Can You Feel the Love {Online}?

October 25, 2012

Suz blogs at Suz’s Treats about life with triplets turned twins named Zach and Lucy. She was my BlogHer11 roommate and an all around pretty fantastic person. She’s a working mom (yes – even with two!) and has the best Southern accent ever. And you know I know those things. One day it will be my turn…

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While Diane’s cruising away {& having so much fun without us!}, she asked if I’d jump on over to Hormonal Imbalances for a day. And of course I said yes!

I ‘met’ Diana online when we decided to become BlogHer 2011 roommates. Then months later, we hugged in person for the first time. One of those ‘life will never be the same’ moments.

There’s something special about online friendships. Since you’re reading this, you probably know what I’m talking about. The best part of social media, & the near obsession my friends & I have with it, is that we’re almost always connected. Whether it’s a tweet how the days going in 140 or less, a silly photo of your child that morning from Instagram, a Facebook update on your night, or a detailed blog post on your dinner, I know how my online friends are & what they’re up to sometimes in more detail & much more frequency than my not-as-social-media-savvy IRL friends.

Meeting Diana, & Miranda & reconnecting with Alena, at BlogHer ’11 solitified them in my mind as making the shift from strictly ‘online friends’ to ‘friend friends’. The four of us roomies bonded quick in the months leading up to BlogHer thanks to a myriad of emails, texts, a few silly nights Sypking & more Facebook group conversations than I’d be willing to admit. Our relationships only bonded further in person in San Diego. And our goodbyes were certainly tear-filled.

In the next year, we celebrated many highs as a foursome. New jobs & online opportunities abounded for my friends. The most exciting though was when at one point last fall/winter, between the four of us, we were pregnant with seven babies! Our group chats went wild those weeks as we compared symptoms & registries.
And we’ve clung together {as much as you can be when living in NC, TX, TN & GA}, through the lows of miscarriage, divorce, & infant losses in 2012. When you’re experiencing the worst, knowing friends are holding your heart in their hands helps when little can.

While I was unable to attend BlogHer ’12 {I was at home with 9 week old Zach & Lucy}, I was there in spirit & living vicariously through my friends & their experiences. Thanks to the tweets & Facebook conversations I knew their excitement, goals & plans.

In the four months since becoming a mom of two, I’ve had a hard time staying connected with a lot of my friendships. At first, I was getting the brief stetch of sleep during the time most were online. Now that I’m back to work, days fly by & nights are spent holding my babies tight. Free time is so scarse in my life right now.

Because of this, I consider it precious & I hold dear the online messages, conversations & support Diana & our other former BlogHer roomies share. I’m so thankful for my online turned oh-so-real friends who thanks to social media have seen it all & stuck around.

Do you find your online friendships have been strengthen through social media? Which site do you jump on first?

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Suz has enjoyed being a loving wife to J since 2007 &, after overcoming infertility & a crazy multiples pregnancy, has happily been running wild as a mommy to preemie twins Zach & Lucy since May 2012. You can follow along as Suz navigates the waters of being a newly working mom of two & the other treats in her life at Suz’s Treats. Suz shares bits of her day on twitter as @suzstreats & makes the world a little cuter oversharing photos of the babies on Instagram.

8 Comments

  • Alexia @ Babies & Bacon

    October 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Online friendships can be so incredibly fulfilling and real. I’m so glad to have ‘met’ Diana online so that I can meet all of you other ladies too. Great post today!

  • Miranda (Not Super…Just Mom)

    October 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Oh, Suz, you awesome bed-sharer, you! Thanks for holding my hair back! LOL!!

  • Alena

    October 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    ALL THE LOVE AND HEARTS AND RAINBOWS AND GLITTER!

  • molly

    October 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Yes, online friendships are real. I love the connections I’ve made (including you) 🙂

    1. Suz

      October 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Yes, Molly! Definitely including you!

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  • Amber

    October 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I’m really surprised at the friendships I’ve made via social media. I’ve met people that I have so much in common with creatively and otherwise, and I’ve received so much support.

    I use pretty much everything in social media, but I love how easy it is to have a quick chat on Twitter, or just share something silly on Instagram. And blogging, well, I’ve been able to vent and share and support and be supported. What more could you ask for?

    1. Suz

      October 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Exactly Amber. On my worst days & best days, I know I can always jump on twitter & find a friend to make me smile, laugh or someone who’s going through worse to put my stress in perspective.

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