I had a discussion with a dear friend the other day about social media.
I’m not a huge social media person, as you may have noticed. I blog, but have no Facebook, no Twitter, no Google plus. Well, that is changing shortly, as my goal this fall is it get hooked up…so stay tuned.
However, my friend has no interest in social media whatsoever; she feels that connections made online are not real, and thus you can end up living in an “imaginary world”.
While I completely agree that online connections are NOT a replacement for real life connections, and while I treasure my family and friends dearly, I have come to learn that there is a strong place in my life for a community that I only connect with through word and pictures.
I explained to my friend that sometimes I have felt so alone in my life. When I got divorced, I had some other friends that were divorced too, but none had children. My friends with children were all married. I felt like I could identify with both worlds, but neither world completely.
When I remarried, there was no one I knew who had been remarried. Or who had become a Stepmom. Or had dealt with an ex husband, or dealt with their husband’s ex. It was completely uncharted waters.
Through the years, I have struggled with these roles. Occasionally I have bumped into others who have been living under similar circumstances. We have had some great conversations, but no relationships have been built.
Through the amazing blogging community, I have had the opportunity to “meet” others who are in similar circumstances, or who grew up in a blended family, or who are forging forward with starting over right now. These connections are precious to me. Not only have they “fed me”, but I, in turn, have felt like I could “give back” too.
One of those connections is with Heather, from Bonding a Blended Family. While I only found her blog recently, every time I read her blog, I can identify with everything! We seem to have similar values and similar goals in how we are blending our families.
When Heather asked if I was willing to be interviewed for her blog about how we blended our family, I jumped at the chance! She was even keen on getting some answers from my husband and kids. I can tell you that we all had a blast answering these questions, and had some awesome conversations with the kids about what it was like when we first got together and how it is for them now (of course, only bits can be shared as no one wants to read an interview that took a few hours to complete – but it was an awesome process for us!)
Please jump on over to Heather’s blog to read Part One and to find out a bit more about us: The CDF’s!