The birds this morning were tweeting. I wonder what they were posting & hashtagging? Nature was alive at dawn and talking that’s for sure.
In my line work I talk to people of all ages and all walks of life. Our world is more connected with technology than ever before. A good majority of us have wireless phones that do amazing things. They have apps that can help us manage our lives….one thing these phones can do that many have seemed to forget is to talk on them.
It is important for users of a certain age to be trained in how to have conversations that do not involve texting. Users of a certain age still use their phones to have a voice conversation and will leave voice mail. Using these traditional tools of communication is vital sometimes because you can’t convey emotion in the same way by text based chat. It’s important for people of all generations to take a call in all forms.
I often times feel like I am the one starting a conversation. The first to introduce myself. Making the first move in getting to know someone.
You know its a two-way street. I would like for someone to come up to me and introduce themselves first. Make the first move in a conversation. Initiate a dialogue.
A fellow blogger I read feels the same way. My friend communication is a two-way street. I hope no one leaves me hanging on the telephone though.
I love to blog surf. Seeing what other bloggers are doing can be inspiring and can expand my horizons. However it can feel like trolling. One thing you can say about Tumblr is the global tagging system makes it easy to find fellow bloggers who are like-minded and those who can challenge you in the way you think. If it weren’t for blog surfing and yes a little trolling I wouldn’t have found any of my followers or bloggers I follow.
Blogging is about making connections and opening a channel of communication. Understanding the world view of others are great blogging tools.
If you have a blog you can’t be afraid to share what you feel and what you are interested in. We should be respectful and open minded when reading other folks blogs. Writers should be aware that you gotta be respectful too.
As I say, you should be the star of your own blog. You are the most interesting thing about your online presence. Keep on blogging and exploring the blogosphere.
From The Huffington Post UK: Mobile phone technology has come a long way since the first mobile phone call was made 40 years ago today, changing life forever- but there is a lot more innovation to look forward to, according to one expert.
It’s amazing what we can do with our phones today. Our cell phones can give us the world and help us communicate in ways other than talking. Sometimes our phones can distract us and keep us from actually talking to one another. Our phones have in many ways become our brains since we store so much info on them too.
Last year I took my wife to see a movie called “Hope Springs” it featured Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. They played a couple who had been married for a long time, maybe 30 plus years and they seemed to go through the motions day after day. Streep’s character would cook him breakfast, then Jones character would go to work, he would come home to a hot dinner cooked for him and he would crash in front of the TV. They also slept in separate beds….Then she wanted something more, something different so she sought out the counsel of a marriage therapist played by Steve Carell to see if their marriage could be saved. Well there was a happy ending to the story and they worked things out after putting some work into it.
A lot of couples go through this sort of thing. Life becomes more routine and there is no joy in their relationship. Some couples become more like roommates than lovers or partners. We take things for granted and it ends up making our lives miserable. Now there are times when one side of the partnership has no clue what’s going on. Certain assumptions from one side or the other can make things very difficult. You might think physical touch is what your partner wants when its something completely different.
Paying attention to your spouse or partner can help clue you in. Admittedly I am not always good at that. All you have to do is ask. Your partner is there and its good to ask. Even when you think you know, ask again.
Sometimes you need help in this area so counseling is a way to restructure and get advice. Love will find a way and sometimes it takes a third person. Once things are back on track you can find yourself happy and motivated to work on your relationship.
I still think this is the most reliable form of communication. Landlines still have their place in homes and businesses. Reach out and touch someone as they used to say in the day.
I enjoy a high quality obscure reference that leaves folks thinking.
fastcompany: From the archives, 2001:
Almost 20 years ago, Scott Fahlman decided that people using computer-based communications needed a way to express emotions. His solution? The now ubiquitous emoticon. Here’s why the man who brought the smiley face to the Net is still smiling. http://www.fastcompany.com/articles/2001/04/emoticon.html