing condition’. So I did a quick search and found this blog at the NYT from 2010. What it noted was:

some companies charged women who did not smoke more than men who did, even though smokers have more risks.

Personally, this is the type of thing that reminds me WHY despite certain political groups constantly crowing how we in the US have hte ‘#1 healthcare system in the world’ … there are NO surveys done that take the patient cost and coverage and experience into account that even rank us in the top 10. I think at best the ACA is ‘flawed’, but anything that removes some of the most brain-dead restrictions is better than where we are.

3. ‘Bossy’ as a Female Trait?

I had seen this Sheryl Sandberg article from the WSJ elsewhere, but it really hit home when I saw it again at Broadsideblog the other day.

Basically, it notes that the term ‘bossy’ is always negative, and almost always used to describe women. This has been true historically, dating back to the first dictionary appearance in the 1880s:

Ngram analysis of digitized books over the past 100 years found that the use of “bossy” to describe women first peaked in the Depression-era 1930s, when popular sentiment held that a woman should not “steal” a job from a man, and reached its highest point in the mid-1970s as the women’s movement ramped up and more women entered the workforce.

The article also notes that in dictionaries where a sentence is used for content, a female description is almost universally used, and even in current books the term is ascribed to women at a rate of four times more often than men, and again – always as a negative.

So what Sandberg recommend? Follow CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell and the next time you hear a girl (or woman) called bossy, say “That girl’s not bossy. She has executive leadership skills.”

4. 15 Must Share Science Gifs

OK, so I am a science nerd, this we all know … so I have been mesmerized by this set of 15 science gifs all week. I could have chosen from several … but I really love this candle relighting gif:


As an aside – how do YOU pronounce ‘gif’? Like ‘jif’ (as in the peanut butter)? Or like it is pronounced in ‘gift’?

5. Some Amazing Peanut Butter Recipes

OK, so last week I already noted peanut butter as one of my absolute faves … so this article at Greatist with a ton of healthy peanut butter recipes? I was all over it!

The one I really plan to try soon? A healthy peanut butter centric breakfast! OK … so I actually made it last night and had it this morning. Behold my food photography master skills! (haha)

Parfait Recipe5

Bonus. Best Books of the 21st Century

[UPDATE: The creator of this info graphic contacted me, so I wanted to be sure it was properly attributed!]
You know, the 21st century has actually seen some really good books published! How many of the ‘best books’ have YOU read? Check out this great infographic from MAT Online at USC Rossier:

Best Books of the 21st Century

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

What have you been reading or thinking about this week?

20 thoughts on “Five Things Friday – Food, Food, Females, and Self-Igniting Flames!

  1. Thank you for the link!

    The LinkedIn “diet” is a useful and smart idea. It reminds me of something I learned years ago (and use when I teach) about people’s learning styles — some people ONLY want to hear data points (statistics); some anecdotes; some stories; some humor…so mixing it up guarantees you’ll be hitting everyone’s needs and styles eventually. I see the sense in that.

    This makes me think of doing a content analysis of my own posts; the two that get daily visits, even years later, are both informative and opinionated: how to travel alone, safely, as a woman and the effects of going off to boarding school. The latter must have very few competing posts out there since it gets such heavy traffic, still.

    Love the candle gif! (I think it’s pronounced with a hard g.)

    • Thanks for the comment – that is a really good point about the content analysis. And it is true, having written reviews and articles for a number of game sites through the years it always amazed me the ones that would get comments and traffic even years later. Some make sense, some .. who even knows?!?

  2. I’m shocked that I’ve read 31 of the books in that info graphic! I LOVE reading but I always feel like I don’t read the popular books. Go me!

    I’m intrigued by the blog food groups thing, and I think I’ve got the vegetables portion covered :), but it’s honestly too much to think about to try to balance it perfectly.

    TOTALLY understand you posting less … I don’t know HOW in the world you were doing it!

    And finally, on the ‘bossy’ thing … yes. I truly can’t believe I still had to deal with comments about being bossy in this day and age (and I’m not even very bossy, but when I would be authoritative on occasion, I would often get a comment!)

    • I am also amazed at how many of the books I have read – but starting last year I began looking at ‘best of the year’ lists, which has helped me look for great Kindle ebook sales. Books like Gone Girl and Sweet Tooth I paid ~$2-3 for!

      Haha – I am not sure I will be posting LESS … but I will be doing fewer posts šŸ˜‰

      When you mention yourself in the context of bossy, I think of a woman I worked with a couple of projects ago who is super-nice but actually expects people to work … and now I am back in the same facility again I have heard technicians grumble about her – and I even called one of them on it. None of the ‘b words’, but still, seriously?

  3. I’m quite a fan of these infographics – I think I need to share the book one in goodreads.

    As an aside, we always talk in the feminist world about male feminists and I don’t think I ever really knew one that wasn’t my father or in one of my classes until you. I’m so grateful for your posts – they teach me things, and I think it is so important that men have role models of strong feminist (or humanist?) men. Your wife and sons are lucky to have you.

    • Thanks Laura – that means a LOT! It really is important to me that everyone gets treated equally. As I look back at my life I have always been surrounded by a very diverse set of people in every possible meaning of the term. So intolerance was something bizarre to me from the start, and not something I want in my boys.

      I love how many great books there are on the list – and how many I have read. šŸ™‚

  4. I love all the books – I haven’t found the time I used to for reading, but I really want to start making time more for it! I love a lot of those in the list – it gives me some ideas when I am having a “reading block” šŸ™‚

    • I always try to add things to my Kindle ‘wish list’ and keep up with sales so I can generate a massive backlog of books I can never possibly read in my life! šŸ™‚

    • Haha – that is exactly how I pronouce it, and th explanation I gave, but a bunch of people apparently use ‘jif’ and that is what my kids learned. Since the tech world is SO acronym-centric I am always using and expanding them – so it makes sense. But very often they will ask but not really want to know, which produces what Megan called ‘MEGO’ (my eyes glaze over). šŸ™‚

  5. I like the book tree but was highly disappointed with my result in terms of “what I should read”. Devil in the White City? Fine, but much better non-fiction history books out there. I have actually read a lot of the books in the non-fiction section and wasn’t overly impressed with most of them. Anyway, my total number was 32, mostly thanks to book club. On a reading note, if you haven’t read Lean In, you may enjoy it — though you’re probably not the target audience (male with male children), you’re probably the author’s favorite kind of reader. I enjoyed it immensely and think you might as well — if you read it, I’d be very interested if you shared your thoughts.

  6. Literally had a 40 minute piece on the news just then about this ‘bossy’ concept! They were comparing boys and girls and how it’s ‘okay’ for boys to be bossy but not for girls. Argh, our TV here is so conflicted.

    I love the book mind map- I’m in desperate need of updating my kindle!

    • The media and depictions of what is ‘acceptable’ based on gender is really problematic for young people …

      So are you more of a physical book reader, or ebooks?

      • That is what I am getting back to doing – I love to read, but having a tablet means doing too many OTHER things! I was sad my basic Kindle died, so using my Fire, which I have very few apps loaded onto .

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