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.
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 Germany, Disneyland 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)