Wednesdays Question

questionIt’s Wednesday so that means it’s question time. It’s time to ponder and then answer just one question. Okay, you can add all you want as a reason for your answer too. We’d all like that.

So here’s this weeks question: Do you enjoy ‘virtual relationships?’

Big time. I’ve met so many people while blogging and some of them literally. It’s a great place to make friends, but it’s also a place to run into toxic people. I’ve met many of those too and it sometimes takes a bit to see the real person.

The other thing I’ve noticed is people come and go. There are friends that I’ve had from the beginning of blogging and still have in my life to this day, but many just disappeared. Wish I knew where because I’d hook back up with them if I could.

73 thoughts on “Wednesdays Question

  1. Stephanie Faris says:

    When I was blogging during the MySpace era, there were TONS of toxic people. It attracted that sort. I haven't seen that out here…but I do see it on Facebook. There's a difference between expressing your opinion and attacking others to get attention. I usually see the latter for what it's worth and pretend those people don't exist.

  2. Barb says:

    Obviously, I agree with you. I've met some wonderful friends.. including you and Zane!

    And Graystone, of course.

    One thing I really love about virtual connections vs. face-t0-face connections; It's just SO much easier to throw the UNfriend switch, isn't it?. *poof* they no longer exist in my reality. (insert evil laughter here) bahahahahahaha!

    Have a lovely day, Sandee! sending more big virtual hugs… until the next face-to-face meeting! xoxo

  3. Michelle F says:

    Yes, I do enjoy `virtual relationships`.
    I meet people I would have never met, many of them helpful.
    I have been able to reconnect with relatives.
    I have also been able to `visit` places I would not be able to physically visit, through pictures!

  4. Marg says:

    I too do so enjoy virtual relationships. That is one of the best things about blogging is making so many friends all over the world. I have made some really good friends along the way and Sandee, you sure are one of my good friends. Anyway, this blogging deal is a good one.

  5. Paul Pietrangelo says:

    Believe it or not, I really look forward each day to read about my two friends, you & Bee.I wish I had more people to comment on my blog but many do read my blog, they just don't comment on it. Some of your people like stevebethere & marcia have commented to me so see, good people do enter my world so thank Sandee. Without Bee I might not have lost 54 pounds so " Do you enjoy ‘virtual relationships"
    You better be believe it.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday Sandee and say hi to Zane for me. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Traveling Bells says:

    Of course! Blogging has brought real friends and virtual friends into my life and I like that. I have learned a lot, visited virtual places, and hope to put flesh on some of the virtual friends some day. So glad you and Zane are part of my real world. Blessed.

    Big hugs, honey…

  7. Jennifer Humphries says:

    I have quite a few really wonderful virtual friendships, mostly through blogging. It is easier that way to get to know someone better and it can be much more genuine when you know a little more about them than just a screen name.

  8. Kathe W. says:

    I have met lots of nice people on blogger- some come and go and others stay- like you for example! ~:-) ….I started blogging so friends and family could see what we were up to without my sending big files of photos that annoy and clog up their PC's.
    Facebook is different and I don't spend too much time there- too political and sometimes I observe people saying things they would never say to a persons face and that's unpleasant. I am pretty choosy who I will communicate with. As for other social media such as twitter …I don't use those as I try to limit my internet time. A person can get lost in "cyber space" .
    Good question- have a great day and scritches to Little Bit!

  9. Marcia Shaw Wyatt says:

    I absolutely do – like you, Sandee! You were the 1st virtual friend I made when I started blogging. And bless you! You've stuck with faithfully through thick and thin! You, by your example, showed me how wonderful virtual friends can be – how supportive and caring – and I shared your example as I got more experienced in the blogging world. As a result, I've made several more wonderful friends. Thank you, Sandee! I truly appreciate you and your friendship! 🙂

  10. cube says:

    This is such a good question. I've been blogging since October 2004 and I've run across many amazing people in the virtual world. It's funny how you can feel as though you know someone after communicating with them for years, yet they can drop out without so much as a howdee doo. I have found some of these cases a bit hurtful.

    To be fair, I have known many virtual souls who have been kind enough to announce their departure from the blogosphere, whether by public post or via private email. I think it's just good etiquette.

