Per a recent post by Bill Dorman (see here), I was inspired to explore my own thoughts about social networking and its function in my professional, academic and personal life.
With respect to my professional and academic careers, it is mandatory that I have a specific goal in order to drive the use of social media. A little over a year ago, I began using Twitter and LinkedIn, and just a few months ago I started this blog; I am still a complete newbie in the social world, however I have had a lot of success when focused.
Having a specific goal also allows me to identify specific tasks that will achieve that goal. Here is an example:
Goal: To network with other Western students and build professional relationships with them.
Task: Invite Western students to write a guest post for my blog, Afterglow.
Outcome: Created opportunities to network with students outside of the classroom.
In terms of my personal life, I primarily use Facebook and Instagram to connect, and I see that each of those applications have become an integral part of my communication strategy with friends and family. I can also see that using those applications have shaped the way I see the world, specifically with sharing experiences, ideas and information. I am grateful to have a way to share the simple pleasures of life with my loved ones, and I believe it brings me closer to them.
I have to admit that right now I am not at my peak in social participation, and that is one of the greatest challenges: to stay consistent. However, thanks to this post, I am in the process of reflection, renewal of my goals, and into making a strategy that will be sustainable even when other projects that greater precedence than my social media presence.