I am a single mom, separated from my spouse for a year now. I have a 8 year old boy, must add sensitive and hyperactive. I am alone here in the country, no family living here in the US. Friends are great and an ready to offer help and advice when I need. But I realise that everyone has their own lives and are not available all the time, plus how much can you talk about the same things. In short, I am lonely and bored and want to do something about it. I have been excited about starting an online blog, twitter etc to seek online chit chat / discussion forum. But not sure where to start and how to start. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I started creating an online presence a few years ago and believe it or not, it sometimes made me feel even more isolated.
It sounds like you want real human contact. Places of worship are great places for that. They tend to do outreach programs so you can help people, have groups for parents, have dinners, etc. Even if you believe in “nothing” there are Unitarian churches.
The next best bet is your town's rec center or community center.
As for online, it is so much easier to join a forum/community that already exists. No need to recreate the wheel.
WOW! I didn't expect that. When you said “I started creating an online presence a few years ago and believe it or not, it sometimes made me feel even more isolated.” I didn't see that coming. I thought the opposite would happen. Would you mind explaining why you felt that way. I'm curious.
At the end of the day, I was still sitting alone, behind a desk, talking to people who didn't know me IRL. And then if you try to start a community you think, things like, “How many people visited my page? Why is this other person online more successful than me? Why am I doing this?”
I think if you're already connected IRL, then an online presence makes sense. But even if you do get an online community, unless you have a following big enough for city meet-ups, you will never meet any of your people IRL.
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