Addicted To Social Media
I'm a tweep. I'm a Blog Frogger and a Community Leader. You can find me on Facebook. I know my Alexa ranking, I know my Peer Index score, my Technorati authority, and I know I've got Klout. I'm on a Mom Panel and I'm a Buzzmama. I'm a Made Man. I Make Fun of Stuff.
I'm a blogoholic. I track stats, I know my Google PageRank, I know how many friends I have on Google Friend Connect, and I am recording my children's day-to-day lives, and one day their own children will be able to read it. I'm learning how to drive traffic to a site; how to optimize my chances of getting found by search engines (just look at all these links!). I Stumble Upon, I Digg, I'm Delicious, and I like posts when I can (thumbs up!).
I give shout outs to friends, I tweet all day long (even when I'm busy), and I retweet things that make me happy, make me laugh, and make me think. I share other bloggers' words by way of my Monster Likes, inviting my friends to guest post, and allowing friends to post anonymously. I help mother and fathers feel "normal" with my Monster Mommy Moments. I'm learning to write and even ask for critiques of my writing. I found a passion I didn't even know I had (Thank you Red Dress Club!)
I've gotten a part time job blogging and tweeting and learning how social media can improve a business' success and profits, and I'm crossing my fingers on another opportunity. I even have a chance to speak in front of a hundred people about what I've learned over the past year.
I've made friends; shared laughter and tears. I've met women I blog with every day in real life for the first time, though it felt like I had really known them for years. I've read words that people have shared about their deepest, darkest secrets, fears, losses, and loves. I've blogged about my own, too: depression, infertility, post partum depression, mommy guilt, shame...the list goes on and on. We are not alone.
I've had some amazing people help me get to the point I'm at today by answering questions, holding my hand, and explaining how things work in the Land of Blogs and Tweets and SEO. In turn, I've helped others learn about and understand blogging and tweeting.
I've made friends from around the world, gotten to go back to work (even though I never have to leave my house), I can talk to people anywhere, anytime. I'm part of a Mafia, a tribe, and a secret society. I found that I'd rather write than read (though just barely), and that being a bookworm in the blogging world is actually cool. Social media has changed me in more ways than I could write in one post.
Natalie writes at Mommy of a Monster and Twins about her day-to-day life and the chaos that comes with raising a 3 year old and 1 year old twins.