I’ve been active on the internet for a long time. Since 1992, really. In that time, I’ve met a few people in person after meeting them online (most notably, um, Tim!), but in general my online friendships have stayed online. I have definitely considered myself friends with some of the people that I’ve known online, but I didn’t realize until this weekend how connected I felt to some of the people I “see” regularly in the online world.
One of my acquaintences on the car seat board died suddenly and unexpectedly this weekend. I was somewhat taken aback by how upset I was by her death. She was a daily poster, as am I, and we were friendly, but didn’t interact directly much. We probably would never have met in person (unless we both attended the Lifesavers conference, which I want to do someday), and who knows whether we would have been friends if we’d met in real life. But we had some big things in common, including being mothers of young children (her girls are 1 and 4) and our passion for educating people about child passenger safety.
I have been thinking about this a lot since I heard the news yesterday, partly because I’m so saddened by it (those girls are so young to lose their mother!) and partly because I’m so surprised at how strong a connection I felt with this other mother and child passenger safety advocate.
Anyone else ever been surprised by the connection you felt to someone you knew casually from the internet?