Like many people going through midlife changes and transitions, I find myself wondering more than I ever did before, “Who am I?” I have been working in the book business since 2003, and prior to that had a six year run in consumer magazines, preceded by years of B2B publishing and event management. (Bear with me, this is leading to the widget headline!) In college, I was what they then called a “print” journalism major. But with all the changes, including the fact that this “print” journalist reads the newspaper and books on a Kindle much more often than actually touching a paper page these days, what am I now? I’m a communicator, part storyteller, part reporter, and these days an interpreter too. I’m spending a great deal of time interpreting what social media means for my peers and colleagues, and how they need to be positioning themselves to use it right for their business. I have always been fascinated by new ways to reach audiences and communicate with them. To engage like-minded people and give them a message they need and want has always been a high for me. As the media is changing by leaps and bounds, I know that the past is behind us and the ways we reach each other and engage in common interests together will never be done how its been done in the past.
That brings me to the widget. This cool little application holds all the information a person would need to make a decision to attend the wonderful Remnants of the Past Show this coming weekend in Central California.It has photos to enjoy, maps, entrance information, and anything else you need to know about the event. I love it when we can use technology to connect with each other. I’m picking April Cornell and Pam Cowan from Cornell too up at the Long Beach airport and we are driving up the beautiful coastline to the show. April will be a special guest at the event. Hope to see you there!