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Shift Your Thinking then Share, Share, Share

Something amazing is happening. People are sharing on the web for free.

While the establishment continues to talk and talk and talk about money, people are shifting their thinking to a new reality. The reality of sharing. Sharing ideas. Sharing knowledge. Sharing talents. Sharing access to information.

The people who are sharing come from all walks of life. Some are sharing in their spare time after working all day outside the home. Some work in the home and are sharing around child rearing schedules. Some are retirees sharing their experiences. Some are students who have a fresh perspective on our world. Some are working for businesses sharing resources on the web. Some are working for government institutions sharing information and tools. Want examples?

  • Education – Last weekend I downloaded and took my first Stanford University Online class free through iTunes U. How thrilling to have access to such quality education. Stanford isn’t the only free online learning available but it was my first attempt and now I am hooked.
  • Blogs – People are sharing recipes, wisdom, humor, experiences, talents and more through their blogs. Following blogs has changed my life. I am thankful I chanced upon a public radio show highlighting blog hosting sites. WordPress was described, I drove home and started this blogging journey…for free.
  • Social Magazines – I use Flipboard and Zite daily to read information on the web in an appealing format. These web magazines enable me to consume large volumes of information pertaining to my topics of interest. And the biggest plus, since I get the majority of my news this way I no longer have to watch or listen to negative campaign ads.
  • Virtual ToolsPinterest is the tool I use to organize my favorite things. Pinterest is just one of many free tools on the web. With so many tools and so little time I look to others for guidance. GarrisonSites is my source for learning about free and cool tools.

So, sharing is the new big idea. The next time you find yourself thinking “How can I make money from this idea?” stop, shift and join others who are asking “How can I share this idea?”

Oh and by the way, the business and political leaders of the world should sit up and pay attention. We, the people, aren’t doing the business of living the same anymore. Hmmm. Maybe this has something to do with the changing monetary landscape of the middle class.

Note: I may be adding to this list.  And I know, I know… I did not highlight Facebook or Twitter. Not my favorite places to go to learn, explore and expand my mind. They do have a lot of sharing, but much of it could be left unsaid. Just saying.

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My New Obsession

Pinterest is my new obsession. I divide my time on the web between reading blogs and pinning on my Pinterest site.

Okay…let me explain Pinterest. Take the word pin (as in pinning your favorite ideas on a pinboard) and think about your interests (whether it is cooking, sewing, books, travel, clothes, hair, whatever) and you have the fastest growing social website. On Pinterest, you get to see everybody’s favorite things because they pin these items on their pinboards. Are you kidding me? I get to look at the best of the best instead of googling a topic and getting 2 gazillion hits. I am sorry Martha, but this is way better than your good things because it is everybody’s good things.

Let me tell you about my holiday cooking. I found my new recipes from people on Pinterest. I made Buffalo Chicken Dip, homemade ‘fried’ pickles in the oven, BLT pasta salad, artichoke cheese bread, balsamic vinaigrette coleslaw and my niece made Santa Hat Brownies (just to name a few). The Santa Hat Brownies looked too good to eat but we ate them anyway. As I set out the spread of food on Christmas Eve, I realized this assortment really didn’t go together but what can I say, I am obsessed and nobody complained.

Then there were my Christmas gifts. I found patterns and tutorials to make cozy bed warmers, scarves, recycled sweater candle jar covers, pot holders, gift tags and Subway Art. I have pinned enough crafting ideas to take me into 2013 and beyond. This won’t stop me from pinning more.

And, last but not least, people on Pinterest make me giggle. The pinner who pinned the next picture wrote the following tag “How to sew a lining in a crochet bag – now just have to crochet a bag.” Yes, when will she, if ever, crochet a bag…but if she does, she will now know how to sew a lining in it!

So, if you want to join the insanity, enter the world of Pinterest and you will begin to speak a whole new language, find some wonderful new blogs and pin to0 many ideas to ever complete in your life time…but won’t it be fun to try.

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Bring it on!

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Click on the images above to find the blogs that posted these wonderful ideas.