My blogging friend Julie, at 1961 Girl, wrote a post the other day that broke my heart a little.
I don’t know Juls personally, I only know her from reading her blog and being blogging buddies. I can honestly say, if we ever did meet, we would be friends outside of the blogging world.
Juls became victim to something in the blogging world that made her feel hurt and gullible, by someone pretending they are someone/something they are not.
Most of us that blog put ourselves out there in what we write. But there are those that also want to play mind games. It is sometimes hard to tell who is who.
Some bloggers post photos of themselves, others do not. Some use real names, others do not. But who is to say those pictures and those names are really the blogger’s?
I don’t know why I chose not to post a picture of my face. I think it’s maybe because the photo I use as my Gravatar is one of our favourites. It’s really me and my husband. It’s who we are.
As for my name, it’s not legally Shell or Seashell, but that’s what everyone calls me. It’s a common nickname for Michele, my real name. Shell is who I am much more than Michele. Just ask my Daddy. I can’t remember the last time he’s called me by my real name!
I don’t know the details of what happened to Juls and I’m not going to pry them out of her. I let her know that, no matter whether she chose to continue blogging or not, she was special to me and I would be there for her. If there was no longer a blog to comment on, I would still be thinking about her and sending her happy thoughts.
This is what WordPress did for us when they suggested blogging buddies. They drew the real people together, to support each other and become friends. My blogging buddies have become friends, and if you hurt them, you hurt me. So, beware and be careful. I can forgive anyone for what they do to me, but I can’t forgive anyone that hurts my friends.
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