Wednesday, April 20, 2011

disconnected

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The evolution of blogging and social media really amazes me.

I've gone from writing diarrhea - yes TMI - to 140 character tweets in a matter of years.

I recently read just 8-percent of Americans were using Facebook three years ago. But now over half of Americans 12-years-old and older are on the social media site.

12. Tweens. Really?

First, I'm pretty sure that that's illegal. (Don't you have to be 13 to sign up?)

Second, now I see why Amara begs to have a Facebook account now that she has her own laptop. (Yes, my soon-to-be eight-year-old has a computer. Dad2Amara and I had mixed feelings on this one but obviously you see who won on this battle.)

Many moons ago, I decided to begin blogging here at Mom2Amara. And let me tell you about the looks I got when I would tell people about my online adventures. Some people said I was exploiting my child by putting her every move on the scary Internet. Others believed that I was opening myself up to predators and abductors.

Oh, and then I actually became friends with other bloggers. Oye! The stares. Horror! Disbelief! What if they were mass murderers out to rob and destroy my family?

I attended my first BlogHer conference. I thrived. I learned what it meant to pour myself into my writing. I realized I had such potential to grow as a writer. Mother. Person.

How misunderstood blogging was.

And now I realize how misunderstood social media is.

Social media is about your voice. It's about relationships. I was intrigued by the mystique. But I remained in the blogosphere because the virtual world brought with it a sense of self.

I wasn't disconnected by being on my computer, typing away one character at a time. Disconnected were those hoards of people who just didn't understand. I hate that it's taken years for others to appreciate the value of Facebook. And it irks me that it will likely take another decade before *they* accept Twitter.

I value the relationships I have built through social media and my blog. I have learned valuable life lessons as well: how to benefit from writing (it has become a therapeutic tool, especially during my Mom's illness and death), how to be flexible with my time (I certainly do not write as frequently as I used to), how powerful of a tool my writing can be, for better or for worse.

I want to take advantage of all that social media will allow. If love matches can be made online, certainly I can connect with fellow Northeast Ohioans, Disneyphiles, Gleeks, and the like online, right?

I want my passion for life to radiate to all who will look. Even if that means it's just those lousy bloggers that are reading this post. Who's with me?

5 comments :

  1. I'm so with you! I have a college friend who just simply refuses to join Facebook and so we don't keep in touch as much. And besides, If not for Twitter, I never would have met you (i miss you by the way - we need to get drinks or coffee or something soon!)

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  2. I'm not a (lousy or otherwise) blogger but I'm with ya darlin'!

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  3. Well put! It was your encouragement that got me on Twitter. I have virtually no following and your my only person that converses with me, but I'm putting myself out there!!!

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  4. @MJ that means so much because I admire you!

    @Paige yes! We must get together!

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  5. hooray! Try telling people that you work in "online media". Thankfully no one makes bad faces and asks me if I put up those flashing spam banner ads anymore.

    Social media has come along way (bye-bye Friendster) and continues to evolve. As people (and brands) learn how to interact and learn from each other it will be a constantly evolving platform.

    You go Mo! xoxo

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