Cyber friendships rock!
The friends I’ve made online have enriched my life and helped me grow as a person and a writer. I marvel at the steady stream of encouragement, support, and wise counsel I’ve received.
Here are just a few ways my cyber buddies have blessed me.
- A blogger named Tina Radcliffe did some Nancy Drew work to find me after I finaled in a contest. She invited me to be a guest in Seekerville and rescued me from isolation.
- Two writers named Kit Wilkinson and Courtney Milan saw that guest post, invited me to join my first Yahoo! loop, and introduced me to an awesome group of women, including Anne Barton, who became my critique partner and treasured friend.
- Numerous writer buddies recommended I read Rachelle Gardner’s blog, advice I heeded. I learned heaps (still do) and dreamed of having her as my agent.
- Several cyber friends mentioned a contest Rachelle was judging and suggested I enter, which I did. My final led an offer of representation from Rachelle.
- Tonz of writing buddies talked about Jody Hedlund and suggested I check out her blog. I became one of her many fans as well as her critique partner and friend.
While those gifts are wonderful, the day-to-day delights are best.
- An encouraging email.
- A blog post that brings a smile.
- A tweet announcing a friend’s good news.
- A Facebook update that includes fun photos.
- A message on a Yahoo! loop sharing an answered prayer.
You, my dear cyber friends, are special to me. Thanks for being the whipped cream on the hot chocolate of my writing life.