*heart* The Peeps In My ‘Puter…

There have been a lot of thought provoking posts on the blogosphere this week. While these were thought provoking posts that did provide me with a number of a-ha moments, they have also shown bloggers in a rather negative light… politics, back stabbing, bitching, jealousy and I’ve seen a lot of comments on the various posts along the lines of: See! This is why I don’t blog!

But there is also a beautiful side to blogging, the sharing, the inspiring, the encouraging, the feeling of community, of knowing someone and feeling connected to various peeps in the ‘puter without having actually ever met them. There is kinship and yes, even sisterhood amongst woman bloggers and THAT far outweighs the tiny minority of negativity and that beauty should not be overshadowed by small mindedness and school yard politics.

Amidst all the rah-rah of this week, something happened that reminded me once again of the beauty behind blogging and social media, of the positive aspect that is so easy to forget when we shine a light on the negative.

I got a notification from our Postnet that there was a package for me, I headed off to collect it and this is what we got:

zebra suite 1

Little bird PJ’s for my Little Bird & a house warming gift!

zebra suite

And a zebra onesie for Ava!

From Mrs Clarke!

A few weeks ago I’d tweeted Ackerman’s asking where I could find stock of these Zebra onesies as Ava was desperate for one and I couldn’t find stock anywhere. Emy (Mrs Clarke) had seen my tweets and in spite of the fact that we have never met, she went on a mission to find one for Ava and then she added to the package with a little something to celebrate our new home and perfectly apt PJ’s for Hannah.

I was so so so incredibly touched by this gesture. Not because of the gifts, don’t get me wrong, I love the gifts, but what touched me was that someone had been listening to me, someone knew me, in spite of never having met me, someone took the time and put the thought into putting this little package together that would bring some extra sunshine & warmth into my day.

Of course it totally made Ava’s day! Firstly she couldn’t believe SHE had received something from the “postman” and secondly that she had finally gotten the zebra onesie that she had so desperately longed for.

So my point is this. For all the negativity that may or may not surround blogging and SM, the beauty is that someone is always there to listen, someone is always there to care, we are a community, not just of backstabber’s and competitives, but of women who do care deeply, who do share daily in each others struggles and who listen to each other and are moved, empowered, inspired and encouraged by each other.

Emy, a massive thank you for this very thoughtful package, you have no idea how much it touched me and it came at the most perfect time after this weeks negativity. xx



  • cath

    May 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Love this. So much Sharon! I always feel so lucky to have my “friends in the ‘puter”, like the world is a little closer, and a friend just a sentence away. Love this so much!

    (ps. That onesie! That Face of Joy!)

    • Sharon

      May 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks Cath! The timing of her package was so perfect as I really was feeling quite blah after all the posts this week!

      • cath

        May 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        I love that the world is just a little smaller, and we’re all a little closer, just because of this medium. So glad this has cheered you this week! X

  • Emy Diesel

    May 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Ah Sharon! This may or may not have put a few tears in my eyes! It’s an absolute pleasure. Seeing Ava’s smiley face is more than enough thanks, and tell her that if she would like a pen/post pal Jae-Lyn (read me) would love that.

    I have many acquaintances on my computer, but only a handful of friends. People that I have never met, but feel a definite connection with. Then there are friends that I have met in realsies after meeting on my computer and we are still good friends. Every now and then we just need to look past all the nasty and think of the good that is out there.


  • Lynette Jacobs

    May 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I loved your last few posts. I was green with envy as I watched the “Jozi meetup” photos coming onto my feed on Facebook. I have over the past few years met the most amazing people through blogging. We have made real “in life” friendships, we understand one another. Some people still look at me funny when I tell them I met my friends in the computer 😉 They don’t understand it…and it is their loss. I have only once experienced bitchiness…and it was at a time that everything was going wrong in my life and it felt as if my life was falling apart….somebody out there wanted to reach through her computer and slap me for being so pathetic. That was only one though…most of my fellow bloggers offered encouragement, love and prayers. I am not going to be put off by those who so obviously don’t get this. I love blogging and have found that the fact that we are women and understand each other leads to us encouraging and loving each other through the good, the bad, the happy and the sad of life.

    • Sharon

      May 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Well… I met my husband online all of…. oh…. 14 years ago. There is much to be said for friendships that start out online!


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