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You have a story to share! You have wisdom to share with people of this generation. Technology gives people the tools to reach out and influence someone.Whether you are of a political party, a Christian answering a call to reach this new mission field,a military veteran, or a grandparent, your story just needs a platform to be an influence.

Many blogs and social networks are free, including some of the programs out there to make creating graphics easy. My classes will get you started in this new chapter of your life. But you don’t have to take all of them. If you already have a blog, but need help with social networking, you can choose to take the later classes. I charge per class, per person.

You will get:

One-on-one practical help.

Receive a newsletter to help further your education.

Hand-outs indicating where to find the free resources out there to continue your education.

Free email Q & A even after class is over.

You can read my goal here to find out why I believe it’s important for people to use the tools to participate in the growing online community. Real friendships happen online. Churches are going online. Don’t be left behind as everything goes computer. Learn the technology through my classes. Even if you have never had any computer experience, please put aside your fears and prejudices of the technology. ​

You must pay by the Thursday before each class in order to participate in that week’s class time. Please bring with you the following:

  1. Your receipt for payment.
  2. An ipad or laptop.
  3. A smart phone, if you have it.

Word Weaver members get a five dollar discount. Your membership must be current in order to pay $15 for each class. Non-Word Weaver members pay $20/class. NO REFUNDS.
Register here.

June Social Networking Classes Open For Registration

June Social Media Class

You must register online here in order to take the class. If you are brand new to technology like most who take the class, consider getting a friend to help you pay for it. Most people use PayPal to secure their financial information. Anything with a Mastercard or Visa symbol on it will work. This includes debit cards.

Duct Tape Syndrome

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Understanding the bigger picture of your story is important. You matter to God. You have purpose. But some people walk around as if they have Duct Tape Syndrome.

That’s when you say nothing. You are a stuffer. You think you are insignificant. A pastor at a church said men want significance and women want to feel cared for, secure. I think women are a little of both. You want to feel significant and secure. You wish to matter, but when you stay silent because fear has taped your voice shut you do a disservice to yourself and to those who need to hear your story. That’s why I have begun this social network ministry.

It’s not too late to register. Tomorrow is the deadline. Six seats remain. The New Mission Field awaits your words. When I think of the possibilities of the tools we have now to go into other countries without leaving our home, I get excited.

Let us stop treating our Christian life as if its restricted by the boundaries of tradition. The tools are there for all ages!

Let Me Help Your Organization

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Private letters and diaries have helped to interpret history. I’m sure the people who wrote those letters and diaries never thought that decades later some book would be published bearing their words. Great speeches, books, movies, and newspapers have moved people to action. James 3:5 says, “So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!” So why aren’t more people writing for the future generations?
 
175,000 blogs are born every day. 95% of the blogs are abandoned before they are able to bear fruit. Twitter and Facebook are still the top social networks and the place to be for an influencer. Fox and Friends reported some months ago how, if a business is to survive, it must have an online presence. Churches are going online. But the people who have something to share are not going online.
 
​I teach Alzheimer and Dementia patients twice a month on how to write down their memories. At first, they appeared puzzled why their words mattered, but soon they began to understand. It reminded me of the comments I commonly hear from senior citizens about social networking and blogging. Some say Facebook is a gossip fest, but it’s no more or less a place vulnerable to gossip than any gathering of people. People put down Twitter without knowing how to properly use it. Twitter is essential to build readership on a blog as well as influencing people by participating in a national conversation. Most are just afraid of the technology or are confused on how it works.
 
Because people,like senior citizens, have life experiences and wisdom to share with the world, I felt compelled to branch out and help people get their stories online and participate in conversations. I am not a social media expert, but I can give practical help, inspiration, guidance, and point them to the free resources available online to continue their education. You can read on the different topics that I speak on here.

Lessons From a Lemon Stand

A generous harvest of lemons came off the tree in our backyard–too much for one family of five to consume. But those lemons became an opportunity for me, then a teen, to make some money.

