Social media has become my social life, a source of advice and a place where I can express myself.
Ever since it became available, Iíve always been a fan of social media. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and MySpace (wow I sound old), have all been great platforms to enable me to stay in contact with friends and family.
As I gotten a little older though, and my life became more hectic, I began to withdraw from social media and my posts have became less frequent.
After having my son, my mum suggested that I start a blog as a way off documenting my son's development and our life, and also as a hobby that I could maintain around my duties as a mummy.
I was a little embarrassed and wasnít sure that I wanted my friends and family reading my blog, so I decided to open another Instagram account using the same name as the blog. I began to follow mums that Iíd been watching on YouTube and as the months went on, my followers and the people I followed began to grow.
As a single mum, life can be pretty lonely after your little one is In bed, especially when most of your friends pre-pregnancy donít have children. So I began to focus a little more on building my Instagram account, as a way of finding friends who were also mothers in the hope that I might be able to arrange a couple of play dates.
I soon realised that my hobby had opened up an opportunity for me to connect with other mums. It was nice to be able to reach out and ask for advice, to see other mummyís post their recommendations and chat with people that I now class as friends. I am lucky enough to have struck up friendships with mothers in my local area and chat regularly to plenty more further afield.
Social media has become my social life; a source of advice; a place where I can express myself; somewhere I can ask for help and not feel judged, and a lifeline when Iíve needed it.
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