Day 8 Blogtember topic: Discuss ways that blogging or social media has changed you.
I have ebbed and flowed with my affinity for social media. When I got my FB account on July 16, 2007 (yes, I had to look at my FB timeline to figure this out), I thought it was pretty neat as a way to reconnect with friends from the past. I tried to limit my “FB friends” to people I knew on a personal level and opted not to connect with work friends at that point. I was also pretty mindful to share only things that I would want say the public to know about, keeping it pretty tame in terms of anything work related or very personal.
Then a few years later, I was asked to give a presentation to my former employer about the reasons why the company should get involved in social media. At the time, I felt that social media was something where the company should have a presence, but it likely would not reap the rewards for a while. In homebuilding, this turned out to be very much the truth and the company was one of the first homebuilders to make a significant push into social media. I was even invited to speak at a convention for homebuilders as it was that new to the industry as well as contribute to a white paper on it. My co-worker and I ran all of the social media endeavors on Twitter, Facebook, and even a blog until she left and subsequently I left and now they have a wonderful new gal running their efforts.
When I left to go to a new company, I found that I missed writing for their blog. I made a first attempt with two of my besties to blog about running (aptly named Triple A Running, since our names all started with A), but that did not take off. Then I tried a blog about running and food, but found that was not enough to write about. Finally, I came up with the blog in its current incarnation about finding the joy in life and found that covered a more significant territory to write.
I still ebb and flow on how much I want to share on FB and as such my timeline pre-2009 does not show much as at some point I removed most of the posts. I am still quite mindful of what I share. I suppose even finding my voice in this blog has been impacted by that in that I do not share everything here. I have not kept up with my personal Twitter and think the privacy settings are quite strong as I did not find that meaningful to my life.
My personal FB is pretty close to super secret lockdown and that makes it relatively hard to find me in a search, but I decided it was worthwhile to start a FB page for this blog.
Social media has changed me in that the ways that it has helped me discover my voice.