Tuesday, May 03, 2005

perchance to meet.

I was driving home from work and had this thought ... "What if I happened to meet *soandso* from the blogiverse (or margaritaville as suburby prefers)?"

Somehow, I'm a part of this online community - through blogs, forums & flickr. These are people I share thoughts & ideas with - through email, blogs, comments & forums. So, how would a meeting over coffee (or tea!) go? Or, a phone call? Or, a spontaneous visit to *soandso's* house?

Would it be weird to hear a voice - to associate that w/ a blog & emails? Would it be awkward to talk in person about issues we've discussed through email? Would it be gratifying to put flesh & blood with the creativity I see unleashed online?

I wonder about these things.

My junior year in college, I met an online friend in person. She was taller than I expected. We had emailed lots and talked on the phone and then she decided to take a mini-road trip in her beater car so we could go to a rave-type party. She was a cool chica, but after that trip our emails & phone calls were sparse. But, I don't think it's because we didn't like each other ... I think it's because we did.


Anonymous said...

Awww, that’s sad Jess. I think. I like the little community of women I have on the web. It is growing little by little and I find that amazing, you all help me at times both with understanding and encouragement; for that I am eternally grateful. I don’t know what would happen if we met for tea, but I would like to think it would be a natural & graceful meeting of the Goddess’ minds… who knows?

Oh and just for the record I am 5’8

littlehedgehog said...

I'd been writing back and forth with another "knitblogger" and we went out for sushi with her and her husband just tonight! They were both delightful and we had a great time, didn't even realize that the restaurant was closing until we were the last people were there. I'm very sad that they'll be moving in June now that we just got to know them. But we'll have fun with emails like we've been doing all along.

funkyjunkie said...

well, blue, i have to admit ... it is sad, but it was also a complicated *girl likes girl* kinda thing. she was a cool chick though!

yeah, it'd be fun to meet all these goddess chicas. :) i certainly feel a common community here and love the kudos I get.

and, for the record, blue, i'm 5'4" ... :)

olivia said...

Gosh I've met so many people from my online life or spoken on the phone to them, I think now most of my closest friends I would never have found without the internet since they live in countries I've never visited. Thank you internet!!

It's hard to find people you really click with in your own small town, but online you have such a richly diverse selection of people who gather in communities that appeal to you, like this one. Finding things in common is so easy, developing friendships is even easier. Sharing secrets and life stories is frighteningly tempting... and so I find myself tied the closest of all to my online friends.

And my closest friend in the entire universe is flying all the way from the US to come and see me for the first time in about a week. I really can't wait to throw my arms around him,spin him round and squeeze him silly.

And in about 2 months time I'm going on a big adventure across the UK with Quiddity as well as meeting her for the first time.

A lot of people are uncomfortable with meeting up with online friends, and taking those friendships as seriously as "real life" frienships. Close online friendships are as real life as it gets, and its silly to presume nomatter how faraway they might live that you won't one day meet... and that meeting them could change your life in the most unexpected ways.

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