It’s easy to stay connected nowadays, isn’t it?

What with everyone cradling a mobile phone, you are always a mere message away from connecting with someone.

And with all the different versions of social media out there, Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Twitter, Instagram etc. it is even easier.

Heck, you can connect with whoever you want to, whether it is by just following and liking a celebrity’s photos, or by commenting on blog posts!

Then you have all these new-fangled ways to make ‘love connections’; Tinder, Grindr and all these kinds of apps. They are a bit beyond me, I went the old skool way of actually meeting a person, not using photos to reel my man in!

But with the ease by which we can maintain these connections, though very accessible, are they real?

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love interacting with family, friends and Blogily on all these various mediums. I’d be the last person to say they shouldn’t exist!

But what about old fashioned connections?

What about actually getting off our phones, off our arses, and going to meet people? Or what about actually using our phones to shock, horror, speak to someone, rather than sending messages, or forwarding chain mail?

In my eyes, nothing beats the physical sensation of meeting someone, face to face, and being able to engulf someone, or be engulfed in a huge hug!

That is the way I felt last June when we all met up for the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards, take 2!

My life in the blogosphere started in November 2015, and slowly, I built up an amazing collective of bloggers, who I like to affectionately call my Blogily. We interacted on a weekly, if not daily, basis and these names became part of my everyday life.

For a non-blogger, understanding the importance of these folk would be hard. In fact, even though I kinda knew what my blogily meant to me, I sometimes found it tough to comprehend exactly how these virtual strangers had come to mean so much.

But that day in June, finally seeing so many faces, in the flesh, not just that Gravatar photo, was truly amazing!

As I hugged my way across the room, each person became more real. And not only were old connections reinforced, but new ones were established too.

It was a wonderful day!

Let us all connect
In every way possible
Join lives together
We are all of one planet
Let us be of one soul too

My entry for the ABBA Blog Post Competition.

57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. amommasview
    Jan 04, 2017 @ 07:41:48

    Does feel like a very special kind of family out there… Very beautiful, Ritu and so very true…

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  2. sheldonk2014
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 01:47:32

    The idea of not meeting make it more exciting

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    • Ritu
      Jan 03, 2017 @ 07:44:39

      To an extent I agree Sheldon, but there are some connections you want to cement after they’ve developed… and that, for me will only happen with meeting! 😊



  3. jjspina
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 23:28:58

    It would be wonderful to meet you and many of my other favorite blogger friends in person but I’ll have to settle for online hugs and kisses. The world is still a big place to travel around. That is why it’s nice to be able to meet and greet so many wonderful people that we would never be able to otherwise. Best wishes to you in 2017. ❤️

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  4. Mr.Obeezy
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 10:44:34

    Thanks for this piece

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Graeme Cumming
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 09:17:01

    This must be the first entry! I haven’t even thought about mine yet, Ritu.
    All comments I can endorse – and looking forward to spending more time with you and other bloggers this year

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  6. Judith Barrow
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 08:40:42

    “We are all of one planet
    Let us be of one soul too”… lovely!! x

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  7. Gravity
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 02:49:19

    It’s so difficult for me to stay connected. I swear the more connected is the less my brain allows me to actually reach out Ritu. It’s a conundrum.

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  8. reocochran
    Jan 02, 2017 @ 00:35:13

    I believe in connections, Ritu! I am on a simple budget though so will live vicariously through others meeting up! Happy New Year!
    Thanks for liking my newest trio of posts about the year of the rooster. xo

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  9. Robert Matthew Goldstein
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 23:21:27

    Thank you for this post Ritu. For some of us, social media provides a safe way to break through the isolation that results from agoraphobia and other kinds of social phobia. I’ve met people and touched lives without leaving my home. My life would be almost devoid of other people were it not for social media. But I hope that one day I can meet the people whose words and lives inspire me. I hope one day to shake your hand and say hello. Happy New Year, Ritu!

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  10. Judy E Martin
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 21:59:18

    This is wonderful Sis. I agree that it is better to meet face-to-face although I must say, I found it easier once I had met you all online first! 🙂

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  11. John Holton
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 21:38:27

    Couldn’t have said it better. Happy New Year!

    Liked by 1 person


  12. Tony Burgess
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 21:21:23

    I would love to have a real life meetup with some WordPress bloggers but it would be really expensive to do so.

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  13. dornahainds
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 20:29:50


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  14. willowdot21
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 20:11:07

    Well done you Ritu, you are keen !! I still have my thinking hat on!!… Okay better get my skates on and get into connections!

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  15. Erika Kind
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 17:51:28

    You said something so true which I experience over and over again. It is impossible to explain someone the joy and magic of blogging! Non-Bloggers cannot understand what it means to meet the world and “real” people although only through the net. That is what makes a real meeting even so exciting. It is like meeting long known friends-celebrities!!!

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  16. robbiesinspiration
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 17:40:00

    Lovely post, Ritu. I agree, it is great to meet people face to face.

    Liked by 1 person


  17. Teagan Geneviene
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 15:25:50

    Wonderful post, Ritu. Happy New Year!

    Liked by 1 person


  18. Jennie
    Jan 01, 2017 @ 14:16:50

    Lovely, Ritu. I, too, can’t imagine being without my blogging friends. Tell me more about that day in June. Happy New Year! 💥

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