When I entered the cyber social world (Facebook, Ravelry, blogging), I had no intentions of meeting new people. I am blessed to have three (yes, three) real life knitting buddies and many more fabulous friends besides. I wasn’t looking for any virtual friends. Rather, I got a Facebook page to keep in touch with friends and family far away. I opened my Ravelry account to keep track of my knitting and have access to the pattern data-base. I started blogging because… well, I didn’t really know why at the time, but it has turned into an almost daily activity which I enjoy very much.
But, somewhere along the way, I started making friends. I found that there are real people behind those screen names and avatars. Real, wonderful people. It was a bit of a revelation for me.
But, making friends online is a strange thing. There are lots of roadblocks to true friendship.
Take the whole stalker thing, for example.
I don’t want to be perceived as a stalker, so I hold back from commenting too much on someone’s blog. I measure out my kindnesses so as not to seem too eager. I keep my real identity a tightly guarded secret. On Ravelry, I only befriend a few people, and I certainly don’t befriend many on Facebook. When someone contacts me, I check them out as far as I can.
I wonder if you are who you say you are. I wonder if you wonder the same about me.
But, really folks. How many stalkers and serial killers are masquerading as thirty-something Christian knitters who homeschool a brood of kidlets?
There are some excellent people in this world. I would even go so far as to say that there are more fabulous-friends-to-be than there are lunatic-knitter-stalkers.
We are so blessed to live in a day and age in which we can meet like-minded people, regardless of the distance that separates us.
And, let me tell you, I have met some wonderful people.
So, while I will still be careful, I want to take advantage of the opportunities that I have to make new friends across the country and around the world through this blog and on Ravelry.
Making friends online is a strange thing, a wonderful strange thing.