To put it mildly, my knowledge of technology is lacking. My online presence prior to launching this blog included email and a Facebook profile. Since launching my blog, I’ve signed up for a slew of additional social media accounts, including email, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin, Google+, and probably more. While I am familiar with the most of these, Twitter remains a mystery to me. Whenever I want to spread a picture on Twitter, all I have to do is upload it to Instagram, add a few hash tags, and then click the Twitter share button. Or I’ll utilise the tweet generator by clicking the share button on the left side of my blog page.
I was OK with that being the limit of my Twitter expertise.
Time jump to the morning of December 1, 2013.
After taking a picture of our kid sleeping with the dog on his bed with his phone, my husband came downstairs to show it to me.
Inadequate as a photographic record.
This picture is of poor quality.
This is just a lovely picture of our kid with the dog.
Since Instagram is how I normally do things, I had the snapshot sent to my mobile device.
With the description, “A youngster, his dog, and a Hines Ward poster,” this shot was shared on Instagram.
(I only paid $1.50 for the poster, but it’s worth a lot more to me as a diehard Steelers supporter.)
Per usual, I included a few #hashtags for the social networking site Twitter.
A #steelersnation and #gosteelers fanbase formed.
Then I realised I should tag Hines Ward in the tweet, so I went to the social media platform to look out his handle.
That’s why I went ahead and followed @mvp86hinesward.
When I was ready to post my Instagram shot, I went down and choose Twitter as the platform to use.
About half an hour later, Hines Ward retweeted my post, making it visible to his 319,323 followers.
Two of his followers retweeted it, and another seventeen “liked” it (at the time of this post).
And that’s not even mentioning all the attention my Instagram post got and the likes it received.
Plus two new Twitter followers.
Though it may not seem like much, I consider it a success given that I don’t have a great following and this tweet has nothing to do with the topic of my site.
Now that I know Twitter’s potential, I won’t accidentally post something embarrassing again.
My goal going forward is to tweet meaningful things.
I want to utilise the @ symbol to send my tweets just to the people who are likely to find them useful.
I want to utilise those digits very deliberately.
Perhaps I will learn to use technology after all.This year, adorn your front porch with a wooden sign for the holidays.
What’s even better?
You may save the hassle of packing and unpacking holiday decorations every year by using both sides of the wood year after year.
Feel free to choose whichever hues or vocabulary tickle your fancy.
The Origami Stars are my current favourite since they are beautiful, easy to produce, and enjoyable to learn how to build.
It might be a challenge to fold them.
The weaved paper stars are the most well-known kind.
Many individuals have shown appreciation by sending letters of appreciation.
They seem fancy and intricate, but they’re really rather easy to construct as a do-it-yourself project for the holiday season.
Decorating using garlands is a great way to round off your holiday or event decorations this season.
This wooden garland may be quickly assembled using paint and a strong string or leather thread.
I’ve created several iterations since I like it so much.
What kind of beads will you use, and what hues of paint?
The handmade Christmas decorations I am most pleased with are the string trees, which I built from scratch and which worked out wonderfully and which look amazing when lit from inside with LED candles.
They were a bit of a pain to put together, and the completed trees are on the fragile side, but I find it to be part of what makes them so lovely.