So I've been challenged (albeit indirectly) about my use of social media and was wondering how and/or why other people use it?
I'm hoping none of you lovely readers are using it to organise riots, but is it a way of self-promotion for a business venture? A way to keep up to date with friends? A way of discussing and debating the latest political hot potato?
In case you hadn't noticed, I like to keep these things lite! My Facebook page and this blog both came about because of our Big Move Down Under as a means of keeping in touch with family and friends. I used to talk to my Mum on pretty much a daily basis so for us a quick "here's what I've been up to" helps her to feel in the loop even if we haven't managed to chat/skype for ages. Initially, Facebook helped to keep any homesickness away as I still felt part of what was going on back home until I made new friends and settled in - it doesn't take me long! This blog has been as much a diary with pictures for my own benefit as anything else. I honestly didn't expect anyone else to be remotely interested in what I'm up to! This is a chance for me to record the good and happy times so that in years to come I can look back and smile and no doubt, if we're back in Scotland, moan about the weather!
I'm not a confrontational person, but I am an educated person who enjoys debate and reading all sorts of political, theological and sociological blogs and articles. However I am not going to debate these here with people that I have not met, or on Facebook where debates more often than not, turn into uninformed mud-slinging matches. I like to "Play nice" as Woody instructed Sid in Toy Story. For me "Real Life" happens when I'm out and about with my family or friends and if I feel the need to "tweet" about these things does that make me less intelligent? Less of a worthwhile person? Does it make me somehow shallow? In 24 hours I do a whole lot more than have a coffee with someone, I just don't feel the need to share everything. If I have shared it, it's because I think someone will appreciate it.
I would love to hear what you think!