My friends from WEP

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
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FEBRUARY QUESTION: 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?

MY ANSWER: Yes. I consider the admin team of the WEP blog hop my online friends. I started writing for WEP in 2015. Next year, I joined the admin team of the site as their ‘art director’, the one who has been making all their badges since. And I kept writing for WEP. Both my flash fiction writing for the site and my badge-making experience have been an exciting online adventure and a steep learning curve for me. In the process, the ladies of the team – Denise Covey, Yolanda Renee, Laura Keltner, and Nilanjana Bose – have become my friends.

You all know the saying: A friend in need is a friend indeed. Recently, I was very sick, and all of them, my internet friends, were very concerned for me. They inundated me with good wishes, maybe even a few prayers, and even sent me a gift through PayPal. And I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to them here.

♥ ♥ ♥  Thank you, my friends!  ♥ ♥ ♥

All five of us are different women: by our cultural heritages, our ages and family situations, our home countries, and our writing preferences. We might never meet in person, but the internet brought us close. In fact, the only true difference I see between me and my friends from WEP is that they all four use Blogspot as their blogging platform, while I use WordPress. Otherwise, we are all writers, women, and citizens of the world.

What about you? Has one particular internet site or blog hop become a vehicle for your friendships? Tell me in the comments.

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27 Responses to My friends from WEP

  1. That’s great that you have made good friends through the WEP blog hop and that they were so supportive when you had a health challenge. I’ve made a lot of good friends over the years through blogging, and I really value their support and frienship.

  2. That’s awesome the five of you stick together as friends. We all need a core group of supporters.
    Starting with the A to Z Challenge friends to blogger friends to IWSG admins and author friends, I made a lot of great friends.

  3. I have made a lot of friends through the blogosphere. Some of them (probably most of them) I will never meet in person but they are undeniably friends. Good friends.

  4. Denise Covey says:

    That was lovely, Olga, to name the WEP team as friends as we surely are. I didn’t name you individually, but certainly the WEP team means so much to me. A secure, supportive little corner of the blogosphere. Long may it continue.

    And both Renee and I tried Word Press. I still have mine up but should delete. Just saying, blogspot is so much easier for people in a hurry. Bloggers may get snobby about blogspot sites, but readers could care less.

  5. L. Diane Wolfe says:

    You have some special ladies in your life. Distance doesn’t matter. I have four best friends and none live near me, but we keep in contact and meet when the years allow.

  6. patgarcia says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for sharing that Olga. I feel the respect and friendship between you all. I too have a group of friends on the internet that are there for me. That makes a difference.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  7. Patsy says:

    It’s true – we discover who our friends are when we really need them.

  8. You know they say to have dear friends is to be a dear friend. I am grateful to know you, Olga. Sending you good wishes in abundance. Happy IWSG day.

  9. I’m just so thrilled that you are doing better and that you could get a winning entry during such a rough time. Nothing better than all that positivity to get you back in the pink! I can’t wait to see what you’ve done with The Kiss!

  10. cleemckenzie says:

    You all do a great job at WEP, but you know I’m a fan. As to the badges, yours are the best. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for each theme.

  11. emaginette says:

    I love stories like this one except for you being sick that is. Hope you’re feeling better. Take care.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  12. Carrie-Anne says:

    I used to have a lot of friends in the writing blogosphere, but most of them seem to have stopped blogging long ago, or only rarely do it anymore. I met a lot of them through virtual events which have also long since been discontinued, like Rachael Harrie’s Platform-Building Campaign and Deana Barnhart’s Gearin’ Up to Get an Agent.

  13. Loni Townsend says:

    I met my best writing buddy through a forum for critiquers, and we’ve been emailing for a decade now. I like the internet just for that reason, being able to connect despite the distance.

  14. Jemi Fraser says:

    I’m not surprised that the WEP crew are good friends – that comes across on the blog!
    I’ve been very lucky with Internet friends as well. Hope all is looking up with your health. Sending hugs your way!

  15. Erika Beebe says:

    Years ago I had a blog in the voice of one of my character’s in a book. An author found me and we really clicked. She got me started searching for publishing opportunities and I will always remember her for that.

  16. jenlanebooks says:

    So great these lovely ladies were there for you when you were down. I bet they appreciate your artistic talents!

  17. Steph W says:

    I am very intrigued by WEP! My first degree is in Art History, and I am currently browsing the website for more details! This is exciting.

    • Olga Godim says:

      Then join us, Steph. We like new people and new stories. Write a flash story for The Kiss, post it on your blog, enter the blog hop on Feb 17, and let us all read it.

  18. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    How lovely to read about your online friends, Olga! Yours and all the other online friendship posts fill my heart. If it weren’t for the friendships, why would we keep posting for years and years? Have a happy and safe February!

  19. cav12 says:

    Wow, that is so wonderful to read. Friendships are unique wherever and however they are formed. I’ve made amazing friends through blogging and they are so very generous as well. Thank you for sharing your journey.

  20. Kalpana says:

    Olga, your badges for WEP are enchanting and I look forward to them. I hope you’ve recovered now – and that 2021 is a good year for you. Ive also made a lovely bunch of friends through my blog – my writer tribe.

  21. Toi Thomas says:

    WEP has been such a blessing. Your badges are lovely. IWSG has helped me develop many friends and connections, but I’ve made a few just through the blogging experience.

  22. yvettecarol says:

    Nice, Olga, and yes, Wanatribe has been that hub for me. Starting my group Writing for Children was the best thing I could have done.

  23. soniadogra says:

    That is so sweet Olga. Lovely that you found your tribe and I had no idea you were the artist behind the lovely badges at WEP!

  24. Rebecca Douglass says:

    However we define friendship, I know I get an amazing amount of inspiration and support from the bloggers with whom I share the WEP, IWSG, etc.

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