Will we meet?

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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?”

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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?

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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?

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18 thoughts on “Will we meet?

  1. You better let me know if you come into town! 🙂 I believe we develop real relationships with those we blog with- so much is learned about one another through blogging without judgement. I think about the people I have connected with when I am not blogging and am concerned when they are going through a difficult time. It is a unique relationship

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  2. ABSOLUTELY!!! Blogging friends are real.

    I would be thrilled to play host to you in my city … a coffee, a meal, a day of exploring ….. no matter how short the time together, meeting a blogging friend is the best! ❤

    … and of course, if I'm ever in your territory, I will make every effort to connect with you!

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  3. I agree. Online relationships are as real as you want them to be. I can already think of a handful of fellow bloggers that I would absolutely give my left arm to meet some day, and one of them I would meet in an instant if I could. To discount these relationships just because you’re not in the same room is, I feel, verging on disrespectful to the ones that take the time to know you. Great post, Ladybug! 😀

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  4. I’ve thought about this also and wondered how it would be to meet a lot of the ones I communicate with in comment section. I think it would be great. I have a niece with a blog that has met with a group of her blogging friends. A great way to put the personality with the face. It would be interesting and fun.

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  5. I think we know which ones we’re drawn to and would like to meet. I’ve met a dozen or more of my online friends. I love everyone of them. And I would love to meet you! You may not think so, but I take everything you say to heart. Hugs, Bridget.

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  6. I have pondered the same question and became a little tripped out at the idea of actually meeting some of these people. But as time goes on, and the comfort level rises, I think it would turn out to be interesting. The truth is, there are a few people I follow faithfully and when they are having a bad day, I want to help them. And when they are having a good day, I am happy for them. Is that not part of being a friend?

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