One of the best things about blogging is 'getting to know' you out there reading this. I follow many blogs and with quite a few I struck up deeper friendships through facebook, twitter and in some cases met them!
The other day during my break at work I overheard a conversation between two women who were discussing online friendships. They both came to the agreement that online friendships aren't deep and are not at all meaningful.
I have to say I totally disagree!
Since I started blogging 6 years ago I have got to know many bloggers who now I call my friends. With most of them I have seen them go through highs/lows and vice versa with me. I can even say they are a support system I rely on at times. Even if I do communicate with them mainly online.
Isn't that the beauty of social media?! As long as it is not abused some great friendships can be formed for life.
I met Sam through blogging. She was my first blog friend I met in real life. We both went to a Taylor Swift concert and met up afterwards. She's now one of the funniest people I know (even if she doesn't agree with me).
I met Laura Anne in June 2011, when I went to Edinburgh for a visit and she could not have been more welcoming to someone she had not met in person before! She took me on a tour of Edinburgh and treated me to their dippin sauce (did I get that right?). Since then I have met up with her a couple of times.
That same year I met Laura Anne again with Ruth (who I met through blogging) and Mike (who I met through twitter). We went to the theatre and met Alf from Home and Away! It was such a fun night.
Then last March I met April in Vegas when I finished my travels in California. She took me round all of Vegas and we had pudding in the Cheesecake Factory. I met her through her blog in 2008 and I just love her (and her accent!)
I know it's impossible to meet all my blog friends but I communicate with many offline now too. I send Christmas cards to them and birthdays (when I remember). If they're going through a hard time then I will send them an email/text. I try to be there for them just like I would with my friends who live locally.
So, may I meet many more of you because I am so pleased to call these people my friends - who mean a great deal to me! You can tell that conversation between those ladies annoyed me a little.
Would you consider people you have met through blogging as your friends too?!