Social Media, aka Not So Lonely


I have really gotten into Twitter in the past year. I enjoy tweeting and reading tweets. And about six months ago, I really got into blogs. A few years ago, many parenting blogs were just mums gushing about how wonderful their babies were and the joy of motherhood. I get it, but who wants to read that day after day? I mostly read family-orientated blogs, but from moms and dads. Sure you get the joys of parenthood, but also the tribulations. There are the struggles of working, full-time or part-time, as well as staying at home and losing one’s career. I feel so connected to these people, though I have only been following their lives for a short time. 

I have also gotten into expat blogs. They didn’t have such things when I first moved here. What help that would have been. Sometimes it’s so lonely when you’re a foreigner and are thinking and acting differently to the others around you. Though the USA and the UK have less differences than most other countries, it still feels like a million miles away from what you know.

I remember feeling so isolated at my first job in the UK. It was a small office and everyone was British. People were nice and courteous. And we would sometimes pop to the local pub for a drink at lunchtime on a Friday. But there was a lack of warmth and silliness that was lacking. I missed my American colleagues. It took me about a year before I actually made a friend, and it got easier after that. But that first year was pretty lonely.

If you are an expat, how do you deal with living in another country? Do you use social media to keep in touch with family and friends back ‘home’? Or do you use it to make new friends in your adopted homeland?

5 thoughts on “Social Media, aka Not So Lonely

  1. I am on my second tour as an expat mom and blogger, coming off 4 years in the Netherlands and now 6 months into life in the UK. Reading your post reminded me of my early days and how grateful I was to find people like me out there in the big, big world. I think that social media is a fantastic and necessary tool for moms like us. It helps shrink the distances and the differences. So glad to have connected with you on Twitter and now here too. We can hang in here together 🙂

  2. I’m sad they you felt so lonely to begin with, I hope you are feeling more settled now. Your recent posts sound happy so I hope you are! You’re always welcome for a cup of virtual tea with me! X

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