Today Sarah from The Puffin Diaries tells us how her life has changed since joining twitter.
Last week I attended a conference. I stood on stage next to my friend, fellow adopter and founder of The Open Nest Charity, Amanda Boorman, and talked, all be it briefly, about how The Adoption Social came to be. We then went on to introduce and show, for the very first time, the new animation commissioned by The Open Nest and based on information that The Adoption Social had collated from the on-line community. At that moment, I couldn’t have felt prouder of being part of the adoption on-line community.
Throughout the day I also spoke to many people about the support they could find on line, about the fantastic friendships I’d forged with people I’d met through Twitter and how wonderful it is to read so many amazing adoption blogs.
Even as I write this, it all seems a little surreal.
Nearly three years ago I joined twitter and I didn’t really know what was going to happen. Many people I know had said “oh I can’t get along with that twitter” or “I don’t get it”.
I think it is a little bit of an odd space if you don’t really know why you’re there. Especially if you already do Facebook where the majority of your friends hang out. But if you have a cause or are looking for some like minded folk,, then it can be a really positive place to be.
My first twitter name was @adoptionbliss, slightly tongue in cheek because life was far from bliss. We were experiencing regular violent out bursts and I think it was around the time of fire starting, running away and stealing too.
Something strange happened; maybe I tweeted something or said “hello” to another adopter on twitter, but suddenly lots of people were saying “hello back” and suggesting people for me to follow.
I must confess that from that point on I became massively addicted to twitter.
So nearly three years ago I took the plunge to join a social media thingy. One that often gets bad press for bullying, bitching and general hating of others. In my three years I’ve only ever had a couple of bad experiences on twitter and they were quickly dealt with by blocking.
Instead what I’ve found is the most INCREDIBLE source of support, love, empathy, compassion, understanding and a sense of belonging. I have friends who understand my life. I have friends who are there online but are also at the end of the telephone. I have friends that I can make plans to see all of whom I met on twitter.
I am a co-founder of The Adoption Social a site which aims to support the on-line community because of twitter.
I have my own blog The Puffin Diaries, where I write, all though not that often recently, about adoption because of twitter.
I am a trustee for a progressive and creative thinking adoption support charity The Open Nest because of twitter..
And I’m talking at conferences because of twitter.
But most of all and most importantly, for me, is I am now no longer ever alone because of twitter.
Three years on my life has changed quite dramatically because one day I decided to joined twitter.
So if you read this site but have not yet taken the plunge to join twitter, why not give it a go today.
Here’s our post on how to set up an account safely.
Oh and don’t forget, once you’ve joined to come and say hello find us @adoptionsocial.