Liv recently wrote about her meeting up with some blogger buddies. That reminded me to write this post that I’ve been wanting to write since last August or September. Ack! Talk about procrastinating . . . moving on! *ahem* I love meeting online friends. I’ve always loved meeting online friends. In fact, whenever I know there’s a chance — whether they come to Korea or I travel to where they’re located — I take that chance and arrange a meeting. There’s something about meeting someone you’ve interacted online with for months or years. Don’t get me wrong — I love interacting with people online. But meeting in person feels more rewarding, and that’s not obtainable online. The closest we can achieve that is through video chatting, but I actually hate that method of communication. Give me face-to-face interaction over that, please!
36. That’s how many online friends and acquaintances I’ve met over the years so far. Some of them are friends I’ve known online for years while the others I’ve known for a bit and then met in person. Some of them even attended my high school, and while we knew of each other, we met “online” first and then found out we go to the same school, haha! Some are fandom friends, and others are blogger friends. Some are friends I met in Japan, while most are those who came to Korea. I still keep in touch with several of them, but not with everyone. I am thankful for meeting each and every one of them, though.
I’ve never had an issue meeting online friends and acquaintances. Oddly enough, when I go to a new place, I’m pretty shy and reserved, and I will not talk to anyone that much. Yet with people I already have interacted with online, I’m comfortable meeting them face-to-face for the very first time. I read that some people are afraid that they will disappoint whoever they meet because they’re so different online and offline, or they’re afraid that their “awkwardness” will scare people off, but to me that’s not really an issue — or so I say. I like to believe I act fairly the same online and offline amongst friends, and that I don’t come off that awkward. If I am different, I don’t think they are drastic. The main difference I can see is that I articulate better through writing and typing rather than speaking, I am not as short-tempered online, and I’m more sarcastic in person.
Anyway, I’m always up for meeting online friends. If you are ever in my neighbourhood, let me know in advance! I’ll be more than happy to take a day or two of leave to meet you! I’ll be thrilled to be your tour guide and take you to my favourite coffee shops, restaurants, and other sights. It’s always a pleasure for me to show people around my favourite spots because I like nothing more than relaxing in my favourite coffee shop with friends. And please, I hope you won’t feel nervous around me! I don’t bite :D
I hope to meet up with more online friends in the future. It’s a challenge when most of my online friends are living super far away with oceans and landmasses in the way; however, sometimes situations arrange itself nicely, and then a meeting can occur. I just have to remind myself to “never say never”, because it can happen. Or in some cases, it will happen. And when a meeting happens, I’ll enjoy that moment in my life.
Have you met up with online friends? Were you nervous prior to meeting them? Do you think you act differently online? Let me know your thoughts on this!