So guess what I'm writing about this week?!
I just really wanted to share all the reasons why I use online and digital support, and perhaps you might too...
- I write this blog to share our journey, and hope to help and inspire people. I also get useful and supportive comments and emails via it.
- It keeps me sane - I can tweet and blog about the serious to the silly, and it doesn't matter.
- I have found a wealth of other people involved in adoption via Twitter. They all understand, and I know that a simple 'help, I'm having a bad day' will be met with support and empathy, without judgement even though I haven't met most of them.
- Facebook enables me to share my blog with a wider audience, and share other titbits of
- I've learnt to be more concise - you have to be when Twitter limits to 140 characters!
- Through blogging and tweeting I have found so many people, some of whom I'm proud to call my friends, and have developed amazing relationships with them.
- Without social media I'd never have met my friend Sarah from The Puffin Diaries, and therefore the Weekly Adoption Shout Out and The Adoption Social wouldn't exist.
- Through setting up The Adoption Social and tweeting, I met Amanda Boorman, who invited me to be a trustee for The Open Nest - what an amazing experience, and I'm very proud to be involved.
- I'm no longer isolated. I can reach out and meet people who know what me and my family are going through.
- I've learnt lots - I can follow conferences without being there using #hashtags and can take part in Twitter chats and parties.
- I have found different websites to help me online like PicMonkey for editing images and Google drive for storing and sharing documents.
- I've found recommendations for apps on my phone/tablet like Whatsapp - another way of connecting with people.
- More websites are springing up, and I can now find them easier, these also support me and others in my circles.
- I've been invited to guest post for other organisations and bloggers - I get a great sense of achievement through this, and validation too.
- I've had a poem published in a book, which I'd never have known about if it wasn't for Twitter. Again - another sense of achievement and validation.
- My blog has been shortlisted for several awards (though I haven't won any yet), which gives me confidence and inspiration to continue writing.
- I've found a whole host of other bloggers - a brilliant, supportive community, where people are writing about their lives, so many similar to my own. They pick me up when I am down, they make me realise that my life could be worse, they make me laugh and cry.
But the things I now have, far outweigh those couple of cons. If you're in any doubt about stepping into the social media arena, then I hope this helps you see why it's so important to me.