Friendships have taken on a new dimension these days. I think we have created a new definition of 'friends' out of necessity. We are all so isolated. At work we do everything on a computer, rather than face-to-face. There are very few phone calls made, fewer meetings are necessary, (just send out mass memos or emails), and rather than walk over to someone's office to discuss something, you just shoot them an email. If you are a work-at-home person, in the past you may have had coffee with your neighbor, or visited over the back fence on a daily basis, but chances are, if you're like me, there isn't another person who stays at home for miles around. So your only option is to reach out to people online. My husband (gently) teased me at first when I got hooked on facebook and blogging. But when I explained it to him this way, it made sense to him and he understands why I do enjoy it so much. But he still doesn't pay any attention to facebook, and he's never read my blog! He says he has to spend way too much time on his computer at work doing WORK, so when he's at home, he doesn't want to have anything to do with it.
A new blogger friend, Jill, from http://chillinwithjill.blogspot.com/ talked about this on her blog this morning, and that's what got me to thinking and writing today. Go check out her blog - it's wonderful, and so inspiring! She mentioned that when a blogger friend shuts down a blog, it's just like losing a friend. And it is sad. The circle of friends you collect online is very real. You get to know them through their stories and photos. You can almost hear their voices through their written words.
Thanks, Jill, for kicking my brain into gear this morning!