There are many people I've "met" in my six years online.
Six years ago, I had an online journal. Through that journal, I met a few people who I became cyberfriends with. People all over the country. A few of them helped me gain confidence and some web skills. A few of them offered friendship. One offered access to a message board she ran. Through that message board, I discovered more friends. Last year, I actually had a grand opportunity to meet up with a bunch of them. (Meeting up with people you've corresponded with through words and pictures for years is a great experience!)
I don't get to that message board as often as I would like these days, although I've managed to keep a small handful of the friends from my "rookie" days. Denver Doug comes to mind. He is a kind gentle man from the Denver area. He has been around for 80-some odd years, and is quite the wordsmith. We've exchanged family pictures and correspondence for six years now, (I've even had a chance to talk to him on the phone once or twice!) but it seems as if I've known him forever. At one point, he asked if it would be ok to consider me a cybersibling (hence "Brudder Doug"), and he thinks of my kids as his own grandkids.
There are several other of my friends from that time, BJ, Sandy and Phred come to mind right off.
When I moved my journal to a blog two years ago, a new group of cyberfriends found me. I am so very grateful for them. I'm not going to name all of themindividually, but you can find some of them in that list of blogs I read over to the right. (And yeah, if you are reading this and you don't have a blog you may not get how people on the other sides of the country/world can become friends, and I'm cool with you thinking I'm odd.) These people make me laugh, provide cybersupport when I need it, and offer different perspectives when I need those, too.
One of these people is Miss Susie Fairchild. I won't go on and on about her virtues... those of you who read her blog already know. Those of you who don't read her blog, go read it and find out for yourself. She's a lovely, lovely individual with a really huge heart. I think about her every day, and send her all sorts of good vibes. She makes me smile, just by being her.
Susie takes some really terrific pictures. When I saw this one, I asked for permission to use it on my blog. I'm not a professional web designer, but I do ok with it.
This month's design is for my friends in real life, and those online who make me smile and giggle, including Susie. Thank you all so very much for being there.