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Posted on: June 23rd, 2009 by Jennifer 18 Comments

Hey everyone –

I gotta tell you… this new world media stuff is creating a lot of busy work.  I wake up every day and I'm faced with all sorts of options of what to check first..

work emails? personal emails?  my facebook account? friendsofamy facebook account? my twitter account?  friendsofamy twitter account?  or perhaps myspace if I can still remember the log in password? 

or do I blog…or do I read and make comments on the amy grant message boards?  do i text amy and nudge her to twitter (she does her own but needs "encouragement" from time to time) or should i be really ambitious and ask her to blog.

and that all happens before the actual work day begins…..

I guess what I am trying to say that although I am a big fan of social networking and think it creates an incredible opportunity to stay connected to friends, family, and things of interests in an ever increasing medium, it also creates a lot of busyness that sometimes can feel a bit overwhelming. 

Personally, I have reconnected with high school friends, people I grew up with in California and relatives where time and distance have taken a toll on our connection.  Professionally, I have been able to network with a bigger group of people and keep my finger on the pulse of what's hot and what's not.  Professionally (and personally) I've been able to put a face to so many of the names that have supported Amy's career through the years and have been able to offer up prayers for those battling illness, unemployment, depression or just struggling with life in general. 

It is all good — but it also takes a lot of time — and time is something we can not get back.  So my encouragement to all of us is that while I fully support and encourage social networking, I think we also need to put a HIGH value on our face-to-face time with friends, family, spouses, partners, employees, neighbors, dogs, and the person standing in line behind you at the grocery.  If you are bold enough to befriend someone on facebook or follow them on twitter, be even more bold in person and say "hi" to a stranger… or tell your parents or children that you love them when they least expect it.  Let us not hide behind these new-fangled social networking mediums (as much fun as they are and as much good as they do) and let's not diminish the value of quality time with the people we come into contact with.

Just food for thought at the end of a very busy day.  I'm going to turn it all off in 30 minutes and go on an adventure walk with Braden tonight and catch lightening bugs.  No cell phones allowed. :)


  • Spazzymommy

    Very well said. I do commerical blogging and social networking for a corporation…and as fun as it is- “there ain’t nothin’ like “the real thing” :) Face to face interaction and a personal touch mean so much more….
    Now- see if you can remember that myspace password.

  • Bonnie K

    I completely agree. Technology is quickly squeezing the life out of personal face to face relationships.
    I decided a long time ago (after all my siblings wished my a happy birthday via Facebook instead of in person or on the phone, lol) to be more personal with people.

  • brenda

    I agree too Jennifer! Hugging and Laughing and Connecting in Person! Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby! Thanks for the reminder!
    (But, I do follow Amy on twitter!)

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Great blog Jen. While I enjoy chating online and have been able to reconnect with friends and family on Facebook. Nothing can replace the time spent in person with those we love. And meeting new people face to face. You never know when that new person just might turn out to be your best friend.
    And of course time spent with our kids is precious indeed, can’t be replaced and should be cherished. They grow up WAY too fast!! Enjoy the walk with your precious son!

  • Alan Carver

    Jennifer, I could not agree with you more! While hiding behind the pages of facebook or MySpace, we can hide behind what is actually going on with each of us, in our own personal lives – and that interaction is so paramount! I pray that we can all follow Jennifer’s advice and pay more attention to the human inter-action rather than that of words on a screen – trying to portray what we feel . . .
    God Bless Us All!
    Alan Carver

  • Lori

    I agree. I have found myself slowly sucked into the world of social networking thus creating less free time for my family and myself. Although it is great to reconnect with long lost friends and relatives, real social interaction is what is important and people are doing it less and less of it these days. And with that, I think I will turn my computer off and go outside and sit a spell. :)

  • Kevin Leversee

    When you say
    ‘and that all happens before the actual work day begins…..’
    I could not disagree more, conversation is the foundation of your work day. Markets are conversations ala I am not going to be a Troll, It is my goal to be constructive and I would like to paint a picture that illustrates a new ecosystem where one (digital) and the other (offline) no longer are separate. This may frighten some, others perhaps threatened and yet, others, like me moved with passion.
    Think of how we can now stop a Coup (Iran), stop bloodshed and torture in conflicts, connect families and most life changing follow the great commission of Christ.
    I agree with you that- we must take time for our lives- I challenge you that these lives digital and offline are no longer separate.
    They are one part of a new ecosystem where the command and control structure limited by politics and hindered by travel and lines of communication are now all free and open.
    This is the most important part of your work day.

