Have you ever met anyone online that became a good friend? If you’re a blogger, I’m guessing you probably have.
I’ve met many good friends from social media, and some go way back to the 90’s. I like to hear stories of how people met online, because it’s such a vast space to meet people, from all over the world, without getting out of our chairs. I find it kind of exciting.
Back in the 90’s AOL was where many people spent their time. There was instant messaging, sound waves and message boards. I had been struggling with infertility and was searching for women who understand my pain. At first I found a message board with women actively trying to conceive, like me. Later, when we moved on to a childfree life after infertility, I found a message board called, Childfree by Chance. We were women all over the United States who needed someone to take our hands in a society that was unfamiliar with “our kind.” I’m still friends with a few of them today, and I was lucky enough to meet two of them in person.
When we finally drove down that childfree street, we adopted a puppy. He became our family, so when he passed over to Rainbow Bridge, I was devastated. Guess what? I found a message board with people who understood how deep pet loss pain went. A few of them became facebook friends.
Then came blogging. What’s nice about this medium is that our friendships aren’t based on loss, like infertility and pet loss. We’re getting to know each other as we would if we met in real life at a coffeehouse or something.
On facebook, I don’t like friending family, because I believe we need to have in-person contact. Most of my facebook friends are authors. When I lived in Florida, I joined the Florida Writer’s Association. Many of them whom I never met became facebook friends.
I’m curious, if you’re reading this and we met online, do you remember how we met? I know it’s mostly through blogging, but I’d like to know if you remember how we came across one another. For example, I met Jill Weatherholt through her comments on Carrie Rubin’s blog. How did I meet Carrie Rubin? I’m not sure, but maybe through Robin Coyle’s blog?
I think it’s cool how we find each other, because many times it seems kismet.
Maybe someday we’ll meet in person (Angela).
P.S. If anyone would like to do a guest post on my blog, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors are welcome to talk about your books, along with sharing a little about your life. Perhaps a little insight as to how you came up with your book idea.