At times I can be a bit out of the loop, and as I have pointed out here in the past, scared of change and resistant to it. Yes, I am a Gen-Xer but I am entitled to have “fuddy-duddy” ways as some of my friends point out. Seriously, if is aint broke why fix it?
Being married to a man to who is in the IT world, and has been known to build computer things from spare parts in the garage, is at times a challenge. It took him years, years I tell you, to really convince me to use email and the internet after I got out of college. Now I wonder what the heck took me so long since I now spend most of my time doing something on it. The latest hurdle, much to the amusement of my friends, is I finally turned on text messages. Yes I have lived this long without text messaging… so sue me.
My latest frontier to fully embrace in the new tech social media world is Google+. I know it has been out for nearly 2 years, but I am slow to jump on bandwagons. A few months ago I signed up for my free account, joined some groups, a bunch of people friended me, but now what? Really, I don’t know how to work this newfangled thing and I am really confused as to its purpose. Particularly why we as genealogists have embraced it so fully while many other groups have nearly shunned it. Of course I said that about Facebook and now I don’t know how I have lived without it. Any one want to help enlighten me?
I have read posts by James Tanner, Daniel M. Lynch, Dorie Clark, and many others. I do admit that I need to watch Dear Myrtle's webinar on the subject. Or the one offered by Family Tree University. That will be added to my to-do list.
It may be that I don’t have enough time in the day to read everything, do everything, and be everything that I want to. In that case I may need to readjust my time management skills. I am going to give it a bit more time while I figure out how to use it more fully. Perhaps I am overwhelmed by the number of messages I get in my inbox daily from the different groups I have joined. There is a lot of good stuff, just once again not enough time to read and digest it all.
On that note, I would love to know what you love/hate about this new way for genealogists to connect. Is it a tool you use all the time? Do you have any tips for me on using it better? Let me know your thoughts since I hate feeling a bit on the frazzled side. I am sure there is a reason why we love it so much.