Last week, I took a social media class at UBC Robson Square (a beautiful facility in downtown Vancouver, by the way), and I was totally blown over by what I ended up getting out of the course, because it wasn't necessarily what the instructor (Tristan Jutras) was teaching.
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But the "how to" items were basically stuff I already knew (or didn't really care about, like Tumblr). How to set up Twitter and what to use it for. How to set up a Youtube account. Why Hootsuite is so awesome. That sort of thing.
However, as I was going through the exercises and assignments that Tristan had us do, and as I listened to his lectures (he is a very passionate guy on this subject), I found myself thinking about a lot of the things I've been doing (and not doing) online. Tristan spoke a lot at the beginning about communities, and he was mainly talking about communities forming around your brand (if you're doing social media for your business, forming communities of customers, that sort of thing).
But I started thinking about communities I've been a part of in the past; communities that I've neglected and drawn away from over the last couple of months, or even longer. I haven't visited or blogged on the Game Informer community since May. I haven't blogged here since February. I have stayed with the Google+ board game community, but that's easy to do.
Basically, I haven't written anything in a long time. And as Tristan talked, and as we worked through everything, I found myself getting reinvigorated. I already have a Youtube channel, though I don't use it much. I hadn't customized it much at all. We did that on one afternoon, and I found myself actually doing some stuff with it.
We were supposed to set up a Facebook business page for something, and it hit me that it would be a good place to do my Game Informer video game blog. And hey, if I do that, why don't I start contributing to it again? I already have a Facebook page for this blog (why not head over there and "Like" it while you're reading this, if you haven't already?)
It was a gradual process as the week went on, but I found myself becoming more enthusiastic again about blogging and social media in general. I realized that I've drawn myself away from a lot of it. I didn't do much on Twitter while I was gone, and I hadn't done a lot even before that.
I did a post on Game Informer on Friday, and scheduled two more throughout the next week. One thing Tristan said that really resonated with me is to not worry about posting something every day. Even once a week is good, especially at the beginning. In the past, I've always been concerned about being regular and frequent, and I get bogged down and in a rut and I start worrying about it too much. Even though I told myself that I didn't need to worry about it, I did. Hearing it from an outside source really helped ground me.
This also means that this blog will again start having new posts to it. I do like it, and I do think it's a good outlet for me. And I did like my idea of having some regularly scheduled stuff go out in addition to the ones that I might just come up with on the fly (the Star Trek and the book reviews)
What about you? Have you ever taken a course and what you got out of it is nothing like what you were expecting to learn? Or some other learning activity if it wasn't a course?