I can’t help but feel like I’m faking it. As a millennial working in the nonprofit sector, I am supposed to be “with it” and “hip” when it comes to technology, right? I’m supposed to enjoy spending eight hours a day communicating through a computer screen, and get really excited when someone posts something new about their life on Facebook or Twitter. And I do, to some extent. But after about 30 seconds of sifting through all of the #’s and @’s of Twitter, I start to glaze over. All the abbreviations, acronyms, and bit.ly links start to jumble together until I start to have trouble telling the difference between a Twitter feed and a bowl of Alpha-Bits.
However, I’m the type of person who will try anything once, and then twice, and if a lot of other people like it then I tend to spend a lot of energy trying to figure out why. So as Volunteer Maryland started to ramp up its involvement in the web 2.0 world, I figured it was time to either jump into the deep end or stay in the kiddie pool with my swimmies, which ends up not only getting you nowhere, but is wicked boring as you watch all the other kids do flips off the diving board.
So here it goes, I’m taking off the swimmies and diving into the world of web 2.0…
My goal for this blog is to chronicle my adventures in social media, focusing on the nonprofit sector and strategies for engaging people and marketing causes and opportunities. I also hope to help other people like me learn more about different social media tools (or at least help figure out which questions to ask!) By “like me” I mean those of you who are a little overwhelmed by the flood of information available, and need a little guidance as to what’s important, and what’s not. I also hope to include good resources to help you build upon what you already know, and apply that to your work as a nonprofit professional, AmeriCorps member, volunteer, or just as an engaged citizen.
To get to know the person behind the blog, I am a two-term AmeriCorps alum, with training in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and a B.A. in Archaeology. I am currently working for Volunteer Maryland as a Program Associate, creating training and curriculum to support our VISTA members. This is an awesome part of my job, and I have learned a ton just by doing research for that. Service is a huge part of my life and my upbringing, and I am happiest when my work is meaningful or useful to others. I love to dance, hike, drink tea, and make guacamole. I don’t really love computers, but I want to learn how to love (or at least like) them, thus the reason for this blog. 🙂
I think nearly everything is better when friends are involved, so hopefully we can help each other out and learn a few things about web 2.0 in a collaborative, non-judgmental manner. What do you say? If there is something you would particularly like to learn about, let me know. I want to make this as useful as possible, so we can all soon be doing this in the world of web 2.0.