So as you all know I jumped on the Twitter train yesterday. It got me thinking about just how much social media has taken over my life and so many others.
Obviously I've got this blog which documents pretty much all the important (and not so important) events in my family's life.
I've got Facebook to keep up with all my IRL friends (all 400+ of them, can we say a serious purge is in order?) I also have a FB page for the blog so you can conveniently read from your newsfeed.
I have Kodakgallery to share all the million pictures I take of E with my family.
I now have twitter where I can share every mundane though I have if I so choose.
The only thing I'm missing is FourSquare (or whatever it's called) so you could see my exact location at anytime of the day!
It's getting a bit ridiculous no?
I'm not condemning it. Obviously I participate. But it did get me thinking....where do we draw the line and why is there such a need for it all?
I can answer the second question pretty easily.
I blog because I feel the need to document. I want to leave something behind for future family members and my children who might want to know more about me. I also want something to look back on when this time in my life has passed so I can remember who I was and how I got to wherever I am going.
I tweet and FB because I feel the need to connect with people. Being a stay at home mom can be lonely sometimes. The people who comment and the other bloggers out there who also share their lives are like my co-workers. Most are fellow moms and it feels great to know that I'm not alone and that I'm not the only one having happy hour locked in the bathroom. Somewhere out there....you're there too.
As far as where I draw the line? I'm still working on that.
I obviously keep some things private, but I've always been a very honest person. If I think it or do it....I'm really not scared to tell you about it. It is what it is. I won't do it at the expense of others...that line is completely drawn...but I am okay with doing it at the expense of myself.
So here I am. Out there in the social media world. Completely exposed. Am I scared? Not really. You may know what I look like, what I eat for dinner, all of my thoughts, but my exact location is kept secret.......for now.
What about you? Do you have social media overload? Where do you draw the line?
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