I was talking to one of my ‘real life’ friends recently – she came round for a few drinks one Saturday afternoon. She told me she’s feeling a bit lonely at the moment. Her boys are growing up fast, her husband is away working a lot, and what she’s finding is that she’s spending a lot of time on her own. She has never really got into social media – she’s not on Twitter, she rarely uses Facebook – and so she doesn’t have a network of online friends she can talk to.
As I’ve said before, I feel very lucky to have made so many friends through blogging, and what I’ve discovered is that the friends you make online can gradually become real life friends, too. It doesn’t matter that four of my closest friends live in Edinburgh, Yorkshire, the Midlands and Hertfordshire – we get together fairly regularly, and when we’re not together we chat all the time online. I honestly don’t know where I would have been without my online friends over the past few years.
Making new friends online can be easier, sometimes, than trying to make them in real life, particularly if you’re shy. An easy way to do this is to join a chat room (make sure you’re careful about what personal details you’re sharing). I also definitely recommend joining Twitter – I promise you’ll never feel lonely if you’re on Twitter.
And if you’re stuck for something to do on a Saturday night then another great way to make new friends online is to play bingo online, for example on a site like ChitChat, where you can play best bingo online, as well as talking to other bingo players in the chat rooms. They also have lots of cool prizes on offer – you could even win a trip to New York. I’m sure you’ll have friends lining up to accompany you on that trip 🙂