A few months ago a super great military spouse blogging network approached me and asked if I’d be interested in being their Online Community Manager. First I had to ask what the crap that even is. Turns out it’s a fancy title for running their social media and their blog.
But here’s something rather funny. A handful of years ago, I HATED social media. I was the last person to join MySpace and only did so because I got bored one day. I then promptly never logged on again and the site sort of went kaput in favor of Facebook not long after.
And Facebook? A! I refused to join for ages and ages. I didn’t even like to text message people (my how times have changed!), I wasn’t going to share my life in print! It wasn‘t until I began having issues emailing photos to my deployed husband that I joined. He insisted, having been on it practically since the beginning. He wanted me to be able to share photos and for a long time, that is really all I used it for.
Computers? That’s another joke. Not only did I shun social media, I was basically a Luddite and could barely use a point and shoot camera. If it didn’t involve typing in Word, I was incapable of doing it. My husband has always been the social media savvy guy, who could also fix my computer.
So, it might seem weird that I started a blog. In fact, I didn’t even know what blogging was until just a few months before I began mine. Crazy, right? And yet, I was introduced to what a blog was and off I went to blog.
Seriously, it was sort of a fabulous beginning if you think about it.
But, my husband was gone. He wasn’t here to teach me how to use my computer or how to deal with social media. I was on my own. That means that I had to spend hours online Googling things to teach myself. And, frankly, Google Searching is a language in and of itself.
But somehow, over the year he was gone, I taught myself terminology and the basics I needed to know. And since we were too broke to pay for web designers or anything of the likes, I had to Google that stuff too. And suddenly, I began to speak Google Search. And then HTML, and as time went one, even CSS.
Now? I’m a social media maven, fluent in Google Search, Photoshop lovin’ Online Community Manager.
While my husband still speaks Mac better than I do, my knowledge of online crap, social media use, and blog everything has far surpassed his. In fact, his eyes glaze over when I talk about social media stuff. I find it interesting, he finds it about as interesting as I do when he begins to talk about various nuances of minute parts of the military.
And so, five or so years later, I’m proud to say that I was probably the first Luddite Blogger, ever. I wonder if there is a group out there for us…