Okay internet, you’re letting me down.
I hear all of these stories of people making great friends through blogging, but how does one actually do that?
I know this must exist. Partially because I doubt that every single person that has talked about this is just lying, but also because I experienced it.
About a decade ago, in junior high (holy crap I feel old now!) in real life I was bullied and sad, with only one or two friends, and I was just about silent during the school day.
Then I came home and logged onto Neopets, went directly to my guild, and burst into a bustle of activity and friendship, all of us playing pranks on each other and having long message board postings for hours.
I got my first taste of HTML and Photoshop with my guildies, and finally felt like I could by myself around someone without being mocked openly or in whispers behind my back.
We all grew up and drifted away by high school, but those are still my main fond memories of my tween years.
So how do I get that again, as an adult?
Honestly, I’m not totally sure. My only tactic so far is to look through my favorite topics on WordPress, liking and leaving comments on any blogs that are interesting, and following them so I can continue the process if there are other posts that I find interesting.
What other bloggers do to get pageviews, I’m currently doing to find friends. Is that weird? Sad? Funny?
Probably. But hey, “awkwardness” is in my name, you knew what you were getting into here.