I am more than excited on too many levels. I don't want to admit how many hours it took to create this website... but I am slowly moving into the 21st century and that feels awesome. For the past four months I have been writing poems on the absolute frustration I have been experiencing with technology.
Part of the challenge is what I call techno-flight. I created this term (I don't know if anyone else has used it before or not) from a phenomenon in real estate known as white flight. I think everyone knows what it is, but in case you don't, I will briefly explain. There is a very nice neighborhood in the suburbs that is either all white or predominantly white, (racial concept - that's another story). A black family moves in and the browning of the neighborhood begins. Pretty soon there are 'For Sale' signs everywhere. White families leave in droves and in a very short amount of time there are only a couple of white families remaining and most of the families are black.
Well, the same thing is occurring with technology. First came MySpace in 2003 and parents were still figuring out how to monitor their children's profiles and friends on MySpace when Facebook was created in 2004. By the time parents figured out Myspace, Facebook was predominantly populated by young people. Just like a parent spying on a teenager at the prom - it was more than a little embarrassing when parents began friending their children. So there was techno-flight; where by the time adults get comfortable in the new social media neighborhood their children have moved on to Twitter and Instagram and Snapchat and...and...and... parents/adults always seem to be a social media or two behind.
As a teacher it is becoming more and more difficult to stay relevant. I was right up there with Myspace and the shift to Facebook was a challenge because I like to decorate and there were minimal options for making your Facebook page look unique. Slowly I got over the idea of interior decorating on social media. It's about communicating and staying in touch. Now there is Twitter @what? and @why? I have to admit that I am still trying to figure that out and the only thing I can come up with is, because that's what young people prefer. I am on it though and I allow it to gobble up 15 minutes of my time once a week, but I am sure that will increase about the time that Twitter is no longer the right neighborhood, or has that already happened?
I said all this to say - I have my own website now! I am ecstatic. I don't know how relevant it is - but it feels great. I even got to decorate and learned quite a bit as I have wrestled with and continue to wrestle with 'how do I do this?' I haven't even officially informed anyone on social media sites yet... I am still 'decorating' or uploading stuff - but I am here.
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