I adore Shara Lawrence-Weiss from MOMMYPERKS.com.. and am so happy that she is my guest blogger this week. Enjoy her article here and then read more about her and her businesses on her most recent newsletter (Seriously she can save YOU money!) CLICK HERE: NEWSLETTER
Social Media: Can it really foster friendships and small business connections?
Last week I listened to a woman speak on the radio. She mentioned a study done recently about over-active Online users being sleep deprived, suffering from insomnia. The study pointed to the idea that going Online, just before bedtime, was hurting sleep patterns for many people. She then made a comment about how “we should be spending time with REAL people and making REAL connections with other human beings” – rather than spending our time with pretend friends, Online.
People often ask me about this: “Do you really find real friends Online? Do you make true connections with others ? Because I don’t!”
Since taking over MommyPerks.com back in early 2009, I can safely say that I’ve met some of the best friends I’ve ever had and I met them Online. It seems to hold true that we draw to ourselves that which we want around us. I attempt to draw caring, wonderful, creative, hard working, smart moms my way. So far, that’s exactly what I’ve gotten. I’ve become great friends with many of my clients through email, twitter, facebook and over the telephone. I’ve met some of them in person now, also.
Louise, owner of Signing Families, is one such friend. She stumbled upon Mommy Perks long ago and contacted me about advertising. From there, we grew closer and chatted about our businesses: Personal Child Stories and Signing Families. Louise and I partnered in order to create ASL charts that would help both children and teachers/parents. We’ve joined forces on numerous projects now and continue to stay in touch, email, chat via phone and more. Some day, we’ll meet in person, no doubt!
Social Media outlets bring together people who might never otherwise cross paths. It shortens the divide between rich and poor, educated and non-educated, famous and non-famous, CEO’s and employees. It gives opportunity for partnerships, friendships, collaboration and networking. Shut-ins have found new ways to chat with others, seek help and reach out. Teens tap into social media to express thoughts, technology ideas and to run fundraisers for youth programs. Moms in business find like-minded pals who are ready to support, answer questions, tweet for each other and share trails/tribulations.
If life is what we make of it, so is Social Media. For some people, these outlets have opened doors that were otherwise closed. While outdoor time and in-person relationships are not to be undermined, neither is Social Media.
Here’s to another year of connections, collaboration and small business successes!
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Shara and I collaborated on this TRILINGUAL counting book- ASL, English and Spanish. Available on Amazon.com : I CAN COUNT TO TEN IN ASL, ENGLISH and SPANISH