The Internet is a wonderful thing. But like most 67 year old, white, middle class male Canadians, I have had an irrational fear of that which I don’t really understand – meaning, 98% of all things Web related.
I think I use social media. I do have a smart phone that I use for phone calls and texting, and I admit to using the mysterious device for an occasional visit to my Gmail. I do have Facebook and Messenger apps on my smart phone, but again I hardly use them. For me, email, Facebook and Messenger are better accessed using my laptop, and occasionally my tablet. Which only goes to prove that my smart phone is much smarter than I am, or else I’d be smart enough to have all of my “web related” activities confined to one device.
I’m sure you’re getting the picture here. I mostly pretend that I’m familiar with the workings of these mysterious devices, and I love to think that I’m hip enough to keep up with the young crowd by using Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I could actually reconnect with friends from forty and fifty years ago, and have a conversation as if I had seen those people only yesterday.
So here I am. A mostly retired white, privileged, middle class, fairly educated and moderately successful Canadian male. Like most Canadians of my vintage, I have had a number of distinct careers; in law enforcement, in sales, in politics as both an organizer and as a political staffer at the federal and provincial levels, and finally as a “cog in a wheel ” at a major multi-national pharmaceutical company operating in Canada. Throughout these careers I have enjoyed many, many successes, and like most people in life, as many failures along the way. As we say in politics, “I’ve been to the top of the greasy pole. But the slide down to the bottom of the pole is much quicker than the climb to the top”.
In all of this personal confusion of not really knowing how to use social media and the various high tech devices that are at my disposal, I’ve decided that I do have a story to tell, and opinions to share. I’ve decided to start this blog with two goals in mind.
First, like others of my mindset, I’ve decided that I do have opinions that I want to share, and a blog is the perfect forum to give those who have no voice a platform to find a voice.
And secondly, this blog will be very educational in that it will teach me how to use social media. I want to understand the power of social media in a meaning and positive way.
I cannot promise that all of my thoughts and opinions will be original, but where I draw upon other peoples’ work, thoughts and prayers, I will give credit where credit is due.
To you, dear readers (assuming you are outside my normal very small circle of friends and family) I wish you well. Please accept my ramblings for what they are meant to be – some serious opinions being throwns out into the wilderness of the internet, and an occasion attempt at humour (of which I’ve often been accused of having little).
Let’s wish each other well as I embark on this literary journey.