Month: March 2018

Don’t Forget About You, Doe

Don’t Forget About You, Doe

Hello! One of the more difficult aspects of college isn’t necessarily maintaining good grades or finding ways to minimize potential FOMO, but it is taking care of yourself. Many college kids make it from freshman year through senior year by swimming in a sea of beer, […]

Throw Ya Paws Up

Throw Ya Paws Up

Hello! What a wonderful day it has been thus far in the 2 hours and 5 minutes that I have been awake this morning. Not only is it finally Friday, not only is Easter break less than a week away, but it is also the […]

Road Trip!

Road Trip!

Hello!

Happy Tuesday everyone! For those of you who were out and about this St. Patrick’s day, you know how lovely the weather was. 50 degrees and sunny in Wisconsin means that everyone brings out their lawn chairs and will soak up every possible minute of sunshine there is to offer. The bummer though, is that just three days later, we are back to our normal 30 degrees and cloudy weather. Wahoo. The only thing that is pulling me through this dreary climate is the road trip coming up in just 9 short days.

Trappin’ down to Florida via compact car is something my family is proud of and could probably list on their professional resumés. As small children, my sister and I looked forward to the ride. But now that we are full grown adults, emphasis on full grown, we are constantly looking for ways to make the ride much more bearable.

With 16 hours of driving ahead of us, it is important to turn to a variety of different forms of that good, good entertainment. For those of you who have ever spent more than 6 hours in a car know that the rides can potentially result in pure and utter boredom. This list will help to assist in avoiding those road trip scaries and will hopefully help to make your trip fly by.

 

Music:

For those of you are like me, you can turn to music and immediately be entertained for hours. The key to this, though, is to switch up genres throughout the trip otherwise you’ll either grow tired of certain songs or your brain will literally explode from listening to hours and hours of similar sounding noise.

Below, I’ll list my favorite playlists that help me to get through some pretty boring road trips. (Anyone who has every driven through Indiana understands this teeth pulling pain.)

Take Me Back to the 2000s

This playlist is full of pop/punk nostalgia from the early 2000s. It includes songs that will make you want to whip out your hairbrush microphone and dance around. This playlist includes Fall Out Boy, Good Charolette, and Boys Like Girls. Please enjoy the near 2 hours of music that will take you back to your angsty days.

Wake Up!

Fo realz, it is crucial to stay awake while driving long hours. This playlist is made up of energetic, upbeat tunes that will make you want to car dance your pants off. It includes artists such as the Chainsmokers, ODESZA, and Flume. The techno beats and ~fun feelz~ will keep your brain awake during your trip.

 

If you’d like to check out more of my playlists, check me out on Spotify by searching “Erica Kalberer”

 

Books:

Reading, honestly, is not my favorite thing to do but when I find a really good book, I cannot put it down until it is done. Road trips are my preferred time to read because I am forced to entertain myself and I will do anything to make the trip seem much shorter.

If you’re a big reader, then you can probably just skip this section because a good read is something you’d never leave home without. But if you’re a slug like me when it comes to reading, you really enjoy the evolution of hip-hop, and you are interested in how some of today’s popular music has been influenced, then boy do I have the book for you.

3 Kings by Zach O’Malley Greenburg tells the story of the three kings of hip hop: Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Jay-Z. This book shows how hip hop has shifted from just a music genre to a way of life. These kings have all started their own record labels and have heavily influenced the music genre in general. This book rocks.

 

Honestly, if all else fails, sleeping is your best friend. Taking a small sleep aid helps me to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up with having covered a significant amount of my trip. But I mean hey, whatever works for you!

 

I hope this post helps you to survive the unbearable long hours in the car on your next trip! If there is anything else you’d like me to include or any other tips and tricks that you have, please leave them in the comments below. Happy travels!

Get the Flock Outta MKE

Get the Flock Outta MKE

Hello! I hope that everyone is having a fantastic month of March. Last week was Snorbs’ spring break. Although I did not get to flock south to a warmer destination like most spring breakers do, I did get to travel across the Wisco/Illinois boarder to […]

For the Ladies

For the Ladies

Hello! Today is March 8th. It, more importantly, happens to be National Women’s Day. This day has a special place in my heart, not just because I happen to check the “female” box when I am filling out random applications and doctors forms, but because […]

Installing WordPress

Installing WordPress

Hello!

If you are interested in creating your own website just like this one, then you are in the right place! There are some first steps you need to take in order to get started installing WordPress or any other domains platform.

First, it will be a major help to you to check out and read Knight Dot Domains. These articles will help you to get a better understanding on what exactly a domain is, why choosing the right name is important, and other really important stuff that is needed to know to get started working with domains.

Once you have read their Getting Started posts, come on back to this post for the next steps.

Alright, awesome! Welcome back.

So now that you know and have a basic understanding in the beginning steps to this process, you are ready to install WordPress.

The first step is going to Reclaim Hosting (reclaimhosting.com) and clicking on “Sign Up.” Choose a plan that you think will work best for your intentions. I chose the Student/Individual option to start my website.

