Pulling the Plug

by Jeff Jackson on November 18, 2013

Greetings

This is a difficult blog post, because it may be the last one written on BreakDrink.

BreakDrink stated just over 4 years ago with the goal of providing news and online professional development for student affairs professionals. It was still early days of social media so we seemed to be pioneers of sorts.

Over the course of the past 4 years a lot has transpired. I changed jobs, now have 2 children (ages 3 and 1), and started a doctoral program. At the same time there has been a plethora of blogs, podcast, video shows, etc for student affairs professionals. BreakDrink is really no longer needed like it may have been 3-4 years ago.

Ending BreakDrink brings up several feeling. I have a feeling of happiness and pride as it was somewhat successful. I have a sense of failure it never became something more, especially since some of you donated money to get it started. Generally I am sad it has come to an end. BreakDrink was a labor of love. Thought it cost me to run it and I never made a dime, it paid in the large amount of life long friends and colleagues.

There are many people to thank, and I apologize for leaving a few people out.

Gary- When I sent an email over 4 years ago about a web project I wanted to start, Gary was the only one that replied. Soon after we started the first Student Affairs Podcast.

Erin Weed- For being our first guest.

Julie- For generally awesomeness, being a friend, and adding a great perspective.

Jeff Lail- For always saying yes, and willing to try new things. I miss podcasting with this guy.

Laura Pasquini- Great friend, doctoral therapist, and all-around tech all-star.

Adrianne- Who was an early editor of the site.

Keegin and Coleman- for the CUAD podcast, and Justin (ACUI) for partnering with us. BTW Keegin and Coleman is a great name for a podcast.

NACA for their partnership

Dr. Jamie and Ed- For the On Duty podcast.

Bruce – For giving BD and identity with the logo, and jumping in on the #CTCX podcast.

Sarah, Shawn, and Sue- for running the Daily Dose without any support.

Eric Stoller- The first guest caller, blogging about us, and general friendship.

The Cronk- for humor, guest, and collaboration.

Don White- For designing BD 2.0…it would have looked awesome.

The EDUSports crew

All who donated via the crowdsourcing campaign
Gary Ballinger
Jeffrey Lail
Kevin Prentiss
Eric Stoller
Lorrie Alvarado
Jamie Workman
Grace Fama
Michael Breitner
Julie Larsen
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Christopher Conzen
Joe Ginese
Sean Cook
Gary Ballinger
Gary Ballinger
Weidong Zhang
Edmund Cabellon
Laura Pasquini
Kerby Mickelson
Doug Smith
Edward Gilhool
Niki Rudolph
Elizabeth Van Lysal
Adrianne Dahms
Kevin Cleary

And many, many more that have listened, called, presented at conferences, and supported us through the years.

I’m not sure what will happen to the site. I will be canceling the hosting contract, but will try and eventually archive the site somewhere. The podcast should stay on BlogTalkRadio for awhile, and I will leave the YouTube channel up.

I will miss my time and space on the internet, but time to call it quits.

-Jeff Jackson aka Papa BreakDrink

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Help our friend Laura Pasquini in her doctoral research. Originally posted at techknowtools

 

When discussing social media guidance in higher education, there seems to be a lot of grey areas. Social media use is a relevant topicon many college and university campuses. Over the course of the next few months, my plan is to review social media guidelines to sort out the grey, and identify more black and white ideas about social media guidance.

To pursue my dissertation research, I am currently gathering ANY and ALL Social Media Guidelines from Higher Education Institutions from ANY and ALL COUNTRIES. If you currently attend, work, teach, or know of any a post-secondary institution that provides guidance for social media, then I need your help! Please search your institutional website for “social media” guidelines. Keep in mind, your institutional “guidance” for social media may also be labeled as: guidelines, policy, tips, rules, beliefs, regulations, strategy, or take on another name. If you are aware of any websites, documents, or artifacts that guide social media at a university or college campus, please COMPLETE THIS FORM.

 Please consider contributing to help advance social media guidance and use at our institutions: 

Submit a Social Media Guideline

The following website was created to gather and build a social media guideline database and share information about this research:

http://socialmediaguidance.wordpress.com/

If you have questions, concerns, or want to get more involved in this social media guideline project, please feel free to CONTACT ME. Thank you!

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breakdrink.comI am an avid podcast listener, and the start of the new school year has produced a few podcast around higher education in my playlist.  For your listening pleasure here are some great ones.

Degrees of Freedom; Higher Education in America by BackStory

How I Got Into College by This American Life

What’s Your Major? by Planet Money

 

Several months ago BackStory had a podcast dedicated to college sports that is worth checking out.

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I watched Dr. Tomlinson share his story at least twice to undergraduate students. I’m not sure how it impacted them, but I still remember it. It is great to see how the story is more complete in the last 10 years, and was pleasantly surprised to find it on the interwebs.

You will immediately think of students you should share this with, but is a great tool for anyone searching for a calling.

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