Sunday social media stew

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While indulging in my Sunday morning coffee, I meandered through my various social media accounts and concluded my approach has been intuitive, somewhat chaotic – and a bit like making an organic stew with a little of this and a little of that. Sometimes I recycled important or leftover bits and pieces from previous efforts. If an old item lost its flavour, I spiced it up. Now, however, I decided I’d like to make some major improvements. I concluded that I would start to add more meat and potatoes, otherwise known as content.

So, back to the cooking. At my place, Sundays are cooking days. I usually make a light breakfast in the early morning while preparing foods to cook and freeze during the afternoon hours. While the food is marinating, baking or stewing, I think profound thoughts, and go back to the computer to catch up with the local news and visit my favourite social media sites.

Strangely enough, I’ve been playing around with social media since 2002. My 17th anniversary will be celebrated this summer so I want to learn and practice some new ideas and platforms while I’m on spring and summer vacation.

I started taking online facilitation training workshops with Nancy White of Full Circle Associates in 2003 and my first significant social media project was in 2004 with Mar Ruiz of Barcelona. That was during the controversial 2004 Unesco Universal Forum of World Cultures in Barcelona, The event was staged during the summer months with over 5 million visitors to all of the exhibits.

Things have changed a lot since then. I just recently signed up for some self-guided study programs to figure out what the heck I’m supposed to be doing with blogs, vlogs and podcasts. I’ll complete my initial online training program at the end of this upcoming week and then I’ll go to Toronto for some content creation intensives using iPads and iPhones

I’m nervous but looking forward to using video and the iOgrapher filmmaking bundle and toolkit.

And just now – the slow braising of organic beef in garlic butter and bay leaf on the stovetop makes for amazing aromas that are now wafting through the house. Heaven.

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