Swimming In My Head…

diving in the deep end…

Why I love social media

This week has been active to say the least.  But in a good way.  I have to admit that I’ve learned so much in the span of 5 days that I don’t even know what to do with all of it.

I made a conscious decision to be more in tune with all of the social media avenues that I participate in and it has actually netted some results that show some promise.

First on my list, blogs of course.  It’s really strange to me how you can honestly forge relationships with people that you’ve never met, save for a daily dose of what’s going on in their world via their blog.  I haven’t been as diligent with this one as I was prior to the holidays and you know what?  My ‘blog buddies’ let me know.  How cool is that?

I even got a blog award from The Good the Bad and the Ugly to which I promptly replied, followed the rules and paid it forward to some other bloggers I truly appreciate (see the post before this one).  So here’s the kicker…I think I’ve figured out what to do for my business blogs to make them interesting.  Didn’t know that was possible until this week.

Second on my list – Facebook.  I have reconnected with some of my old US Airways friends from back in the day when I was a flight attendant for them.  It’s been so fun getting back in touch, finding out what’s going on their worlds and sharing what’s been going on in mine.  To all my ‘blog buddies’ out there.  If we haven’t connected on Facebook, send me a message and I’ll add you as a friend.

Third on my list, and probably the most interesting for me – Twitter.  I’ve always kind of held onto a little thought that as time progresses, we’re getting a little over-connected, but a single event changed that for me yesterday.  I flew for US Airways as a flight attendant for quite awhile and gave it up in 2003.  People that have never worked in the airline industry probably aren’t aware that it never leaves your blood.  I think about it – ALOT.  So, when I got my first ‘tweet’ yesterday and subsequent Facebook status update that US Airways flt 1549 had crashed, I got that instant sinking feeling and set out to find out what I could.

Here’s the cool part about it.  Before I ever got to the television, I had already received 3-4 ‘tweets’ from former flying mates about who was on the crew, that nobody was killed, and that everyone was going to be ok.  That is incredible to me!  I sometimes wonder how we made it through life before without the connection.  People can criticize all they want about it promoting laziness and being cold and whatever other negative connotations they’ve associated, but I went from an immediate feeling of sadness and worry to elation in under 5 minutes and that’s something CNN has never done for me.

So, if you’re interested in ‘tweeting’ with me or connecting on Facebook, send me a message.

January 16, 2009 Posted by | Life In General | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Pay it forward…

I received the nicest award from fellow ‘funny blog buddy’  The Good the Bad and the Ugly yesterday (see below) and I have to admit, it made my entire week!  So, before going any further into this, gbu2 – thank you from the bottom of my heart!


As I understand it though, receiving an award comes with some responsibility and a few rules to follow.  So here they are:

  1. List 6 things that inspire your creativity
  2. Pass the award on to 7 more ‘kreativ’ bloggers
  3. Link back to the person who gave you the award
  4. Link to the people you are passing it on to and leave them a comment to let them know


6 things that inspire my creativity:

  1. My partner
  2. Music
  3. Television/Movies
  4. Friends
  5. My pets
  6. Social Media

7 ‘kreativ’ bloggers I would like to award:

This part is hard for me as well because there are so many blogs that I absolutely love.  I will however, limit my choices to regular people’s blogs who don’t have loads of money backing them (eh-hmm HuffPost – you know I love ya, but big money backing forces the rest of us to actually work for our readers).

  • The Good the Bad and the Ugly – 1st for becoming a blog buddy, 2nd for always showing support in comments when I’m begging for readers’ support, and 3rd for always making me smile on a daily basis
  • WTF – 1st for being a great friend in person, 2nd for having the courage to make a foray into blogging despite some apprehension, and 3rd for saying it like it is
  • In Repair – 1st for inspiring me to stop being a self-proclaimed news ‘regurgitator’ and be myself, 2nd for becoming a true blog buddy, and 3rd for sharing his personal journey so openly
  • Sideon’s Sanctuary – 1st for becoming a blog buddy, 2nd for making me feel sane despite some interesting religious background baggage, and 3rd for not mincing any words and saying it like it is
  • Presque Isle Files – 1st for becoming a blog buddy, 2nd for speaking up, and 3rd for being funny and managing to make me smile
  • Whisper in the Void – 1st for becoming a blog buddy, 2nd for being as real as real can get, and 3rd automatic brownie points for living in Florida
  • Catch the Spin – for always being creative

Here is your award:

So, thank you to all of you guys, Happy Friday and Happy Blogging!


January 16, 2009 Posted by | Funny, Life In General | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments