I cant believe its been a year already; a year ago today I had too much time on my hands so I decided I would learn what twitter was all about, I’d start writing a blog, I’d join Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr and the rest to see what it was all about. Much to my delight it’s been a great experience.
First the blog – the original purpose was to write about job hunting, being unemployed and the trials and tribulations with that. I got tons of advice, dont write anything personal, dont write anything that could put off a new boss; keep everything upbeat, blah blah blah. As usual I like to hear as much evidence-based (non tea party) information as possible and then make my own decisions. I did start out writing about unemployment, but it became too much of a drag; it was a downer for me to write it and I am sure it was a downer for people to read. I started adding politics, current events, world events and the economy. All of these subjects do have the common thread of job creation and unemployment. It was interesting for me to see what macro effects events had on hiring; to see how much President Obama was willing to push a jobs creation bill, and to see the monthly jobs report and how in almost every case the media got the story wrong. Another goal of mine with this blog was to look at issues from all sides; not make any judgements until I have heard as many sides to a story as possible and then present the ideas the way I think, which most people find my ‘voice’ as looking at issues in ways other people don’t, thinking of a situation in ways other people dont. That has been fun for me but then its also frustrating because sometimes I feel like I write the same things over and over again with no one who can make a change being affected by my words. I have been blown away and humbled that so many people from around the world have read this blog; from Egypt, Pakistan, Israel to Viet Nam, Korea, Russia; just to name a few.
It was also a year ago today I created @GinsburgJobs the title chosen in part because of my original intent to have my twitter account and blog be much more jobs, unemployment and hiring focused. I created the @AndrewSGinsburg account a year or so earlier and never did anything with it. I was really surprised with what I found on twitter: very nice people. The first guy I met gave me advice on how to get more followers, the kinds of things to tweet about. Then I met others; I have people I talk to daily and really consider friends even though we havent met in person. I am always surprised when people tweet me and say that they love my tweets and look forward to reading anything I tweet. Thats a great feeling to know I could be helping someone or just making them more informed. A lot of people dont understand me; I have been called a lazy liberal and a GOP sympathizer and an Obama hater. As I always say, if I piss everyone off with what I am saying what I am really doing is making people think differently and look at things from a different standpoint. Again it gets frustrating when people have closed minds and dont ever entertain the thought of thinking differently. Oh, and not everyone on twitter is nice. There are some that just attack whatever you say; I got wise advise from a friend on here to ignore those people. I have a rule for myself, if you say nonsense to me more than once or twice you will be blocked. I enjoy hearing other points of view because I feel thats the best way to learn, but there is no talking to the people who are anti science, anti evidence and who just plain dont listen. I love hearing feedback and thank all of you that have taken the time to write comments.
So, thank you all for reading my tweets and blog postings. There is plenty more to come, and as promised, none of it will be boring!