Friday, June 22, 2007

On making friends, and keeping them

The Internets cracks me up, and amazes me. The world of blogging has to be the biggest story untold every day.

One of my devoted readers, MPJ, recently wrote a funny post about a cyber love triangle among she and her commenters. She wrote that one of the friendships has developed into a cyber soulmate. In the end, she had to pick.

I'm writing a column about blogging for a parenting publication, and in it I'm trying to make the point that moms should read blogs if they are searching for people who think like them or who have the same daily challenges.

If there is a cyber soulmate for me, it might be Shannon, who is also a stay-at-home mom of 17-month-old twins and frantically writes during their naps and tries to find the balance daily. Hmm. Sounds very familiar.

Shannon and I recently discussed the isolation we feel as both mothers and writers --two jobs that keep us home all day. Our other job, parenting twin toddlers, also keeps us home all day because we're pretty much terrified to go anywhere with them that might bring about some stress.

Brian, a stay-at-home dad of three, including twins, and a writer, alluded to some cyber soulmate confession while answering my question to him about raising twins. Read that Q&A here. And, yes, I do laugh when one of the twins smacks the other in the head. And when they head butt or, the very latest, butt-butt.

Amazing who we find on these pages. I'm hooked.

Who would your cyber soulmate be if you could describe them?


Shannon said...

Awe, this is so true. When I first started reading your blog I thought "wow, our lives are eerily similar, wouldn't it be nice to chat over coffee or a glass of wine instead of through cyberspace!" But, then again, we're writers so there is some joy that comes with this form of communication.

About the laughing thing--I was in a store the other day and the boys were in their stroller (I've got a side by side one) Since I had stopped, they started banging their heads into each other which promptly led to crying except they wouldn't stop banging their heads together. I tried to stop them, but I was laughing so hard I was almost crying with them. The clerk was looking at me like I was nuts. I could feel her disapproval, but they were so darn cute! Okay...AND I'm nuts. :-)

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

Oh, the link love! Really, everyone is my favorite. ;)

I have to say, all of the people I've met and relationships I'm building have been one of the most wonderful surprises about blogging.