I’ve had two different conversations with friends I’ve made through blogging that involved a kind of surprise (and almost guilt) at the fact that we are friends at all. You’re not supposed to make friends with the people on the other end of the computer screen. They’re not “real.” You can’t trust them to be who they say they are. How lonely you must be to attach yourself so strongly to someone you’ve never met.
But how is it any different than years past when lifelong friendships were forged through letter writing? Are not e-mail and IM and blogging and posting pictures of your vacations just the 21st century version of the same thing?
I’m not saying you should believe everything you read, but sometimes the paranoia that pervades everything we do gets to me.*
*I’m not accusing you of being paranoid. Like everything else, it’s the fault of the Media.™