As a coupla gals who’ve pretty much always been on the ‘Never Stop Learning’ train, one of our most recent endeavours was embracing the Digital Era and, after 4+ years of testing out ideas, waffling back and forth, and trying to get out of our own way, we set Life Up Here afloat Canada Day 2016.
Gulp. Just a little nerve racking.
What began as a project to share the tips and tricks we’d learned over the years working with the L’il Legends of our society (toddler and preschool age children), an additional idea for a side project emerged, to go along with the blog.
Beyond the technical learning curve of diving into computers and learning how to put our ideas into and onto them, we began to consider adding another section to accompany our Community Calendar page. This would be what is now the Marketplace on the Ridge.
Well, anyone watching this blog for the past few weeks knows by now we decided to go ahead with the 'neighbourhood emporium' idea, and, with the objective of taking that on as an experiment, we have to say so far that, along with the process of unearthing brain cells we didn’t know we had, this project continues to reveal new and interesting things each day, most importantly of which is the refining and defining the sometimes seemingly unattainable life goal of “keeping interested in your own career” (Desiderata).
Those in their twenties and thirties perhaps may not relate (yet!) to what on earth we're babbling on about, but regardless of age, with a look at the current state of the economy, it doesn’t hurt to tuck away for later that bit of wisdom in case it’s ever needed another day (message: go read Desiderata now!)
In a nutshell? The overall report we must say is positive – it’s been helpful to have this blog serve as a sort of creative outlet to ‘escape’ to – a temporary distraction for those times the negativity may be closing in.
For us that’s involved gathering what we’ve learned from the younger generation of the tiny humans we've had the privilege of working with in our lifetime and trying to bottle up the effortless ability they seem to have to stay curious… to approach each day as nothing other than a new beginning, and an opportunity to learn something their minds don’t yet know!
And so, like everything else new in life, we’ll see how it goes.
The initial plan for now at least with this new series of posts is to delve further into experimenting with what goes into creating an online presence. Along with that comes the decision on whether a person chooses to make themselves the subject of conversation, their interests (expertise), or both.
And to make that all worthwhile will also be a look into the various opportunities for personal and professional growth that may or may not otherwise result from those efforts (that, incidentally from experience, usually feel immeasurably unimportant at the time.)
For the 70 of you (if my analytics are true...) who seem to be semi-interested in this personal what I call Life Up Here study into psychology... stay tuned for more ramblings of what we’ve learned from eight years of dabbling into the ins and outs of the internet.
After having heard stories of how some have converted it into their secret weapon to resist economica melancholia, we're game to learn a little more about how true that may be for us common folk.