I’ve thought a lot about today’s question.
How Social Media and Blogging has changed me.
I have this blog. I have a twitter. I have an Instagram. That pretty much sums up my social media usage.
Our instagram is private, I like it that way. I like being able to choose who we let into our day to day lives. I like that I can share it with a select few followers or push something to twitter. We’re selective there, and have been since we had our daughter. So, I don’t know that instagram has changed me much, I feel like it’s just an extension of my blog and twitter in a more private platform.
This blog has existed since 2007. Over 6.5 years. I’ve met some really great people, some of those kinds of people that always know what my heart needs to hear, and I’ve met some people that can relate with me on so many things. I feel like over this past few years -and by this I mean since 2010 when I really learned what the blog community is about- I’ve kind of rotated in and out of a couple of communities. I feel like blogging is like real life, some blog friends are seasonal kinds of friends, some are those you want to stay in contact with for a long time, some that you can’t feel any more blessed to know, and some that you frankly aren’t necessarily going to agree with or go out of your way to be friends with. As far as finding my blog “bestie” that has yet to happen – so by golly if you think you might be it, let me know. I’m on the hunt. Kidding. Mostly. Since I’ve had A, I’ve had a bit less time to comment on blogs and make that full on effort all though I am still reading blogs, so if you won’t if I’ve left you in the dust – I haven’t. I’m still reading, I’m just working on adjusting my time, but I’m still reading your words.
With twitter, I think I’ve found probably most of my sense of community. Some as an extension of my blog, some as new connections. Especially in the handmade kind of world, I have met a lot of people – some really great people. I think twitter helps you find more out about a person, what they are really like off of their blog. I’ve admired people more by connecting with them on twitter, but I’ve also found some people that their posts just drain the heck out of me. Also though, I’ve gotten some darn good customer service thanks to twitter. I’m a lifetime tweeter if for nothing else than the outstanding customer service you get from companies through that platform. Like seriously.
Overall, I’m not sure that I can say that blogging and social media has really changed me, per say. I would consider it more of a portal to have met some great people that I wouldn’t have been able to meet without the platforms. People who live all around the world, people who have offered friendship and encouragement. People that I share common interests with and common life happenings. So, with that said – I’m grateful for those that I have met over social media and blogging…I’m grateful for you.