The world has certainly changed since I was at school!

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As I look back on all the modern technology I have mastered over the years, it’s no wonder I became hooked on social media marketing and all the latest BSO’s that come out every week.

(BSO: Bright, shiny objects)

I remember learning shorthand-typing at college and being mortified to discover it was “so last year” at my first job interview.  My junior secretarial role required audio-typists to transcribe the solicitors’ dictation tapes. (Rewind: left pedal/Play: right pedal).


You had to be accurate to send a telex; the machine punched holes into a paper tape as you typed. You then poked that tape back through the machine to send it.

I also covered the telephonists’ breaks on the huge PMBX switchboard (answer with the back plug, switch forward to speak) I was even put in charge of the new facsimile machine when it arrived.  Can you imagine?

I was a tech nerd in the eighties … I bet most of you don’t even recognise half of these images?

As I moved out of secretarial work and into marketing, the era of the personal computer dawned and we did our own clerical tasks.

When I left work to have our children I chaired the local branch of a national parenting charity and used Yahoo Groups to keep us connected.  When one of the bright, young things asked if we could have a Facebook presence, I remember thinking “isn’t that just for college kids?” and suddenly it was 2 am and I was hooked.

Bringing like-minded groups together for education and support has continued to be my passion and now my babies are turning into teens, I have the perfect reason to keep up with social media.

I’m no guru.  I just keep pressing the buttons until it works.  If you’d like to save a few years and find out which buttons they might be, you’re in the right place.
(AKA Mrs N)

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