I admit I am not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to the latest and greatest in this techno world of ours. I am always eager however to inspect the tools, sharpen whatever needs sharpening, and add to the toolbox the ones that I am lacking. That is how I find myself looking at the world of blogging today in relation to the next generation. It is a tool that I needed to add to my toolbox if I want to be relevant with both today's and tomorrows generation (from both a relational and consumer perspective).
I have been a youth leader for junior high and high school students for the past 12 years of my life. I meet with students once a week at a local church. One of many things that I have learned from watching these young people grow from 6th graders on to college graduates, is there ease with all the rapidly evolving technology. Every time there is a new techno toy like i-pods, i-phones, i-tunes, i-this and i-that, they have no reserves or anxiety about these gadgets. They figure them out quicker than I can butter my toast. I, on the other hand, first break out in a cold sweat before realizing I just need to hire a 6 year old to show me how the new gadget works (step by step of coarse) and then I am pretty well good to go.
I am thankful to have the luxury of being around students (including my own kids) who are techno-savvy. I have learned so much from their amazing minds. These young people keep reminding me of how important it is to stay up on the technological side of life. It is a huge part of their world. It is how they resource, purchase, play and connect relationally. This is the wave of the future and I feel I need to stay on top of the surf. I don't want to miss out because I am too stuck in my same old ways of doing things. I would much rather embrace it and recognize the good things that come of it.
I currently have a very active website at http://www.sueprins.com/ and a facebook that I use regularly as another way of getting exposure and for communicating to friends, family members and prospective clients. Blogging on the other hand has been a new venture for me. One for which I am so excited about that I can't wait to get more and more involved in it.
I recently took a blogging class with Lola Audu here in Grand Rapids MI. and she totally fired me up to taking the steps I am taking to getting started into this world of resourcing and venturing out beyond the typical and conventional path of marketing yourself. Lola also offered group and private coaching on blogging which I took advantage of. I am grateful to have this support. It is a bit overwhelming to begin with but I realize if I do not get on board with the next generation and the way they do life these days, I will be left behind in the techno dust particles where it will be much harder to play "catch up". Not I!
To learn more about blogging you can visit Lola Audu on her blog or visit her website at http://www.lolaaudu.com/