Happy First Friday of May!
I think my WIP is sucking all the words out of my brain, because I seem to be running out of them in other areas.
On my Real Me Facebook page, I have a reputation for being fairly chatty throughout the day. In fact, I've had people tell me how much they look forward to my statuses, and how I make them laugh or smile or whatever I make them do.
I like that!
But yesterday evening, one of my friends posted the following on my wall:
Where are you?! It's not an evening FB session without you!
Well, oops. Am I THAT ensconced by the World of Facebook? Do I have THAT much trouble shutting up?
Thing is, for me, Facebook is a connection point. Not a place to play mindless games or poke people or see how many friends I can get. No, it's a place where I connect with people from all corners of my life--local friends, college friends, neighbors who have moved across the country, professional colleages, and people I thought I'd never, never be connected to again.
It means a lot to me. In fact, I have trouble explaining to my darling husband, who likes to sneer and call me "addicted", how much this connection factor means to me.
I care about these people. And I'm a WORDS PERSON. Which means that I best express my heart through the written word. I most easily give and receive affirmation and affection this way. So Facebook lights up my heart like the birth of a new star.
Naturally, this blog community works the same way for me. I don't know the vast majority of you personally, but connecting with you means something to me. And, being a Words Person, I thrive in this environment.
Now, we've already established that there are lots of introverts among us. There's always the danger, for those who shy away from face-to-face connections, that words-on-a-screen are nothing more than a veil to hide behind. An excuse to stay in one's cozy (dark?) little corner and nod occasionally at the world.
That's the "bad side" of online life. But I prefer to revel in the "good side"; the connections that wouldn't be possible without the internet. The hearts I can touch with my words--and whose words can touch me--in ways that are life-giving and joy-inducing.
And when I "run out of words," I feel a bit off-kilter. Fortunately, writing this blog post has made me feel a little better. Now if I can only think of something to say on Facebook! *wink*
What about you? How does the internet help you to connect in a positive way? Share! And have a blessed weekend.