Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Power of Social Media and the Internet.

This post is prompted by some unexpected activity this week resulting in a variety of new connections and resources.

Taking to Twitter most evenings, this week I connected with #Wrexham Hour. This is a lively virtual conversation between people and businesses of all kinds. I re-connected to Susan Miller of @allwordsmatter who is working hard to ensure that the Wrexham Carnival of Words is a huge success. I am looking forward to the Local Author Networking Event on Thursday in Wrexham Library. Susan sent me an invitation to the World Book Night celebrations which follow. 

Mrs Picklepot subsequently contacted me privately for information about my writing areas. Last night I had another lively conversation with Mrs Picklepot - what a lovely name for someone who specialises in pickles and chutneys - which led me to Facebook and Wrexham Business Group, a closed group, which accepted my request to join.

On the Wrexham Business Group page I saw that I was already connected to many of its members, one or two whom I had met at 'real' networking meetings around town. One of the suggested connections was someone who appeared to be a new owner of what for many years was one of our favourite restaurants of choice for special occasions and the occasional lunch-time treat. Being a lover of Italy, we loved the Italian menu. And then it changed hands, it was closed at lunchtimes, and the menu became a more cosmopolitan selection. I was intrigued on checking the Facebook page of current Sam Regan that it had changed again quite recently. The Lemon Tree Restaurant and Bar with guest rooms is in the centre of Wrexham. The new menu is billed as being 'Modern British'. Hopefully I can now entice my OH to drop in for a snack when in town, before we catch the bus back from the nearby bus station or walk home.

Mrs Picklepot also put me in touch with Ruth from Martin Rees Jewellers a long-established family business in the old and charming part of town.

This year we have acted early to source a new canopy for our garden parasol. This led to the re-covering of the Director Chairs. Here the Internet takes the leg work out of shopping. I kept coming back to a firm in the West Midlands - The Garden Furniture Centre Ltd. Thankfully they have detailed instructions for measuring the old canopy to ensure it fits. They had a lovely selection of colours, all in a newer fabric than the cotton one we were replacing which did not really lend itself to being left outdoors.
Sample of garden furniture fabric. See below.

Another search took me to The Stripes Company -formerly Deckchair Stripes - which, as the name suggests, specialises in deckchair canvas striped fabrics. Matching up a fabric with a colour for the canopy, we chose the multi-coloured  Paintball stripe and picked out the lime green for the canopy. Instructions followed and orders placed, I hared off across country to the relaxing strains from ClassicFM to the shop only a few miles away to take the old chair cover for a template.  What an Aladdin's Cave! 

This takes me to my next post in a few minutes.

First though, what of the fears of the Internet? How does this affect us?Security?

You will have seen my prolific posts on Twitter, Facebook, and this blog about raising funds for Dreamflight to take sick and disabled children to Orlando, Florida. there is a button to the secure Just Giving site. I have however found, as I was advised I would, that I can raise more by going face-to-face with my paper sponsor sheet where people will dig into their pockets and give small change. Not everyone like to give card details online. Personally, I use Pay Pal wherever I can as I don't have to enter my details everytime.
This is where texting comes in and why I set up a free text code LLGW80 to 70070. Our Lancs and Lakes Gold Wings region (GWOCGB) is supporting myself and another member to raise funds as we fly off Bethesda Mountain in Snowdonia on the longest Zip Wire in Europe on May 9th.

Rosalie xx