None of this could have happened for me if I hadn't committed to Twitter. It is akin to a relationship in that if you don't invest any time in it, you aren't really going to get much out of it. There are times when I cannot get on Twitter. Days may go by when I am swamped with school stuff and kid stuff and just have to let it go. But Feedly keeps on collecting blog posts for me to read so that I hopefully won't miss anything great. And the great thing about Twitter is that you can just jump right back in.
My colleagues at school, like many of yours, brush off any mention of Twitter. They don't understand its value. They say they don't have time. I make time. My kids are into Jiu-Jitsu so I am at the dojo five days a week. I mark tests there. I catch up on Twitter there. I read blog posts there. I write blog posts there. I get to school very early every day to get work done. My life is such that I have to be efficient with my time. My house may not be clean (ever) but my children are (mostly) happy, always well fed :) and loved and my students always get the best I can give. Being the best I can be is a moving target though - there's always something else that comes along to challenge me. And I accept that challenge!
In the title I wrote that it's not easy being "us". I really believe that despite geographic separation, we, the MTBoS, are connected in our love for learning and becoming better teachers. We support each other and genuinely care. What more could I ask for?