Dont Knock It…

I have always been interested in media in a more traditional sense. Television, film, books, magazines – those were my passions growing up and still are today. Diverting to a career in retail, I was disconnected from these passions for an interim. And recently looking to ignite those fires again, I was faced with the prospect of the world of Social Media. This is where people go to discuss, to learn, to teach. My only experience was Facebook (which I laid dormant 3 years ago, and funnily enough has recently been hacked, and has me selling “ugly Oakley sunglasses” to quote my sister) and Facebook for the professional, Linked In (which I really should update).

Needless to say, I was feeling disconnected. It seemed everyone was moving forward, leaving me in my archaic bubble, population one. Even my mother was tweeting, and as her number of followers slowly increased, I decided to shift my view. Yes! There are people share way too much on social media. Yes! The same people have no boundaries and cross the line with TMI far too often. And Yes! We are far too dependant on our FB and Twitter feeds as a society… but the IKEA hack I found for a coffee table turned ottoman was pure genius!! It added value to my DIY skills, my living room, and my wallet! (Far too many exclamation points, I know, but I feel strongly and need to convey it you all!)

Fast forward six months. I have yet to re-activate my Facebook account. And I am not on instagram, twitter, or any of the other apps. But… drumroll please… I did enroll in this course. I am invested in learning more. Everyday I explore, looking for new and exciting content. There are so many intelligent and creative people who are contributing to the world of social media. They make me laugh, cry, think. I am planning a new IKEA hack for a built-in bookshelf that excites me more than my ottoman.ikeabookcasehack

For the first time in a long time, I feel like this is where I need to be, so hello world of social media!!!

2 thoughts on “Dont Knock It…

  1. It really doesn’t take long to become disconnected these days. I use Facebook often enough to stay somewhat current and connected with friends that aren’t in my immediate circle and even those that have gotten too busy raising children and living their life. I have an almost monthly debate with my wife whether or not social media is ruining our lives or improving it with the significant decrease in human contact (face to face) vs. screen to screen. I have recently discovered Pinterest which was a complete light bulb moment for me. I had been collecting cookbooks but have realized how foolish this endeavour is when I could just “pin” recipes in seconds, compiling my own personalized cookbook!! That being said, I am slowly figuring out how I can make better use of Twitter and I may even try my hand at Instagram but let’s be honest, social media isn’t for everybody. Just ask my wife, she has the ability to completely disconnect from her phone or other peripheral devices around our home without even batting an eyelash. I on the other hand would like to stay current but within reason. I don’t really need a Facebook account but don’t need to get rid of it so I will keep it for now, and as far as the others go…only time will tell.

  2. I really feel for what you are writing. I feel much the same way. I guess you could say I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to communications. I prefer a more formal way of doing things. But….. I realize that like it or not the world is moving on and if I don’t keep up (at least a little bit) I will be left behind. And, I have three kids 10, 8 and 3. I don’t want them to see me as a dinosaur. I think my problem has been that the people who, as you say, “share too much and have no boundaries” have put me off to such a degree that I have just given up on it all. But, if I really examine things, the number of people that do this is probably less than I think. It is just that the same people overdo it over and over and over again. I think, on closer examination, the majority of people aren’t like this. This course has helped me to reconsider my involvement with social media and think of it in a more positive light.
    Catherine

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