I graduated from DePaul University in 2006. The most advanced class we had was writing for the web with then Professor Thiel. It was the most beneficial class I took. It prepared me for the changing face of journalism. Then came social media.
It wasn’t until January of last year that I decided to join Twitter. I was hesitant at first, but realized that if I didn’t adapt I would be stuck in the past. I needed to remain marketable and I don’t regret this decision.
I went hog wild and followed all of the national and local news outlets. I connected with my friends and some people with some of the same interests at me. But really, I looked at social media as someplace for me to publish clips and connect with my readers.
Boy was I wrong. Social media has afforded me opportunities I had never imagined.
Most important to me has been the network I have created. I introduced you to some of the wonderful people I have connected with in an earlier post. These people have supported my work and made me laugh when I needed it. Only on Twitter can someone tell you they are like blog herpes. I can’t imagine my life without these people, many of whom I have never met.
Twitter has also afforded me the opportunity to connect with people I had lost touch with, specifically Professor Thiel-Stern. She’s continued to teach me through her journalism course hashtags. She has connected me with people on Twitter who have been of tremendous support to me. She was also one of the first people to congratulate me on the launch of this blog.
I’ve also been able to give back. I’ve introduced people via Twitter who are now collaborating on their own and bouncing ideas off of one another. I’ve helped spread the word of projects and retweeted blog entries and contests. Just as everyone has done for me.
This blog wouldn’t have come about without the support of the people I met on my journey down the rabbit hole. They have supported me, retweeted me and provided me with material to write forever. I thank them all for that, even if there ears won’t stop burning.
How as social media affected your writing career? Have you met someone who is now your mentor? How did social media surprise you? If you read my blog, follow me on Twitter @sjezioro and say hello. I’d love to “meet” you!