I guess this is a belated Happy Birthday to Facebook. I appreciate it. I get to read updates from my people, get inspiration from all round the world and exchange a few thoughts with people without having to leave where I am. I get to have a laugh and see what is important to others and often me. I rarely watch TV cause there is so much I don’t want to see there mingled in with a few good things. My Facebook friends (FF) usually alert me to something good on TV and even if it’s not on time it’s usually on ABC or SBS and I can get to it through the internet when I’m ready.
The thing about Facebook is that you make it your own. When people complain to me that it is full of rubbish, I have to admit I wonder who they let in, maybe their friends are not what they want them to be – just putting it out there. If I see someone consistently annoying me – I change their settings. I have blocked people. Use your power – make it what you want.
I enjoy staying in touch with people I’ve taught or worked with. I’ve connected with so many interesting and good people and if it weren’t for Facebook, they would be lost to me as many of the people I knew in my 20s/30s are. I have found some of them through Facebook, but some just slip away.
I have learnt a lot from following pages that focus on topics of interest to me. It’s a platform for me to share the things I care about or get some feedback from others. Last year Facebook enabled me to raise money for the VRI Hall project. I’ve also been able to support other great projects from reading about them in my Facebook feed.
Speaking of the VRI Hall project – there’s a bit of a delay right now. We have to get a Land Tax exemption before we can sign the lease. Our local MP Russell North has helped to get it prioritised so I don’t expect it will be that much longer (that’s what I keep telling myself so I can stay sane). We’ve been continuing to work with Rose from OUTR and the team there has created the most amazing plans. If you are interested, email/message/call me and I’ll send you a copy. I am thrilled with their work. I visited them this week at RMIT – they are very talented people. We are also resuming the Digital Shed from the Neighbourhood House and have a men’s group starting that will shift to the VRI Hall once we get started, but can begin gathering and working from the Neighbourhood House while we wait. We have a lot of interested people and organisations, so I am very keen to get started. If you are local and want to participate – let me know. I am a bit frustrated with the delays, but I’m just continuing to do other things, like our business plan and formalising some of the partnerships. My friend Annder has started with me this week to help me be organised. One of the many highlights of my week.
Enjoy your Sunday!