In my little, semi-rural community, I don’t know my neighbors well. Therefore, I am extra thankful for my online homesteading community. It amazes me how much they have become a part of my life. Now I can’t imagine going a day without them.
I blog, but the only social media that I am involved with is Facebook. It seems like enough. I have connected with so many people from around the world. I love being able to share about my chicken and homesteading adventures with like-minded people. On this "Faithful Homesteader" Facebook page, I have a nice little following. I have made friends, and they are dear to me. I try to keep my page light for the most part, but when I share some of my struggles or sickness, it is sweet to see the concern from these Facebook friends. Some even pray for me. They are incredibly supportive.
I also follow a good deal of pages that are about homesteading, chickens, ducks, goats, healthy living, etc. Not all are strictly homesteading pages, but I still lump them into my wonderful community. It is great to follow adventures of people from around the world who are sharing similar passions and struggles. People share triumphs, heartbreak, and everything in between.
With all the ugliness on Facebook both before and after the election, I so appreciate this community. I need those cute animal pictures and a focus on anything but politics or other ugliness around the world. If not for these things, I might be tempted to give up Facebook.
I like learning new things and sharing recipes and gardening adventures. There are some impressive people out there. They are incredibly creative and hardworking people. There is a sense of closeness I feel with these people who are often physically so far away from me. I feel like many of them get me. That is important to me.