Seriously. You might not believe this, but up until a month or two ago, I was anti-social on social media! Sure I had a Facebook presence, but only to stay connected to kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, siblings. In fact, shockingly, I wasn’t even ‘friends’ with Richie Coldcuts. It’s true.
So what changed? Well, I’ve always been a little bit of a closet writer – in a wishful, day-dreamy kind of way. Oh, the articles and books I’ve written in my head! I occasionally put pen to paper (so old school), and even submitted articles to Reader’s Digest. No, they didn’t get published. Maybe they got lost in the mail. Hey, it happens.
But when my career began to end, I decided to seriously try blogging. I joined WordPress and posted – – – ta-DAH!! I waited. Nothing happened. I wondered if there was a bug in the WordPress STATS app. I had spent a lot of time researching how to get my site set up and decided I better research how to draw readers, visitors, followers — LIKE-ers! Well to do that, it seems that you have to come out of social-media-hiding and connect. Hmmmm . . . I had spent years explaining to acquaintances, friends, and coworkers that I ‘didn’t do Facebook’ except with the elite group mentioned above. Hmmmm. . . I’d NEVER Tweeted, Instagram’d or Snapchatted. But I asked myself – what’s the big deal, Trixie? So I came out of my social-phobic-foxhole, and joined Twitter and Instagram, and created a presence on Pinterest. I invited friends and strangers alike to friend me, read me, LIKE me! And I started to get followers, even comments.
I was hooked! I LOVE writing my blog, and enjoy seeing others’ posts on Facebook. When something fun or funny happens, I can hardly wait to post to my hoards of followers; I’m nearing 100 – Ha! I am like a machine Monday thru Friday, like clockwork, in a rhythm, making Wednesdays for Women, really on a roll. Then early yesterday there was a medical emergency in my family. It involved Richie Coldcuts (which is for another post, and YES, he’s fine now). But we spent a day and a half at the hospital, and needless to say, I missed an entire day of posting and reading other blogs I follow. I kind of panicked. I thought, ‘oh no, all my tens of followers are going to miss me’ (having been so regular and all)! I thought, I’ll lose my readers, they’ll wonder where I went, what I’m doing, what Richie Coldcuts is up to. REALLY? All this after 30 days of blogging? I don’t even recognize my social self! Next thing I’ll be snapchatting! When and how did that happen? Well, you know what? I don’t know, but I kinda like it. Yep — I do! Onward and upward . . .