Wednesday, February 3, 2021

#IWSG #BloggingBuddies #MayInvolveWine


It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for the Insecure Writers Support Group Hop

Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for hosting this monthly event, and to this month's awesome co-hosts: Louise - Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

This month's optional question is: Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

I've met tons of friends through blogging. And through blogging, friendships pour over into other social media such as Facebook and Twitter. I've learned a lot about what these friends think and how they feel about things, and even share in their successes and failures, the highs and lows, birth, marriage, death, divorce and the loss of beloved pets. My buddies at the Untethered Realms group I belong to are very supportive. 

We've never met face to face.

Except for...

...my most special blogging-turned-real-friendAngela Brown! She is sweet and kind, beautiful inside and out, and so, so talented! We met through the A - Z Blogging Challenge back in 2012, decided we were going to blog tour together with our new releases, and have never looked back. We've been critique partners for nine years and we have a system down that works for us. We schedule when our work is due to each other for critique, and when it's due back. Then we have our monthly Friday Night Zoom Meeting to discuss what we've written, where we're stuck, what we want to work on next, and bandy ideas around. 

We discuss everything under the sun. 

Sometimes our meetings last two hours. 

And may involve wine. 


What about you?

Have you met any lifelong blogging buddies? 


33 comments:

  1. Like you I've made lots of friends through blogging and other forms of social media.

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    1. It's amazing how much you can learn about people.

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  2. That's really sweet the two of you Zoom once a month on Friday night.

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    1. It's fun, because no one understands a writer like another writer.

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  3. What a wonderful thing to have found such a good friend in Angela Brown!

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    1. Yes, she is a wonderful friend. I love her to bits.

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  4. Even I have a close writing friend, though I didn't meet her through blogging, our phone conversations can go up to an hour!

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    1. That's really awesome that you have that relationship. We all need that someone.

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  5. That's awesome you two are still good friends and talk often. I remember when you toured your books together.

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    1. It was a fun time, when blogging was big and busy. I learned a lot around writing from different blogs in the community.

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  6. I was going to list all my blogger friends for today's post but I was afraid I'd forgot someone. It's been a pleasure reading your posts over the years, Gwen.

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    1. Thanks, Joylene. Definitely too many to list, and they've all contributed to my progress as a writer.

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  7. I've made a lot of friends like you too. That's awesome that you and Angela became such good friends and critique partners.

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    1. It sure widens our view of the world and what's happening in it, huh?

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  8. I love that you and Angela are formed such a wonderful friendship. <3

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  9. The evolution of friendships is the best of stories, isn't it? When I trace how I first connected with another writer, it's such an interesting and really amazing tale. How lucky you are to have a good friend in Angela!

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    1. Friendships are the best--I have long-time friends that I've known for over 45 years!

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  10. One of the best things about blogging is the evolution of friendships. Glad that you and Angela formed a great relationship.

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. The writing community is the best!

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  11. A lot of my blogger friendships have spread to other social media as well.
    That's awesome that you were able to find your critique partner through blogging!

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    1. Blogging has been a blessing to me--I continue to post for the IWSG, just to keep in contact.

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  12. Yup. Met her through an on-line writing class we both hated, but slogged through because we'd paid good money for it. We are like twin sisters separated at birth. Except I *might* be a bit older. Lawyer, writer, wine drinker, same taste in almost everything. And I have made some amazing friends through IWSG. Honestly, I'd have quit blogging a long time ago, except for this amazing group of people.

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    1. Ha! I might be a bit older than my CP as well *winks* Good thing age is just a number.

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  13. Your friendship with Angela Brown is lovely, Gwen! Thank you for sharing it. I likely wouldn't be blogging today without the IWSG or writing. Here's to wonderful online friends and in-person friends!

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    1. I think the only reason I'm still blogging is because of the IWSG. I can just manage the monthly post. Other than that...life.

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  14. So I just cried happy tears!

    You have been such an awesome and wonderful friend. I feel truly blessed by our friendship.❤️

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    1. Haha! And you are an awesome and wonder friend as well! I'm so blessed to have stopped by your blog during the A-Z challenge all those years ago <3

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  15. I have met amazing people through blogging and have made lifelong friendships. I have even visited my blogger friends in other countries!

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  16. That's absolutely awesome! I need to start a monthly writer Zoom meeting. :D I love UR too!

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  17. What a wonderful relationship you two share.
    Made lots of blogging friends over the years. And on social media too. Have yet to meet any of them face to face.

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