Community

One of the things I like best about social media, specifically Twitter in my case, is the sense of community and support I’ve gained from it.

Through it, I’ve made contact, exchanged messages and thoughts with a whole host of other writers that I wouldn’t have encountered any other way. I’ve received suggestions, encouragement, and critique, a lot of which I think has made me a better writer. Or, at least, a more productive one. I’m not sure I’ve been able to do much in the sense of giving back, but I do hope so.

I’ve yet to encounter much of the negative that the internet can bring out in some people, although I know it’s out there. Something about the anonymity and lack of accountability seems to create the perfect storm for people to act like idiots and treat anyone who doesn’t share their views or opinions like dirt. I am frequently grateful I have not been on the receiving end of any such hostility.

But, if I’m honest, I’m more grateful for kindness I’ve been shown.

I mentioned once before how important being kind to people can be. I also believe supporting each other is equally important. There are some days, when you’re stuck or struggling, when some words of support, in whatever form, can be the thing that gets you past it & keeps you going. I know it has for me and I hope, by either re-tweeting or some words, I can do the same for someone else.

So I would like to take this small opportunity to (once again) thank anyone reading this who has been either kind, supportive, encouraging or all three. Thank you very much. It means a lot.

 

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