i’ve met some of my good friends online

i've met some of my good friends online

When I started my first blog back in Scotland, I had no idea what I was doing. I published posts for my friends and immediate family, and wasn’t aware that there was an entire community of expat and travel bloggers I could connect with. I didn’t even consider that some of these women would become my good friends down the road, and honestly, I used to think that meeting people online was somewhat creepy. Ok, really creepy. Obviously things have changed since then.

I’m here to retract my previous sentiments and tell you that I’ve met some of my good friends online. In fact, I’ve met some of my closest friends online because of the blogging world.

And the thing is, we don’t have to be friends. We just are.

We didn’t grow up together and we didn’t go to school together. We don’t work in the same offices and most of us don’t even live in the same country, let alone the same state. We choose to be friends because we have the same interests. Most of the ladies I know, myself included, are involved in design, photography, PR, social media, etc, and we’re trying to start our own businesses because we’re motivated like that. Blogging has opened doors and created opportunities that we didn’t even dream of before we published our first posts on Blogger and WordPress.

We have the same hobbies and enjoy travel, writing, snapping photos, trying new things, meeting new people, cooking, and seriously, the list goes on. We have so much to discuss with each other.

I’ve found that bloggers are a special breed of people and that’s why we get along so well. And that’s also why I’ve met some of my good friends online. Some of my best friends.

Have you found this to be true?

       
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  • http://www.adventuresofalondonkiwi.blogspot.com/ adventuresofalondonkiwi

    It is SO true and such a wonderful results of locking ourselves behind a computer…

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Ha, exactly! It’s almost worth it, right? ;)

  • http://www.tothedayslikethis.com/ Sammy Dorn

    so true! I had no idea there were so many wonderful blogging friends out there to be made!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Same! I was surprised when I started talking to so many.

  • http://www.truecoloursblog.com Casey

    I so agree! It’s such a wonderful community and there are so many amazing bloggers out there!

    • http://www.gutenblogyall.com/ Margo

      I agree, Casey – it IS a fantastic community to be a part of. Well said, Rachel! :)

      • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

        Thanks! :)

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Yep! So many great women!

  • http://theelderadventurers.com/ Wynne Elder

    i love this! yes! it’s so true. i first connected with women online through our adoption journey, then photography, and now through our struggle with infertility. the blogging world really is an amazing thing. just found your blog and LOVE it!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thank you!

      And yeah, the blogging world is so supportive!

  • Shelby

    couldn’t agree more. i have met some of my closest and best friends through blogging. there really is just something so unbelievably special about the blogging community. love this post!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      I think I talk to my blogger friends more than high school/college friends. It’s crazy how close we’ve all become!

  • http://www.northernbellediaries.com/ Lisette

    I agree, you know that girlfran ;)

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Yay blog friends!

  • http://brunchataudreys.tumblr.com/ Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Haha I remember in elementary school we were always told to be wary of talking to strangers over the Internet, but now all we want to do is talk to and connect with strangers over the Internet! I still find it a little weird to admit out loud, but yes, I’ve also made really good friendships, although we haven’t met in real life. Maybe one day! http://brunchataudreys.tumblr.com

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      It is kind of strange to admit out loud… especially when you’re explaining it to a non-blogger. :) But these relationships are so worth it!

  • http://www.alonewithmytea.blogspot.com Julie

    Though I’ve had my blog for awhile, I’ve only just started becoming more active in the blogging community. It has really been so much fun to start to recognize people and get to know each other through reading comments, etc. I hope to develop some friendships down the road, and maybe even get to meet some fellow bloggers in their corner of the world! I know I would be thrilled if one of my blog readers wanted to meet up if they happened to be in Rio! :)

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      I hope you’re able to meet someone soon! It really is great begin able to grab a cup of coffee/glass of wine and just chat.

  • http://www.livinginanotherlanguage.com/ Amanda

    Aw. As you know from earlier I fully agree with this post! its especially hard when you’re living as an expat and you really DONT have opportunities to go out and make ‘real life’ friends! I value my blogging friends a lot, even though maybe I’ve never seen their faces in real life. :) But I know that when I do eventually get to meet them we’ll hit it off right away!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Exactly! Although I found it easier to make friends as an expat because of the big Scottish expat group. Now I’m just kind of like.. hmmmm. Kind of sucks… but yay for blog friends!

  • http://travel-babbles.com/ Kym @ Travel Babbles

    This post made me smile big. Remember blogging “back in the day”? I’m glad I met you back then, and I’m glad you’ve stayed a friend. xoxox

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Ha, yes! Back in the day was so different. Now I’m just another travel/lifestyle blogger who kind of sucks.. and clearly doesn’t respond to comments until weeks later. ;) xo

  • Jodi

    Yay for blog friends. I love that there are so many different ways to make friends now. It is hard to make friends as an adult and the blogging world helps bring people together. So glad you lived in Boston so we had the chance to meet. I’ll be back to DC again soon so we can tackle my list of museums!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      You have to come back! It’ll be so much fun.

