Talk about ups and downs.... This week has been a rollercoaster in Blogland. The week started with nerves and nausea over filming my first video-log. The excitement and laughter as I edited it together and the challenge of cutting it down to the right length and achieving some sort of comedic timing. And then so many wonderful comments and new followers on Wednesday, when I put it up. (Thank you, new blogging friends!).
Yesterday was a joy, as I got to spend time with my "oldest" blogging buddy in the morning and then this amazing gal in the afternoon. Joy tinged with sadness, as I feel like I just found these new friends and now I'll be leaving them so soon when we move to England in August. The blog phenomenon of feeling like you really know someone or have a connection with "blog-friends" is not an illusory closeness. I won't be so naive as to assume that I will be best friends with every blogger that I love, but anecdotal evidence (in the form of these two) would sugges that chances are good that I could become great friends with most of them. Because of our common interest in writing and insight into each other through reading each others' writing, it makes it seem like we've been friends for a much longer time than has actually passed.
And this brings me to the sadness of finding this post last night. A friend, not yet met in person, but someone who I and so many, many people have connected with through her blog. I don't know if she is taking a break or out for good.... but I am hopeful that Vodka Mom will be back soon to share her child-centric hilarity soon. Until then, I guess I'll have to turn my Mimosa specialty into a screwdriver. ;-)
And to end this scattered post, a link to a great article that was in the New York Times this week. It is all about the importance of friendship as a factor to your physical and mental health. It is called What are Friends For? A Longer Life. One of my favorite points of the study is that proximity doesn't affect the positive effects of friendship on your life. So even though we may not have met our blogging friends in person, their friendship is just as real as your friend who lives across the street.
Have a great weekend, everyone!