I used to play a lot of backgammon on my Mac. I spent time surfing the net looking for something. I wanted to do more. I wanted to be more but I played backgammon against the computer.
I created my first blog, Many Rivers to Cross, on August 28, 2008. I used this picture. I didn’t say much. I was so nervous about being on the web that I used the name mountain mama.
In the beginning, my only follower was my friend Janie. She was the one who encouraged me to start blogging. I discovered how to connect with other nature photographers out of a desire for more followers. They inspired me to improve my skills as a photographer. I became an armchair traveler and created a list of people I wanted to meet and places I wanted to visit. I continue to dream of traveling the globe to meet my virtual friends in person.
As I deepened my relationships with my online friends, I started to feel confused about how to talk about them with my real life friends. How could this good friend of mine be someone I never met? Social media is not new but the experience of developing meaningful relationships through the internet was very new to me. It’s a generational thang.
Now, over three years later, I have opened up my heart and soul with such transparency that at times I astonish myself. I have found a tribe of people who are kind, encouraging, creative and energetic. Every day I’m learning more about social networking and marketing. I struggle not to spend too much time caught in that Bermuda Triangle between gmail, Twitter and facebook. (Thanks, Michelle, for putting a name to this challenging experience.)