Friendship is the topic of today's post. Internet friendship, to be exact. Yesterday, when Màili posted to her blog about misplacing her wedding band the response was incredible. People gave her support, made suggestions and cheered with her when she found it. Chances are, none of us have met face to face, yet the depth of care she encountered was genuine.
It's a phenomenon I've encountered since I first got on the net about 10 years ago (has it really been that long?!). I joined the Prodigy Writers Group first and found a wonderful group of women, some of whom I'm STILL friends with to this day - we're always so happy to meet in person when attending the same conferences.
My husband was suspicious at first, having heard stories of predators pretending to be one thing when actually stalking women in cyberspace. For some reason, though, I never worried. Not sure why - I'm normally rather neurotic about stuff. But something in the conversations we had told me these people were exactly who they said they were. And I'm betting that everyone I've met in blogland is as well.
Funny how many of us share confidences, rant about things that mean so much to us and offer support when someone is troubled or just feeling down. What is it about cyberspace that breeds such a special form of friendship?