When you are a normally quiet person, awkward around new people, grasping for things to talk about because it does not come naturally, public outings, meetings, introduction games (whoever thought that remembering someone's name and also an object that starts with the first letter of their name is just the worst person in the world), and any getting-to-know-you situation brings on nerves, regret at what you should have said, and finally, exhaustion. Real-life people are hard.
For those people- people like me- there has been this amazing THING that is connecting with like-minded people online (and not through some sketchy dating service) through blogs and social media. You get talking to someone for some random reason- you liked a post they wrote, they're witty on social media, you're in a group of people doing the same thing- and suddenly, before you know it, you're friends. Real friends. Friends you can tell wacky things to and who totally get you. They're there when you need them and they're always up for talking because they are like you, and they love the interaction you get on the computer where there is no filter and no one giving you strange looks because you told a joke that fell flat.
I love my Internet Friends. Without them, being home with the kids would have probably driven me insane by now, I probably wouldn't have a business and a blog that I both enjoy, and I wouldn't know that there are other people just like me scattered all across the world. I consider these people true friends and would gladly meet them in person so we could sit across from each other in awkward silence, except it wouldn't be like that because we already know each other. We've already talked for thousands of hours so all the awkward small talk is out of the way. How cool is that?
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