Online Birthday Wishes – the Social Media Gift of the Year

My birthday cards and roses

It was my birthday last week and I just wanted to share with you  how I experienced it compared to the year before.

Yes, I was already active online this time last year but not nearly to the same extent. Over the past few months I have made so many lovely connections through my activities in social media. I spent a long time carefully piecing everything together, building a solid foundation for my online presence and worked at it continuously (SNCC with Ann Evanston).

Homemade lemon cheesecake with chocolate digestive base

It’s so true what they say. Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s a labour of love, adding to your Facebook pages on a daily basis, updating your status, tweeting out to your followers and engaging, writing blog posts and making videos. I must admit that I really love doing this.

And the thing about it all is that you never really know how far your reach goes, how many people you actually touch and influence. Only a small percentage of followers leave messages and communicate in any way. The vast majority receive in silence, enjoying and appreciating your work without you knowing. But they are there loyally following you.

Strawberry tarts with custard

However, to return to what I was saying about my birthday…I switched on my computer in the morning and had a look at my Facebook profile and was quite breathtaken. There were so many birthday wishes from friends all over the globe. So touching.

It was really beautiful to connect with people I hadn’t heard from in a while. I felt seen and loved.  And it put a big smile on my face and a bounce in my step.

These online birthday wishes were so potent. I received 5 physical cards on my special day from family members and online more than 20 times that number. Times are changing and I love to completely go with the flow with it all.

My heart was touched and I so appreciate all these messages. Thank you.

p.s. Big thanks to the wonderful baker, my husband. 🙂 x

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8 Responses to Online Birthday Wishes – the Social Media Gift of the Year

  1. Fiona, Happy belated birthday! The treats look amazing (those strawberry custard tarts look especially yummy). 🙂 I’m very pleased to have “met” you and am delighted to get to know you.

    caregiving. family. advocacy.

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks so much Trish. And really happy to have met you too. Aren’t our online connections amazing ? x

      p.s. Yes, the cakes were tasty 🙂

  2. Lisa N Valero says:

    Beautiful post! Fabulous photos (yes, definitely made me hungry!)
    Isn’t this online community wonderful? I’m so happy that you enjoyed it and had so many heartfelt wishes – it makes for a very special day 🙂 for a very, very special person 🙂
    I love physical cards, but being able to connect with friends around the globe that you have met online is just wonderful – nothing like embracing change!!!!

  3. Jeannie Shea says:

    I love online birthday greetings (I like Jacquie Lawson greeting cards) but still love to get actual cards from family. And birthday cake, always a plus! Kudos to your husband, the treats look delicious!

  4. There is NOTHING like a facebook bday!! I think that I did not receive any cards last year – just online greetings!

    Gorgeous cakes….now I am hungry! Rachel

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks Rachel. Yes, the online greetings really have taken on a completely different status. 🙂

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