As I embarked on this great adventure of being The Mid Life Guru, I knew I would have to be learning many new techniques in order to stay modern and relevant.
First and foremost was getting up to speed in the blogging world beyond just reading the daily entries of my children’s 20 and 30 s0mething friends. I have studied several tutorials on how to make the most of blogging. My favorite source has been Weblogs.about.com which has a wealth of knowledge on how to set up and maintain your blog. I learn best by reading and taking notes before trying something out and this website has been perfect for my learning style. As time goes on, you will see me incorporating these ideas to make my blog the best ever.
Next, I have begun to research other blogs and sources of information to keep me up-to-date in my five focus areas. After all, I need be current so that I can share what I come across with you, my valued reader. To track what I find, I have enlisted the help of my trusted Google Reader. What a fabulous tool that is to make sure I don’t miss a single posting in the fabulous blogs that I have already come across. And my, are there ever a ton of creative bloggers out there.
While I am educating myself in these and other varied means of technological communicating
(which has certainly taken up a lot of my discretionary time these days) I am reminded that I need to stay balanced with communicating the “old fashioned way.” Certainly, email, Facebook, blogs, texting, etc. are all valuable on-line methods that are essential to staying connected. However, one mustn’t forget about good ol’ face to face conversations as well.
Earlier this year, my husband, son, and I went out to dinner to a nice restaurant. While we were waiting to be seated, I was shocked at what I observed a family of four doing. Instead of talking with each other, the teenager was texting on her phone AND listening to music on her Ipod. The twenty something boyfriend/girlfriend, sitting side by side, were each texting on their phones (to each other perhaps?) and the mom was just sitting there, looking straight ahead and saying nothing. I was appalled. Four related people, out to dinner at a nice restaurant, never acknowledging in the least bit that the others were there. Why even bother going on a dinner date, I thought. They could have saved a lot of money staying home.
No matter how amazing the technology (which is only going to get better and better), nothing can replace the care and support that comes from the sharing of talking, body language and facial expressions with REAL human beings. An article I read in USA Today, brings home this point. It is great to learn and use the technology of the day. Just don’t forget about the real live people that are all around you.
Hip Hip Hooray for modern technology AND for the words and gestures from that person sitting next to you.