I just read an article and watched a really cool video showing the future of social networking on my friend David Mile’s blog. David has a wonderful and innovative blog site and I encourage you to check it out! David is a former staff buddy who served alongside my husband at New Life Church in Renton, Washington. He is fun, quick and full of great ideas. He has a beautiful wife and a new baby girl – and it is fun to read his blog about his experiences about being a new father. It is also fun picking his brain and seeing what other ideas he can come up with! The church where he now serves, Maple Valley Presbyterian – is lucky to have him 🙂
I have been increasingly frustrated with some social networking – and would LOVE to have it be more like what is presented in the video on David’s blog. This is MY kind of future!!
I love facebook because of the interaction. I have a regular group of friends and we communicate almost everyday – share jokes, pictures, links and laughs. If you are one of those newer “facebookers” and have about 10 friends – and I am one of them – you will see me a lot on your home page – because I am talking and communicating with friends. It will look to you like I am talking to myself to just hear myself talk – or something equally ridiculous. I’ve actually had people with a few friends say to me, “You’re on ALL THE TIME” or, “I know EVERYTHING about you” which of course is silly and not true. I am on facebook to connect with others and to have fun, sure – but it is NOT just ME out there. Now if you have several hundred people on your friend list then my comment are very seldom. And almost non-detectable to most on my list. It’s all in your lens and how you view social networking. It is simply a tool – used to connect. I can tell you that I’ve found hundreds of people from places and situations where my husband and I have lived all over the country – and it is so fun to share life with them again – where it would not be possible any other way.
Skype is also great! I talk to my parents on this fairly often even though they only live about 25 minutes from me. It puts a face with the conversation and makes it feel like you’re right in the same room. My Mother loves this 🙂 I have other friends from different parts of the world too – and it’s been great to actually see them real-time and have a conversation – I love this!
As a person who has a business – it has been really great for me to stay connected with students and teachers through a website and facebook page. I love knowing what is going on with my students and be able to connect and communicate such things as upcoming events and schedule changes – as well as fun music I want them to see – or past recital performances to inspire!
I’m still getting used to twitter and can’t say that I love it. I know that everyone else DOES. It puzzles me more than anything. Here’s what I don’t like: People just spewing out random little “nothings” about every 2 minutes or so. Now to be fair – I found out from my friend and fellow “Twitteror” Deanna, that people have apps that run all these random little “nothings” for them – so they don’t have to actually do anything themselves – all work is done for them. It makes them appear plugged in and engaged in social media – when they aren’t even there. Pretty crazy. I’m kinda wondering, “what’s the point”? And as far as connecting with others in the music profession like myself? Blah. Nobody takes the time to answer questions on twitter. I can reply – retweet and follow those I think will have helpful tips and be able to share education experiences – and I’ve come up with MANY dead ends on this. Most will NEVER ever reply to me. Following a blog is a WAY better idea.
Which brings us to blogging. This is probably my favorite social networking of any of them – and I belong to them all – even Linkedin, Stumbleupon, Reddit and Digg. Blogging brings people together in a very specific way – those that are on your same journey. There’s something powerful about that. At least for me. I started this blog site a little over 2 years ago because I felt the need to express myself and thoughts through writing. The site was really just for me – but it’s turned into way more than I ever thought and the Lord used it in a mighty way that blows my mind. I’ve even been on the radio talking about it my blog and blogging in general – as well as being a “guest blogger” on many different blog sites. It’s humbling to say the least – I never thought that my words or thoughts could be so powerful in motivating and encouraging others – but they have been and I thank God for that because that’s all I ever want to be – a blessing to others. I get private emails all the time expressing how my writing of a particular article is just for them – it’s really wonderful to hear. I can’t tell you how many friends I’ve gained by blogging – just look at my blogroll and RSS feed and you’ll see the friends and people who have influenced me and literally rock my daily world. I’m proud to call each of them friend.
Now there is a secret with blogging that some of us understand. I’m going to let you in on it too – if you are reading this and contemplating a blog site for yourself or you want to gain more readers. You have to take the initiative. You have to be a presence on their blog site. This takes focus and is a time commitment on your part – but it’s well worth it. Decide who you want to invest in – and then be there – make a contribution by commenting. It should be returned – but sadly, it isn’t always. Be the one to leave the comments as a courtesy and eventually they will follow your example. Is this always easy to do? No. I follow about 10 or so blogs consistently and it does take time – but the relationship and contribution through blogging is invaluable and you can’t find that elsewhere – so it is worth investing in. Women are better at this than men – and I don’t hold it against my guy friends who don’t always contribute to my blog – they simply are just not able to with time constraints and let’s face it – men don’t need to connect like women do – so go easy on them. They are still reading your blog 🙂
Just don’t be one of those that thinks, “If I comment on their blog – no one will want to visit and comment on my blog anymore” You couldn’t be MORE WRONG. Change your attitude and decide to be the positive and encouraging word for them. You may literally change a bad day. And be the reason that they keep writing.
Click here to see the video “A Day Made Of Glass” to see all the future possibilities in store for us! And thanks to my friend, David for posting this today!
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