Yes...FRIENDS. That's what I call those of you who I regularly interact with via our blogging lives.
I've recently had a big discussion with a "real life friend" from church who just doesn't "get" the whole blog scene. She has tried to say that spending so much time sharing bits of your life with people we don't "actually" know, is detrimental. She also doesn't believe that we can be "friends" with people we haven't actually met in person and spent some time with. She also believes that spending time blogging takes away from time that we can be spending with the Lord....
I say she's wrong
In fact. I feel closer and more "in tune" with some of the bloggy friends I have met online but not in person (yet anyway). I feel that some of us just "click" and understand, and have "been there done that". I love that we can be REAL... and sometimes scarily honest when we blog....
I believe we can be friends. I believe we ARE friends!
And when it comes to the whole "taking time away from spending with the Lord"... Yeah, okay, so that time we could be reading the word, or praying...or whatever...sure...but actually, I get to spend some good time encouraging others... (and they me too)... we get to share some of the awesome things that have happened... we do think about each other, and intervene...sometimes in prayer/thoughts... we do pray for each others situations, we build each other up...we stand in the gap and intercede! And when our bloggy group "meets up" sometimes for coffe or whatever, we have some really awesome times of fellowship.... (where 2 or more are gathered...I am there!!).
I love blogging...and bloggers....and the whole bloggy thing. :)