Sunday, April 28, 2019
Namaste. Some of you are familiar with this phrase, some of you may not be. So, I will translate – I bow to you. This is the final word we use after a long session of Yoga and is regarded as a respectful, honorary greeting in India, accompanied in prayer position.
But why Yoga you may ask? How does this relate to my experience thus far in our final days of summer together in digital and social media in grand ole’ Stokes Hall? Well, I was hesitant to take this class just as I was hesitant to try Yoga for the first time. However, deep down, I knew that Yoga would push my mind and body in a way that running could not just as Professor Kane would push me to tweet, blog and overanalyze social media in a way that my Instagram followers could not.
Let’s go back to Yoga for a minute or two…In the beginning of a Yoga class, we are always asked to sit in the back of our mats in child pose. It is a closed position that allows you to stretch your entire back and close off the world. Within seconds, we are then asked to lift up, and start opening our hearts, our bodies, and our mind to our intentions for being on our mat that day. This is identical to how this class has been for me. Having an idea and set of expectations of what to expect, yet leaving with a greater sense of purpose and understanding the context of how companies can build or destroy their social media presence or digital empire one second at a time.
……That is TAKEAWAYS with an S :)
I have always been a fan and aware of these leaders on TEDTalks. My normal protocol to learn about them is through word of mouth or the digital news world. However, the way they were weaved into our class’ narrative and then discussed was a true win. I enjoyed watching these digital savvy leaders create powerful stories in front of audiences and reference real life examples that we could feed off of and organically discuss.
Ironically, never have I ever had a want to tweet or engage in the tweeting community. Since my first tweet debut, I have officially caught the tweeting fever similar to the Bieber fever –
Yes. I am surprised still by this startling fact because I avoided it like the plague. Now I see the value and beauty in Twitter and how much knowledge you can pick up in a short time frame. Furthermore, Twitter can be a very positive platform for brands and public figures. They can choose to use it appropriately or use it to mock others (sadly).
Blogs. Blogs. Blogs
Naturally, as a writer who loves to write creatively, I loved this. The first-time I blogged, I was not in love with what I wrote or my topic. As the weeks progressed, I got into rhythm and jived along the written path. I also enjoyed reading other people’s content and thoughts on some areas I had different beliefs on. Learning is always my number one ammo, so learning from others is pivotal for this to happen.
Wow. Every speaker I gained an extra couple of inches to my brain. They were interesting and full of animation and different viewpoints on technology and the digital landscape. I will say that I am guilty of enjoying the last three panelists because of the relevance of the topic of exiting school and facing the real world again. They gave a strong perspective on a subject matter that has been top of mind all year for me.
As I conclude, my final thoughts are this. Do nothing + Change everything EQUATING TO: Put these two into a blender and see what comes out. Thank you for putting your best foot forward and inspiring us to rethink what digital and social media means beyond the #grams, #tweets, #posts and #virals. The teacher in me honors the teacher in you. Thank you Professor Kane for a great semester!