Once upon a time I had friends from high school and friends from college.
Then I had high school friends and college friends and work friends.
Then I had high school friends, college friends, work friends, neighborhood friends, friends from the twins club and eventually blog friends.
You get the picture.
Sometimes we would have a birthday party and your work friends would meet your regular friends and maybe a mom or two that I knew from twins club. It was okay. A little weird, but pretty normal.
Enter blog friends.
At one point in my life, my blog friends were pretty much contained on the internet. I would comment on their blogs, they would comment on my blog and occasionally there would be an e-mail exchange.
Then I moved.
When I moved here I only knew a handful of people that lived in the Washington DC area, but I knew that some of my blog friends lived here. Suddenly, some of my blog friends were real life friends.
It was sort of weird, but it still wasn’t a huge deal. Most of my regular friends knew that I was a blogger and internet dork and they didn’t make fun of me.
Well, they only made fun of me a little bit.
Then things started getting really weird. I made friends with my neighbors. The regular, Can you make sure nobody breaks into my house when I am out of town? Led to questions like Where are you going? And I had to answer with things like A women’s blogging convention in Chicago.
As a blogger, you understand that as mainstream as it seems, a lot of people have no idea what bloggers do.
If you tell a person who has never read a blog that no, you aren’t a political pundit, you write about your life and your kids and pop culture and sports, they will look at you like you have 10 heads.
Or they will laugh because they think you are joking.
Then twitter comes along and things start getting really weird. I follow a mom from preschool. Sure, she is a friend, but I met her at preschool.
Then I friend her on Facebook. Suddenly, other moms from preschool start showing up in my “people you might know” section.
I like these people, so I friend them too.
But I often post links to my posts on Facebook. And links to my MamaPop posts.
Sometimes my links are harmless.
Other times they are not.
And now sometimes they come up in real life. Like at class coffee’s at preschool.
10 minutes ago I just friended a teacher from my kids school. Facebook has forever blurred the lines. I’m not even sure how to categorize my friends anymore. We are through the looking glass and I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.ps – Dear Word Press spell check.
Internet, blog and blogging are real words. They are spelled correctly. How could a blogging platform not understand that?