    It's a nice part of my day when I check the comments on my blog (if any). I love seeing new people, and I look forward to what my blog buddies have to say about whatever. I have found it to be an enjoyable adventure despite a few bad examples.

  11. Caren Gittleman says:

    I am blessed to have many "virtual" relationships and many of those have become dear friends. Often dearer than some who are in close proximity. My main "virtual" relationship who I met in 2000….became my husband in 2006 🙂

  12. messymimi says:

    Lots of virtual friends, and every year i travel to meet a bunch of them in real life. It's amazing the power the internet has had to connect me to people all over!

    As to those who disappear, if they choose to do so, i wish them well, although it would be nice to understand.

    • Comedy Plus says:

      Yep, it's so fun meeting folks for real. I've met so many from not only the U.S. but other countries too.

      I too would love to know what happened to those folks that disappeared. Some I miss something awful. 🙂

  13. Woodsterman (Odie) says:

    As being one of your more toxic relationships … I love you too.

    Actually, I have met some vary nice people on the internet. I must say my closest friends all came from the internet. There's some great people out there, and an awful lot right here at this blog.

    c-) c-) c-) c-) c-) c-)

  14. Ann Thompson says:

    Oh yes, I do like virtual relationships. Even thought I've never met any of my virtual friends I'm sure that if we were to meet it would be as if we had known each other forever. There's also lots that have just disappeared and I've often wonder what happened to them. I hope it's just a matter of they lost the desire to blog and not something more serious. I told my daughter that if anything ever happens to me she better let my blog friends know 🙂

  15. stevebethere says:

    I like my virtual friends fortunately I haven't come across many toxic ones

    I have no idea why but I always show up on the live feed that I'm visiting from Belfast it's miles from London how strange LOL

    Have a virtualtastic day Sandee (said in a Northern Irish accent) :-h

  16. Ferd says:

    I am very happy that some of the people I met blogging I continue to count as good friends today, and that surely includes you, Sandee!
    The heyday of blogging is behind us, thanks to Facebook. But I am grateful for the community that remains, an important part of my life! 🙂

  17. BeadedTail says:

    I enjoy pretty much all my virtual relationships! There have been some that I've changed opinions on but for the most part, everyone has been wonderful and friendly. I've met a few in person and will even get to meet Summer from Sparklecat.com this weekend! I met her human last May at BlogPaws. One day I'd love to meet you! 🙂

    Hope you have a great evening! Scritches to Little Bit!

  18. Binky says:

    For us oldies, the online thing may be fairly new, but it's a great way to meet and get to know a wide range of people from all over the world.

    I hate it too, when some people just disappear and you never know what happened to them.

  19. Lucky Lady says:

    I call them my friends and I hope they feel the same way not only blogging but face book and pogo I have a friend on pogo for over 8 years just seems like a sister, have never met her but we talk on the phone I am in Calif. She is in Kentucky, I guess living in the country puter friends are the best,My family that is left is in Tennessee,my kids are grown and moved to other states and towns 🙁

    • Comedy Plus says:

      I love Ferd and Gail. Got to treat them to dinner at Encinal Yacht Club some years ago. A delightful evening once we got through all the traffic to get there. San Francisco bay area traffic can be brutal at times. 🙂

  20. Jean(ie) says:

    I've been blogging for ten years. I've got tons of virtual friends. Some I've met, some I'd really like to meet, and some that will always be virtual. This world is very small. This year I found out that one of my virtual friends was a childhood friend of one of my old coworkers. I thought that was so cool!

  21. MNL says:

    I enjoy virtual friendships too. One of the cool things is location doesn’t matter. However it is sad if they just disappear. Happens in real life too but in real life, if you are friends from work or a particular group, you can reconnect when things are not so busy. If they move, change jobs, join a different group, though, you are just as likely to lose touch. Japan has a nice custom — every summer they mail a postcard to say hello. No long message, just a way to keep in touch. If people move, if you didn’t find out earlier, you are likely to at that time. Xmas cards here do the same thing, I guess (but I used to work at the Post Office and I remember working 7 days a week so it put me off xmas cards forever).

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