Staying Alive in the 905

Archive for September 2009

 As I leap into the blogosphere I can’t help but think about the irony of being social in a social network while being totally alone in my home. I have created this blog for my social media class.  It’s something I’ve thought of doing for some time.

 I like to share information and photos.  Gardening tips, laundry tips, recipes and shopping bargains.  Life as a home and school/hockey mom. New discoveries and the old reliable.

However, I’m cautious about sharing. Doesn’t it seem like we are all sharing too much? I have embraced Facebook and tried Twitter.  I have read some blogs, such as, Bargainista, for a couple of years now. Do I need to know immediately via Twitter that the creator of that blog, Eden Spodek, is currently at a store experiencing poor service? No. I don’t. I prefer the hockey parent rule of waiting at least 24 hours before addressing a gripe and/or sharing it.  I will try to self-impose these standards to this blog.  The immediacy and egocentric nature of tweets and posts annoys me.

I remember what I thought when cell phones first came on the scene in the 1980’s. I would see someone, usually a man back then, walking down the street talking on his phone and say “no one is that important, can’t it wait?.”  Now I am doing it! I don’t have a business to follow but I do have teenagers. There are advantages.

I recall being excited and nervous while working as a public relations officer in the early 1980’s when we first got computers at our desks.  I no longer had to compose news releases on a type writer but we still had to print off hard copies and fax them to media outlets.  When the internet arrived it was a luxury  to send copy, for the company newspaper, electronically to the printer a half hour drive away but we still did manual layout on site.  Eventually, that was no longer necessary as layout could be done on a computer and sent electronically.  It was progress but I was sad.  I always looked forward to hanging out in the back room of the Woodstock, N.B. Bugle five times per year with blue wax pencil in hand.  

I recall a horrific prediction:  humans would become less social, they would sit at their computers and not visit in person.  I was one of many who laughed at that prediction.  The tables have turned.  I now spend a lot of time online and am trying to convince my friends to embrace more social media networks.

Slowly but surely my fellow boomer friends are logging on but I continue to hear the complaints.  Those who work want to leave the computer behind when they come home.  (I’m seeing that my generation doesn’t log on at work, they would make personal calls from work but they will not log on.)  They want to focus on family and relax.  Can you blame them?  I am beginning to fear that if my generation does not embrace social media we will be out of touch and like our parents – unable to use a remote control. We might be left in the proverbial dust if we don’t join electronic networks.  We won’t know what is happening or know what is current.   Many of  us don’t have the equipment because we don’t have employers to buy us PDA’s and laptops.  Our children have them but we do not.

Maybe it’s supposed to be this way.  Life should get simpler.   We all need to slow down and not juggle so much.  Perhaps our goal really should be to leave behind all the devices, we monitor so feverishly and sit quietly. Sit down and listen to the rhythm of the ocean, the buzz in our own backyards and be at peace, alone with our thoughts.  I do that every summer in New Brunswick.  I look forward to doing only that someday but for now….it’s time to blog, tweet, post, text, read and blog some more.  After all, thanks to the internet I can communicate from almost anywhere.

I will always prefer to visit my friends in person and hear their voices.  I don’t pay bills online.  I prefer to go to the bank and joke that my goal is to keep bank tellers employed.  Social media will be an additional means of communicating and conducting business, not the only means. I think!

It’s all part of staying current, in touch and very alive out in the 905!



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