I checked the prices of lemons at the local Ralph’s Grocery store and made the decision to charge less per lemon at my street side stand. I made $14 and sold all the lemons. This is still how I conduct business today.You might wonder why I would charge so little for my February class. The lessons I learned from my lemon stand remain.

  1. Know your target and be true to your mission. Most people I know are on a limited income. They have stories to share. I want to help them be influential without depleting their income by making my services affordable.
  2. Be competitive. Like the lemons, I also researched what “social media experts” charge. I don’t claim to be a social media expert, but there’s a need for hands-on help, understanding of the technology, and guidance in getting started. Enough free and affordable resources exist online. I am just a person’s jumping off point.
  3. Establish relationships. Part of running a business these days is in establishing relationships with the customer. Social networking is a national conversation. It makes the world just a bit smaller. I’m interested in hearing from people and having conversations with them.

After helping others write down their memories, I discovered a passion for other people’s histories. So much wisdom and life experience are not being shared with this culture. Unfortunately, too many people are confused by the technology or just don’t see the value of their stories. So consider having me at your next event. See  www.thehahnhuntinglodge.com under ‘Ask Me to Speak’ for more information. Meanwhile, here’s a flyer for a recent event.

The New Mission Field

I Unfriended Them

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Last week, I had to make a tough decision; to unfriend network and other connections on my personal Facebook. I didn’t want 380 something people knowing what I had for dinner, where I am hiking, or seeing my personal photos. Because I learned much from their connections, I encouraged those friends I intended to unfriend to “like” my author page.

It’s not a personal slap in the face. It’s practical. While Facebook has a way to merge a personal Facebook profile into a page, that action would sever me from groups that I admin, and I would not be able to comment or like on my friends profiles as a page. It would have defeated the whole purpose of having a personal Facebook page. I already have many social networks in which to talk to new connections, new friends, etc. My personal Facebook was meant to only communicate with family and those I considered friends.

What I mean by “friend” is someone I’ve met in real life, go to church with, been in Bible Study with, who has interacted more than once with my statuses in the last 60 days, and some writers in my writers groups and people I’ve met at Writer’s Conferences. A friend takes an interest in their friend’s lives. It’s not just about me as Facebook has become and privacy is almost an alien thought nowadays. We all want to be known, but it’s not wise to invite every person who sends a friend request. Scary people exist in the world whose intentions aren’t sincere. Soon after severing ties, a friend request came from someone I didn’t know, perhaps an extended family member of a branch that I am unaware of. But that’s where I draw the line, too.

When I found my father in 2008, I also discovered a lot of immediate family and those I didn’t mind having on my Facebook. We’ve either talked on the phone or interacted since then in a consistent manner. Any friend of the family I haven’t met in person or extended family I haven’t met is more than welcome to like my author page or follow me on twitter, but not on my personal profile. My personal profile is for people I actually know. I even deleted some church members who haven’t interacted with me in real life or online in quite some time, keeping those I know who have admitted to being “stalkers.” They like to read people’s statuses, but don’t interact. In my unfriending frenzy, I deleted some network people who have become friends. I had to re-friend them which confused them a little and like I said, it was a tough decision. Even people I have met in real life, but no longer interact with me in real life or online became unfriended.

Healthy boundaries should exist in the online world. That’s why we have fan pages or groups on Facebook. On my personal Facebook, I want to share my adventures with family and friends, people who may someday hike those slopes of Mount Humphreys with me or make time to have coffee with me in real life. Not everyone will understand.

Be assured that I will not neglect you, my readers. I love to interact with people online and would love it if you followed me here on twitter and/or “liked” my Facebook page. There’s a lot we can learn from each other. That’s why I encourage discussion, too, on my blogs even when there are no discussion question at the end of a piece. I hope that you understand my desire for privacy.

How have you kept your private life apart from your public life?

