Names: Sonya and Kam
1. How long have you known each other? How did your friendship begin? (or, how did you find each other?)
Sonya: Well, the earliest thing I can remember is Kam winning my blog giveaway. That was in August (thank you, Blogger, for making that easy to check) so by my calculations that would mean it’s been about eight months, which sounds like a really short time. Thinking about it, though, it feels like it’s been much longer than that. /cheesycomment
Kam: I was so excited to win :) I wonder if anybody else remembers their first win? I think our friendship really took off when we became quasi-Etsy Holiday Bootcamp buddies. We had no idea what was actually going on, but we made sure to check in and offer encouragement. It was really nice to have somebody I could go to with questions.
2. How do you two normally communicate?
Sonya: I think Twitter is our main device of choice, but usually if we’ve got long stories to tell or something we know is going to turn into a bit of a discussion that 140 characters just can’t cover, then out comes the email. Also, since I’ve been gone we’ve been sending postcards to each other! I think I was particularly excited to be able to send Kam one from Ireland when I visited.
Kam: Telepathy. At least, that's how I try to communicate with her. She's doing study abroad right now, so we aren't able to be on gchat at the same time or tweet too much, but we make do! We currently send postcards across the pond and I sent a belated birthday/early Easter package recently, so I guess you can say a lot of our communication is via snail mail?
Sonya: No! But I think it’d be great! I was thinking about this the other day, actually, because Kam and my boyfriend both love hiking (I like camping … not so much hiking) so I was thinking it would be cool if at some point we could go visit her and/or she could visit us and we could share our hiking and camping areas. Also, because I am me, if either of us visited each other I’d make sure it was during derby season so I could take Kam to a bout. I tend to make everyone go at least once.
Kam: I would love to meet Sonya in person! When she's at home/school, she's still 3,000 miles away. I feel like we would have a blast at Harry Potter World or wandering through used book stores if we ever did get the chance to meet.
4. How is your internet friendship different from friendships you have offline?
Sonya: Well I can nerd out with her about things that my other friends aren’t interested in (yet), like Hunger Games. And I don’t have any other friends who blog, either, so we have that, too. But for the most part I don’t think it’s all that different, for me anyway; we just don’t hang out in person. I think since I’ve had online friends for years now that it just feels normal to me, so I don’t see a difference, y’know?
Kam: My eFriendship with Sonya is different because I don't need to worry about wearing pants when we chat. Yeah, I said it. I can curl up in bed with a tall glass of water and not have to worry about Sonya seeing me eventually spilling on myself. I can be myself and not get caught up in what I'm wearing, if I have food in my teeth, or if I'm making weird faces. I know she'll get back to me if I ask a question and geek out with me if news about Hunger Games or Harry Potter starts circulating.
5. What drew you to the other person initially? What do you love most about them?
Sonya: Does “She’s adorable” count as an answer? Because she is. And I think the fact that she really loves camping and hiking kind of stood out to me because that’s something my boyfriend loves, so it was sort of this clue that she was pretty awesome. I just kind of followed her blog, and she always had interesting and smart posts that stood out to me and made me want to actually talk with her, rather than just be a lurker. And I think the thing I love most about her, at least right now, is probably the fact that she totally blindsided me with the fact that she likes WWE. It’s not something I would expect just looking at her and knowing the other things she likes, so I think that makes her even more awesome! And perhaps somewhat mysterious, as well ...
Kam: I think the thing that drew me to Sonya was how honest she was in her blog posts and how we had a lot of nerdy/geeky things in common. We have a lot of differences, but I think that helps keep things fresh :) I think the thing I love the most about her is that she writes me postcards saying things like "What are you supposed to write on a postcard?". She's right, what does she say that I won't already know via Twitter/her blog? She's so adorable. Oh, and I love that she forgives my spelling <3
6. Do you have any other thoughts about the role the internet plays in building new relationships? (this one's kind of a 'say whatever you want' kinda question!)
Sonya: I think it’s a great way to become friends with people you normally wouldn’t. I’m really bad at making friends off the internet (woo! Social awkwardness!), so it helps me to still make friends and find someone I can connect with. So I guess basically what I have to say is that I love the internet and its ability to help me, and probably other really awkward people, make friends. :)
Kam: I really like the saying, "Facebook is for friends who are now strangers, and Twitter is for strangers who should be your friends". Twitter really helped us build our friendship 140 characters at a time. I think interactions have changed a lot from the time of the random "a/s/l" instant message and will keep changing.
Aren't they the cutest? I contacted them about participating in Connections because I follow them both on Twitter, and they're hilarious and adorable together. Their conversations are witty and caring, and I thought they'd be a perfect pair to participate in Connections! Have you checked out their blogs yet? Because you need to. Right now. Go ahead, we'll wait :)