Respect for the Social Media Study Buddy Mum 'in the room'!
Friday, May 31, 2013
Well, I don't know about you but it has been one very interesting week here in the Jazzy household.
It was the week that saw the end of a year. A school year, that is.
By some minor heaven sent miracle we seem to have been transported, at extra-super-warp speed, from my 'Secondary Impressions' to his first 'End of Term', straight-through-with-no-stops to completion of his First Year in secondary school. How on earth did this happen?
Well, it did and here we are - relatively unscathed.
We even survived this week's end-of-year Summer exams that saw me in my role as study buddy mum - which is a bit like feeding an actor his lines. With all the associated drama.
So now it's all over and he's at Scouts. While I'm in need of therapy.
Blog therapy will have to suffice!
The wine therapy took place last night.
Yesterday was a particularly interesting day which I whirled through, tweeting as I went, attempting to complete a seemingly never ending list of 'mummy-jobs'. You see I was due to attend the Irish Social Media Awards, or #sockies13 to all you super trending twitterati out there, in the Clyde Court Hotel last night. I had to complete all jobs first so that I could attempt to glam myself up a bit for this big night.
I wasn't just going as me, you see, I was attending in my capacity as Social Media Manager (sounds good, eh?!) for our iPhones4Autism.ie campaign. We were one of the finalists. Yeah, I got us nominated as a finalist in one category! Not bad considering that the 'us' I refer to is me, my temperamental and dilapidated laptop and our founder, my friend, Lisa Domican.
Could be rather intimidating attending such a big event alone so I was lucky I didn't have to. I was in the fabulous company of Jen from Irish Autism Action (nominated in a whopping 4 categories!) and the ever- supportive Looking for Blue Sky.
It was an interesting evening. How best to describe it?
Well, there I was (my companions aside) a 51 year old stay-at-home-Desperate Housewife -Mum, cast adrift in a sea of mainly 20 or 30- something year old, trending, lollipop licking, social media gurus. And there were teams of them. And teams behind the teams, that were behind the teams.
My crappy lappy and I were in very salubrious company it seemed. Best behave then, no more giggling and nudging.
You know it's a young event when the fun interludes consist of Space-hopper duels, lollipops and retro-sweets.
But hey, I was 'in the room' - which is apparently a very good place to be. In fact I think I deserve some respect. After all, I was hip and happening (that's 'trending', retro-style) when macaroon bars were first launched in those halcyon pre-retro times I'll have you know!
It was a fun evening which was excellently presented by the effervescent Rick O'Shea from RTE2fm.
I didn't win, but if I had it would have looked something like this!
Thanks to Focus Ireland who 'loaned' me their award for this photo!
Congratulations to all the winners. Social Media plays a very big part in organisations today and presents huge job opportunities. It is clear from last night just how much companies invest in this very effective advertising medium.
If any of them are looking for a trending, chatty and ... um ... 'seasoned' Desperate Housewife to join their team, one who can multi-task to beat the band and work on a shoe-string budget to boot, you know where I am!