Does the blogosphere ever intersect with your "real" life?
I know this question has been asked, ad nauseum, all over the place, but I would like to hear your thoughts.
In the past ten years, has having an online life intersected with your corporeal life? More importantly, are those two lives just part of the whole? Are you the same person online as you are in flesh and blood, or do you have an online persona?
When you talk about your friends, are you talking about your online friends? Or is that something that you keep to yourself?
Do you keep your online life to yourself for fear of other people thinking that you are sort of strange for sharing things about yourself with people that you don't "know"?
I have had the privilege of belonging to a group of friends that, while not as tight as we once were, still keep up with each other enough to contact and visit with each other whenever we are in corresponding places in North America or Europe.
Tuesday, I had the honor of having lunch with one of my earliest online friends. Janet O, who sometimes comments at my blog. Janet O is from Michigan, and I hadn't seen her in two years. Fortunately for me, Janet has family in the DC area, and travels here from time to time.
On this trip, not only did she bring me the next item for "Shoot 'em Up Friday" (see yesterday's announcement), she also brought cookies! Not just any cookies, mind you, but the most incredibly tasty cookies that I have ever eaten.
NOTE: Your friend gunfighter likes to eat, in case you hadn't noticed.
Anyway, I met Janet for lunch on Capitol Hill, and spent a very pleasant hour and a half talking about our mutual friends, and things that we have been up to of late.
I treasure Janet as a dear friend, and to think... it was all because of an electronic box on my desk.
So… in my life, my e-friends are as important to me as people I see on a semi regular basis. I see my efriends nearly every day… my closest "real" friends, Jeff, Kevin, and others, I see a few times a year, when our busy lives allow us to spend a few hours together.
What makes a friend? What do friends talk about? What do they share? For me, talking to friends means talking about family, work, sex, books, church life and stuff in general. We tell our stories, share concerns and support each other, right?
How many of you have online friends that know things about you that friends from your "real" life don't know?
Real life... that's what we call it.
I say that all of this is real, whether I am talking to you via telephone, sitting in a booth at the Hawk 'n Dove, or you are reading this on a screen.
All of this is my real life.
PS: Soccergirl's season ended this morning with the smackdown being laid on the other team. We finished the season as the only undefeated team in the U-8 girl's division!