There seems to be a growing section of people – who consider the time spent on line as “wasted”. Pinterest, Facebook, Forums, Blogging. All seen as “less than productive” time by those who don’t do it.
This past month, I have not had as much time as I desired to be on the laptop, I got to checking off and on all day with the iPods, but that means that my blogging, replying, posting, sharing links, pinning – all went down drastically.
And what I found – is that I missed the people. Those virtual friends that hang out in the same spots and times as I. I miss hearing Kristi’s crazy antics, being encouraged by Tricia, being inspired by Phyllis to bring in more hands on learning and dig deeper into learning, being held accountable and encouraged by Barb. The wonderful conversations with my morning gang on Facebook. The camaraderie on The Crew Forum. The sharing of our lives in the blog reader.
Over the last two years, we are getting used to the random phone call – “I read your blog – and I’m traveling 101 up the coast and we’d like to meet your family”. This weekend – a group of gals that hang out on line – met on line – came to the coast, rented a house, and had a great weekend of chat. I must say, that those first few minutes were a bit strange. Talking to a person, whom I only knew as a photograph, a gravitar. Giving sound, voice, personality, character to those typed words and photographs. They spent some time at the Mil Mar, we spent time on the beach, and we spent A LOT of time eating together.
I have to ask the question above, How much time are you wasting on Facebook. Not how much time are you spending online . . . but how are you using that time? I urge you – to spend some time today, commenting, liking, replying, pinning – being an encouragement to others as they walk through their days. Who will be less lonely because of your click? Who will feel validated because of your comment? Who will have a bit of courage poured into them to continue on one more day? You don’t know what is happening on the other side of their screens. But you can spread joy, with abandon, it costs nothing. Don’t waste your time. Use it.
Definitely sounds like it! Lots of people to meet! It’s just hard to spend any time with all of you when the family wants to do other things. 😉
Cindy, now you have more people to meet up with the next time your family comes to OR.
I love this encouragement from you!! And it looks like you had a fabulous time with lots of laughter.
I had a great time meeting you and chatting about your homeschooling! Your boys are awesome. I hope we’ll meet again sometime; thanks for having us over. 🙂
Wow – I don’t feel so bad now, with my online usage for friends and family!
Looks like I missed a great meet-up. 🙂
I have noticed you were missing a bit and thought about checking up on you. So glad to know you were having some fun!
It was so great to meet you and actually be able to have real live conversations! Your boys are a hoot, by the way.
Love you Angie! If it wasn’t for Facebook I’d be lonely 🙂