Alright this might be a bit clickbaity, because OBVIOUSLY I I think they’re real friends, but there are definitely people who don’t consider friends you’ve met online real ones.
Hands up if you’ve said about a friend you know from Twitter or Instagram or whatever, and someone ‘IRL’ has said “Oh but have you met them?” or ” Oh they’re not a real friend”. Ok so I can’t see if your hands are raised but I’m guessing it’s a lot.
Honestly for me, some of the friends I’ve made online are the best ones. You’re choosing to be friends with these people specifically because they’re nice people, or you have things in common.
There are always those people that kind of stick around in life but as you grow older you realise that maybe you don’t actually have as much in common as you first realised. Or you start to notice that the ones asking how your day was, or that big important presentation, or to wish you a happy birthday are actually those ‘online’ or ‘blog’ friends. They’re the ones who are taking a genuine interest in your life and what you’re doing.
Let’s take Suzy for example, some of you may know that we run The Olive Fox together. Some people always assume we live super close to each other and have known each other for years, but in reality we only met in 2014, and we live hundreds of miles apart. But we talk all day every day, and she’s my friend soulmate. SUCK THAT BLOG FRIEND H8RS.
Where was I… Oh yes, it seems like I’m not alone in this thinking. Recently I asked online about friends you’ve made through blogging, and as you can see there are so many stories (and loads more I couldn’t fit on) of people finding amazing friends through blogging.
Here’s a collage of just some of the people I’ve had the amazing honour to meet through blogging, I’ll leave their blogs underneath in case you’re interested in reading what they get up to. There are so many more that I just haven’t had a chance to get a selfie with, but they rock too!
Also there are so many people I chat to daily, that I’d love to meet, as well as those I’ve met in person but haven’t had a chance to get a photo with yet.
Extra special shout out to my WhatsApp group crew that I don’t have photos with!
From now on, I’m removing ‘online’ or ‘blog’ friend when I describe anyone I’ve met in this way, and just calling them friends.
Here’s to you. You guys are the best.