Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – Are Blogging Friends Real Friends? by Darlene Foster

Welcome to the series of Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

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Children’s author and travel writer Darlene Foster is a regular visitor to the blog and has shared some amazing posts.  She gave me permission to explore her archives in search of more treasure. This week the pleasure in meeting blogging friends face to face.

©Darlene Foster.

Are Blogging Friends Real Friends? by Darlene Foster

You may have read on a previous post that one of the items on my personal “bucket list” was to meet my blogging friends in person. I am excited to say that I have met three recently.

During my last trip to Canada, a blogging friend showed up at my presentation at a Calgary Library. I was delighted to meet Sue Slaght from Travel Tales of Life. She is as delightful in person as she is on her blog. A prairie girl like I am, she enjoys travel too. Her blog provides excellent articles written with a great sense of humour and filled with interesting details and pictures. She is game to try anything and have it videoed by her patient, eye-rolling husband. Check out her blog. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and the stunning pictures will entice you to visit the many locations she writes about. I am so glad to have met Sue in person.

With blogging buddy Sue Slaght in Calgary, Alberta

Another blogging friend I met recently is Fatima Rosales Naya. I have been following her blog, Saysell Travels for a few years now. She writes about her travels with her husband and cute dog, Beano, around France and Spain in their motorhome. They find the coolest places to stop and explore and writes about them. They happened to be near Alicante recently so we arranged a meetup. It was like seeing a best friend at long last and we chatted nonstop for two hours. I’m sure we were sisters in another life. Check out her blog, with fabulous pictures HERE

With long-time blogging friend, Fatima in Alicante, Spain

While in Liverpool I had a coffee with Alison Sandilands of her former blog Seemy Travels who lives there. We had met once before when she spent six months in Canada five years ago and made a stop on the west coast. I wrote about it in an earlier blog here. After a coffee, snack, and catch-up, she took me to a historic church and gave me great ideas of things to do while in Liverpool. She was the one who suggested I stop by that fabulous library. It was so wonderful to see her again, especially as now she has a sweet little girl. Her former blog is a mixture of travel and lifestyle articles. She is now a Freelance copywriter and Journalist.

With Alison and her baby in Liverpool, UK.

There are those who question whether blogging friends are real friends? I for one have always felt they are real friends and meeting some of them in person, makes them even more real. It is so great to have friends scattered all over the world. You can never have too many friends!

Have you had the opportunity to meet a blogging friend?

©Darlene Foster

About Darlene Foster

Darlene Foster is a writer, an employment counsellor, an ESL tutor for children, a wife, mother and grandmother. She loves travel, shoes, cooking, reading, sewing, chocolate, music, the beach and making new friends. Her 13-year-old grandson called her “super-mega-woman-supreme”.

She was brought up on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, where she dreamt of traveling the world and meeting interesting people. She currently divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca in Spain, with her husband Paul.

“Amanda in Arabia-The Perfume Flask” was her first published novel. Once bitten by the travel bug, Amanda travels to other interesting places, sticking her nose in other people’s problems and getting herself in trouble. Read “Amanda in Spain – The Girl in the Painting”, “Amanda in England – The Missing Novel”, “Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone”, and “Amanda on the Danube – The Sounds of Music” and “Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind”  to find out the adventures Amanda has as she travels the world.

A selection of  books by Darlene Foster

One of the recent reviews for Amanda in New Mexico

Amanda and her sixth-grade class are on an educational field trip from their hometown of Calgary, Canada to visit, explore and document their experiences in New Mexico, USA. As the class tours Taos, New Mexico and the surrounding area, their trip is interrupted by ghosts present and past. In “Amanda in New Mexico—Ghost in the Wind,” Foster has written a contemporary fiction story through which middle grade students will not only learn about the region’s geography, architecture, and artifacts—they’ll learn invaluable life lessons along the way. Students and teachers are sure to want to follow Amanda through further adventures in this well-written series.

Read the reviews and buy all of Darlene’s books:

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Available for Pre-Order September 2019..

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My thanks to Darlene for allowing me to browse her archives and share them with you..

75 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – Are Blogging Friends Real Friends? by Darlene Foster

  1. I never have, I’m sure I would like to but my writer imagination wonders what if we did not recognise each other, or worse – they might be not at all the personality you imagined and you would have to plot an escape strategy!

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  2. I can vouch for the fact that Darlene is a very friendly person, as she belongs to my group Writers’ Ink, here in Spain. I love connecting on line with other bloggers and would enjoy meeting many of them in person. Thank you both, Sally and Darlene. Hugs xx

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  3. I’m with you, Darlene. Blogging friends are real friends. /So glad that you and Sally are among them. I’ve only had the opportunity to meet six of mine in person and what a delight that has been. Thanks for sharing… ❤

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  4. I think blogging friends are real friends and, like Sally,I’ve really enjoyed meeting bloggers at the bash (including Sally). And I’m so looking forward to meeting Robbie when she pays a brief visit to Dumfries this summer! I think we’d probably not follow bloggers we wouldn’t like in real life.

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  5. Great pick Sal!.Loved this Darlene. I think asking the question if blogger friends are real is a bit vague because we form friendships with many through blogging but through those acquaintance-like friendships we form closer friendships with those we gravitate to, similar likes and values. We spend so much of our time as writers online so it’s no different than going to work in a brick and mortar and acquainting everyone we work with but forming friendships with a select few. 🙂 So wonderful you got to meet your friends in the flesh. Definitely on my bucket list to meet some of my dear friends from the blogging world. ❤

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  6. Agree completely! I’ve met two of my online friends in RL [real life] and they were just as nice as I’d imagined them to be. Other online friends I’ve known for years, literally. Two I’ve known since about 2000. Others I’ve known since about 2011/12.

    Are online friends as honest about themselves as real life friends? I believe so. Despite the fact that we can censor what we say online – to present only the best version of ourselves – I think that eventually a dishonest person will give him or herself away. I’ve stopped being friends with a couple of people because of that, but one or two out of dozens? I think that’s pretty good going.

    My online friends have stood the test of time, and that’s the exact same test that real life friends are subjected to. I know some truly wonderful people, online and in real life. 🙂

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      • Absolutely. I started my blog because I read somewhere that Indie writers were supposed to. But I couldn’t write about writing [too embarrassed], so I decided to write about the things I was passionate about.

        I honestly didn’t think anyone would read what I wrote but slowly, slowly the comments started coming in. And here I am, seven years on and still loving it because my blog has become my home and the commenters are my friends. 😀

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  7. This is a lovely post, Darlene. How fortunate that you got to meet three of your online friends! That’s fantastic! I would love to meet you, Sally, Debby, Bette, Mary and many others too numerous to mention. Maybe one day we will meet. Your books are educational and fun for kids and adults. Congrats on the fabulous review! Hugs to you and Sal! Xx

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  9. This is a great pick of Darlene’s post, Sally. Darlene, you blogged about something many of us may wish to do.
    I communicate with my blogger friends on an ongoing basis. I always love to meet many of you.

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