I have been a fan of Facebook for about 2 years now and I can understand both the pros and the cons, but for me, the positive side wins over. Twitter? Now that is a whole new world and one that I have only just dipped into. It is beginning to grow on me. As a new blogger, I have discovered an extension of the whole social networking party and something else to kind of suck me into the virtual friendship game.
I have probably spent the last month in a whirlwind. I have discovered new people (albeit virtual ones!), a new hobby and something to grab my interest/get my brain working again. Being someone who is most definitely an 'all or nothing' person, I am totally drawn in. I have probably spent 90% of my waking hours thinking about my next blog and have even dreamt about twitter parties (thanks to dorkymum for that!). I have even had mental conversations signing off with hash tags, I think I may have taken it one step too far!
At the beginning of this week I was feeling a little low. I stood in the playground waiting for DS1 to go into class, watching all the other mums chatting away and I was standing alone. On some days that is fine, who needs constant people around? On this particular day however, I started to wonder if all this social networking/blogging had got the better of me and I had actually forgotten how to communicate with the real world and actual people. Perhaps someone was trying to tell me something?
Later that day I had a coffee morning arranged with some old friends...it got cancelled. I thought about using the time to write my next blog post ( I told you I am an all or nothing person!) but I chose to go to my Zumba class instead. Whilst there I met with an old friend and a relatively new one, we had lunch together afterwards (yes, undoing all the work we had done but at least we had burnt calories first!). We discussed our children's school, laughed about our parenting failures and generally did 'life' together. That same afternoon I went for a sunny dog walk with a relatively new friend, someone who I am getting to know better. I thoroughly enjoyed it, so did the pooch, who made a new friend at the same time which is always a bonus :) We talked about real life issues, our children and the things that make us tick. By the end of the day I was at the top of my lift, I had spent my day well.
Being a new blogger and new 'tweeter', I kind of feel like 'new mum in the playground' the one who is trying to make an impression, trying to be accepted...it's an odd feeling and obviously one I am not used to. On the one hand I am loving the new world I have discovered, it fulfills a lot of my needs and the things I enjoy : interacting with new people, sharing my thoughts and learning new things about others. However I have also discovered that it should by no means REPLACE my actual friendships or begin to impinge on my real life and in particular, my family. This week I have realised how important it is to strike the right balance.
I am so thankful for the people that God has placed in my life and put around me....if you are reading this and are one of the lovely people I have had the pleasure of spending time with this week, you are a gift and I love you very much :)
This post is part of a blog hop, linking up with Michelle at mummyfromtheheart for #R2BC.