Much has been said recently about the “negative” side of the internet, but what about the good? Cath recently wrote this short but poignant article for Parent24, in which she mentioned the fact that, because she raised her daughter without the shoulders of her own mother to rest on when times got tough, she turned to parenting forums and social media to chat to fellow moms about her parenting woes, successes and stresses.
I lost my own mom just over 11 years ago and the the moments I’ve missed her the most have been during times I’ve felt at my most vulnerable … as a mom. So, similarly to Cath, I found most of my support online.
Just after I fell pregnant with Luca, I signed up to Baby Centre, a UK-based parenting website which allowed me to “see” Luca growing and developing in my tummy. On 5 March 2009 I started this very blog (which was previously known as “Waiting for Luca“) and, shortly after Luca was born on 25 May 2009, I discovered the Mommalicious Mammas community, which was a wealth of mom-advice, friendship and an online group of shoulders to cry on when I felt uncertain about something as a first time mom.
I discovered SO many awesome blogs, the first of which was Margot’s Jou Ma se Blog, which was actually my inspiration for to start blogging. Shortly after that I found the then-anonymous Exmi’s blog, “Expensive Mistakes & Cheap Thrills” which had me in stitches during those lonely 3am feeds.
Just take a look at my blogroll (somewhere, down there on the right sidebar!) and you’ll get an idea of how many blogs I read … and connect with. I don’t just read blogs for entertainment anymore … I read them for support. They connect me to other moms, some of whom are in a similar “situation” to me or who have the ability to make me feel like it’s all going to be okay.
There are HILARIOUS (but also touching) blogs, like my “in-the-computer-turned-IRL’ BFF Melinda’s blog. There are sites that I admire and look to for parenting tips and tricks, like my other ”in-the-computer-turned-IRL’ BFF Tanya’s fantastic parenting site. There are blogs like my friend Roz’s, which go pretty unnoticed but are honest and always heartwarming. These are all friends who I have connected with online … and there are more!
Twitter has also introduced me to a myriad of new friends and it’s all thanks to the internet.
Have you perhaps used the internet to start your own online business?
Has the internet changed the way you parent your children? Do you Google “what to feed your child when he won’t eat ANYTHING?” as much as I do?
Has the internet connected you to someone who you thought you’d never see again or even, to the love of your life?
Does internet connectivity form such an integral part of your life that you can’t bear to imagine life without it?
There are so many incredible stories out there … stories that should be shared, and I’d love you to share them with me! Vodacom has given me 5GB of data to unlock even more of the internet’s treasures, as well as another 5GB for one of my readers as a reward for sharing your story about how you have unlocked or want to unlock the power of the internet too!
You can either share your story as a comment on this post, or if you’re a fellow blogger, write your own “Unlocking the Power of the Internet” post and paste the link into the comments section here.
The story that I feel is the most rewarding, will get the 5GB of data next Friday, 14 September. I’m excited to read your stories