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My name is Mel and I’m addicted to…


*Update: by the time this blog was posted it was 0106 (that’s 1:06am to you non-military people)

Inspired by Kerri Sackville’s post on Mamamia I thought I’d take the plunge and admit to you all that I, too, am suffering from an addiction. As you can see (or not) I am sitting here at 0045 (that’s 12:45pm to you non-military people) blogging, when I should be in bed because my Small Lad (4yo) and Wee Lad (16mo) will wake me cheerfully at 0630 (that’s 6:30am to non-military peeps). But I am not, no I am not in bed, and why is that?

Because my name is Mel and I’m addicted to social networking.

Phew, that wasn’t so bad! (as in, I’m only twisting the tissue furiously in my hands rather than shredding it into tiny pieces).

I’ve been addicted, on and off now, for about 3 years, but lately it has got much worse. I took a 12 month break because it had become far too unhealthy, in that I was constantly composing 140 character thoughts in my head. After 12 months of virtual cold turkey I thought I’d broken my habit. Until about a fortnight ago. I tentatively rejoined the Twitter and blogging world after having been to a Williamstown Literary Festival session called Literary Blogging, with Lisa Dempster and Angela Meyer (of Literary Minded) and was inspired to get blogging again.

Big mistake.

Well, not really, because I do love to blog. And tweet. But now it has taken a shady turn. Now, I’m blogging in hopes of increasing my employability, as a way to market myself. And, to increase this employability/marketing scheme, I thought I’d join a few other social networking sites too. Now I obsessively check my stats, update my websites, and jump every time Tweet Deck makes that little tweeting noise.

I think I may have taken too big a leap, because here I am blogging when I should be sleeping. I update my Flickr, Tumblr, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook (actually, Facebook is crap now), and Flavor.me. Then I blog. Then I read blogs. Then I go to bed and I dream blogs and photos and 140 character sentences.

But I don’t really have a problem, because I’m not, like, whoring myself or neglecting house or family duties (looks dodgily from side to side).

So there you have it. I am addicted to social networking. What’s your addiction?


Social Media Maestro


I am officially a social media maestro. Over the last couple of days I have been furiously researching all the different social media sites out there (and MY GOD there are many!). With a lot of (uknown) help form Carly, who is incredibly social media savvy, I have sussed out the top social media (I am going to call them SM now because “social media” is starting to sound weird) sites based on what I am using them for.

The first thing I needed to do was figure out what I wanted to use them for. Lots of people, namely younger Gen Y and Gen Z, just use them to share cool stuff. Being an old fart, in the older Gen Y segment, I’m using mine to get my messages out about who I am and what I do. Basically, it is for prospective employers. I want to tell people what it is that I do (and in case you haven’t quite got it yet, I’m a freelance writer, PR Consultant, photographer, crystal therapist and meditation facilitator). So since I want these different sites to reflect aspects of myself I want them to see, then I had to pick sites based on this fact.

So what did  I join?

LinkedIn is like a Facebook for the professional world. You list your specialties, where you’re employed, your education, and your skills, and begin networking with other people in whatever industry you’re interested in. This isn’t a site you join to make friends and share you goss with people. This is a site you want to keep strictly professional. (In fact, you shouldn’t ever put anything online that you wouldn’t want your prospective employer to see, but that’s a topic for another post).

Tumblr, which is a blogging site that works best for quick posts; photos, links, quotes, movie clips and the like. Good if I think of something I want to share on the spot. You know those incredibly insightful moments of clarity that you want to tell everyone, but there’s never anyone around? Yeah, me neither 😉

Flickr is a great website for photo sharing. Good if you have family overseas, or if you are overseas yourself, and want to share pics with them. But, if you’re like me, it’s also good for an online portfolio of photos you want to showcase.

Twitter micro-blogging website which is great for getting your blog out there, and for meeting people! (So glad it’s not lame to say that anymore!)

365Project is a photography project where you take one photo a year for, yep you guessed it, one year. It’s good for fine-tuning your photography skills, and the idea is to have a theme to help direct the project, rather than snapping willy nilly. My theme is From the Bowl. I have a small bowl with little cards, called master cards, that contain affirmations. An example is:

Honesty: I let down my ego defenses. My fears are behind me. As a master I am close enough to myself to be true to myself…to be real. And I am no longer afraid to be vulnerable. I have nothing to lose.

Each morning I pull one card out of the bowl, and it is through this card that I will focus my photograph for the day on. Difficult in that it will require putting fairly abstract concepts into photos. But I like to challenge myself.

Finally, the piece de resistance, my Flavors.me website, a lovely little website that brings all my social networking sites together on the one page for me to manage without getting vexed and perplexed, and for others to browse over without having to open five hundred million pages.

This world is definitely getting more and more complicated, and I’m trying like hell to keep up with all this new stuff. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

To the people that have kept me sane…


To all the people on who have been keeping me sane during the day, when I would otherwise have no one to talk to but a three-year-old and a 5 month old: thank you. If it weren’t for you I would have lost my mind 8 weeks ago. I don’t deal well with being a SAHM at all. I need to be around people, need to be talking, need to be socialising, need to be stimulated. From intelligent conversation, to mundane banter, to good laughs, you guys have provided me with almost everything I need to keep sane…minus the face-to-face contact. I just realised today how much I appreciate you all when I saw nasty comments on Mia’s blog and just wanted to stick up for you all. It’s weird. Not 12 months ago I would have thought someone who made friends online a loser (I’m sorry, I just had that mindframe!) But now I’ve made friends with a group of people I’d be willing to fly interstate to catch up with- and it’s a nice feeling!
Thanks to: bugmum, KerriSackville, Mia Freedman (for your blog, who lead me to these brilliant people!), bellsg, numberchic, redhossy, taraschwarz, angelapinjuh, fender4eva, carly_grace, wite_wickah, Bern_Morely, CraigieMac, emjaystar, kateburge, AussieSoccermum, shonnyk, and overingtonc.