I never used to spend time on Facebook. Sure, I had an account, but I would miss out on friends being in town because they would post the details on Facebook and I just wasn’t that reliable on social media.
And then I had kids…
- When Kane was first born we spent 54 days in the NICU and I started using Facebook a little more.
- Once we were home from the hospital I could often be found pumping/breastfeeding/walking around with an irritable infant in the middle of the night and Facebook became a closer friend.
- When Kane had heart surgery at the age of one…a closed Facebook group was the way we kept family and friends updated, as well as how we were able to reread (at times compulsively) encouraging and thoughtful comments.
- Once my kids started tantruming and talking back, Facebook became a place where I could easily find parents who were using humour to numb the pain of parenting!
- As I have built my photography skills and my photography business, Facebook has been how I have gotten my images and stories out there. I’m not amazing at using Facebook. I’m more mediocre, but scheduled. And people are telling me I should be looking at creating a newsletter (oh god).
By the way, did you know you can subscribe to my blog? If you are not an enthusiastic Facebook or Instagrammer, you can actually just receive a quick email to let you know there is a new blog post up. All you have to do is click the Follow button in the lower right-hand corner of my blog’s home page. Then if you don’t have time to read the blog or the email (because lets be honest) or I’m just not #1 on your priority list you just delete that email (I won’t even know!)
Okay, back to why I am talking about Facebook right now, in the middle of our family’s entire lives changing.
I have not moved since I have had this affair with Facebook. Not within a city or to a new place. It is unbelievable just how much information about our new home I have access to. Now, I am not a complete idiot, yes, I had the internet when Harrison and I bought our house on Candy Cane Lane, when we first moved to Edmonton the year before, and even when I moved to Uganda to teach way back in 2006. But I was not connected into groups that could support me, where I could ask questions, and essentially meet people before I arrived. Back then, I was just randomly searching things like “where to live in Edmonton” or “what to pack when moving to Africa”. Now, I am connected to everything I can find related to the Bow Valley (the larger area where Canmore is located). I have had conversations with people regarding everything from housing and daycare, to photography opportunities and supports for medically complex kids.
I’m still not really that reliable on social media, but I’m working on it.