My last post for 2009 is about the future and not the past. if we ever needed validation that social media isn’t a fad, 2009 gave us all of the examples we’ll ever need.

So now what? Well, it’s time for all of us who earn a living communicating to learn how to effectively use social media tools to become better communicators. For some of us that’s easier said than done. Hopefully in the next year this website will help make that transition easier.

When I first started blogging under Rick’s RSS my goal was to create a site that could become a multimedia teaching tool for professional and aspiring communicators. I think for the most part we’ve accomplished that, but me and my team really want to kick it up several notches in 2010 and beyond.

So in the next few weeks and months you will notice changes — some dramatic, some subtle — to the website. We’re confident you’ll like what you’ll see! It promises to be a great mix of original reporting by my folks and compiling the best stories and resources being produced on the web to help make all of us the better public communicators. The goal for us will be to to provide more practical hands-on social media advice.

For my journalism friends, here’s a great social media article by Mashable; great examples of learning how to move from what is social media to how to use social it.

Happy New Year!