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February 20, 2012

I just saw the lovely film “The Artist”, on the big screen of the beautifully renovated classic movie house in my town. (The State Theatre)  No spoilers, but I can safely suggest the main theme revolved around the march of time, and deciding whether or not to get in line or be left on the curb.

I felt this was such poignant metaphor for our technological world!  I mean, every time we turn around there is a new, better, faster, more sexy THING that is on the market or computer screen that we feel we must sign up for.

So my suggestion is this… sign up for it!

Yes, I know it seems it would be easier assert ourselves as Snail Mail Aficionados, unplug our screens and tuck our smart phone into the way back of the sock drawer.  (If you don’t have a smart phone yet, get one – you KNOW who you are.)   But not too terribly long ago, it also seemed easier to keep hooking up a team of horses to clip-clop your way across town.

If you are reading this, you are already using a computer and have stepped through the Door of Tomorrow, so you are well on your way.  Here is the secret to making the whole adventure a lot easier… embrace it!

For instance, get a Facebook page!  (And like it or not, expect it to change completely just when you get the hang of it.  Mandatory Timeline is coming any day now.)  This service is FREE and easy and has the power to connect you with old friends, introduce you to new ones and possibly even secure you a Dream Job or Opportunity for Adventure.  (If you just want to “lurk” awhile first, you can come to “my place” and hang out:  TamiEvans)

It is important to use virtual networking in moderation, but change is good for our brains, it can make our lives better, and Technology IS here to stay.   The sooner you jump on board the easier it will be to embrace the next waiting just around the corner.

And like the charming film I just saw – New is Now Norm and this is no time to stay silent.

My final advice:  If you are ready to participate in progress, but truly have no idea where to begin… simply locate your nearest eighth grader!



From → Laugh at Life

  1. Sue Malone permalink

    Great Pic!!!

  2. Amen Tami! You can call Facebook trivial, blogging a waste of time, and Twitter nonsense, all you want. But it’s here to stay – and by “it” I mean technology. And by technology I mean the ability to take our message to more people – the ability to get to know our “audience” on an intimate level – the ability to expand our market in ways that we never could before, for free.

    For all of those out there struggling – just remember this. We are doing the same things we were always doing (whether that’s trying to sell our book, promote world peace, or stay in touch with our friends) we just have a new way of doing.

    Don’t be ruled by technology. USE technology to do what you are already trying to do. And even when you’re not sure how it works – jump in. Figure it out as you go. It’s not an all-or-nothing game.

    Now let’s go change the world – one click at a time.

  3. Tami – great article. Just great! You are right on the button in on so many fronts. This issue of teChange (get it, tech-change, sorry, I digress) is going to be a temporary inconvenience, because our kids will not feel the struggle as we have. It is practically innate. Don’t believe me? Give an iPhone or an iPad to a toddler and show them the paint app. Or watch them swipe their pudgy little finger on your photos. They get it. Already. My kids get exasperated over our neediness for their assistance. But there’s a 4-year old next store and I’ve got my eyes on him to help me in a year or two.

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