I woke up early this morning, determined to not let the day get away from me. Even though I have been busy, it sometimes seems that I don’t have enough time in the day to get everything that I want to finished. There are many little things that take a small chunk of time here and there and before I knew it, yesterday I looked up at the clock and it was 4pm. I was truly surprised.
I have had a lot of correspondence stuff to do in the past several days. I think that is a good sign though, and I enjoy talking with customers, friends and family. I am kind of holding my mail box at bay, if you will, and trying to keep up with things. It is a good thing that I can type pretty fast.
I found myself kind of side tracked with this new networking called ‘Google+.’ Apparently, it is Google’s answer to Facebook and is a similar type of networking site. While part of me is excited about it, there is another part of me that doesn’t know if I can handle another site to be involved with right now. I honestly think that I could make a career out of networking and visiting these sites that I do.
I already use a lot of Google products, like Picasa for my pictures and Gmail for my email and I have been quite happy with them. They have a lot of flexibility and interact with each other so that you don’t have to keep on making profiles and adding information in for each service that you use.
I do feel though that sometimes I am overwhelmed by the incredible amount of features that are available. I know that they want to be everything to everyone, but sometimes I have trouble digesting all this information. Google+ is not different it seems.
I began looking through the introduction pages and before I knew it, I had spend a good chunk of time reading and trying to figure out what it is all about. It looks good so far, but can I really afford to put my time into yet another social network? I am honestly thinking that I could easily spend the entire day going from network to network and site to site ‘visiting’ and commenting on stuff. It does get to be a lot.
I have been pretty good so far with limiting myself to only a couple of sites. Besides here at Lumberjocks, I like to hang out at Steve Good’s site and also my own Facebook page. (I have a business page there too called Sheila Landry Designs Scroll Saw Art.) I find that those are plenty to keep me busy and keep me in touch with not only my family and friends, but also my painting and scroll sawing friends and customers. Although I don’t get a chance to browse and comment on everything, I feel that I am active enough to be considered a ‘regular’ and the comments I do make are sincere and I actually do know and remember the people I am talking to.
However, if I keep on adding new places to visit, I think I will be a bit overloaded and have a hard time keeping everything straight.
I love Rivergirls’ signature line that she uses. It is a quote from Homer Simpson: ”Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain.”
I think that pretty much sums up the way I feel at times.
I am seriously considering whether or not to include the Google+ network in my daily routine. I believe that it will become a force to reckon with and a staple of networking in the near future. People are becoming more and more technologically savvy every day and more and more people are using high-tech phones for much of their computer communication which is what these sites are geared for. It may not be a choice that I have to make, but a necessity.
I already have a Twitter account, but I don’t actively use it. I feel kind of bad when I receive word that I have a new follower, because I think how they are subscribing to nothing. If they are expecting daily tweets, they will surely be disappointed, as I am quite ‘tweetless.’ It is another network that some say is necessary in business but I just don’t have time to do.
(Isn’t there supposed to be some time left for me to draw and cut in my business? Hummm . . . . )
It is amazing how those twenty four little hours pass by so quickly. I find myself thinking that more and more each day. I am sure that part of it is growing pains of having a small business, but even with a partner who picks up a lot of the work, it is still sometimes a bit much.
I find myself leaning toward working with Google+ as an additional network. Although part of me wonders what the heck I am thinking, there is another part of me that is saying “just one more” because I think it will be an important place in the future. Seeing that I am already hooked into so much Google stuff also helps me look in that direction. Am I kidding myself thinking that it won’t be that much more work and time for me? Or could it possibly (and you are going to really laugh here!) make things easier?
Maybe some of you techies out there and other business owners could give me your opinion on what you think of it. As I said, I haven’t really done much research yet, and I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions of it. After all, it is part of the marketing process and I need to market myself in order to have a successful business. I know that Google, Microsoft and other similar companies are taking over our lives with their tracking and all the information that they know about us already, but I don’t really see how that will change in the future. It is part of the price we have to pay for being ‘social’ on the internet.
I think that my best bet right now is to move slowly. One step at a time as they say. Hopefully, by having that approach, it will leave me some time to do some actual woodworking.
Have a great Wednesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"