A few years back my husband was offered the opportunity to relocate with his job to another part of the UK.
It was miles away from where we live now, in a part of the country where we knew no one and there were little or no opportunities for me to continue my career as a journalist.
In the end we decided not to make the move because, well I had just had a baby and I wanted/needed my friends and family around.
Back then I didn’t blog. I hadn’t plugged myself into this amazing group of mums and dads. These online parents who are always there for you with a kind word, a behind the scenes ‘hug’ and their own brand of cyber support.
As I said in an article I wrote for new website SuperSavvyMe, when I did start blogging, I was amazed at this community of men and women – parents who I wished I had ‘met’ when I was pregnant with my own two children.
So I was pondering this again when the lovely That Girl39 at 40 Not Out bestowed a Circle of Friends Award on me and said she considers me to be in her circle.
And I wondered how many of you out there have made ‘friends’ here online?
Have you only ever swapped comments, have you emailed each other behind the scenes, have you actually met? Have you ‘connected’ with someone through blogging? Does it matter that you have never met or does sharing a comment bond mean more than some of the ‘real’ friendships you have?
I have never met That Girl, although it is something I would love to do in the future. We’ve exchanged emails and I kind of know that she’s my sort of girl. I have no evidence other than her blog and the comments we share. But I just know.
So I’m passing this award on to 3 other online buddies I’ve made during my time blogging and ask you to think about your online friendships too:
JoBo at Jo Beaufoix who I finally met on a day trip to Drayton Manor Park and who is every bit as lovely as her online persona.
Dave at Selfish Blogger/Teach My Children Well who never seems to be able to make up his mind whether he’s sticking around the blogosphere or not and who is a cheeky so and so but who has been a constant sounding board, confidante and friend.
And one cheat: Jane at Muddy No Sugar who I met at nursery school when our children got married. She was a great friend find and actually listened to me when I said ‘you should blog’. I refuse to be held responsible for any of the content she posts over there though.