Embracing Social Media to Spread the Faith
I wonder how many people see a blog sidebar or do they just read blogs off GoogleReader?
Visiting a blog, seeing it's colors and quirks...well, I guess I'm "visual," that appeals to me.
I've put up some additions on my sidebar. So please click to read this there. As there you'll see my sidebar additions, some needing your attention.
First, there's my Twitter updates. If you're on Twitter, I'd love to hear more about how you use it. Everyone at the Vatican Bloggers Meeting used it and that got me interested in it's applications. Now I'm learning #hashtags, like #vbm11, which signified the topic of Vatican Bloggers Meeting 2011. I'm reading new-to-me authors under #Catholic and #Cathblog and hoping to use #ihmVA11 to tweet from the IHM National homeschooling conference next weekend. Through TweetDeck I am finding more ways to engage Catholic Social Media...making my Catholic world smaller, connecting with others.
Next, My cool niece and oldest goddaughter introduced me to Tumblr and now I'm on there too. Mostly for the sumptuous picture and image sharing....Allison in TUMBLRland. There's a much younger vibe there, but it is encouraging to see the young Catholics sharing their faith.
Finally,keep scrolling and there are some Facebook connections I am hoping to make for the blog. Perhaps you could offer your LIKE and FOLLOW? (See sidebar...just a scroll to your right.)
It's the Vatican Bloggers Meeting that really inspired me. The Vatican is reaching out to use Social Media to engage people and create a cyber community. As I think about it, what other Church can do so like the Catholic Church? Only in the Catholic Church are the Magisterium and hierarchy in place to definitively teach and guide...evangelize! There is a Vicar of Christ on Earth and he's for Social Media! Getting the message out with these mediums may be God's Hands gathering His sheep, finding the lost ones using the methods and technology of the day.
Using it for good.
One can hope....
45th World Communications Day. Why not Read what our Holy Father has to say about it. Then, blog, tweet and Facebook post giving the reason for the hope with in you! We ARE called to spread the faith.