I've only been blogging for a month and I'm loving it 'cos I've made more writer friends.
I don't know about y'all, but I don't talk about my writing much with my "regular" friends. They just don't seem to understand so much, though they're always encouraging. I guess it's because they don't have characters talking in their heads, telling them what to do. And it can be embarrassing sometimes to tell people that you're writing steamy romances. They look at you strangely (especially men) and then rib your husband, asking if I'm sharing any bedroom secrets. And you should see the look on my husband's face when they say that!
But writer friends are different. They understand. When you talk about having trouble with internal conflict or characterization, they nod their heads in agreement and say I know what you mean. It's just plain nice to have people to relate with, to talk about different writing techniques, whatever.
And my blog has helped me meet even more! I've also met some nice people on the eharlequin boards, and I met my critique partner at the RWA conference last year, which was pure luck that we even crossed paths (the last day, in line for lunch). I don't have a local RWA chapter close to me, which makes me sad, but meeting everyone online is the next best thing.
So how about everyone else? Are you looking to widen your circle of writer friends? Do you already have a solid support group of writer friends? Too many writer friends? Do you have NO writer friends?
I'll be your writer friend.