I’m just going to lay it out there. I’m fed up with opinion posts I see in social media about varying topics designed to pull at the guilt-ridden heartstrings of every mother across our evolving globe.
And yet, here I am writing my own opinion piece on the topic. Ironic, yes. But I’ve had a gutful.
Today I want the real working mothers to please stand up.
This time last year I got bronchitis. It dragged out way longer than what it should have. I was that mum who whenever anybody asked how I was, my response would always seem to be a flustered one, followed by, ‘busy’.
True, I was busy. True, I only had myself to blame for constantly feeling that way. True, I was an idiot for not realising sooner that being busy is simply not healthy.
As you know, we live in a society where one hour is a long time for...
I wonder if I am a terrible artist because I had a set of Derwents?
I think I spent more time as a child ensuring the ends were sharpened and in colour order rather than actually learning the art of drawing.
My Derwents were the go to resource; I knew they would all be sitting in there waiting for my selection. I knew that even though I tended to use the same ones (Spectrum and Kingfisher Blue), I could easily access all the others if and when I required. I didn’t have to bury my head and hunt for one specifically in a pencil case as they were all laid out for me in the tin. Each one had its place.
You are either smiling right now because you relate or shaking your head thinking I’m a little deluded!
It has been just over 12 months since Em and I brought The Social Vine to life and what we have learnt in 12 months, I could draft into a thesis!
Categorically, one of the most fulfilling parts of our job is when clients email us or tell us how much their social media training has empowered them to look at their business in a new light and in a socially engaging way. Our clients are growing their brand awareness, generating new business leads and are building their community.
There is no denying that social media has and will forevermore be ingrained in our lives. Not only are we now referred to as ‘content consumers’, we are also our own content creators and publishers.
This makes us all marketers of ourselves on social platforms as well as being marketed to. I guess I could say that I believe social media has developed a society of ‘human brand beings’.
This will be my last blog for 2014 and I hope you have all enjoyed reading my views on a matter of social topics, as well as making Emma appear in photos that she would not normally ever agree to being part of. I really wanted to do that scotch tape selfie, but she drew the line at that one!
*PROCEED WITH CAUTION. The below article contains sensitive information. Please read on if you don't want to be that parent with their head in the sand...
A mother recently mentions to me her thirteen year old daughter has just started on Instagram. She isn’t allowed to go on Facebook (not that it would stop her) as she felt Instagram was safer than Facebook and they have strict parental controls in place on the internet. 'Safe as' right? Wrong.
This past week has presented two different experiences for me resulting in looking at the role social media plays in my life over and above running our business. It has caused me to look deeper into the effects people’s social culture is going to have on my children in the years to come.
Ever had one of these days?
- Feel like you wasted a good part of your day;
- but in actual fact you learnt something valuable;
- but it still didn’t solve your problem;
- but makes you feel more knowledgeable;
- but still didn’t achieve the outcome you’d hoped for?
Last Thursday for me was clear as mud.
For those of you who are now taking a trip down nursery rhyme lane, you may recall the old lady carked it after swallowing the horse… of course.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly. No one knows why she swallowed the fly.
Let me begin by firstly admitting that I know the lyrics to Vanilla Ice Ice Baby. Secondly, I’ll admit to having never understood, as a pre-teen, what the lyrics actually meant. Instead of guns and cocaine, perhaps Vanilla was ahead of his time holding insight into our addiction to Social Media and our mobile usage…
As you start to read through this blog, you may well wonder what on earth it has to do with social media. Truth be told, absolutely nothing; aside from me publishing it on said platform.
You won’t get a trick of the trade, a light bulb moment, nor will you say out loud “Ah ha that makes sense.” You won't gain a new skill, learn something you can apply to your business or read anything you can bookmark and reference later.
Most businesses have a vision or mission statement. When Emma and I decided to create The Social Vine, a mission or a vision statement never drove us. It was a passion. A passion to do something we love, just for us while being present for our young children - walk them to school each day, go to the performance days, do Kinder Duty (painful, but worthwhile) and read truck books 30 times.
I admire Robert Harvey. Not for being an AFL player, or his numerous accolades, but because he was a sportsman with one of the longest AFL careers and possessed loyalty and a work ethic I truly admired. A consistent, humble and quiet achiever.
Emma and I had the privilege of catching up with an old school friend of Emma’s a while back who is making her mark on the social media landscape. She is a brilliant writer with her own fabulous successful blog. Her clever craft led her to a side social media gig as a Community Manager for a large multinational consumer goods business. She was placed on a rotating ‘response-team’ ensuring that comments posted were responded to within the company’s policy of 10 minutes. This was a 12 hour operation.
Perhaps you clicked on this blog because you know me and wondered how I could possibly have a little black book…
I’ve been with my husband for 20 years next year. I’m 35. So, I guess you could say I value quality over quantity!