Friday, June 29, 2012


Lately I've been asked to give presentations on some random things that I don't really know much about. I totally love this cause it means I have to get off my butt and go do some research and learn about something completely new to me and then, glup! present it all in an interesting and authoritative way to an audience.

I’m not too bothered about the "in an authoritative way to an audience" bit because if you are willing to stand in front of a group of people and know more than they do, then that suffices as an authority. After all authorities on subjects usually are just people who know more than you and you like what they have to say. That goes for experts too.

Lately I've been asked to speak about GenY - fair cop cause I do manage an organisation that is all about developing rural youth and they are all GenY. Experience = expertness is the theory.

Last week I was recommended (another first) by a person who genuinely is an expert in social media with a rural emphasis to speak at two small conferences about how to have effective email (I’m paraphrasing cause I can't remember the topic right now) and on social media. My email presentation will be all NLP pre-suppositions and use your damn manners - see nailed it already.

My social media presentation will be a bit more cohesive.  This instagram photo was from a presentation on social media and the different kinds of social media - this is a drop in the bucket of whats out there but explains how we use social media.

I love, nay adore instagram.  It's my happy place. I go there regularly.  I'm one of those people who love, love looking at other people's photo - all of them.  My friend Ngaire does wedding photography on the side of her real life as mother of three and manager of warehouse fabic place called Backstreet Bargins and she'd get me to be her wedding photography assiatant, which was great fun and then the most delicious thing was looking at all the photos - I mean all of them.  She takes about 1000 per wedding that way theres a chance that everyone will be looking in the same direction at least once.

So instagram is like facebook in the sense that you friend or follow others but it's all photos.

To be fair lots of people post boring photos of people doing everyday inane things but then there are the people whose photos I enjoy.

Ryan Miller is gold. 
I have no idea what he does all day but
it seems like he wanders around Utah taking amazing backroad photos.

From the indomitable NieNie
colourful, warm fuzzy photos of her loves - Mr Nielson and childrens.

Cute cows and country life from dairycarrie

 Then there's the #skyporn from all the farmers I follow.
Paul Fonder who is an organic dairy farmer in South Dakota

instagram is full of images of real peoples lives.
The photos are plain, photoshopped, whateves
but all are glimpses of ordinary moments of peoples lives.
Even of the very intense combatjournalist,
though most of his photos seem to be of food in Iraq.

1 comment:

  1. This is Combatjournalist;

    It's a nice post you've written.

    Just to correct you - I'm currently in Afghanistan not in Iraq.

    And the photos are mostly related to the daily life I come across in Afghanistan. Food included.