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  • Hi Kathryn –

    As in real life, some people you meet will become acquaintances, casual friendships, and a few will become lifelong friends. Three of my contacts not only email me, but also telephone, critique my work, and encourage me.

    I think you hit on an important item. If I’m always the one commenting and there’s no real interaction, the relationship is shallow at best. There must be a give and take.

    Thanks for an excellent post.

    Susan 🙂

    • Hey Susan – you are one of those that I consider a relationship. You have been a HUGE blessing to me since you first discovered me way back when. I enjoy your comments and your website.

      Building relationships can be just as difficult (and sometimes more so) online then they are in person!

  • Hi Kathryn –

    How kind of you! I can say the same for you. 🙂 I love your site and often link to it.

    I’ve met so many wonderful people. My only regret is I can’t spend as much time as I’d like with each of them. I do try to keep in touch.

    I guess the old adage applies: If you want a friend, be a friend.

    Susan 🙂

    • That is very true. I am trying to reach out more over the internet but in my physical life as well. I’ve also stopped worrying about what they do – or do not – do for me in return. It just gives me more peace. I figure that I have been myself for almost 40 years and it has worked well so far. 😀

  • Hello. I go on a writing site and chat with people all the time. We all have our usernames and profiles in which we can view and read peoples’ stories, poems, and journals. The older you are on the site and the more funny and stand-outish you are in the chat rooms, the more popular you are.

    I used to go on Facebook all the time, but now I have given up nearly all other sites just for this one writing site. When I’ve talked to people long enough and there is a connection, we exchange MSN emails. I only have friends from online on my MSN. I can usually tell if there is a connection within 5-10 minutes of talking with someone. When you’re online enough it’s fairly easy to read people. Some take weeks to read. I try to find similar patterns in what they say and base their personalities off of colours.

    It’s interesting how people are judged solely for their typing skills. We judge by looks in real life, but on this site it starts out with, ‘are you typing properly?’. If so, you have to pass the next test which is, ‘do you spam or type absurd or obnoxious things?’. Us older users judge base off of skills like those which is as close as we get to study someone’s personality off a first-time internet discussion.

    • Hey Allie – I know what you mean by finding that connection in just a few minutes – but I have discovered that there were times when I misread the situation. Does that ever happen to you?