An adventure in new social media

I’m not sure if you can tell…but I’m a beginner when it comes to all this new social media. Until now mostly my role in a museum consisted of more traditional curatorial tasks. I’d write text for exhibitions, move objects around and carry out documentation.

When I started my new post in May I was told in my first week that my boss had written in the funding application that it was my responsibility to start a blog. The first thought that went through my head was “But I’ve never written a blog before. I’ve got no idea what I’m doing!” It was one of those tasks that my Museum Studies Masters hadn’t prepared me for! Of course, like most 20 somethings today, I’ve got a facebook account. But I’ve never been one of those people who lives their life through it.

So with the help of a student (who set up the wordpress account) I’ve started my adventure into blogging. I was a bit worried at first, but I’ve realised it just a chance to chat about the exciting work we are doing. I’ve decided to use it a bit like a diary. It’s a record of the project. Important things that are taking place in the Museum Collections Unit at that time.

I also recently went on a social media training course in St Andrews (yes, such things exist up here), with the aim to learn about how to be a better blogger. It turns out that I didn’t learn much about blogs, but I did learn about the amazing power of Twitter. We have had a twitter account for over a year and a half, but only after attending this course did I realise how much better we could use it.

Currently I seem to be half using twitter to speak to our visitors but also engaging with other museums and seeing what they are up to. I’m finding it a great way to find out about and spread excitement about the work of museums. Also no longer to I have to wait for my monthly museums journal to get the gossip. Twitter brings it right to my desk. I found out who won the Art Fund prize this year, before everyone else in the office because the MLA posted it on their feed.

I’m loving Twitter so much I’m even thinking it’s time to update my mobile to a smart phone. I feel like I’m missing out on vital news over the weekend when I’m not at work. How am I going to tell my followers about all the cool exhibits I see on my days off. Holidays…. big panic. Who is going update the twitter feed?

Anyway follow us on twitter and let me know what you think of the blogging efforts of a geeky curator.

http://twitter.com/musa_standrews

p.s. I’m branching out to use guest bloggers soon! Watch this space.

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