For the last couple of years the Natural Awakenings New Mexico magazine outsourced social media to a wonderful lady named Amy in Michigan. Amy was a publisher before becoming a social media wizard. She is younger than me by a decade or two (I think), I know she just recently had a birthday because Facebook told me so. Amy has been awesome especially in her support of someone who still rides in a social media stroller (moi). But, as I look back on my first year in this gig I realized I haven’t gotten to know the community as I should. I joined several networking groups and those have been overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong I love the people I’ve met so if you and I have met – hey you.
But it always seems like when I’m in SFe I’m missing something in ABQ and I never get to spend enough time in Taos. I was commiserating with a girlfriend and explained that I wished there was a digital platform for networking. I went on and on . . .I said, you know a digital place for people to connect with each other and she said with the cutest eyeroll .. . “um, yeah . . . dumba$$ that is called social media.” We’ve been friends for a while so I let her talk to me like that. I was shocked, she was right. (Note I was not only shocked that she was right about the topic but also that she was right ;))
When I joined the Natural Awakenings family in October 2018 I had to join Facebook to take over the business account. I begrudgingly did so as Andrea can attest. Then someone from my past found me and wanted to be friends, I said sure and like a good penny people starting popping up. People that I met during a hay ride back on South Dudley Street back in 2001 thought we should renew our friendship. I sat on the requests. I looked away. I cringed, not because of the people reaching out but because of my perception of the oversharing and staging that can take place out there in social media. I didn’t have stuff to share personally and I didn’t want people assuming I knew what was going on in their lives because I don’t look, it feels too personal. So, for this last year, I’ve let Amy do her thing with the business page.
For a little backstory, I was on FB before but broke up over 15 years ago, it was a clean break. I over-friended, I mixed genres of friends, I had work friends, bosses, childhood friends, young friends, family and real friends all co-mingled. What I wanted a real friend to know about my Friday night wasn’t necessarily something my boss needed to know. And, then the likes crippled me. Karen would like Rebecca’s post but not mine and I would spiral.
There is good and bad to the breakup. The good is I’m sure I missed a lot of BS and ego flaunting and passive aggressivity (that’s not a real word but I feel it conveys my thought). Another good was that I could impartially decide who to vote for without foreign influence . The bad is I’ve missed some cool milestone events for my friends. Like for the one that called me a dumba$$. Or like when a close co-worker named Judy Hunt became ill suddenly and passed away and I didn’t know. That one still hurts bad.
Why am I telling you this? I’m telling you because I’ve decided to run the social media accounts for November and December and if we survive that . .. possibly longer. I’ve decided to embrace it as a positive tool for connection and look past the bad. I’ve decided it does build a community and that is what the Natural Awakenings vibe is all about. It might look different and you might just wonder why? Basically, I’m hoping to connect more . . . digitally to compensate for my inability to be at all the relevant events and networking groups.
So, hope to see you out there. If you see something smart that was posted, I did that. . . if you see something stupid that was posted, I did that too. I’m not sure what the algorithms mean so heck, you might not see anything at all. I may or may not hit your newsfeed . Feel free to DM me or Messenger me, you will be talking to me.
p.s. – thanks to Amy. She goes a great job and will still be around, we have some side projects to work on. If you need help virtually with just about anything, contact Amy or Kyle at https://www.hass-solutions.com