A Generation Has Lost Another Story

Photo from here: http://www.b24.net/pow/stalag4.htm#photos
Photo from here: http://www.b24.net/pow/stalag4.htm#photos

According to The National World War II Museum veterans from that era are dying at a rate of about 600 per day. Of the 16 million who served in World War II, only 1.2 million remain. Last week, we lost a great veteran and servant of the Lord, and it reminded me how many stories from the past are lost to the next generation.

Albert Mohler, author of The Conviction to Lead, makes the point in his book how leaders or those who wish to influence need to get involved with social networking. Many of the older generation trivialize or put down blogs, twitter and Facebook. Many have stories, wisdom, and truth to share with a lost generation, but fail to use the tools available. The next generation perhaps should reach out and entertain friendships with the older generation, but a friendship takes the efforts of two; sadly, the next generation isn’t doing a whole lot of reaching out.

At a Young Republicans meeting, a person close to my age asked how we can influence the next generation. The answer is in front of us and so obvious: social networking, understanding, and mentorship. Obama has been using this image-driven society to propel his agenda. His supporters use story-telling to convince the next generation of the untruths. A little cut and paste of a news report can be manipulated to deceive using emotionally-charged words rather than logic. Getting your stories out online can fight this and teach the next generation to see the bigger picture. When my friend passed away last week, I thought of the many times I tried to ask him to sit down with me to tell his story. Understandably, it’s painful. He was in Stalag, a German prisoner of war camp for three years.

A trip into the past through Google on links like this and this cannot possibly make a person understand what it took to survive these German POW camps.

Lt. Colonel William C. Hoffman said in an interview in 1948 of his treatment in Stalag 4:

“The camp was opened about April 1944 and was an Air Force Camp. It was located at Gross Tychow about two miles from the Kiefheide railroad station. In the summer of 1944 the Russian offensive threatened Stalag Luft #6, 50 approximately 1000 Americans were placed on a ship for evacuation to Stalag Luft #4. Upon arrival at the railroad station, certain groups were forced to run the two miles to Stalag Luft #4 at the points of bayonets. Those who dropped behind were either bayoneted or were bitten on the legs by police dogs.”

My friend suffered the internship of Stalag 4. His faith survived. He served at our church until shortly before his passing. Every Monday he would tap on the window separating my office from another room. I would poke my head up and he would grin. His idea of a walk was circling the copy machine with his walker. The man always wore a smile and retained his sense of humor even through Parkinson Disease. These stories of our older generation will be lost if we do not reach out or if they do not reach out and share their wisdom, their faith, and their convictions.

Albert Mohler also said in The Conviction to Lead, “Without the passing on of foundational beliefs, intact and in living color, those convictions will soon be eclipsed.” Like some of our universities and institutions that were founded on solid Biblical truths, it’s current leaders do not hold those same convictions and these same institutions are no longer considered Christian. The Founding Father’s beliefs are becoming lost as progressives re-teach our past in the minds of our young. How can we reach the next generation?

Story-telling.

The digital world is here. Young people need to hear your stories. They won’t hear it unless you venture into the unknown waters of social networking, befriend them, talk to them, and care. Enlist someone to help you if physical or mental issues make it difficult. The Bible was passed down from generation to generation oratorically before the written word. We, too, have the tools to pass down our stories, our faith, and convictions in spite of what the other side continues to do to our children.

Before another veteran or grandparent is lost, let’s unwrap their stories and learn from their strengths and their weaknesses. 1.2 million World War II veterans remain and we are losing our country fast as other, not-so-great influences take our young people’s attention. False knowledge fills their minds as history becomes eclipsed by video games and frivolity. Our history is a warning, enabling us to see what’s up ahead—genocide, abortion, divorce, wars, dictatorships and their policies, weapons registration and confiscation. It is my prayer the divide between young and old grows more narrow as we find ways to communicate with each other and tell our stories, and finally, share our faith in a God that is bigger than the evil of the world.

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The Unknown Black Book

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

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Son of Hamas

How can you help an older person go digital? How can us bloggers help to encourage this and the next generation to listen?