I miss Kindergarten!
In Kindergarten, making friends was easy! You simply walked up to someone and said, "Hi. My name is Chris. Do you wanna be friends?” They usually replied with something like, “OK. Let’s go play.” That was it! Easy-peesy!
Now…well, that approach will get you all kinds of weird looks and responses! And trying to “make friends" on-line can be even worse! Due to the wonderful anonymity of on-line life, the ability to create an entirely new persona, complete lack of human to human contact and not being able to “hear” the playfulness, sarcasm, or humor in someone’s voice…never mind all the stories in the news about on-line stalkers and serial killers…well, people are paranoid as all get out!
It’s damned hard! Especially if you’re already in a spot where you feel isolated or unsure of yourself. (Chronic illness can do that to a person from time to time.)
Well…after “lurking” for a while…I just jumped on in! I realized the only way I would ever feel part of any on-line community was to participate in it! So what if I was the nerd at the cool kid’s table. (Not like it’d be the first time! *grin*) Besides, everyone was a “newbie” at some time. These on-line friendships didn’t magically appear, they were forged through shared experiences and common interests…through posts, blogs, and status updates. They evolved over time and through communication. The only thing stopping me was me!
There have been several comments left that have gone unanswered. There have been status updates no one replied to or “Liked”. There have been “tweets” no one has “retweeted”. But…(Here’s the cool part!) there have been new “friend requests” sent to me. There have been those happy little “Like” buttons clicked. There have been group invitations sent…and I’ve actually made new friends!
So…here goes nothing! Hi! My name is Chris. You wanna be friends?
(I'm also on FaceBook as Chris Dean and Twitter as pixiecd13 since I'm techno-impaired and can't figure out how to add a stupid link!)