Monday, May 30, 2005

Cyber Friends

Over the years I've meet a number of on-line friends up close and personal. The Betsy Tacy list is widespread and we've a long tradition of meeting up with each other while traveling. One member turned out to live not 2 miles from me and we've become close friends and E-bay book partners.

I've only been blogging for a year, and have had one blog encounter, that proved to be most, most enjoyable. It too, was someone who only lived a few miles from me, proving that the Internet is as intimate a neighborhood as any small town.

Yesterday a Betsy Tacy friend was in town, so my E-bay buddy and I headed out to the wilds of suburbia. And we had the best time though we'd only meet once before in the briefest of circumstances. It was as if we'd been friends since childhood, known each other forever. No strangeness, no awkwardness, no shyness.

Odd isn't it, how hard it can be to make small talk at a party but how easy it is to connect with someone who is technically a stranger?

5 comments:

Julie said...

I've never had a blog encounter, but I'd like to. Guusje, if you're ever in Michigan...

KarbonKountyMoos said...

I've had quite a few blog encounters - and considering that I live in the sparsely populated state of Montana - that's quite a feat.

I've met several MT bloggers in the real world, and a few commenters w/o blogs, too. It's great how close blogfriends can become.

Library Lady said...

Okay, I know who the Ebay buddy is, but who's the listren?

I've met a few list members and I've always found it both wonderful and a little uncomfortable--I don't know if it's me or it's them. I'm a weird blend of shyness and sociability--I never hesistate to perform in front of 200 kids as a storyteller, but "grown up" parties make me cringe....

(Though if you ever get to the DC area, I know where all the best used bookstores are.....)

EuroYank said...

Actually I am in Europe now because of an Internet Encounter. nice blog!

Robin said...

Congrats on the blog encounter that you lived to tell about! Hope to see you again when you get back from your vacation. Still hunting and pecking at the housing market. Will keep you posted. R.