Remember when I went on Vanessa Feltz’s TV show and she mocked me for thinking my internet friends were real friends? Well I’ve been thinking about that lately, because my internet friends are, in actual fact, completely bloody fabulous.
I bring this up now because I keep having the urge to hug the computer and even I know that’s probably a little bit weird, so I decided to blog about it instead.
Yesterday I did my first ever book signing. It was at Waterstone’s in the Arndale and it was fun. I’ll blog about that too when I get a chance. People came to the store to see me and support me and they were all people I’d originally met online (in fact, three of them I hadn’t met offline until yesterday): Tom, Laura, Raimy and Liz (who I met via Twitter) and Sally*, who I met so long ago, I can’t even remember where – I have a sneaking suspicion it may have been on a Yahoo list (ah, the olden days…). Even though yesterday was supposed to be about selling books (um… I didn’t do much of that), the best thing for me was chatting with Tom, Laura, Raimy, Liz and Sally and I came home feeling very lucky that they’d taken time out of their day and fought their way through the pre-Christmas Arndale Centre crowds to come and say hello.
And then I got home and there was a parcel for me from Karen. I met Karen via Twitter too and she’s just lovely – always smiley and supportive and generally all-round fabulous. I’ve never met her in real life, but she took the time, trouble (and expense!) to send me this:
How lovely is that?! Thanks so much, Karen. We love it!
I’ve also received a Christmas present from my friend Gabrielle. I originally met her online too (and then met her in real life in Paris). I met Stella – who I’ve just been to LA with, did I mention that? – online too, back in the early blogging days. In 2007, I went to New York with my friend Lisa, who I previously hadn’t met offline either. (When I decided I wanted to do a charity walk in New York, I thought about who I knew who’d like to do it too and Lisa sprung immediately to mind. So we met for the first time at the airport hotel. And we got on brilliantly, as I’d known we would.) And I also remember the generosity of online friends every time I use my Kindle…
In fact, I’d say most of my closest friends are people I originally met online. Luisa, Diane, Anne-Marie, Anstey, Erin, Stella (this is a dangerous game since I’m bound to forget someone…) and I just wanted to write this blog post – not to blow another raspberry at Feltz – but just to say how much I appreciate how lovely people can be.
* Every title I thought of for this post was cheesy (even cheesier than the post) so I gave up. Sorry.