Social Media – My Gateway to Positivity

So I’ve written this about my experience of Social Media and of course I can only speak for myself but I wanted to put my thought and feelings out there for others to read.  I’ve titled this post ‘MY GATEWAY TO POSITIVITY’ because it has been exactly that for me.  Also I am fully aware of all of the down sides and that some use it in a negative way and for that I feel very sorry.  Sadly not everyone wants to spread positive vibes or help each other and this is not just a Social Media phenomena.

My Social Media Experience – Support & Friendship

Over the past couple of years social media has become a big part of my life, a great source of support, enabling me to link up with like minded people which has been invaluable.  I cannot express how much of a positive this has been for me and it’s like anything, you get out of it what you put into it. Plus as a blogger it’s a crucial tool to both reach out to your audience and interact with fellow writers.

‘Life is a funny old thing’, ‘You never know what’s around the corner’ and ‘Never say never’ are phrases that really resonate as my life is now.  And they can also be related to my experience of Social Media, I admit that when I first signed up to Twitter and Instagram I was sceptical, suspicious, didn’t understand how to use them nor did I see the point to them!  In fact I signed up, tried them briefly, then gave up for about two years.  So if I can change my perspective then anyone can.

Before my Leukaemia diagnosis I never would have guessed that Social Media would actually become my virtual support group…the gateway to much needed friendships and information making a big contribution to my mental well being.  As the Leukaemia I have is rare for someone my age I found it an invaluable way of finding others like me, who I can really relate to.    Others have reached out to me this way after seeing my story in the press and magazines, we have been able to share our experiences, offer each other support through the tough times.  We also laugh about situations only we can see the funny side in.

Facebook and Twitter really helped at the time of my shock, overnight, Leukaemia diagnosis.  I received an overwhelming number of messages of support from friends, colleagues, associates, family and other surprising sources.  My heart melted at the sentiments, offers of help and outpouring of love as I read them all from my hospital bed.  Before this I had no idea that so many people cared, it was so uplifting and spurred me on to fight harder.  Old friends, whom I’d lost touch with reached out to me and people who had seen my story via a mutual friend’s timeline felt compelled to wish me well.  Even now, if I am feeling a little low, I look back over them to remind myself of what’s important.

The updates me and my family were able to post were really comforting to everyone who was worried about my condition which was touch and go.  Rather than spending hours on the phone returning calls this was done quickly and efficiently relieving a lot of pressure from my family.

Personally for me it was really important to be able to thank each person for their support, it had meant the world to me and I wanted them to know.  When I was well enough I had conversations via Messenger and DM boosting my morale as I was hospitalised for 6 months, in isolation, unable to have visitors, it was incredibly lonely at times.

Some of the support I’ve had is from ‘social media’ friends that to start of with were fellow supporters of Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro and they have stayed with me throughout. Sending me some wonderful messages and making donations to the charity I’m an Ambassador for, so heartwarming. Also the band members of Collabro have tweeted messages of support and recorded a video clip wishing me well, in my darkest hours these were very much appreciated.  Even though I was battling through the worst time in my life these small things gave me something to smile about.

There are private Facebook groups where I can express me feelings amongst those who are like minded and have shared my life experiences.  This is a brilliant facility on Facebook that is used by clubs, support groups, businesses, to plan surprise parties and much more.

Blogging and Social Media

When I decided I wanted to write a blog about my experience I wanted to reach out to others, help myself come to terms with my new life and realise my dream of being a writer.  Social Media has been a very effective way of meeting other bloggers, networking, gaining help, information and chatting about a subject we are mutually interested in.  There are Facebook groups for bloggers which are a fantastic way of finding other blogs and gaining followers for yours.  In these groups you can ask for help, advice and chat all things blogging with those who are also passionate about it.  I find this really invaluable.

An old work colleague contacted me after reading my blog sending me this message through Facebook; 

I may not have met a lot of these friends face to face but we chat regularly, this is often the way of making friends now in the modern world. I often see conversations held amongst those who have ‘met’ over a common interest, whether its a TV show like The Walking Dead,  Poldark or Sherlock, blogging, sport, writing, etc.   Sometimes they have been able to meet up and have talked about how it felt so natural, like seeing an old friend.  For those who are fans of popular TV shows they often ‘live tweet’ which is basically like sitting in a room together watching it, sharing theories and opinions. Sometimes actors from the shows get involved too, is lots of fun and brings people together.
In a way it is just a more effective way of finding people who you have something more in common with.

Help and Advice on Social Media

Social Media is a great source of help, advice and information quickly and efficiently too.  Obviously you have to be guarded and sensible about it but you can tap into other people’s knowledge on pretty much any subject.   For customer service with businesses it is an efficient way to resolve any issues and I’ve received excellent assistance from major brands.  I have also given positive feedback whenever I have been really happy with a product or service.

A couple of years ago I used Twitter to help me sort out an out of stock issue that I’d been unable to resolve (I’m a Pharmacy Technician). Very quickly I received lots of suggestions from other technicians and was able to track down an alternative.  I know of others who have managed to track down an elusive and highly sought after item of clothing this way.

In the aftermath terrorist attacks or natural disasters Facebook now has a way you can mark yourself as safe or out of the area.  So if you would normally be in that area or it is near where you live you can very quickly let everyone know you are safe and also check on people you are worried about.

To Sum Up

As I’ve mentioned I am aware that social media has its negatives with cyber bullying by keyboard warriors but, there is always going to be those people in the world and I for one am not going to let it outweigh the many positives. As long as we are careful, listen and take on board the safety measures for using social media that can all be kept to a minimum. Don’t read or get involved in negative feeds and always think twice before positing anything.  

5 thoughts on “Social Media – My Gateway to Positivity”

  1. Thanks ever so much for such a refreshing view on how we all relate to one another these days!I've never being a big fun of social media but your words really got me thinking and I've suddenly remembered all the amazing people I've met via Facebook or Pinterest so far! Bliss & Grace from my Heart to Yours x

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  2. Thank you, yes I think how we relate and make some of our friends has changed and not always in a negative way. I thought it was time I wrote about a positive social media experience! Thanks for stopping by

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