I will admit that I have become addicted to social media in almost all its forms. This admission comes as I just turned in a paper for journalism in which I had to keep track of ALL of my medial usage (phone, text, Facebook, Twitter, TV, games, books, magazines, newspapers, etc) for one week. On the seventh day, I had to GIVE UP ALL TYPES OF MEDIA for 24 hours. The fact that I’m writing about it means I survived, but not without a lot of insight about myself. I am on Facebook and Twitter every day. On Facebook, I interact with friends, play one game obsessively and check out the feeds to see what everyone is up to. Occasionally someone will post something that I consider worthy of sharing with everyone. This is how I interact with people who live all over the world, whom I have not met, but some of them I feel closer to than some members of my family. During my day without media, I had no clue what to do. I couldn’t even study because I would have had to read. I ran some errands, came home, slept a little, walked a lot that day and pretty much climbed the walls. But during that day it hit me “Social Media in all of it’s forms is incredibly POWERFUL!” When I write a blog and publish it the post goes straight to my twitter feed and straight to my Facebook feed. Whether or not people chose to click on the links is out of my control, but with 515 friends in at least 8 different countries, I know I can count on several people reading it.
As far as Twitter is concerned, I’m relatively new to it and I only follow 120 people with only 20 people following me but if you were to look at who I follow, you will see it relates to this blog and what I eventually want to do. If you like it, please follow me @CharleneEgizi.
Using both of these social media sites, gives me access to a much larger audience than I ever would have without it. I have also noticed an increase in fellow bloggers following my posts, which is really nice because that automatically gives me new bloggers to check out and I haven’t read posts by any of them that I didn’t like. Now if someone would just show how to get my blog featured, I would be grateful.
Since International Survivors of Suicide Day is coming up on November 23, 2013 (all over the world, if you want to find an event near you check out http://www.AFSP.org or do a Google Search. There are events all over the world), I thought I would leave you with another astounding suicide fact.