Things I Love Thursday: Online Friends

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You want to know something really fun?

Friday night I am leaving the hubby and the girl here, driving 2 hours, and staying the night with Amanda–yes, THAT Amanda. We’ve met several times in real life (two years of Blissdom) but have never been able to spend that much one-on-one time since there have been so many other people to meet.

Then–oh then–on Saturday afternoon we are going to get together with Bee from Will Blog for Shoes and Candance from Twiggie Makes, whom I have never met. I’m not sure I could be any more excited.

Gorgeous Amanda (front) with someone I don’t know. Photo by Mishelle Lane.

Even a year ago, I might have laughed at the prospect of going on a road trip to meet blogging friends–and staying at one of their homes! Despite the fact that Amanda and I have been reading each others’ blogs “forever,” it’s just been over the past few months that I feel like we have grown very close. A lot of it is my constant solicitation for parenting advice. She is a former children’s minister and has a plethora of amazing advice and the reason why she believes a certain thing. I will be the first to admit that I’m just making it up as I go along most of the time. I need the help!!

I had this discussion at Blissdom or immediately after about those bloggers who live for blog conferences. That’s when they see their friends. This is not the kind of blogger I want to be, ever. Trust me–you need friends you can see face-to-face. You need to remove yourself from the computer OFTEN and live real life!

But there is a special blessing in online friends. I’ve known this since I was a high-schooler and found myself in a community of Hanson lovers. We communicated through guest books. Awesome.

I’ve always been able to explain myself better through writing than speaking. (Hence, blogging.) There is something about speaking face-to-face and hearing someone’s voice–but there is also something about being able to write out what you feel without struggling through tears to put the words together.

Especially in the past few months, I’ve clung to my online “sisterchicks.” I can only call the same two people to hang out with in Chattanooga so many times before I start to be clingy! Everything’s been a whirlwind of emotions and it’s so helpful to have those women to talk through situations with before I bombard my husband with a flurry of nonsensical verbiage and gasping tears.

All friendships are precious. I’ve realized the true gem of some of my online friends in recent months, and for that I am thankful.

Added to Things I Love Thursday at The Diaper Diaries.


9 thoughts on “Things I Love Thursday: Online Friends

  1. Oh Jessie, remember those days of PlayHanson? And then my dreambooks? They were awesome! And I have the same attitude towards online friends. Just b/c we've never met, doesn't mean we weren't a very important part of each others' lives for a good few years, and doesn't make the friendship shared any less real.
    I'm so happy for you! This trip seems like it will be an amazing experience and I'll pray for it to be happy and free of drama 🙂

  2. Oh, Jess! You're so sweet! It's amazing and so cool that we can be friends across the internet—but it's true. I am so excited to see you! (But you'll still love me after you see my less-than-stellar housekeeping skills, right?)

  3. Yay for you both! I know what you mean by writing being easier. I am the same way. I even had a prayer journal at one point because it was easier for me to write prayers than to verbalize them. Crazy, I know but how my brain works.
    Enjoy yourself!!!

  4. How fun!!! Of course, I'm a wee bit jealous, but still. You guys will have an amazing time, I just know it! Yay!!! 🙂

  5. I know what you mean! I was just thinking today about how I have many "online friends" who I really would consider friends. My husband is a tad freaked out about this, and didn't want me to go to a local tweet up at a restaurant a few months ago. Bless his heart, he cares, but he thinks I'm a nut. I'm going to a another local blogger event this weekend and I'm excited to meet some friends for the first time:)

  6. I am so new at this blogging thing (2 months–yea!!), so I am still really feeling my way around the world of online friends. I feel like the new kid in the cafeteria, scanning the tables full of little groups, wondering which table I should tentatively head towards…

    But, I'm okay with that! I am just so happy (and grateful) to be doing something that I love.

    I hope you have a wonderful time! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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