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Card Creator & Photographer at EileenDreams
Eileen is making the world a kinder place one card at a time. She studies graphic design and languages of the web but mainly she practices making people feel better with old school snail mail cards that feature photos of this beautiful world and kind and inspiring messages.
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In my last blog post I committed to writing in my blog more often even though I’d rather scrub a toilet. Well my toilet just can’t get any cleaner so I guess I have to write again.

I’ve heard it said many times that social media isn’t “real” and there are valid points for that argument, but for me personally, I have mostly encountered very real and heartfelt connections. I am on Twitterhello which seems to have a life of its own that is far too fast paced for me to keep up with and for the most part I ignore it. I’m just not a cutting edge type. Although, if you are on Twitter and have any sort of customer service problem, just tweet about it and see how fast your issue is resolved! Plus, in an effort to reach a more targeted audience, many stores (like Safeway) offer super coupon deals to Twitter followers.

Recently I experienced an earthquake. I was alone and it made me feel very vulnerable. To my surprise I immediately started receiving tweets asking if I was ok. At that moment, those tweets felt as real and as connected to the real world as I could possibly be.

I am also on Instagram which I love for its pureness. Admittedly big businesses have jumped onto this social circle because they have recognized the power of connections made through IG (Instagram). However, for us “little” guys, IG is still real time, (you take a photo with your phone and instantly post it). If you follow me on IG you know that I love White Rock where I live and I like to go to the beach as often as possible. When I am there, I take a photo or video and share it right then and there. Through doing this I have connected with “real” people. Sure, I get the occasional spam but I also get small business owners and residents from along the drive sharing real time life. I “met” a SUP enthusiast who has since had a baby and posts the most incredible shots from what must be a GoPro mounted on his board, I follow a local artist whom I was thrilled to meet in person and he shared his innovative technique with me. Plus I get to see the most amazing photos of the place I love most through the use of hashtags (#). I even follow some of the tattoo artists at the beach which would normally be out of my social circle but I admire their skill and artistry.

On IG I am so genuinely awed by photographers who encourage me with their comments. A professional photographer just recently sent me a PM (private message) offering to share some water photo hacks. Like WoW! Does that even happen in the real world!

But the most touching and “real” connection through Instagram came from a small business owner down at the East Beach. I don’t actually “know” this person but love her bakery and follow her on IG. She recently had a baby born with a life threatening problem. I sent her a quick PM wishing her well. I was incredibly touched with the message I received in return. And I just can’t imagine anything more “real” than that.
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