The first keynote speakers on Friday morning were Naomi and Josh Davis of the website Love Taza.com. Their story is charming and inspiring and it doesn’t hurt that they both look and dress like runway models.
In order to share wedding news with faraway family and friends, New Yorker Naomi Davis set up shop in cyberspace. Her newly minted on-line diary featured photos and snippets of study at Julliard and life with husband Josh. She signed off with the now famous (and eponymous) “Love Taza”. Nine years, three kids, and one million followers later, “Love Taza” is the web site that turns an old adage on its head. Instead of “Think globally, act locally” Naomi and Josh think locally and the globe joins them in celebrating life’s simple joys. Josh’s tips for an engaging family blog include:
- Be brave, because it’s not a story until you tell it.
- Determine who your audience is and if your content is appropriate.
- Organize your photos and text.
- Use an authentic voice.
- Stick with it.
- Look for the positive.
- And most importantly, lift others.
Naomi recommends that you experiment with a variety of social media platforms, until you find the one that best suits your needs. And to remember that your writing and photography skills will get better with practice.
“I am thankful for a little space on a big Internet.” With this humble farewell, Naomi also shared one of her favorite quotes from Mary Jean Irion.
“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hand to the sky and want more than all the world, your return.”