Blogging and friendships

November 4th, 2008

One of the things that I find interesting about blogging is that you can make friends with people even though you have never met them face to face. This happens as you interact by reading and commenting on each others blogs over a period of time.

Several years ago I would not have thought this possible, but I have slowly come around. My wife has made a number of close friends over the years on blogs and forums and then in time via emails and phone. They have shared lives and supported and encouraged each other. A couple of them she has met up with and became great friends face to face too. Personally I have found that recently I have made some blogging buddies that I am sure I would be friends with if we lived closer to each other.

So can you make friends by blogging? I think you can. Obviously it is not the same as face to face and spending time in each others homes. But in a world where people are becoming more and more isolated from each other I think we need to take advantage of technology to make and maintain connections with others. It is just so vital for our mental, emotional and spiritual health that we do.