In the past year or so, I’ve become much more involved in the social media world. This has opened amazing doors to me that I would never have learned about without Facebook, Twitter or reading blogs. I will admit that I’m not always up on the latest tips and trends but I’ll look into something if it becomes popular and seems like it has some staying power. I got a Facebook page before we moved across the country as a means to keep in touch with family and friends and try to make them still feel like a part of our daily lives. Then, I got an email from a friend to join Twitter and follow her. I kind of ignored it (it got buried in my Inbox) and I kind of forgot about it. Then a reminder came a few days later. Because the person who’d joined Twitter was a good friend, I figured they’d checked into it and I was ok to join so I signed up. I had no idea what I was doing and wasn’t sure where I was going to find the time to keep up with something else. It took me a little bit to get the hang of things but I started following some people who shared my love of Disney. I loved hearing them talk about trips, plans, news, information and how it all related to their lives even when they weren’t at Disney. I started following more and more people and have made some amazing friends that I couldn’t imagine not tweeting with.
My husband’s a bit more technical than I am but he doesn’t know all too much about Twitter. He couldn’t understand why I was talking to people I’d never met or what we were talking about. I finally convinced him to join Twitter so he could see first hand what we’re talking about and what I tell them. Even though we share a lot of the same followers, I think it was hard for him to believe it was real people he was communicating with. On a trip last fall, I’d tweeted out some plans and several people had wanted to try and meet up while we were in Disney. I was so excited to meet these people but at the same time so nervous! I’m a much better writer than speaker. When I write it out, I can think about it and change it a hundred times before I send it if I need to. Once I say it, there’s no changing it. I have to say that the people I was able to meet up with were amazing and we’ve met up on other trips or have plans to meet up again in the future.
My answer to “Don’t you have any “real” friends?” is I sure do! I may not see them nearly as often as I like but my on line friends are some of the most amazing, supportive people I have ever met in my life. I’m so thankful for jumping in to Twitter and chatting with people and couldn’t imagine a day without any of them.