A Weekend Without an iPhone…Wait, What?

I am relaxing on Friday night watching a movie, and next thing I know I have a text message. I go to pick my iPhone up from the table in order to see who it is. Phone in one hand, drink in the other…and it ended badly. My iPhone bobbled out of my hand, and fell straight in the cup of water.

I immediately began to panic. I pulled the phone out of the cup as fast as I could, only to see that it still could function. However, I soon found out that the battery was permanently dead. This situation opened my eyes to a world that I used to live in a few years ago, before the age of the iPhone. This world I speak of consisted of social media only being used while sitting in front of a computer.

I now could see how much more convenient the social media world has been made by the mere fact that there is an app for everything for smart phones. Smart phone users can access just about whatever they want, especially the main sites such as Facebook with a simple app download. Notifications show up on your smart phone whenever there is something new going on with your apps.

These attributes allow life to be so much more easier, because you have everything you have ever wanted communication-wise all in one mobile device. I have to fully admit, I was completely lost last weekend. For three whole days, I did not have my iPhone. I was so used to checking Facebook, Twitter, google, and other apps on my iPhone that I forgot what it was like to not have that opportunity. For this reason, I now have learned how affective social media is used with mobile devices and how it is becoming more prevalent as time marches forward.


Well, Here Goes Nothing…

About a week ago, I sat in a classroom listening to a man talk about telling stories and how easy it can be to put your thoughts into words. I did not know what to expect once he walked into the room. I examined his attire, and after looking at him from head to toe at first glance I noticed he had his nails painted. At this moment, I knew we were in for a real treat.

I thought, this could go one of two ways. He could be completely crazy with his thoughts and make no sense to me, or he could be the type of person that is just strange enough that everything they say seems to make perfect sense. Turns out it was the latter of the two predictions, and I found myself to be very interested in what he had to say about blogging and the ease of it all.

This man, Ron Davis, was quite the character. Once he opened his mouth, stories began to flow and I cannot tell you how many times the discussion got off topic. He mentioned his reasoning for blogging and it made me think about how convenient technology has made everyone’s lives, even the disabled. I thought it was very cool how he uses typing on the computer more often now ever since he had his stroke.

Technology seems to open up the door to many things. Ron made sure to focus on how blogging allows people to share stories whenever they want, to whoever they want. This means that blogs can be about whatever the person feels like writing about. The thing I found to be the most interesting from Ron’s talk was the fact that he gets one idea in his head and runs with it to create a blog post.

For instance, he asked me random questions about my Sperry shoes once he noticed them during class. This gave him some information on something he was inquisitive about and he took it from there. He gave ideas all throughout his talk about how he would make a blog post out of any random thought.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ron’s class discussion. It made me less intimidated to blog this semester. I am really looking forward to what I can come up with when creating blog posts and learning along the way.