It’s interesting to see the two camps that people fall into now I’ve given birth to my daughter.
Some of them aren’t surprised by the fact that I was tweeting up until about 20 minutes before Olivia was born, and some are absolutely horrified.
“But it’s a precious time” they say “How could you be tweeting and putting messages on Facebook?”
And I can understand their point of view, but to me there was nothing else to do!
Let’s be honest here, I took the easy way out of labour and opted for an epidural (thank you French health system!). There was no screaming, puffing and panting – it was a pretty chilled experience, and didn’t last long, so there was plenty of time for keeping people up to date.
When my waters broke at 2.30am, I posted on Facebook and on Twitter, as well as sending emails to many of my family, and posting in a couple of forums I’m a member of. By 5am I was at the hospital. There was no panic, no running about, no worries, and not a lot to do! So out came the trusty iPhone to update peeople.
By 8am there were responses to my messages, so it seemed natural to reply to them, and let them know what was going on.
And by 9am I was posting ‘Olivia should be here in an hour!’ – of course, like her mum, she was running late, but at 10.45 I posted that she had been born, and I think by 11am there was a picture of her circulating to my friends and family. The power of the internet!
It amazes me that people can see something wrong with this situation – I have friends and family all over the place, I live in a different country to most of them, and the easiest way for me to keep them updated was via the usual channels I keep in touch – social media.
Imagine – within 15 minutes of Olivia being born, her picture was being seen by my Mum & Dad in the UK, my friends in Australia and America, Shaun’s friends and ex colleagues in Belgium, and more! How cool is that?
When I had my first daughter, Leigh, almost 18 years ago, I didn’t even own a mobile phone – and if I had, it wouldn’t have had a camera on it! I had to take pictures the old fashioned way and wait for the film to develop. part from close family, the only way others could meet her was if I could get to visit them, they could get to visit me, or if I posted them pictures.
Nowadays I can talk to my mum via Skype, send videos with my Flip, text or email pictures instantly with my iPhone, and keep everyone updated easily. If you’d have told me that 18 years ago I would have thought you were mad!
The point of this blog? It’s easy to get tied up in promoting your business via social media, but let’s not forget that the word ‘social’ is a big part of this – through sharing part of myself, my personal life and my thoughts I’ve gained new friends, new contacts and yes, new business.
So no, tweeting while in labour wasn’t a gimmick (and @ev got there before me anyway when his wife had their baby!), and I’m glad I did it – I can’t wait to tell Olivia about it when she’s older, and show her the hundreds of messages it generated!
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