Most of the WP awards contain the question “Why did you start blogging?”.
I guess my standard answer of “likes and followers” is no longer original nor funny 😉
Like this post Raise your hand if you started your blog to meet awesome people, a.k.a. online friends.
I have felt lonely for a long period in my life.
Face to face interaction simply didn’t work for me.
While many people have dealt with cyber bullying, internet provided me an escape from the mean outside world.
I stopped playing the chess club because of stupid reasons.
I missed the game. I missed “my people”.
I signed up for a chess site and indeed, with my terrible English grammar and spelling, I started communicating with people all over the world.
Some I interacted with on a daily basis, for hours.
We talked about chess strategies, stupidity of non chess players and eventually meeting up on day.
Some became “best friends”.
Some I even developed special feelings for.
Life was good for a while.
Then came the heartbreaks.
For some life happened. They left without saying.
Some actually did send me an email telling me that it became too much of a distraction.
Eventually, I left too without saying anything.
Fast forwarding 10 years, I got an email with “Happy Birthday” wishes from a name I didn’t recognize at first.
He mentioned “chess” in his email and all the memories from my former online chess buddies came back.
Thank you Hotmail for remembering such occasions 😉
We talked about what life has brought us in the past 10 years.
He got married and is about to finish his PHD.
I found Jasper and switched a couple of jobs and countries.
We laughed about how young and innocent we were some years back.
Where will we, “WP’ers” , be 10 years from now?
One day, some of you might stop blogging.
You might write a goodbye post or simply vanish.
I probably will too one day.
But who knows, maybe a miracle will bring us back together again 😉
How do you feel about online friends?
Do you have some that you have been knowing for a long time?
Have some of them caused you a heartbreak?