Next, you’ll be able to choose your site identity. Choose a name and an top level domain. (.com, .org, .net, etc.) Once you have checked to see if your desired future website name is available, click on continue.

Click on continue until you are taken to your shopping cart. Purchase your website.

 

Now it’s time to begin creating your website.

 

Visit Reclaim Hosting again and click on the “Client Area Sign In” thats super small and located in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Sign in and then click on “cPanel.”

 

Within your cPanel, you will find a whole bunch of stuff. You will see different applications, domain information, files and much much more.

Under “Applications” (it should be the first section at the top of your screen) you will find an option for WordPress. Click on it and then click on “Install this application.”

 

You will be redirected to a page that is full of different information that you will be able to fill out. You won’t have to fill out everything but there are some items that are recommended that you change to make your website personal to you.

For your personal info:

  • Under Directory (optional), it will automatically say “blog” in that section. Delete the word “blog.” Otherwise your website would be yourdomainname.com/blog

Scroll down to Administrator Username.

  • The username and password WordPress gives you is super random. It is recommended that you change both the username and password to something that you will remember in the future. (Also helpful to right it down in your notes somewhere.)

Your website title and tagline can be changed now but can also be changed at a later time so it is not super critical to change that now.

Once you’ve gotten to the bottom of the page, click on install!

Allow WordPress to download for a couple of minutes. Once it is finished, a very generic version of a website will pop up. In order to begin editing this site, click on the second link that has “/wp-admin/” included in it.

 

The “/wp-admin/” just means that you will be directed to the administrator site which will allow you access to edit your site.

Once you’ve clicked on the link, you will be redirected to your Dashboard. Your dashboard is the place where you will have all of the abilities to edit and personalize your website to your liking. You will be able to create new posts, new pages, upload media, add images to your website, and so much more!

Congrats on having installed WordPress!

 

Surprised? Me Too

Surprised? Me Too

Hello!   Many of those who know me personally know that my taste in music is unbelievably diverse. Hitting shuffle on my Spotify is like playing a game of music roulette– you truly never know what you’re gonna get. Another fun fact: I have a sister. […]

Treat Yoself

Treat Yoself

Hello! Mmmh Fridays… arguably the best day of the week. Friday’s are great because they allow for you to be productive during the day but once that last class lets out, it’s all systems go. Friday’s are great because you don’t have to worry about […]

Holla At Me, ENGL305 Students

Holla At Me, ENGL305 Students

“For any dirbs” was written by my five year old campers who wanted any local birds to know that the food they had left behind was intended for any and all bird interested in a light, afternoon snack.

 

Hello English Majors of Saint Norbert College,

As you know, the template website given to us in ENGL305 is super great and teaches the basics of maintaining a website.

Key word: “maintaining.”

This post will teach you how to build your own, personal portfolio website using WordPress. Doing this will allow you to have the freedom to make your website personalized to you. This way, your audience will be able to have a better idea of who you are as a student and a writer. It will also teach you important skills in building a website and having an online portfolio.

Let’s get started.

Stop on by the Tech Bar and check out Knight Dot Domains to get started on beginning a WordPress site. Once you have your site, most of the set up is going to be copying and pasting information from the template website onto your personal website.

 

The first step is going to be choosing a theme. Make sure to choose a theme that will help to keep your content organized and is better suited for blogging and writing purposes.

Then you will make your “Welcome” page. In order to do this, you must first create a new page. Name it “Welcome” and then copy and paste the information in the template website onto your new page.

Next, to have this page become your homepage, in your customizer, click on “Homepage Settings” then change your settings to “A static post.” The static post should be your homepage.

In order to make this page appear in your menu, go into “Menus” in your customizer and click on your current menu. Next, click on “Add items” and add your “Welcome” page. Your page should show up in your menu as well as appear as your new welcome page.

 

Yay, First Steps Accomplished!

Most of the steps you’re going to be completing in cloning the template website will be copying information from the original site and pasting it into new pages and posts as well as properly organizing your menus. The first steps will be the same in creating “Welcome,” “Introduction,” “Biography,” “Presentation Portfolio,” and “Process Portfolio” pages.

The difference is going to be creating the sub-menus. These are the items that appear when you mouse over the menu items and a drop down menu appears. These are items that you are going to be adding information to as the semester progresses. I made these items as posts.

I initially made these posts by giving them a title and a quick description of what they are.

  • For example: I created a new post called “Essay 1” and wrote “essay 1 here” within the text box.

After these posts have been created. Go back into your customizer under “menus” and add these posts as sub-menus.

To Create a Sub-Menu:

Creating a sub-menu is super simple once you figure out how to do it. Once you’re in menus, select “Add menu” and select the posts you would like to add. These posts probably won’t show up in order. Click and drag these posts under the page in the order you would like them to appear in.

For these posts to become sub-menus, you must click and drag them to the right to create an indentation (as if you were pressing “tab” to indent a paragraph.)

 

After you have organized your menus, your portfolio website should be filled with the same content as the template website!

If you have any other questions during this process, feel free to stop on by the SNC TechBar!


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