After our youngest son was born, I needed intellectual stimulation. The computer was the easiest place to go for an update on what was going on in the world. It kept me connected when I physically couldn’t. I was homeschooling our two older kids at the time, had a two year old, and then my infant. I remember feeling like I lived under a blanket of fog – not a lot of sleep mixed with crazy busy feedings and diapers, and then imaging trying to get paperwork and lessons together for my homeschool school kids.
I thought I was losing my mind.
Each one of our wonderful kids were planned but we didn’t realize all the responsibilities involved with four kids. If we thought too much about it, I suppose we would have had only two.
Needless to say, I needed a outlet. I turned to reading blogs and started my social media crush. You would think that it made my life busier, reading and keeping up with everyone else’s lives while taking care of the household. And it did. But what it gave me in return was a way to stay connected with life. That was around 2007.
I read about making jewelry and about how dooce.com got started. (If you’re not familiar with Heather B. Armstrong of dooce.com, you have to read her blog!) I thought now absolutely cool to leave your job (she actually got fired) and make enough money blogging to just do it full time. Always sounds too good to be true.
It was in January 2008 that I started my blog on blogger. I had to give it a shot…to see what the hoopla was all about. Blogging was’t consistent (or that good!), but just getting started gave me hope. Just get started and you’ll be on your way, I thought.
I found my way into a business-minded social media group a few years later. I took many, many pages notes at each meeting because at that time I didn’t know even what questions to ask to get started. Every time I’d go to meeting I’d be on information overload because of the fast-paced conversations of different tools, websites, and apps. What’s the best social media network to use for business? How do I tweet when I don’t know anyone who is on Twitter? Should I have a business page on Facebook? Questions came fast and furious. But it was a start.
Social Media Summit 2015
Now that social media is integrated into my daily life, I want to help others with the process. If you’re just starting out and need some direction, joining a group to ask questions and “talk shop” may be the way to go.
Would love to meet you and stay connected for life.
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