Have I mentioned how much I love you, my blog-reading public. Last week we reached a new high, with over 550 of you visiting in one day! Thank you for the L-O-V-E… I know you have many things you could be doing with your time and I appreciate it!
Since I started blogging 2 years ago, I’ve been shocked by the number of connections I’ve made online via social media channels. I never would have thought it possible to develop solid relationships with strangers, but I find myself doing it almost daily now.
One of my favorite stories regarding online-friendships happened just last month. I was spending the morning at the local equivalent of the Farmer’s Market when someone shouts out, “Hey, this is a strange question, but are you MinnesotaGal?” I was totally floored but managed to respond that I did write a blog of that name. She then proceeded to tell me that she’d been following my blog for several months and “absolutely loved the way my chaise turned out” and “thought my Cambodia photos were spectacular”. I was completely taken aback by the one-way nature of this conversation and thinking how crazy it was that this woman knew so much about my life.
But then I realized that I had invited her into my life by putting myself out in the Blogosphere…AND wasn’t it cool that she had connected with so many of my stories? Technology is truly creating a whole new way of being in relationship with people, and I must say that I like it. Yes, it can start out a bit one-sided sometimes, but there are always chances to rebalance it.
For example, once I got over my shock, I managed to ask for her contact info. We then proceeded to invite Rebecca over for dinner this past Saturday and I am now thrilled to say that I’ve gained my second blog-reader-turned-friend. Turns out she even lived in MN for awhile when she went to William Mitchell Law School! Love how small the world is… we even have common friends!
So my challenge to you today is to stretch the ways that you’re allowing new relationships to come into your life. It was only because I was pulled out of my “MN friend zone” that I really forced myself to look for new ways to make connections. That’s the thing, you just never know– your new best friend may end up being a faithful blog reader or a Twitter pal!
PS- I don’t think this trend is going to end anytime soon. I just heard from another blog reader named Jessica who’s moving to Manila in April. She and I are already discussing when we’re going to connect. Too cool…