Tuesday, 27 July 2010

imaginary world.........

are you like me..........have lots of friends online...
......one of my non blogging friends calls you my  "imaginary friends" cute really...........
you establish friendships over time and send emails back and forward.......slowly in the back of your mind you build up a "image" of that person.....tall, short, blond hair brown hair... voice too......sometimes you have an idea of their age others times no idea.........but then you chat on the phone or meet in person and are they just as you imagined or something completely different???? 
It's fun in a weird way if they match or don't match your "imagination"
What do you think???
Catch you later..............
Chookyblue
PS photos random sunset on the weekend..........gotta love a post with pics..........

35 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos!

    Virtual friends are the best. Real life meetups have far exceeded my expectations. I guess I don't often have a "picture" of them in my mind. Just the "conversations" we have had. So far everyone I have met has been just like their "conversation".

    I was really hesitant to actually meet anyone virtual. (Maybe I didn't want reality to spoil the great virtuality?) My first meeting was accidental. Leanne (Stitching Room) bumped into me at Hetties. She recognised one of my kids and introduced herself. That meeting allayed all my fears. She is soooo nice. Better than I had imagined. (and I really liked her!)
    I felt like rushing out and meeting everyone else after meeting her!

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  2. I still remember you saying to me that I was older that you thought I would be. I can understand that as I still have younger children. But it really doesn't matter - it's what we all have in common that makes the fun part. It makes a great starting point. Years ago I used to have lots of penfriends -same sort of thing really - and I did get to meet some of them too which also was fun. I am still in contact with one or two of them. The internet and blogging just makes things quicker, and lots of fun with photos etc. It's lovely to have so much sharing. and lovely to make new friends too.

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  3. It is so true chooky... you build up the image.....the family.... where they live....it feels like real conversations you have with them when blogging. Then one day you get to talk to them.... thats when you find out how good your imagination is.

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  4. Real life meetings or photos of my online friends are never what I have in my mind for some reason. But it's all good as I'd be lost without my online friends! :0)

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  5. I love this imaginary world. I have a vision of you in my head and it's probably nothing close to reality, but that's ok! All of my imaginary meet-ups have been fantastic -- I think because we're already linked by our common bonds of sewing, stitching etc. Beautiful pictures!

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  6. In these days occurs the fourth anniversary of me having imaginary friends (you too) and of me reading about their home, city, family and so on...
    I have many friends around the world and I like that very much.
    Ciao ciao from Italy, a little corner piece of world.

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  7. Yes, yes, you're absolutely right. One person I met IRL told me, "You're not as fat as I thought you'd be." I didn't ask any questions and instead pondered whether this was intended as an affirmation . . . .

    supfino: a wine that exceeds one's expectations, considering the amazingly low price!

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  8. I totally agree...even talk show hosts on the radio are totally different when you see them in person! DH won't allow a photo of me on the blog...I wonder how different I look than what people imagine!

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  9. Well, tell your friend that we aren't imaginary, we're real live people...I love that I have virtual friends all over the world..most of them have shown their photo from time to time so I don't think it would be a shock to meet in person...But, I get what you mean..I'm that way about movies made from books I've read-they are never as good as my imagination or vision..I remember how disappointed I was that they pick Eastwood to portray the guy in Bridges of Madison County...not my idea at all.
    Mama Bear

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  10. When my daughter was very little she had an imaginary friend. Imaginary friends are the best: - they listen, help you work through things (like difficult quilting issues), they are understanding (they know about stashes and why we buy and hide fabric). I always love seeing someone post a picture of themselves. If I didn't hate having my picture taken so much, I might do that!

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  11. It is fun to imagine what everyone is like/looks like. I haven't met any blogging friends IRL, maybe one day.
    Beautiu photos.

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  12. I love my 'imaginary' world filled with my 'blog friends accompanied by an eye roll' (which is how my family refers to them)!! The few I have met with have been what I expected or more. How wonderful to have friends from around the world with similar interests...

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  13. I was really nervous when I met my first imaginary blog friend. This was Loulee on the Isle of Man. However we hit it off so well and I have now met a few blog friends in real life (Mick has even met a few) and all of them have been just lovely and people who I would be drawn to anyway. I had seen some of their photos so didn't need to use much imagination. I love the fact that we are all ages, shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds and it just doesn't matter.

