This blog is a personal one. My first website was published in 1996. I first turned on a PC in 1984 when I was executive director of a provincial service organization with 500 organizational members and about as many individual ones. The PC saved my life.
By 1990, I was happily chatting away on the Compuserve creativity and Marketing Forums and they changed my life in other profound ways too. That connection allowed me to meet and talk to authors and famous people and ask their advice. In 1991 one son asked, “Been on the Web yet?” I traced another son through an interface to his graduate English Department at Carnegie Mellon and remember how exciting it was to find his mailbox.
I started a business site called Dynamic Thinking that I developed using MS FrontPage. By putting “business creativity” into the keyword coding, I ended up with an all expenses trip to South Africa as a keynote speaker, because an intern in Paris found me on the net when she typed those words into Google or Explorer.
Along the way I published an Ebook, sold a specialty software and another product or two online – and still do at my other site. It started as a blog using Blogger. I write for my parish church’s site, which was created with the expert help of my designer daughter-in-law. That showed me the strength of WordPress. When my parish church marked its 125th anniversary, here was an opportunity for a different site that was put to rest when the anniversary ended..
My former residential complex had a members-only site that I created. I enjoyed finding a way for another group in the building to promote their small concert series – and now this. And of course there is Facebooking, Twittering, Pinteresting..The possibilities of creating slideshows, and photos and videos from my Iphone are wonderful. It’s been a long journey from editing the high school yearbook.
It has been – and still is – a really interesting time to be alive. Virtual worlds have widened mine and broadened opportunities in the real one immeasurably. Like any world, it can bring joy, innovation, suffering and peril. I’ll try to keep focusing on the first two of these.