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1 April 2020

The Value of Online Friendships

I tell someone that I hope they feel better soon when they've caught a cold. I tell someone how much I love their outfit. I say a massive hell yeah to someone who has written a tweet I wholeheartedly agree on. I tell someone how cute their cat/dog is. I let a blogger know that I have commented on their newest blog post. There's just one thing - I have never met these people.



I've come to grow very fond of online friendships. Social media can be a lovely, friendly environment to be a part of. There's always somebody you follow and who (or whom, which is it Ross?) follows you that has your back. People you've never met give you so much support, encouragement, love and genuinely care.

The Value of Online Friendships



I have come to value online friendships in recent years. Having Cystic Fibrosis means I cannot physically meet other CFer's due to cross infection rules. Social media became my life saver early on in my social media (I want to say) journey. It meant I could speak to CFer's online without the fear of cross infection and super bugs (I'll explain that one another day). We help each other, give each other advice, sympathise when someone is going through a tough time and cheer each other on when we get cracking lung functions. I get a huge chunk of my strength from the encouragement of other people with CF. I will always love them for that.



Blogging then came into my life a few years ago and I made a whole lotta new friends and seemed to have created myself another supportive network away from CF. Blogger's are some of the friendliest people on god's earth. The championing I've received and what I give to other blogger's is unreal. Blogger's work bloody hard and it's so important to recognise the hard work each of us have put in to keep readers happy and content.


The Value of Online Friendships


I also need to mention Liverpool fans. Following people who share the same passion and love for the football club is something else. We cheer together when they're winning, sweat through the nervy moments and feel meh when they lose. I love LFC fans, they're an incredible bunch of people.




People say that the internet, namely social media has overruled our lives. To some perspective, yes. But like I said at the beginning of this post, social media can be a harmonious, peaceful and happy place. It's up to you. Unfollow the toxic people, keep social media platforms and feeds a happy and inspiring place to be.



Online friendships is something I'm sure we can all appreciate. Some online friends I've even met in real life which is great as it's quite nice to put a voice to a profile picture.



Continue to value online friendships, they're honestly some of the best friends you'll make in your lifetime.



The Value of Online Friendships




Lucy

36 comments:

  1. Great post Lucy! I love how supportive the blogging community is. It's amazing to think that so many of us have become friends and supporters of each other without ever having met in person! X

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

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    1. We definitely have Faye! I love how many friends I have made in the blogging community and I haven't met hardly any! x

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  2. Love this post! Online friends are so important at the moment, with being so isolated inside! xx

    https://www.flolavita.com/2020/04/broken-home_1.html

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    1. Absolutely! They're more important more than ever now! xx

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  3. I've honestly been looked after so well by my online friends since the lockdown! It's astonishing how important they can be to your mental health, thanks for sharing x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌟 www.kayleighzaraa.com

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    1. That's so nice to hear Kayleigh! I'm glad your online friends have helped you during lockdown! x

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  4. I truly believe online friendships are super special. To love someone so much and feel such a deep connection with someone you've never even met is amazing! x

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    1. You're absolutely right Sophie! Online friendships are lifelong friendships! x

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  5. This is such a lovely post! Interacting with people online and creating those friendships is just as important as face-to-face communication right now. It's great to have an online support network. - Leanne xx

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    1. Thank you Leanne! You're absolutely right, online communication is just as important as face to face communication right now! xx

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  6. Love this Lucy! Valuing my blog friendships so much especially during isolation. Everyone is amazing and so supportive. Hope you are well x

    Megan | https://meganelizabethlifestyle.com/

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    1. Thank you Megan! I'm doing ok thank you, I hope you are too and are staying safe! x

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  7. Great post, I'm finding online friends good to :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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  8. Fantastic post Lucy and I totally agree! Online friendships are so genuine and valuable. Especially in a situation like yours which, obviously, I can't relate to. But even in general, bloggers really are a friendly bunch (well, most of them!) and you do form some such lovely friendships with those online <3

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Thank you Jenny! Online friendships are the best and are definitely well needed in this current situation! x

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  9. YES! My mum was trying to tell me that no one we know has had corona the other day and I told her one of my online friends has had it and tried to tell me that didn't count. But you're so right, we build such a community and great connections online these days through whatever mutual involvement we have. Those connections are especially important in the current climate when we can't see people! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Of course online friends count! I hope your friend of yours is recovering well Sophie! You're right, the connections that we have made online with others are so important right now in these uncertain times! x

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  10. You're just one awesome lady, Lucy! You know that I adore you and I love that the community comes together like a family! Obviously it's not perfect and can be quite vicious at times! I do count quite a lot of my blogger friends as my family so woo! xx

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

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    1. Ah thank you Daisy! That means so much! It's so lovely to hear that you think of your blogger friends as family! xx

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  11. Fab post! I totally understand with CF as my best friend had it and I know there is the 5 foot rule to some so that you don't get each others bug etc. I have so many friends with CF as I learn from my friend Lucy that there is a huge community 🌼 It's lovely! And I agree that the blogging community is a place of support and positivity. Lots of love Lucy! I hope we can be super cool blogger friends. Always here for you.

    Stay wonderful!

    Louna | Burstsofautumn

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    1. Yeah we're such a huge community! Thank you so much Louna, that means so much! x

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  12. I completely agree with you about the power of online friendships; and even more so now when social distancing is in place! Have a lovely weekend :)

    aglassofice.com x

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  13. I couldn't agree more, the value of online friendships is incredible! This is a great post and I agree wholeheartedly, the blogging community online is fantastic :)

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  14. I think that the value of online friendship are often overlooked, but during this time it really shows how valuable they are. Staying active online during this quarantine is one of the only things that can actually keep us connected to the world around us, so taking care of these friendships is important.

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    1. I think people will definitely value their online friendships more now with everything that is going on.

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  15. I love having online friendships, bloggers are some of the lovliest people too x

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  16. I've met (whether that be actually in person or just through Twitter) from the online world, mainly starting when i had a fan account but coming into blogging i've made so many new friends as well. tbh ive had a few negative experiences but overall ive made some really , really good friendships!

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    1. It's good to hear that overall you have made some great friendships!

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  17. I am so grateful for all of the friends I've made online, I couldn't imagine my life without them! x

    Becca // becc4 blog

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  18. Great post - I'm so grateful for all of the friends I've made within the blogging community. People are so quick to slate social media and such, but getting to discover and get to know more people within the blogging world definitely has to be the best thing about it! xx
    Amy | sassycatlady.com

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    1. Thank you Amy, you're right, people are so quick to slag off social media but I've made so many friends through it! x

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