  • Ryan

    I believe that eventually all of this social networking will fade into the past, or that one primary mode of keeping in touch will predominate. I don’t know anyone who is fully happy with techno relationships of any kind. Although, I am surprised how many people I talk to actually are constantly online but tell me they have no time to get together.
    *Sigh* …maybe the song “Hats” sums up the business we all feel about the internet and cell phones haha.

  • christy

    Perhaps the question should be, “Does Amy Grant/AG management want to maintain a high profile?” If she/they do, you need to get some help to keep up with blogs/Facebook/Twitter because there is a demand. If the answer is no then don’t offer the social networking sites/blogs. No one will say there’s anything wrong with her slipping into the background. But if she and you offer FB, Twitter and blogs you need to keep them up.
    If you have a blog option available on the website, don’t be surprised when people are disgruntled when the blog’s not updated.
    It would be helpful for the fans to know which direction y’all are taking.
    I’m a huge fan – got my first AG album in the late 70’s, seen her in concert 30+ times. I would love for her update her blog regularly. But when I saw she had a blog I thought, “That is never going to happen.” How many times has she said she dislikes the computer?
    Just my two cents, which may be all it’s worth.

  • Kim B.

    Thanks, Jen! This is the first time in 3 weeks I’ve had a chance to catch up! Working 50 to 60 hours a week does a number on any social activities! I meet lots of people working at a Marina though.

  • Jacob Dunlap

    I love that you go on adventure walks too. My niece and I make “adventure” out of the usually mundane, day-to-day activities. We notice all the beauty and simple components in nature when we are walking and playing. It has nothing on all the games, reunions, photos and messages of FB, Twitter, gmail or myspace.

  • Jen

    Christy –
    Not sure why you thought I was referring to disgruntled fans or suggesting that we don’t want Amy to have a social networking platform. The simple point I was trying to make had nothing to do with Amy Grant and had everything to do with all of us doing our best to make sure we maintain quality personal relationships and not spend all of our time on social networking. I enjoy keeping up with the social networking stuff and Amy enjoys twittering and blogging when she has time. I was not suggesting it was something we want to stop doing and apologize if you misread the intent.

  • christy

    Jen –
    Thanks for the clarification. My confusion came from these sentences: “I guess what I am trying to say that although I am a big fan of social networking … it also creates a lot of busyness that sometimes can feel a bit overwhelming.” I did not understand you were speaking as Jen the person; I assumed you were speaking as Jen the FOA/AG rep.
    In the second and third paragraphs you mentioned several social networking apps related to FOA; that’s where my disconnect came.
    Thanks again for taking the time to clear things up. I really appreciate it.

  • Peter Marx

    Hi Jen,
    Our biggest Afrikaans Sunday newspaper here in Cape Town would love to do an interview with Amy while she is here. Please can you find out if this is possible? Please? Thank you!

  • Sherron

    Jen, you are so sweet and wonderful to include dogs in your list! I have five and they, more than any other human being, have been my Jesus with skin on more times than I dare try to count. So, of course, I give them loads of my time and attention and people often don’t understand that.
    It’s true that technology can just take over our lives rather than simplify it – like it’s supposed to do – ha! I’m guilty of hiding behind it, for sure. I’m also guilty of cocooning myself because I am very much an introvert, and too much interaction with people sucks the life out of me. However, I came out of my cocoon this past weekend and had the loveliest conversation with a woman at the car wash. Made my day!!

  • Zoe W

    Hi Jen,
    thought I’d come back to this page today to say I have been thinking about you today and I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for all the twitter/blogging and everything. It is sooooo special to be intouch with Amy and her team. Much love to you all….term finished for me today…officially on uk school holidays..chillin to Simple Things and wishing for a new album…lol Zoex

  • amy Fruitt

    Love this! My thoughts exactly. As christians, talking to the person in line is so crucial. People long for someone to take an interest in them. I think of Jesus in the gospels, always compassionate to those He came into contact with on a normal day. Thanks! So well said.

  • jennifer

    Christy – I do not have a personal email address for you, but someone has accused me via private email of being “rude” to you in my response. If I hurt your feelings in any way, I am sorry. My response to you was simply meant as a clarification to the point I was trying to make. Your response back made me believe you understood and everything was fine, but then today I got an email saying I had been rude to you and it made me just want to clear that up with you directly but I don’t have an email address. Hopefully this public apology does the trick if indeed your feelings were hurt. Blessings, Jennifer



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