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I invited two of my favorite women to share some of their words of wisdom with you today on how they make their virtual friendship work! Amanda from Royal Daughter Designs and Tricia from Mama Marchand’s Nest are adorable bloggy best friends and I know you’ll love them as much as I do!
FLT: How did you “meet” online?
RDD: I met Tricia through a giveaway she did on Soleil Selene. When I hopped over to her blog I immediately read her about me page and was instantly drawn in. We have a lot in common, from having fur babies to being ministry wives. I quickly started reading and commenting on her posts. Our real friendship developed over late night twitter conversations. Tricia and I have very similar ideas about, and goals for blogging. We started bouncing ideas off each other, and before long we were talking on the phone about the direction of our blogs. Our friendship unfolded from there.
MMN: Amanda had to tell me the answer to this one – all I knew was that I started receiving sweet comments on my blog and orders from her in my shop.. Apparently, she found me through Soleil Selene’s blog. Thanks, Leilani!
FLT: How do you support one another, online or otherwise?
RDD: I think a lot of our mutual support and encouragement comes in complete and total honesty with each other. We’re pretty transparent with each other, and because of that we’re able to pray for one another. Online, we just try and promote each other, but in a genuine “I really love this post” kind of way. (Because it’s true!)
MMN: We tweet, email, and text almost daily. If there’s something special we have going on on our blogs, we ask each other for help in promoting it. We pray for each other and share requests all the time. The best thing about our friendship is that there’s a big element of trust between us – what we talk about is sacred be it about blog stuff or the tough stuff about life.
FLT: Although you first met online, how do you maintain your close friendship even though you’re far apart?
RDD: Texting and phone calls, definitely. I’m not much of a telephone talker, but Tricia would never know.
MMN: Video chatting helps, although we don’t do that enough! That’s probably because by the time we have time to, it’s 1 am and we’re both in our pjs!
FLT: Have you met in person?
RDD: Yes! My husband and I planned a whole week of our summer vacation around going to meet Tricia and her family! We recorded a coffee date vlog together too – we might have had too much fun.
MMN: Yes! She and her hubby came to stay with us while they were on vacation this summer. It wasn’t long enough and we had a blast. We even recorded a vlog and the outtakes at the end are HILARIOUS.
FLT: Advice for women wanting to make stronger online friendships and connections?
RDD: I think that once a relationship starts to develop, transparency, honesty, and grace are key. Sometimes it’s hard to know what someone is saying in a tweet or message, and that can lead to misunderstanding. That’s where grace comes in. But nurturing a mutual trust requires mutual transparency, so don’t be afraid to open up.
MMN: My two biggest suggestions would be to 1) join twitter and 2) leave thoughtful comments on blogs of the women you admire. Twitter has been an awesome platform for making new friends, some I’vd even met in real life who I never would have met if it weren’t for tweeting with them.
FLT: Favorite things about one another?
RDD: Tricia is the real deal. Seriously, when I met her face-to-face it didn’t take me long to realize that her blog is just an extension of who she is. That kind of authenticity is hard to find in the blogging community.
MMN: My favorite thing about Amanda is her hair because seriously. It’s perfect. All joking aside, my favorite things are her authenticity and the strength of her convictions.
FLT: Anything else?
RDD: Developing strong friendships online takes time. It doesn’t just happen over night. Be prepared to open up, to work at it, and to pray over it. And sometimes…sometimes you’ll need to be willing to be let down.
MMN: Go follow Amanda and Laura’s blogs – they are wonderful. 🙂
Thank you so much ladies for sharing your thoughts with Fancy Little Things!