A New Project – Update

Burn with loveWhat started off as a bit of a comedy of errors actually turned out to be a very satisfying first show. It was no coincidence that I chose Author Janice Ross as my first guest. Janice is an accomplished broadcaster on Blog Talk Radio (BTR) and I knew that if there were any technical hitches Janice would be able advise me accordingly. Janice, bless her, didn’t even get home from work until 15 minutes before we were due on air, so it was quite amazing how everything came together in the end.

It was so typical of how I tend to do things that I had not realised that, as the host, I too needed to “call in” to the show. With just a couple of minutes to go before the show was due to start, Janice had called and was on hold while yours truly was still fumbling around trying to work things out. Thankfully we were able to communicate via facebook messaging and she enlightened me.

The show had already been running for a couple of minutes before we actually got going, but once the dust settled everything was fine. Because of all the positive feedback, I’ve decided to go ahead with a six-episode series of Holmsey’s Half-Hour and then take it from there. I already have some amazing guests lined up, so I hope you will join me when the next show airs on October 20 at 9:00 pm UK time.

In the meantime please visit my new facebook page and give it a “like”. Thanks all!

Holmsey’s Half-Hour facebook page – http://ow.ly/CD7kR

To listen to the pilot show with Janice Ross click on the link and select the relevant episode – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ioneam

The Dance Of A Thousand Friendships

1555425_1388661071395910_773736335_nIt seems like only yesterday when one of my favourite pastimes was to mock social media and the aficionados thereof; after all, why on earth would anybody want to take a photo of their breakfast and post it online? To me, social media was the virtual playground where fools would vent their anger and abuse others, whilst hiding behind a computer screen hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away. It was the vehicle used by unscrupulous people to groom and exploit their victims; it was how people with more time on their hands than sense whiled away their days.

One day, somehow, I opened a facebook account; and for the best part of two years it lay dormant. I had no more than a handful of “friends” and I didn’t even have a pic on display. One evening whilst visiting a friend, we somehow got on the subject of facebook and her son decided that I needed a profile pic and proceeded to use the webcam on his laptop to snap me. Then in the very early part of 2011 another friend’s son told me of the importance of global networking and made me realise that social media could be used for things other than announcing to the world that you are munching on a piece of cake or nursing a stonking hangover; and so it began, “The Dance of A Thousand Friendships”.

At the time I decided to use social media to connect with like-minded people all I had was an unused facebook account with around 15 friends (not one single post I tell you) and as for twitter, well, that was another universe entirely. Now three years have passed since I gingerly put my toe in the water, and what an incredible bunch of people I’ve connected with. I have found that spirituality works in its own way, independently of us humans, and will do whatever is necessary to connect people.

For me, what has been the outstanding factor of social media and what has had the biggest impact on me is how it has taught me to examine myself, my thoughts about myself and my thoughts about any particular situation I find myself in. When I’m having one of those days when I’m thinking along the lines of “doom and gloom” my online friends help me to put things into perspective.

I have been privileged to connect with, and even meet in the flesh, some incredible people. Social media has taught me that there are some amazing people in the world; survivors, entrepreneurs and inspirational people from all walks of life. I’ve met various cancer survivors (one particular lady is a five-times stage four survivor), I’ve met people who have made great sacrifices for the love of their families, I’ve met people who have made great successes of their lives and who rub shoulders with the rich and famous, but who remain firmly grounded and mindful of where they came from. I’ve even met a man who was on hunger strike outside 10 Downing Street and who was prepared to lay down his physical life for the cause he believed in.

Yes, most certainly, there is a link between spirituality and social media.

My incredible friends, you all know who you are; and I salute you!