What a morning. Nothing seemed to work.

I tried to get into Tweetdeck. No go.

It was Wednesday so my voicEd Radio show with Stephen Hurley was on tap. Zencastr wouldn’t work. Stephen had me download an app. The sound didn’t meet his audio standards so we tried dialing in. I couldn’t hear him. We did end up with a fourth solution that seemed to work. Hopefully, he can find the recording!

So, back to Tweetdeck. It’s still not functioning. I’m a little frustrated because I have lists for everything and my routine involves running down my five Ontario Educator lists to see what’s going on around the province. I was too lazy to try my Plan B – I have links to each of them in my Bookmarks so I just skimmed the Trending Topics.

One leapt out at me.


It’s a hashtag, a username, and a website.

I must have missed another memo.

Looking through the hashtag was a delightful rabbit hole. With prompts, people are sharing sketches (tattoos?) that are so intriguing.

This is an area that I have no talent whatsoever so I can just sit back and enjoy. The one word that comes to mind is simply “wow”!

There can’t possibly be any copyright claims since people are eagerly sharing them in this public space.

But, wow, there certainly are some talented people.

In case you missed it above, click here.

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The content of this blog is created by me at the keyboard or as a result of an aggregator of my daily reading under the title OTR Links. On Fridays, look for my signature post "This Week in Ontario Edublogs" where I try to share some great writing from Ontario Educators. The other regular post appears Sunday mornings as I try to start a conversation about things that have gone missing from our daily lives.

5 thoughts on “#inktober

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Doug! I also noticed the Twitter issues yesterday. I was actually trying to share your blog post at the time, and it wouldn’t work. I tried a RT, a quote RT, and then a post of my own. Nothing worked. I then searched to find that Twitter was down. I ended up copying my tweet and sharing it later, and just reading a book instead. Maybe I should have considered going down a Twitter rabbit hole instead. Looks like you had an interesting find!



  2. I guess one could always put forward the adage “it’s never too late to learn.”

    As with other daily challenges, the intent is to provide a series of prompts to encourage folks to develop a skill through a daily practice over a period of time. In the case of #Inktober, it’s drawing with ink.

    From the website:
    “I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.


    The first “daily“ that I participated in was based around photography and was called “The Daily Shoot.” It was started by photographer (James) Duncan Davidson (back in 2009 and encouraged folks to develop their photography skills by responding to a different prompt that was shared on Twitter each day. The images were aggregated and it was enlightening to see what all the different people were coming up with from the same prompt on a daily basis. It was a great way to learn and connect with other photographers. The Daily Shoot ran for a little under three years, ending somewhere after 800 consecutive days.

    Once the iPhone Camera and App Store became a thing, I ran a couple of iPhone/app monthly challenges in 2011 (#ippp) and 2012 (#ippp2), each featuring a different daily iPhone photo app challenge.

    When @TheDailyShoot ended, Alan Levine (@cogdog) and the @DS106 community took up the challenge and extended the idea beyond photography, resulting in The Daily Create. (Doug, you will remember that you and I did an Internet radio broadcast interview with Alan at Diane Bedard’s (@windsordi) house way back in 2011.) The daily create offers opportunities to practice various creative skills in photography, drawing, writing, audio, and video. Check out yesterdays prompt and responses, as aggregated from Twitter by the site:


    With todays’s prompt, #tdc2821, The Daily Create has been up and running for close to eight years!

    With the rise of Sketchnoting over the last few years, there have been similar challenges in that arena. One simply needs to subscribe to the potential for lifelong learning, and toss a few minutes a day onto the pile towards that 10,000 hours milestone!

    Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?


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