I've had an "online life" since I was 14 so having online friends is nothing new for me. I started my first blog on the now defunct Expage and also had a fairly popular "blog" on LiveJournal.From then on, I became "hosted" (where someone would let you have a sub-domain on their account) which led to me purchasing my first domain name. I never stayed with one blog for long and I never stuck with blogging for long. I would get bored and burnt out. After looking up my blogs on Archive.org and following the links to all of the "new" ones I would create, I found 12 different ones in a two year time period. I guess not much has changed since I've been through four the last year and a half. Oops! I think I've finally found my place though, so I don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon this time around.
Anyway, through this journey, I have "met" some wonderful people and have made some, hopefully, life-long friends. To be honest, I care more about and feel closer to some of these people than I do people I grew up with. A lot of people find it strange to be so close to someone you've never met but I don't find it weird at all. Like I said, I've known most of these people since I was 14! They've been there through some really good times and some really bad times. They know my secrets and they know my heart. I became close with most of them by joining a popular message board but I keep up with them now mostly on a private Twitter account. The only thing that bums me out is knowing I will never meet some of these girls "in real life."
I have, however, met a few of them over the last few years!
I "hired" Jess to take photos of Aiden a few years ago so she flew in to Arkansas and took some amazing pictures of him! We took a picture together but I can't find it anymore but you can see one of the pictures she took of Aiden below. Those eyes! I'm in love.
I met Lindsay and Kita when I ventured to Texas last year! I thought it would be super awkward but it wasn't at all. I felt like I had been hanging out with them for years.
Aaaand, of course, I also met Alyssa which I blogged about here!
Don't you just love when online friends became real life friends? I do! Have you ever met someone from the internet in real life?