Especially for #ugadsml
July 23, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Today, I had one of the most enlightening experiences of my blogging career. Geoffrey Graybeal (@graybs13), a graduate student of the University of Georgia in Mass Communications, connected with me via Twitter this weekend. I discovered shortly thereafter that he was teaching a course in Digital and Social Media Literacy as part of UGA’s Pre-College Program for rising high school juniors and seniors. I offered to Skype to take questions from his students about blogging and social media, and he took me up on about a 20 minute discussion!
The passion in these students was just so palpable. With questions like, “Do you feel restricted about what you tweet?” to “How did you get your blog to be so well known?”, you could taste the eagerness that the students had to participate in social media. I was thrilled, in the middle of the conversation, to see that they were “live tweeting” the things that I was presenting. I love sharing the innate joy that I receive from social engagement, and I hope that these students, as well as the many other folks who may run across this blog, see that the only thing I desire to do is to encourage others and to show them that, though it’s cliché, anything is possible when you set your mind to it.
I hope to show you that all things are wonderful (in moderation, of course!) with heart and dedication. Social media has blessed me beyond belief with all the support, the advice, and the generosity that is found on my networks on a daily basis.
So, students, thank you. Geoffrey, thank you for this incredible opportunity. And readers, thank you for reading and for always being there.
If you’re interested in following these incredible students, you can find them under their class hashtag on Twitter at #ugadsml. Students, if you have further questions or just would like to connect further, I’d be honored. See my contact page to find all my “houses” on the web! Happy blogging!