For many bloggers their blog is mostly something they do for fun, a hobby if you like. However, for me it is so much more than that. It's a lifeline.
Initially I started my blog to give me something to do in a boring bedbound crisis. Spending all day everyday stuck indoors unable to do much because of chronic illness soon becomes incredibly tedious and with little to take your mind off the fact your life has been swept away from under your feet, you have to find a way to escape that reality for your own good. Starting a blog seemed like an ideal setup because I could do it from my laptop, from my bed or sofa. I didn't know just how much of an important part of my life it would become back then.
Pre chronic illness, I was a very sociable person. I'd say I was very much a people person and I was always out and about doing things. Now that I am mostly housebound or bedbound I'm not getting the opportunity to socialise or meet new people. I've not made a new friend in 'real life' in several years, since the offset of M.E but I have however, made plenty of friends online thanks to blogging and social media. Some of these friends have been better friends than people I know in 'real life' and without you guys, I'm sure I would be feeling very lonely.
The Internet is a great way for me to stay in touch with the real world. With so many blog categories out there I can do much of what I would do in real life. I can window shop, people watch, attend a cooking class, see and visit places in the world (travel bloggers how I envy you) and most importantly of all interact and talk to people!
I'd like you to imagine yourself in the shoes of myself and many other people living with debilitating illnesses - your living your life, happily doing your thing when suddenly you get so sick that you can't even move, you think it will pass, but it doesn't, it is still there years on and during all of that time your life has dramatically changed and you've lost a lot of friends in the process. You can't work, you are rarely able to go out. Now think about how big an impact this would have on your emotional stability, It'd be pretty tough wouldn't it? People who get the flu for a week or two comment on how they are 'going out of their mind' That is why a 'virtual life' is better than no life at all, which is effectively what I would have if it wasn't for the Internet and all it's wonders.
So thank you to all of the friends I've made online the past few years, thank you to everyone who reads my blog, comments and offers support. Unless you are in the same boat, you honestly have no idea how appreciated you are.
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