My worlds are colliding, and I blame facebook.
First, it was myspace. I was there for the teens in my Sunday school class; it was fun way to be a part of their lives. And I admit it, I loved creating a webpage with color and music that displayed my personality. I haven’t been back in a while, because everyone switched over to facebook.
Ah, facebook. Those teens were headed off to college and asked me to join “so we could still be friends.” Apparently, myspace was SO high school. I kept the myspace (now basically abandoned) and joined facebook. For a long time, it was just those same friends on facebook. I moved across the country and kept in touch as they became adults and expanded their own worlds. Then one day, people from my own high school days began to appear and ask to be my friend. “Okay,” I thought, “this is kind of fun!”
Blogging hit me like an asteroid in January 2008. Susie (and her commenters) made me laugh and cry, and I was soon venturing out on my own. By mid-February of that year, I had joined a photo meme called the Weekly Words Challenge and that gave me another group of bloggers to follow. (Bonus: it also renewed my interest in photography!) I told a few friends IRL about my blog and some of them have followed along as lurkers.
But this past spring, bloggers suddenly began appearing on facebook and I took a risk and “friended” some of them. Kcinnova unmasked!
Around the same time, many more friends from high school showed up. I started hanging out on facebook a little more often. And pretty soon…
A friend I know from 9th grade is trading comments on my wall with a blogger I’ve “known” for 18 months. I’m meeting bloggers in person (and no one has been an ax murderer… at least, not that I know of). My vacation photos from the summer are a mix of old friends, family, and bloggers.
And every single one of these people is my friend on facebook.
It’s not TOO weird. I’m the same person, regardless of the communications format. But when my tangent circles begin to merge into one another, it does feel like … I’ve entered another dimension. [cue music from The Twilight Zone]