Last weekend, while my girlfriends and I were sitting around the lake chatting, the topic of social media came up. Mostly, the girls were talking about how ridiculous some peoples' Facebook status updates are. How they don't really care to know about every article a person reads online, or what they had for breakfast, or that they have bad cramps. I believe the term that was used was "Social Media Freaks."
Definition: People that live in a "virtual world." People that consider their online friends their "real friends." People who are obsessed with updating their social media status at all times and believe people actually care.
I was kind-of just taking this conversation in, and the thought came to me: "I should blog about this."
Then, my next thought... "Oh my gosh, I AM one of those people - a Social Media Freak."
I really really like blogging. (Facebook, Twitter, etc. - not as much, but I consider blogging a big part of my life.)
I think (and often talk) about my online friends as my real friends. I find myself saying things like "Well, my blog-friend _____ says _____" or asking, "Did you see where _____ from _____ said _____?" MULTIPLE times a day.
I also think about my readers when I go a few days without blogging... Like my absence is actually noticed in their lives. Like they miss me. Like I MUST get back to them immediately because they are probably worrying about me. (And sometimes, they actually are... I have the emails to prove it.)
Does this make me a bit vain? Probably.
Does this make me a "Social Media Freak?" I'm going with YES.
Am I ok with this? I think so...
Blogging does add something to my life. Not just the writing of blogs - although that outlet has been HUGE for me - but in the reading too. In fact, that same afternoon out by the lake, we were talking about our lack of "mom friends" or a "mom community" at home, and I realized that I don't feel lonely in motherhood, even though I have very few mom-friends in my town, largely because of my blog friends.
I feel like I am a part of a big community - a community that empowers women, that encourages creativity and honesty, that fosters openness and discussion, and I love it. To be honest, I'm a little bit embarrassed by how much I love it.
So... Social Media Freak? Count me in.
Who's with me?
- On a slightly different note, but further proof of the above, have you checked out PicMonkey yet? I was seriously mourning the loss of Picnik, but I think I am going to like this (gasp) even more!!! I'm super excited to play around with it one of these days...
- And, again because I think you people actually really care about the mundanes of my life ;), I've posted a few more photos from my girl's weekend courtesy of Lindsey and her much better camera/photography skills here.