My husband is out of town and I spend some time on the phone last night, talking to a good friend of mine, who lives a few hours away.
We had a lot of catching up to do and we talked for a very long time. “Are you still blogging?” she asked and I told her about some of my posts that I have written lately.
It told her about all the interesting and nice people that I have met through blogging and Miss Down-to-Earth said, “Well, you haven’t really met them and you probably never will. Do you think they are your friends?”
Bummer! What a party-poop! I thought about it for a while; thought about many of the bloggers I got to know better. I opened up myself and share a lot of my life with all of you.
What if a blogger, one of the ones I communicate with, would come to town? Would I want to meet them in real? And how about the other way around? Would they want to meet me, if I would come to town?
Someone told me once, that an online friendship is as real as you want it to be? So how real do I want it? Rare – Medium – Over done?
I sat in my favorite chair after we had hung up, enjoyed a glass of wine and thought about it some more.
Are my blogging friends real and am I real to them? Or is it just an fictive world we created?
I know I would let Lisa know, if I come to New York City and I am absolutely certain that I would have a cup of coffee (or any other cup) with Joanne in Toronto. I although know that I will meet Marilyn in real, we already talked on the phone.
I honestly think, I would let most of you know, if I would be in your neck of the woods -I do wonder how many will click unfollow now after reading this? 🙂
What if it’s the other way around? How would I react, if you (yes you) would come to Ohio close to my home?
I can honestly say I would be thrilled to meet many of you. I would want to know if you are in “my” town and we would meet for coffee, lunch or dinner.
So I guess it is true, online friendships and blogging friendships are as real as we want them to be.
What do you think?