I knew that this would be a steep learning curve but never expected it to be a vertical one!
First up was getting to grips to social media, a topic which I knew nothing of. It was if it came, took over the world and where was I? Obviously not taking any notice of this rapidly invasive form of technology.
I enlisted myself on a workshop with Shaa Wasmund, founder of Smarta and a very energetic presenter. Armed with a little insight, a Twitter account was opened @verawoodhead and I sent my first Tweet to @shaawasmund, then celebrated with a cup of tea and a biscuit!
I had made a comment about it being a Narnia like landscape on that snowy day and Shaa responded by asking for a picture and to send it via Twitter. Being IT challenged, this took another lenghty 45 minutes, including figuring out where the memory card from the camera slotted into the computer! Having managed this, there was of course the celebratorydrink and another biscuit (I can see that the learning curve will have an impact on the physical shape). My first Twitpic can be seen http://twitpic.com/3baych.
Next on the list was to get started on a blog. Whilst I do have another blog on my own website , I wanted an up to date and interactive blog where I could manage the content and focus specifically on Vasavya Mahila Mandali. Liz Cable from Reach Further pointed me in the right direction and her Linkedin group was very supportive in offering advice.
So here I am, with a very basic wordpress blog (haven’t figured out what all those ‘things’ on the right hand column do as yet!) and a Twitter account wondering who on earth to follow and will I look like Billy no mates if no one is following me!
Images of the children’s game Grandma’s footsteps just popped into my head then!
Lesson learnt: if you don’t keep up you will get left behind in the social revolution. And the older you are it seems much more diffcult to learn new things especially when they are so far removed from your ‘world’ . Haven’t got quite to the ‘can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ stage yet.
The good news: it’s never too late to learn!