A Year of Blogging, A Lifetime of Friendships

(This post slept on draft mode for a month. But better late than later – wisdom I got from Toni who has been saying it since high school. 😛 )


September 6th marks the first time I wrote an entry for this blog. One year ago, inspired by Vlado&Toni, I began the iMoM blog over at Blogger. I was clueless on what to blog about (though it seems not much has changed since). But I fired away, anyway.

One year and 140 posts later, much have transpired.

I am a frustrated writer, I think. (I doubt not the “frustrated” part, but the “writer” part.) There is truth in what annamanila wrote in the Sunday Inquirer Magazine issue last week. Like most bloggers, I “found instant gratification in blogging”. This has become my outlet – a channel for venting thoughts, whether sane or inane.

I have this nice, cozy home – my own domain, imomonline.net – because I won the anniversary contest at Noemi’s blog. I was so happy – it was the first time I ever really won a contest, and liked the prize too. Thank you again, Noemi! Maybe next year, I will also hold a blog anniversary contest. But what to give away? Doors, perhaps? 😛

More importantly, I have found new, wonderful friends. I discovered that cyber-friendships can be very real. To my real-world friends who still think blog-friendship is ridiculous, think again. I could say that my blog-friends know more about me than my real-life friends do.

What’s most wonderful is how the cyber-friendships have transcended into reality. We chat online, and chat some more over coffee. We visit each others’ cyber-homes a.k.a. blogs, and get together still for meet-ups. Blogging has opened up a whole new dimension in my social life (which, by the way, was almost non-existent about a year ago). If only for this, I am forever grateful I started blogging. 😀

To all my new-found friends and readers of this blog, thank you for taking time to visit. I appreciate the time you take to read and comment. You make blogging worth the while. Thank you, thank you.

I do not know for how long I’d be able to sustain this blog. I hope for many many years. But this is certain: I have made friends to last a lifetime.

17 thoughts on “A Year of Blogging, A Lifetime of Friendships

  1. Hi Chats, wow, happy anniversary dear. Am so glad I met you and became one of your cyber-friends. Hope you’ll enjoy the new friendships and have extra time to blog more. Hope to see you often…Take care.

  2. Hmmm, the link doesn’t seem to work. Anyway, you can check out my Blogging Feast post. I have something for you there. 🙂

  3. i totally agree with this post. i feel the same way. to me, my blogger friends are becoming truly real friends. blogging doesn’t only let me share my stories, but also allows me to meet a lot of new friends. nice post!

  4. happy anniversary! If you hadn’t blogged, then I wouldn’t have met you. that’s the best thing about blogging. New friendships of all age groups.

  5. I could have written this entry! Maybe not as sweetly, but the thoughts might as well be mine too. (Blog) friend of mine my whole life through I’ll be glad that I met you!

  6. Congrats Chats! Glad to have met yoou too.

    and be brave…the dental surgery will be nothing. Take care!

    Hi Leah! What a small world blogging is – to find someone with whom I have a common friend! I hope the surgery is a thing of the past… I heard from my sister the gums sometimes grows back… and the last resort is surgery (!!!!!).

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