Tobi shearling jacket - internet friends

Remember when we first started getting the internet in our homes and everyone was preaching about ‘stranger danger’ and internet safety? I thought that internet friends would always be people you never met. Back in 1999, you’d often find me sat in my dining room at our massive Dell desktop pc using the internet to browse the Ty beanie babies forum.

I’d spend a couple of hours a day on there after school chatting to people around the world about my favourite beanies and speculating on which ones we thought they’d bring out next.  There was a girl I used to talk to regularly on the forum who was around the same age and was from the USA – for all I know she was probably a he in their forties. This was my first experience of having an ‘internet friend’ and I never thought that friends that you meet online could become friends in real life too.

Tobi checked jumpsuit - internet friends

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Bag – Radley
Glasses – Love Moschino via Specsavers

The Whatsapp Group

In 2017, I was lucky enough to be introduced to a group of amazing ladies thanks to my friend Kariss. Kariss and I actually met through another blogger who we are no longer friends with and although we’ve only known each other for around three years, it feels like it’s been a lot longer. We’ve been on loads of trips together already, including GermanyDisneyland Paris and Florida. Back in February, she started up a WhatsApp group for some of her favourite bloggers. These bloggers ranged from up north in Leeds (where she’s originally from) and down in London where she lives now. Even though some of us had never spoken before, we get on like a house on fire and talk everyday.

Although I’m still yet to meet Kellie, I’ve met everyone else and we’ve been all over the country to see each other. I was already friends with Kariss and Rachel, but I’ve since met Haydy, Lizi, Laura and Milly. Last weekend Laura, Haydy and Kariss came down to Winchester to spend Friday night and Saturday day time with me. We had the best time having a blogger sleepover, with a Chinese takeaway, face masks and nail painting. We’ve also got plans to meet in London in February and Essex in March, which is really exciting.

Have you got any internet friends who are now real life friends?

(Photo credit: Haydy)

(I had these photos taken back in September 2017 but I hated the way I looked. I’ve taken so long to post them because I felt terrible. I now feel a bit better about myself, so I don’t mind sharing them)

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24 Comments

  1. January 24, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    Ah the good old days of the internet! I remember being on MSN with my school friends for hours. Now I have quite a lot of friends who I have met through instagram but then see in real life as well 🙂

  2. January 24, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    I have met so many amazing people online and have been very lucky to have met a large number of them in real life too

  3. January 24, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    Actually yes I have. A group of us started off as compers and are now bloggers and we meet from time to time. It’s like any other friendship situation though – you have to get off your butt and go meet people. Facebook won’t do that for you.

  4. January 24, 2018 / 10:30 pm

    Ahh I love this. I met some of my very best friends on an online antenatal group, and over the years we have all met up, even attended each others weddings, and had so much fun together!

  5. January 25, 2018 / 7:45 am

    I love how you have met so many other bloggers that is great!! I need to meet more blogger just been so hectic at late x

  6. January 25, 2018 / 10:00 am

    I met my best friend online and ended up marrying her. I have met a lot of very nice folks online that I became friends with.
    But the internet is not so innocent and I have to know you a long time before venturing forth to meet you.

  7. Bethany
    January 25, 2018 / 11:59 am

    I’ve never met anyone that I’ve twlked to online, and I think I’m too young to say ‘the good old days’ lol. But the internet has changed within the 19 years of my life, MSN used to be like today’s WhatsApp, webcamming all of our school friends, exchanging school notes and homework. I only wish it would be that easy lol

  8. January 25, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    It’s so good that you’ve made some good friends from blogging, I am too much of an introvert to do the same and I hate it really . I’m glad you’ve realised that these photos are lovely too x

  9. January 25, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    How wonderful that you have found some great friends with the help of the internet and world wide web. These are precious moments, cherish it with them.

  10. January 25, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    Love you boo. You look stunning all the time <3

  11. Joanna
    January 26, 2018 / 11:36 am

    I do have internet friends that are now real life friends. Almost all of them I met more than 10 years ago, on different forums and chatting platforms. And then we traveled to each other’s countries and met, and our friendships are still strong!

  12. January 26, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    Wow, things have changed so much in the last 10 years, I remember using MSN to chat with friends. It’s great that we now have so many platforms to connect with people in more personal ways.

  13. January 26, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    funny enough about 90% of my friends now are ones I made through blogging! Bristol has a really big blogging scene though I think! x

  14. Dannii
    January 26, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    That’s great that you have met so many great friends online. I actually met my husband on the internet 17 years ago 🙂

  15. January 26, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    I love this post! I’ve met SO many wonderful people online too, and some really dear friends. I think it’s such an amazing way to meet like-minded people, who you might never have crossed paths with otherwise! xx

  16. January 26, 2018 / 11:30 pm

    I got some internet friends who become real life friends. Technology helps us reach more people and some become real life friends.

  17. January 27, 2018 / 4:34 am

    It’s so nice to meet people that you can be friends with online. I think it’s one of the best things that I’ve experienced as a blogger, gaining new friends who I share the same interests with.

  18. January 27, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    I love how the internet has brought people closer together, especially likeminded people. It makes the world feel that little bit smaller! xxx

  19. January 28, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    I can’t believe you weren’t happy with how you looked on these pics – You look phenomenal! I love that the internet has opened up so many possibilities of making new real life friends. May it long continue!

  20. January 29, 2018 / 1:53 am

    A whatsapp group is such a good idea! I’m in a few Instagram chat groups but it’s not quite as personal or chatty. Need to find my own group of ladies like this – it’s fantastic when bloggers support other bloggers!

  21. January 29, 2018 / 1:54 am

    Can’t say that I do, but the fact that there is a movement now from internet forums to WhatsApp groups is very intriguing.

  22. January 30, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    I am so grateful to blogging for bringing so many amazing people into my life, I met one of my best friends about 6 years ago from blogging. I’ve been on multiple holidays with bloggers, celebrated birthdays together and so much more

  23. January 31, 2018 / 1:10 am

    This is so lovely and exciting that you have a group of blogging friends from around the country and you visit each other.

  24. February 19, 2018 / 1:56 am

    I loved our Winchester weekend and I can not WAIT for the next trip. You guys are the best and that Whatsapp group is life.

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