Friday, February 3, 2012

A letter to my fellow bloggers.

Dearest Bloggers, 

Once upon a time I said I would never, ever call someone I only know online a friend. I have plenty of "real" friends and have no intention of bonding over a lengthy rant regarding your husband's penchant for football or your child's inability to use the potty. 


This is not how friends are made. 

Friends are made by knowing each other. By talking face to face. By sharing your deepest, darkest secrets and fears. And friends require a fair amount of time and commitment. 

I feel strongly about this!

Exclamation point!

However, as many of you know, I failed at holding up the front. 

I fell prey to your quirky tales and your friendly "atta girls". 

You reached out to me when I wrote a weepy post. You tweeted that you missed me when I didn't post. I prayed about your breast cancer. Your divorce. And about your daughter's adenoidectomy. I worried when your mother was hospitalized. I thought about you when you disappeared for a time. I was worried and then glad when you returned. 

You see, as it turns out, blogging, tweeting, Facebooking {or whatever your medium} is - like it or not - the new face-to-face. We do share stories. Our lives. Our successes and failures. I admit a few tidbits are only shared with my BFF. But you understand.

Of course, not everyone who lands here is a friend. Some do not linger long enough. And it does indeed take an enormous amount of time and commitment. Writing. Sharing. Reading. Commenting. Tweeting. Retweeting. Helping. Advising. 

And yes, friends do indeed come and go from time to time. That is inevitable whether IRL or URL. 

But life has changed. And you are now a part of mine.  

For better or for worse. 

So thank you. 

Thank you for your support. 

Thank you for your encouragement. 

Thank you for being a friend. 


P.S. Now that we are friends, can I ask that you stop using Pinterest to promote your blog? You are driving me crazy with your buttons for every post. You already permeate my reader, by Twitter feed, and my Facebook feed. Is it too much to ask that you leave Pinterest for fun, pretty pictures and witty quips and quotes. An occasional DIY is wonderful, but let's draw the line there. Deal?

P.S.S. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. See, this friendship is so lovely. I adore how you never disagree or talk back. Thanks for that too!

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