by me :)
When I was little I had pen friends, from all around the world (although mainly different parts of Africa). My mum set me up with a pen pal company called 'Hola' which paired me up with other kids in a country of my choice. I wrote for a number of years to a girl in South Africa, we used to exchange pictures of our favorite Spice Girls (btw I am taking primary school here) but I think there the similarities ended and we eventually stopped writing.
My brother however kept in touch with his Sweedish pen friend from about the age of 12. I'm not 100% sure if they still write 'snail mail' but I know they do send each other things from time to time and she has turned out to be an amazing artist and close friend to him
It got me thinking how you can just be given some ones address and strike up a solid lasting friendship (without ever meeting) just by writing to each other.
I guess the modern day equivalent would be twitter? Although not writing long letters as such you can strike up friendships with like minded people without ever actually meeting them. I know that does sounds incredible sad 'my Internet pals' but honestly I do consider a few people I have met online to be genuine friends.
Take for example my Tea and Crayons ladies, we've never met in the flesh but together have set up a collective. They are a constant source of inspiration and friendship and we probably 'chat' via email or twitter once a day.
I was also completely bowled over by just how many people contacted me via twitter to ofter me support over our recent bad news. I really really appreciated it and it didn't mean any less that it came from people I have never met in person.
I'm not really sure that there is a conclusion to this post, more like rambling thoughts I decided to share!
Do you feel the same way about social networking? xoxo