My Social Media Love Story – Twitter (totes stole the title from (in)RL…ahem…)
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I remember when I joined Twitter..back in the early days when it was brand new and no one really knew what potential it held … and I had no idea why I would bother with it. But, I’m your classic early adopter (yes, I did just sign up for a Babblr account, even though I don’t use Tumblr and the function doesn’t even work anyway. But it’s new. And shiny.).
I’m not usually succinct enough to say anything in a sentence, much less worry about how to interact with a stranger in 140 characters (or less, you know, if you want them to be able to retweet your message and share with their followers). So trying to figure out what to say, how to say it, and whom to say it to? It was confusing.
I started off following all the people Twitter suggested for me. Let me just make a suggestion. Don’t do that. I ended up with status updates of celebrities, musicians, comedians and people who I just generally would never be able to (or would want to) connect with. Also. Don’t be an egg. Add a photo of your face. Soapbox over.
But somehow, slowly, God started leading to me to a community on Twitter. Bloggers. Writers for (in)courage. Companies like Dayspring. Strong women of God like Beth Moore. Hilarious women like BigMama and BooMama. Inspiring conferences like Allume and Declare. I figured out how to join in Twitter parties and not feel like my eyes were melting. I found communities like HelloMornings, women like Katie and Lara and Kat who are real, kind, encouraging and passionate about Jesus and sharing Truth. I joined link ups and stay up way too late every week laughing and chatting with the Five Minute Friday girls, brave, amazing writers. Some might even say I’m a Twitter ninja. I’m sending those 2 people cupcakes.
It might seem silly to some, but God has used Twitter to open doors to real life community my life. I have met these amazing people online, and then hugged their necks at Allume. I have introduced real life, life long friends to new online friends and now sit back and watch them connect. I help build online community now, and I love every moment of it 🙂
Dayspring has always played a huge role in my Twitter community. Between interacting with (in)courage, meeting Lisa-Jo, Stacey, Saul, Sally, and Mandy at Allume, being the recipient of MANY a Dayspring giveaway via Twitter parties, and being part of (in)RL…they are one of the huge reasons I stuck with it, and why I’m so thankful to have built a community that now includes over….over?…1,000 of you 🙂
What better way to say “thank you” to everyone who helped me reach this crazy milestone than with…you guessed it…a Dayspring giveaway! They have this amazing new line called “This Thing Called Family” and it is so beautiful. Designed by the lovely ladies at Things With Wings, they create gorgeous home decor pieces that are so fun!
So one of you lucky, lovely people will be winning the “Count Your Blessings” wall art, courtesy of my dear friends at Dayspring. It’s perfect, right? Since I count all of you as blessings! Simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget & a winner will be randomly chosen on Friday!