I love meeting bloggy friends. I love this blog community. Hayley from Handmade Housewife and her son came up to visit us. She brought with her yummy pastries from a bakery and became fast friends with my kids! She is a cutie patootie and has the sweetest son. We had a great visit and talked about everything from houses…decorating…crafting…homeschooling…parenting. I still feel like we didn’t have enough time to hang out. Luckily for me…she makes her way up to my neck of the woods frequently…so I look forward to building our friendship.
THE question that came up was this…”How do you tell your kids this is your internet friend from bloggy land?” All the while we’re telling them to be careful…not to talk to strangers…especially strangers on the internet. Hayley and I both went to the same college…albeit I was married and on my way to having my first child when she entered said college…but nonetheless we did go to the same school…Go Pirates! That’s what I told my kids…that we went to the same college. So…have you met bloggy friends and if so, what did you tell your kids?
Kimm at Reinvented says
That’s a great question. I’m new at this, so I haven’t met any blogger friends IRL. I”ll be anxious to hear what others have to say. I think that you handled it perfectly.
Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt says
My kids are too little to ask. Doubt they’d ever ask though, we have so many friends in and out of here. I could leave it at “my friend” and they’d be happy.>>On topic — I’m going to Blissdom, too! That will be full o’ IRL meet-ups (hurray!).
I haven’t met any bloggey friends, but then again I don’t know anybody in my area. >>I am not sure what I would say to my oldest if she ask. I think that whatever I tried to say if it pretained to the internet she would call me crazy. Because of our whole pushing internet safety with her.>>But for some reason when you blog, and you read others blogs you feel like you get a sense of knowing that person. Unlike a chat room.
Misti of Studio M Designs says
I am with you on this topic. My kids see me laughing while typing and ask if I know these people. What do you say??? I just tell that I am old enough to know the difference of who I am talking to, and that I stick to decorating/crafty blogs that are just a bunch of crazy women like myself. If I planned to actually meet someone, that would definitely require a different explanation. Good point!>~Misti
Runner Mom says
I had lunch with one of my bloggy friends too! The boys do aske questions, but they know that I make wise choices and do my homework! Most of the girls who visit my blog are Christian mama’s struggling with day to day life! So…they were fine with that explanation.>>Oh, BTW, I have spent many an hour struggling with that slipcover tutorial. And…God has finally laid it upon my heart that EVERYBODY was not created to make slipcovers!!! I am fine with that! I am meeting a gal on Saturday to take a look and give me a quote! But yours is quite lovely!>>Hugs,>Susan
Annette @ Designs By A Rose says
I haven’t found any bloggy friends in my area, of course I am still new at this. However, I was wondering about this same thing. My daughter is 9 and has been asking to “webchat”. It’s been hard to explain why it’s okay for mommy to talk to strangers and yet she can’t. I think she’s okay with me being older and able to decipher who is okay to talk to and who is not, but I can see her playing the why not game with me if I were to meet someone IRL.
Catherine R. says
I’m a new reader and I only have one kid who is 3 months old but I wanted to answer this. >>As someone who has not only met blog friends IRL but has also met my current husband online, I am sure this will come up with my child and any future children. >>I will explain to my son that the internet is like many things in life, it can be used for bad and good. I will tell him that because of the high potential for anonymity on the internet it is a place where lots of discretion is needed. I will let him know that it’s unlikely he will be able to make decisions on his own about online friends until he is an adult AND has demonstrated discernment skills. >>He’ll know the honest truth that mommy met daddy online and that daddy is neither weird nor dangerous and mommy was 27 years old when she met him on a Christian dating website. I’m weary of telling him internet people=BAD because I don’t see it going away anytime soon and he will be dealing with it at some point. >>Also my son’s going to be highly supervised as I don’t plan to be a working mom and he’s going to be homeschooled etc. so I can guide him closely. >>My 2 cents.
That is awesome. I love that you were able to connect with someone through blogger. I have not met anyone through here but I am welcome to the idea. It has been quite lonely since the move so new friends would be great 🙂
The Graves' House says
sounds like the two of you had a wonderful time. not too many people from my area blog, so i haven’t had the chance to meet anyone new. i hope to think we are all christian women seeking friendship and encouragement.>~nicole
Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam says
Yep – my older kids just chuckle at this whole blogging thing, and tyes, I love meeting bloggy friends IRL, and maybe I ‘d even be crazy to sleep in the same room with one for the weekend. 🙂 Can’t wait (almost said “sleep with them” and then thought…we’d really have to tell the kids something if they read that. 🙂
SoBella Creations says
I belong to an online Basset Hound community. And have been to several basset hound events. When we meet people from the online community I just say they are my basset hound friend. Most of them work in rescue. So I explain that they are helping dogs the way we do.
Mc Allen says
hehehe, that was clever & it was true! I dunno, Im meeting up with some bloggy friends over spring break and i just flat out tod them. I just say to them “use your judgement, and ask your mom first”!! I love the aprons, Im off to check em out! ♥ LA
Never met any online friends…but good question.>Thanks for commenting on my faux wood floor choices. I’m not planning to paint the cabs (they’re only 9 months old). I do like the floor that matches our little area of real wood the best. It’s actually the same color you used. But it’s also the most like the cabinets. I think I’ll try it out in the bathroom first and see what I think.
How neat for you. I’ve been blogging for 4 months but already think it would be very interesting to meet 5 of my favorite bloggers all for lunch… unfortunately scattered everywhere so not likely to happen… >LuLu
Hmmm, I don’t have kids, and I have to meet a bloggy friend, so I haven’t ever thought about this dilemma. But, that is a VERY good question!
it is a tough question indeed. I have no kids and I haven’t met bloggy friend (which I really want to do so). So, i would think about it, since I realize that one day, I will have kids too.