Virtual Reality… It’s been 16 years, already?!?

I just realized I’ve lived more years with access to the Internet than I have without it… The first time I ever heard the sound of dial-up I had no idea what it was. I was in 8th grade. Two years later we had a computer and dial-up AOL at the house. I was 14 when I started online social networking (I should be better at it than I am).

It started with AOL “First Church” chat room. Anyone remember that one? Later we moved to “EC” (Everyone’s Connected), then to MySpace, then we landed on Facebook. I realize most everyone in my generation wastes a lot of time on the Internet. I have wasted many hours online looking a pictures, reading useless articles, watching random funny cat videos… Thankfully, I don’t waste hours online anymore and I hope my time online grows shorter every year.

Despite the hours I wasted in the past, the one thing I’ve learned is that the time I spend online should be about making lasting connections.  I still have two internet connections that I’ve stayed connected to the whole time and still chat with on occasion. Time flies; I met those internet connections 16 years ago! And I’m making new connections all of the time.

I think about how the Internet and the world has changed in the past 16 years I’ve been on it, and I wonder how life will change in the next 16 years. I imagine the Internet (at least for me) will lead to more online business. I want to work from home running my own business… Oh, I’m doing that now! But I want to keep doing it and I want to grow my business to the point where I’m personally debt free, and free to take my business on the road.

This week I made a great online connection. I believe God led me to meet this career woman. She is someone who is going to teach me a whole new facet of writing; she’s going to mentor me into a whole new area of business, give me a skill that will go right along with what I’m already doing. She’s already taught me some things and I’m so excited to know about the online tools I’ll be tapping into soon.

I met my new connection on LinkedIn. If you don’t have a professional LinkedIn profile, get one. After all, our time should be spent making  connections that will led to the betterment of our world and the lives of those around us, and we can begin online. Link to me on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rachaelhartman I may know someone I can connect you to that will add a whole new dimension to your career!

Rachael HartmanRachael Hartman is an experienced writer and author. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press as well as lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs, Link247. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope, an online bookstore and publishing house in which she helps others share the message of the hope of Jesus Christ and promotes holistic health. Check out her web site at www.owlofhope.com and link to her on Facebook.

#hashtag – There really IS a purpose behind it

Time to learn about #hashtags. Okay, so I’m a few years behind. So instead of making my way through internet articles to find my answer, I did things the old fashioned way; I asked a Facebook Friend. Now all I need to know is, does it work with a blog?

Rachael Hartman11:02pm 
Rachael Hartman    please help me with my lack of understanding of how hashtags work???
 Rachael’s Friend    Haha what do you want to know They’re stupid first of all
Rachael Hartman     well, what’s the point? what does it do? is it something I should be doing to help my business?
 Rachael’s Friend     It is a way to tie your post in with trending topics. Like on the snow day, people were using the hashtag “icemageddon” or “snowday2014”

Rachael Hartman     okay, but why? does it show up on other people’s pages that liked those other things? how do you find out what the hashtags are?

 Rachael’s Friend      If you click on a hashtag, it pulls up other statuses with the same tag. It actually started on Twitter and it had to do with trending topics. Like a hashtag right now might be Venezuela
So basically, you can see who is talking about certain topics
But lately, people exaggerate them or make them too specific so that nobody else would have the same topic.
Say you posted a pic of your dogs and posted it with the hashtag #puppylove, and someone clicked on that tag, they’d see other statuses of cute dog pics or maybe young couples in love
Rachael Hartman  Ahhh well, to redeem myself somewhat, I did understand the whole exaggeration thing and the joking about the hashtags being overused… But now I get that they actually do have a point thanks!!
Rachael’s Friend   Yeah I use them sarcastically
Rachael Hartman  So, can I use this conversation as a blog post? 🙂

Rachael HartmanRachael Hartman is an experienced writer and author. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press as well as lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs, and blogs for Lady by Design. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope, an online bookstore and publishing house in which she helps others share the message of the hope of Jesus Christ and promotes holistic health. Check out her web site at www.owlofhope.com and link to her on Facebook.