Here to Learn
Old Dog, New Trick. Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks? This blog is a creation as a requirement for a graduate level course (IMC-619) in the Integrated Marketing Communication program at West Virginia Univerity (WVU). As a grad student in this program, and particularly in this course, the focus is on “Emerging Media”.
While I fancy myself as a quick learner (in most categories), I was slightly dismayed at the effort it took for me to figure out how to set up this blog! But, this old dog finally learned a new trick. However, I “taught” myself. Clicking through the site multiple times to gain an understanding the settings and comparing my selections to what actually occured and became visible online. It was quite an adventure. I was so excited to have made my selections only to find that the theme I chose wasn’t working properly. My first thought was “user error” (of course), but after several comparisons to other themes (I have software QA experience) I discovered it was indeed not my problem. And it goes without saying that I Googled “how to blog”–coming up with the following wordpress.com blog (of course) to help me out! http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2005/08/29/learning-about-blogging-and-how-to-blog/
So, this effort made me consider how one learns about how to interact with these types of emerging or social media? I’d like to know what YOU think. Where did you learn to manage the technical requirements to engage in such interactive media outlets? Who taught you to Twitter, forced you to Facebook or encouraged you to instant message? Which one of those were easiest for you to get acquianted with and why? For myself, my first interaction was AOL’s Instant Messenger. I have maintained the same screenname for over 10 years now. It was a simple procedure to activate my account and the information I share through this medium is particularly to a single recipient. As this course progresses, I’ll share learning experiences I’ve had as I joined other social media sites. I’ll look for your feedback, too!