Since embarking on this journey, I have wanted to connect with others who, like me, are passionate about surfing – particularly fellow landlocked surfers to find out how they overcome the obstacle of geography, what drives them, and what they do when they are away from the surf. For me, it was also about reaching out, and keeping that connection to the sea and surfing, through our shared love, and being able to share stories, tips and suggestions.
I work in e-learning and using social media is something that our organisation offers a lot of advice on. It’s everywhere we turn these days and used for a variety of purposes – from helping to engage learners in the classroom, to promoting a product a service, or, just simply, connecting with people.
Like many of you, I have a Facebook and Twitter account. As an avid Facebook user, I used it to find out if there were any other landlocked surfers out there. Straight away, I came up with ‘Landlocked Surfers’ – a group dedicated to those of us who live miles from the sea. The group arrange surf trips and facilitate car sharing, as well as providing a sounding board for all things surfing related. I keep in touch with the group and even won a T-shirt recently (I never win anything….ever!).
But as well as receiving information through Facebook and Twitter, I use it to keep people out there like you updated when I post a new blog. Not everyone uses Facebook and Twitter though, so Im also exploring things like Google +. There’s even an e-mail subscribe option for this blog too, so if you don’t do social media, you can still get notified of my posts direct to your inbox.