Social media, and my participation, challenges me in positive ways, as many readers of this blog already know.
They also know that I am committed to a journey of life-long learning which I wrote about here. Accepting challenges which have led to new knowledge and skills has occupied much of my adult life.
No surprise then, that I participated in Amanda Kendle’s Social Media Summer School 2019. The online course ran over three weeks from early January. It attracted around 45 people who logged on every morning to read the latest information and find out what their task was for the day. We also participated in a live Facebook session once a week.
What’s your ‘why’?
On day one, Amanda posed this question, and added that we might have more than one ‘why’. She urged us to share our answers, first in the group and then, if we were brave enough, on other social media platforms.
For me this question was loaded. I certainly had more than one answer to the question, ‘Why’? and chose to answer it in relation to the online course.
A social media summer school. Why participate?
Here are some of my answers to this question.
The opportunity to learn more about blogging and social media felt important because I post blogs every week and want to do the best work possible.
When my curiosity leads me into places where I need to go the rewards are always rich. Accepting invitations to do new things always ends up well. I was curious about how an online social media course would run, who would be on the journey with me, and what new information and skills would I learn.
The challenge to life-long-learning beckons me in many shapes and forms. I joined one of Amanda’s Mastermind Blogging Groups last year and loved the experience of being one of a small group of interesting women engaged in developing new blogging and other skills. The online course seemed like an extension.
New experiences and new people attract me. And the social media summer school provided rich pickings! Authors and writers. Consultants. Sole entrepreneurs. Health practitioners. Personal coaches. Adventurers. The long list of people from different walks of life shared generously and encouraged each other.
Old friends would be present, as well. It was special that four of the five women in our mastermind group were there, challenging and commenting. Not only that, people from Amanda’s other mastermind groups also participated, and our online friendships flourished.
The discipline of fronting up to a new task, and completing it, exhilarated me. Accountability increases my application to tasks.
Was the social media summer school worth the effort?
Oh, yes indeed! Here’s why:
- I enjoyed every one of the fifteen challenges. Well, fourteen, to be honest because the last day’s task included finishing the unfinished tasks and consolidation. I still have one task to complete.
- The camaraderie amazed me. So many different people sharing experiences and knowledge.
- My learning about social media and my willingness to be involved exploded in new directions.
- Amanda’s skills as a provider of educational experiences taught me a great deal about presentation and delivery.
Where to from here?
Now I plan to put my new learning into practice. There are other ‘why’ questions that have been stimulated by the online course and I will write about them in other posts. Additionally, my ideas for the new book I’m writing have begun to bubble more energetically and I’ll put a lot more energy into that.
If you are a blogger or have an interest in developing your skills on social media, I urge you to look at the courses and information Amanda Kendle provides. You can check her website here: http://www.amandakendle.com
I’d like to challenge my readers to ask themselves a question and share in the comment section. Chose an activity you engage in regularly, and ask yourself, ‘Why?’ You might be very surprised!