i am sort of outgoing and sort of not, so taking that first step a couple of years ago to turn internet world friends into real life friends was scary. as it turned out, it was like we already knew each other and had decided we were good friends - with little glimpses into each other's lives through blogging we were armed with plenty to talk about and relate with, it was love at first site - you know, in a non weird way, ha.
a lot of people say that social networks have taken a lot out of personal relationships, i guess you could argue that blogging is kind of on the far end of the social networking spectrum, but i would have to disagree and say social networking has made my friendships grow and have better foundations. sure facebook and twitter doesn't come free of drama and lack of face to face communication but it is still communicating and being part of something bigger then yourself. it is all about what you do with those relationships if you want to see them grow.
twitter, considered a micro blogging site has introduced me to some amazing women too and gives me a daily laugh. there is nothing like having amazing women in your support system, no matter where you find them. when you follow a blog, a instagram, or find a new person to follow on twitter it is because you find something relatable and interesting in them. in a sense you are being paired up with like minded people you know you already enjoy just from reading their 140 characters of emotions and daily adventures.
the kiddos, this has been my favorite part of the whole thing. this group of kiddos, who some of them at met when they were only around six months old, are getting to grow up together and it is so fun to watch! wether we can get together once a month or a couple of times a year, they don't skip a beat and are playing and getting a long like old friends the second we come together. since that very first play date at green lake our group has grown a lot, with more great women from all over the pnw, which has meant more fun and adorable toddlers playing with us each time. poor rowan though, haha, she is always the old lady of the group but still loves to play with everyone, especially harper, she is her favorite.
our get togethers have definitely grown from the first five of us from around the seattle and portland area. now we hold yearly to bi-yearly large scale gatherings, attempt a every other month or so girls night out dinner, and play dates whenever we can squeeze them in.
now that a lot of us are pregnant again and onto baby number two (for me number four!) and still have a toddler running around, life gets in the way of being totally successful at these meet ups but still make sure to set aside time to visit and grow as friends.
another one of my favorite parts of blogging, is the philanthropy, even on a small scale the march of dimes is something i have come to look forward to yearly. it is so great to see our community coming together to support any cause and another great opportunity to meet more amazing ladies and their families.
i can't wait to see what the further holds for me when it comes to this little corner of the internet i have created. but i can tell you what, it is going to be one crazy fun wild ride and i won't miss a second of it. my family always comes first, so i may take breaks from time to time from the actual putting words to page, but these friendships? i wouldn't trade for anything and really can't wait to meet some more of my favorite "on the internet" people at blogher in august.
have you reached out to your favorite local bloggers or twitter or instagram friends? no? then do it today, putting myself out there was the best move i have ever made and i promise it will be for you to!