Discuss ways that blogging or social media has changed you.
I could probably write a book on the many thoughts on how it has blogging and social media has changed me. Where to begin? Well, after leaving school, I was homeschooled from middle school to high school. My first working computer I received ran DOS and Windows 3.1. It scares me to say that, as it seems forever ago! I used Prodigy Online/CompuServe and AOL (America Online) as my very first at-home Internet providers, which both were always trial versions for a long time. I went to chatrooms, played games, read news articles, etc.
It was about a year later, I finally had a working computer with Windows 95 and a newer version of AOL. There, I communicated with acquaintances and friends I had met through my independent studies nearly on a daily basis. We mostly used the e-mail and instant messaging platforms to keep in touch. I slowly researched and became self taught in HTML coding and graphic design (I wish I had screenshots of the very bland websites I had created).
As I reached teenagehood, I wanted to explore more outside of my box. So, I played more computer games specifically one called Petz 3 and Petz 4. Does anyone remember that game? Yes, it was years of endless entertainment for me. I found an AOL chatroom called “showzcentral” where I interacted with others players around my age, sharing the same passions. On account to owning that game, it brought me close to amazing friends, one I consider my sister.
A few years later, I started a LiveJournal account where I would often vent my feelings of my life. I can say, I had moments of encouragement, but also, many moments of depressing rant-y posts. After being diagnosed with cancer at 15 years old, I had many years of hospital walls and being at home constantly. Blogging and social media had been a support system since I didn’t readily have friends I could confide in locally. Complete strangers helped me understand my feelings, and know that I am a gifted human being. It has allowed me to show my capabilities even if I don’t have a job, or a college degree.
To make a long story short, I would not have met the amazing people who remain in my life today due to blogging, social media, and just use of the Internet itself. Although I am still very introverted, it has helped me see another side of the world, and I have found people that understand me. I am very blessed and thankful for all of you. You know who all are. I hope to continue my journey through life with blogging in hopes to help others as they have helped me.