Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What I'm Thankful For -- Day 9

Just a little more than two weeks until Thanksgiving. You know that means holiday music and Santa in the malls are both just around the corner!

This is my daily thankfulness post, when I take the opportunity to write about one thing for which I'm thankful. I'll have a nice set of these once Thanksgiving rolls around—heck, I could turn this into a whole blog if I wanted to!

Day 9
Social media has changed my life. I never had a MySpace or a Friendster page; while I did rely on email to keep in touch with friends, apart from an occasional venture onto one of the high school alumni web sites, there really wasn't any way to find people I knew growing up. Strangely enough, I resisted joining Facebook for a long time after many of my friends did; somehow I knew with my slightly obsessive personality, I'd get hooked immediately and want to add all sorts of "extras" to my Facebook page.

A little more than two years later, I am a huge fan of Facebook and my prediction was correct—as my Facebook friends will attest, I spend a lot of time on there updating my status, communicating with friends, sharing links and media, and enjoying the feedback and reactions I get.

Facebook, Twitter and this blog have offered me opportunities to expand and express my opinions, thoughts and creativity, and for that I'm thankful. But beyond that, I am able to be in touch with friends from elementary school, summer camp, high school, college, my involvement with pageants, etc.—people whom, in many cases, I might never have seen or spoken with again—and it really has expanded my life. So today I give thanks to the world of social media for making my world even fuller—and even more hectic!

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