Have you ever been in the middle of doing something and, when you pause for a moment and think about what you're doing, can't quite believe it's you? I had a moment like that today.
A few weeks ago, a friend asked if I would come to a group she belongs to and answer a few questions about blogging and social media. I envisioned a few moms who might not understand how to start a blog, or how to find and keep up with blogs they're interested in.
Instead I found myself in front of about 10 people, of mixed age and gender, with notebooks ready to learn everything I could tell them about social media. Could I please cover facebook-twitter-bloggging? In 45 minutes? I had a mini panic attack inside, took a deep breath, and then suggested we start small. As in, how about I walk you through how to set up a facebook account and manage your privacy settings?
And so that's what we did for the next hour. Shortly after I left, I got a text from my friend saying that everyone loved what I did, and could I come back again in a few weeks and tackle a new topic? And it's so funny to me, because I've never really been the "go-to" person for anything. Well, except maybe for tacos and donut shop recommendations. But I'm not sure I should be in the business of bragging about that.
Today I Gave: My time (and dare I say talent?) to a group of people who needed some help getting this bizarro world of social media figured out. Was I doing them a huge favor by teaching them the world's biggest time-suck facebook? I don't know. But I do know what it's like to feel like everyone is in on something that you can't quite grasp. I think there's value in learning a tool, whether it's productive or not, that makes you feel a part of something. I think there's value in helping someone get comfortable with an application so that they don't feel like the last person on the planet that doesn't understand it. Don't worry, though. I was sure to tell them there's absolutely no value in Farm Town or Mafia Wars.
Today I Received: The honor of being mentioned as one of a group of women that are "all sorts of awesome" by one DesignHer Momma. I first met Emily at Blissdom in '09. She was the first local blogger I ever met, and she welcomed me into a larger group of Indy bloggers. She's kind, she has super-cool funky style, she appreciates a good beer and good cured meat, and she lets this suburban girl live vicariously through her urban lifestyle. I'm blushing, for sure.