Blogging brings together a community of people that bond by words, expression, feelings, and support. There are several people that I chat with that are still strangers…in fact the majority of people I’ve “met” through blogging I would consider nothing more than friendly acquaintances. But there are a handful of people I’ve met that I consider friends. And I have a feeling that if we ever met in person, it wouldn’t be weird or nerve wracking…it would be like sitting down to have lunch with an old friend.
A few months ago, when BlogHer 2011 announced it would be taking place in San Diego, Kristin from Taming Insanity, Liz from a belle, a bean, and a chicago dog, and I were immediately emailing, texting, and calling each other to see if we could swing attending. I live locally, but Kristin and Liz would have to travel. We talked about sharing a hotel room. These are women that I have never met in real life! And we are willing to share a hotel room?! Yes, because we are friends. Circumstances aren’t going to allow us to meet in San Diego for BlogHer, but we will meet someday, I’m sure of it.
In November, a group of So Cal bloggers including Tonya from Letters for Lucas, Surferwife over at A Day in the Life of a Surferwife, Lucky Dame over at A Beautiful Mess, Cheryl from Mommypants, and Gigi from KludgyMom who will be visiting, are planning to all meet and spend some time together. We are all very excited to hang out and meet each other in person. I don’t think any of us are worried that we won’t like each other or that we won’t have anything to talk about because we already know each other.
And to me, all of that sounds very much like what it takes to make a friendship work. So what makes the friendships I’ve developed by sharing my words by using my fingers instead of my mouth any different?
What about you? How do you feel about friendships that are developed online? Can they be just as strong as “real” friendships?
And so it goes…