I haven’t written on a regular basis in so long that I had forgotten how one can be lifted by comments, likes, and the conversations that are created after posts are read. To you readers: Thanks for the reminder.
Writing is fun. And by writing, I mean writing about me is fun. Oh, and this is Lenore – again.
After talking with my friend, sharing my thoughts with you, and eating a pint of ice cream (some things never change), I feel better. I feel as though I can muster through this valley, and we will – as in valleys past – make it up the hill. And, as a bonus, I have a new fear of my kids entering their teen years, since some of you were kind enough to say that staying married may seem easier than raising teenagers.
So, now that my marriage is stable again and while my kids are still kids, what should be the next topic? I know! Twitter.
Though this thought is not the topic of the day, I am of the belief that social media is hurting the younger generation. More often than not, I am in the minority with my belief and people let me know they disagree with my viewpoint. However yesterday, when I was talking with a friend about the shooting in Las Vegas, I was surprised to hear she agreed with my stance on social media. Interestingly perhaps, outside of texting, she does not use social media.
She made a comment about how social media is a platform for everyone to put themselves out there saying, “Here I am! Look at me!” I giggled, and I agreed with her, knowing I use social media to do that very thing.
My favorite platform for saying, “Here I am! Look at me!” is Twitter. I really enjoy engaging in 140-characters worth of dialogue with those I follow and those that follow me. And frankly, I fully expect the same three followers of mine to respond in some way. One of my followers typically responds to my tweets by starring it. He’ll ‘star’ tweets regardless of the topic, too.
If I tweet that I stubbed my toe, he’ll ‘star’ it. If I tweet that I won a million dollars, he’ll ‘star’ it. I get nervous when I tweet and he doesn’t ‘star’ it. Come to think of it, I sent out two tweets yesterday, and he didn’t respond. I should probably check in with him and make sure he is OK.
If you were to take a look at the 285 people/groups I follow, you’d see a handful of actors, friends, family, and bloggers, but you’d see a majority of reporters, news organizations, scientists, scientific organizations, politicians, and government organizations. And within the scientific community, you’d see a majority of astronomers and meteorologists. In fact, over half of my retweets involve weather or NASA. (*cough* Or ice cream and Benedict Cumberbatch. *cough*)
Let the record show, Benedict Cumberbatch and science/Space coexist nicely, because he portrays Stephen Hawking in “Hawking”, as well as other Hawking/Space documentaries. And ice cream? Well, a girl’s got to eat, right?
Anyway… I enjoy Twitter. Whether I am using it to say “Here I am! Look at me!” or I am trying to create a new clever hashtag using #Cumber, I have fun using Twitter. Plus, it is a wicked easy way for me to get completely geeky with astronomy and meteorology. I mean AstroRM (Rick Mastracchio) tweeted me once. AstroRM!
Who is AstroRM? He is a NASA astronaut who, until he returned on May 13th, was orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station (ISS). Once Rick returned, my list of folks I follow increased by 2, because I had to follow his fellow astronauts that remain on the ISS (astro_reid and Astro_Alex).
Okay, I best come to a close. I am starting to get a little giddy over my Twitter interactions, and I haven’t even shared the interactions I’ve had with meteorologists. *sigh* Twitter is wonderful. #Cumbergoodness