Well, haven’t the past 8 weeks just flown by! It seems like only yesterday we made our first tentative steps into the world of the Social Media Driving Licence, and now it is all over, sob, sob.
When I think back to the first week where we put our current feelings about social media to post-it notes, I can see that my confidence has definitely grown. Never did I think I would have written 8 blog posts, taken to Twitter (although admittedly I still haven’t been tweeting as much as I should be!) and understood the weird and wonderful world of Google +.
I still need to make more of an effort to engage with Twitter, and still don’t entirely see what all the fuss is about, but I have really enjoyed using it as an information source, particularly for news stories. I still think I will be more of a Visitor than a Resident though!
I really enjoyed learning about tools I knew nothing about, such as PicMonkey and Storify, and I’m sure I’ll be putting my new-found knowledge to good use! On a professional level, I definitely want to start using and engaging with Twitter more, and perhaps continue with blogging. I think Storify would also be a good tool to use. I see on Twitter that Clarence House have recently done a ‘Happy Birthday Prince George’ Storify! Well if it’s good enough for them…….
I think one of our biggest Social Media challenges will still be time, both the time it takes to set things up from scratch, and the time it takes to build and engage with followers. While I certainly feel more confident after the SMDL, I still feel rather nervous about taking that first leap into Social Media, particularly on a Professional Level. I know I can’t keep putting it off for ever though……
One of my SMDL highlights was reading all my fellow participants blog posts. It’s nice to know I am not alone in my thoughts, feelings and sometimes frustrations when it comes to Social Media. It’s also great to see what a talented bunch of writers we all are!
Well, that brings me to the end of the SMDL. It will be very strange this week not having a blog post to write or podcasts to listen to! I am also very upset that there will be no more retro sweets *sad face*