Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE fan of blogging.
What, you’d noticed…?
But friends we make on blogs are at arm’s length. For many people, that’s the ideal distance. Blogging friends appear and disappear as they switch on or off the device of choice, and they are safely insulated from each other. That’s not enough for me, though. I like contact.
For some time now, I’ve been Skyping with friends I’ve made on this blog. Living where I do, in the north of Queensland, remote from the rest of Australia and indeed the rest of the world, it has been a lifeline. It’s so much more fun to exchange ideas, thoughts, jokes and suggestions in real time, face to face. Last year, I took the plunge and proposed a meeting in person with a blogging friend who lives en route when we were visiting friends and family in New South Wales. She was agreeable, despite the foreboding and dreadful warnings of her friends, who thought I might be a dangerous loony. As it turns out, neither of us is either dangerous or (more than average) lunatic, and we enjoyed our visit so much that it’s become a regular feature of our journeys south. I’ll be seeing her in a couple of days – Hi, Nanette!
Over the past half year, I’ve become friendly with another fellow blogger, this time someone who has a part-time home relatively close to where my sister lives. By lucky chance, we were both going to be in the same part of the world at the same time, so of course, a meeting had to be arranged! In a beautiful and peaceful corner of New South Wales, we drank coffee, ate cake, talked, took in fabulous views and in my case, suffered a bad case of verandah envy… The Husbands bonded over home renovation and motor-bikes, and we talked about food, life, the tree-change lifestyle and places in the surrounding countryside we might visit together some time in the future. One day… when we’re both in the area for longer than a few days at a time – probably when the Husband and I have retired. It was a hugely enjoyable day, and I hope we’ll be able to catch up again some time soon. Thanks, Ella Dee, I had a wonderful time…
Neither of these nice people has been scary, weird, obsessive or a mistake to know better. I’m pretty sure the world is full of more like them. So I’m going to continue to look for friends Beyond the Blog.