Using Social Media is Like Gumbo Ya Ya
As I've ventured farther into the world of social media, I've become aware of how often I am involved in multiple conversations with people. Twitter has been compared to being at a cocktail party. Facebook is like a school or family reunion. Blogging is like writing a news column, with feedback from readers being instantaeous.
It is all very exciting and reminds me of making Gumbo. I wish I could remember the source*, but I remember reading somewhere that Gumbo, or Gumbo Ya Ya, means "everybody talkin' at the same time." Take a pot, fill it with ingredients (stock, roux, sausage, shrimp, meat and the holy trinity - peppers, garlic, and celery), simmer it until all the ingredients start to dance, and you've got your gumbo. And that is absolutely the description I would use if someone asks what it is like to use the social media of today. Everybody is talking at the same time.
So, for those of you who have jumped into the pot and are bubbling around in the gumbo, welcome! And for those of you who have only thrown a couple of celery bits into the pot, come on in - the gumbo is fine. So very fine!
Keep on with your Gumbo Ya Ya, everyone.
* It was possibly a Tom Robbins book, or one of the Ya Ya Sisterhood books by Rebecca Wells. Or, it may have been a New Orleans cookbook. If you happen to know what I am talking about, please let me know so I can give proper credit.
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