  • http://www.hopeengaged.blogspot.com/ Katie Cook

    The blogging community is So awesome! Last year when we lived in Nepal, one of my blogging friends helped make a quilt for us out of the gorgeous fabrics we bought there! I’ve skyped with numerous friends, and even have met up with many in person. It’s such an amazing way to meet amazing woman who share many of the same passions!! Love this post!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      That is so sweet! Love this!!

  • Wee Wanders

    What a lovely post! I am only just starting out in the blogging world but I have found other travel bloggers to be so helpful and encouraging; offering tips about how they got started, how they progressed and how they turned their blogs into a success, very inspiring :)

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Yep, travel bloggers are some of the best. :)

  • http://www.littlemomentsofhappiness.com/ Elizabeth Halle

    I feel the same way! Last night was the epitome of this notion; so many fabulous ladies and friends, most of whom I met through following their blog or social platform! Wish you were still here in Boston.

    xo Elizabeth

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      I wish I was still there too!!

  • http://treasuretromp.com/ Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

    oh I love this. so much.

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Yay blog friends!

  • http://journeywithdestiny.wordpress.com/ Destiny Barker

    Absolutely! I never even considered that I would interact with other bloggers when I started. I just wanted a place that my family and friends back home could keep up with my life away from them. Now I can’t imagine NOT talking to some of my blogging friends!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      That’s how I started too!

  • http://www.kayliwanders.com/ Kayli Schattner

    I love meeting other bloggers because I feel like we’re so likeminded! I’d love to connect with more bloggers + grow closer relationships with them because I feel it’s so nice since a lot of people I meet through school aren’t into as many of the same things that I am. Such a wonderful community!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      I’ve found this too! Bloggers just understand me more than non-bloggers. Especially the travel ones.

  • http://hannahonthemap.com Hannah Wasielewski

    I agree, meeting people online has changed! we need the internet to meet people and stay in touch with people sometimes. I’m living in Brazil and would never be able to talk to my friends and family at home without being on facebook and other social media sites.

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      I’m completely addicted to social media but it’s so great when it comes to staying in touch!

  • http://themovetoamerica.wordpress.com/ Molly @ The Move to America

    I agree too! I feel I have made many connections through online/blogging – I love it!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      It’s the best!

  • Carsla Peyton

    Indeed! I just began blogging months ago, & I never thought I would connect with such a diverse amount of people in such a short time span. It’s an amazing journey. (: Looking forward to your future posts.

    <3 Carsla
    Founder & CEO of Connect-the-Cloths
    http://www.connect-the-cloths.com
    http://blogspotter.co/connect-the-cloths/
    A stylist, foodie, & writer's blog in development.

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      It’s so nice meeting awesome people from all over the globe!

  • http://stampinmypassport.blogspot.com/ Jess Boyd

    After moving all on my own to a new city a few weeks ago, it’s nice to know that I can come home and catch up on what everyone is doing through their blogs. I think it’s finally time to retire the advice my parents gave me at 14 (when I was all about the AIM-chat life) to not talk to strangers on the internet :)

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Exactly! How are you liking your new city?

  • http://breakthesky.net/ Manda

    I’ve met some of my really good friends online, too! I actually went to Boston a few weekends ago to visit one and I’m going to Toronto at the end of May to visit a few others. It’s funny, because online friendships begin in a different sort of way than offline ones. I guess it has to do with the nature of blogging, but it doesn’t make a friendship any less “real.”

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Aww, that’s great. I need to visit some of my blogger friends.

  • http://totravelandbeyond.wordpress.com/ Macy Gutermuth

    I was just trying to explain this to a “non-blogger” today. Since I am still newish to the blogging world, I don’t have any super close blog bffs yet, but I love the people I have met and talk with often because of their posts and mine. I couldn’t be more happy that I made the choice to start blogging!

    I am also so excited for you to start your own business. Maybe one day my wedding business and your photography business will collide and we can work together!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Ha, it’s definitely difficult trying to explain this to non-bloggers… they always think it’s somewhat creepy!

      Um, yes! That would be awesome!

  • http://naomihattaway.com/ Naomi Hattaway

    It is TOTALLY true! My husband has even learned to start asking “Wait, is she a blogging friend or someone you met in real life” as I talk about random friends. Talk about an easy way to find your tribe, especially if you move around a lot, it seems to soften the blow of losing friends. The blogging friends always remain.

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Sounds just like my husband! :)

  • http://www.thegrassisdancing.com/ Claire

    It is absolutely true! I have some online friends from WAY before it was cool (from a strange period in my life that involved following INXS around the world and meeting people from various fan forums I am, to this day, unsure of how I got involved in) – so I’m just glad that coolness has caught up ;-)

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Hahaha, that’s awesome!

  • Jessa Olson

    This is so true!! I love all the friends that I have made from blogging including you!!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Blog friends are some of the best friends!

  • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

    That’s very true. You just have to make sure the person you’re developing a relationship with is completely genuine!

    Um, yes. I’d love to take your photos!

  • http://www.sarainlepetitvillage.com/ Sara Louise

    Living in France, my blog was my lifeline! I made so many fantastic friendships, I can’t imagine what my life would have been without my blog and without them (sad and lonely is the answer)