When I started blogging I never imagined I would make friends in this space or that anyone would read or enjoy this space other than those who knew me in real life .
And yet over the years I’ve come to read blogs and think of those bloggers as friends. But I’ve always wondered if it was real. The comments, the Facebook messages, the “hugs” and positive vibes were real.I would see blogger conferences and read about meeting in real life and how it was like meeting a long lost friend . And I wondered is this real? Does this really happen? Do people really make friendships online? I was a skeptic. And honestly didn’t believe that the online love would include me.When I found out friends were coming to Blogger Bash I may have done a happy dance around my kitchen . I may have sent overly excited Facebook messages.
Jess for the first time and she hugged me and said, “I feel like I already know you” I knew it was real.
When I shouted Kristen’s name across a crowded room and we hugged and laughed. I knew it was real.
When Shell brought over another round of purple drinks and we hugged and chatted and talked about meeting up . I knew that it was real.
And it’s not just these friendships. It’s the friends I’ve rediscovered via Facebook ones that I thought were lost to childhood memories. And those who I used to work with that I’ve managed to stay connected with thanks to Facebook pictures, messages and Instagrams. It’s friends who I don’t see often enough who I can keep up with via social media. Who’s kids I watch grow up and who I commiserate with about all the trying times in motherhood.
There is a lot of awful out there, lots of negativity and ugly and down right mean on social media. But I think of all the good social media has brought me. The friendships both old, new and renewed and the support system it’s helped me build. How it’s managed to bring people into my life I might have never met and help keep people around that I may have lost.
So yeah all that social media love and friendship, it’s real even if we don’t always see enough of each other.