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  14. You are so right.... the blogging world is a great place to meet people and reading their blogs and seeing what they are doing feels like we have had a chat and a cup of tea..... My only problem is I feel a bit like a 'stalker'? I know it's silly!
    I will always stalk you since you helped me get into this world.... Lovely pics - I love the Ausi bush

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  15. Hello there imaginary friend! It is weird & family do you think you are odd when you sprinkle a conversation with oddly named blogging friends...but all those i have "really" met are as beautiful as they seem (especially you!). One blogger did say to me when I met her that I was nicer than she imagined....?????I must be an awful blogger?

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  16. LOL at Cardy's comment about someone thinking she was nicer than they thought!! It's easy to get a picture in your mind as to what people look like. We do it all the time with radio announcers... and then see pictures and they are totally different to what we all thought!

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  17. This is something I have wondered a bit about. I am very new to blogging, but had the chance to meet some bloggers at a workshop recently. They were so lovely and encouraging about blogging, and through our mutual interests in stitching, I felt like we already had some things in common. I think my husband finds it quite hard to understand my motivation to blog and read others blogs, but my daughters are always interested in what I am looking at or posting about.(Though there is a bit of eye rolling when I start taking photos of projects lol) I am very camera-shy myself, so can understand that people might imagine I look very different to how I 'really' look. In fact, I am really unsure about showing pics of my kids on my blog. Paranoia at its worst I suppose. I don't think it's very likely I will put one of myself there either!! Only because I can't bear to see photos of myself anywhere. I would have to say that most 'conversations' I have had with other bloggers also seem 'real' - at least to me anyway . Interesting comments from others so far too.

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  18. Blogging is like having 'real-time' penpals. I remember having penpals when I was about 10 years old. I had a girl in Bristol, UK and one in Whangarei NZ, Sirkku came from Finland and a girl called Naomi lived in Yukuhashi City, Fukuoka, Japan. I actually sent her a letter about 15 years ago - to her old address - and she received the letter. She was visiting her elderly mother and got the surprise of her life! Turns out she is married with 2 kids like me and her husband worked for Suzuki in the exports department, sending vehicles to Australia - the very ones my husband sells! Anyway, I think I like blogging better because you don't have to wait for snail mail to arrive and I love the pictures too. I've 'met' some gems through blogging.


    Cheers - Joolz

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  19. Hi Chooky, I'm back with a more fitting name for my blog!!!! .
    I remember when we ventured out of ciber space and met...it was such a wonderfull day...morning tea follow by gathering the rest of my family & having a BBQ....it was soooo good.
    cheers
    Luvnhugs

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  20. Well my family all thought I was insane getting in the car and driving 5 hours on my own to spend the weekend with my imaginary friends!! But I am so grateful I did for all the wonderful friendships that have come about from this.

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  21. had to laugh at Anita's comment, my hubby too asks when i am quiet who am I talking too... I say oh such and such from so and so... he laughs and say 'oh another IF' ( imaginary Friend) he loves the fact that he can still watch the TV and we don't disturb him..Lol... I have met the most loveiest of people on line... no judgement is made... we start talking and thats the start of a lovely friendship... meeting them in person would be a delight.... not sure if they would match my picture of them but that's ok... we are still friends...
    Big Hugs Dawn x x

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  22. Donna, what a great subject to raise! I've laughed, giggled, smiled, had tears, those little pangs of sadness in the heart - wow! I could go on forever - thank you all for being there!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  23. I like the term "imaginary friends". Lots of times I'll be telling a story or just looking at pictures and DH will ask me and I'll say it's a lady that I blog with, or one of the quilting ladies. Now I have a better term.
    The pictures are beautiful.

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  24. Love your pictures! Love your blog. Love my virtual friends. Loved meeting some in real 'life'.
    Keep on posting.

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  25. Well I have this story.....When I first started blogging this strange lady left a comment...and then another, my friend Bloom and I thought.. "who is this woman"....LOL...then we met her...LOL...she is now one of my dearest imaginary friends...and her name is Chookyblue....

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  26. OMG now Im worried. Was I as you had expected or am I lots better then that. lol. Its been so good to meet bloggy people and I realized that it doesn't matter what they look or what your back ground is. They are all great people and they are my "imaginary friends" who have no opinion of me and me of them.

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  27. I love meeting virtual friends, usually my imagination is a little wrong, but that's ok. Perhaps I will get to meet my imaginary friend Chookyblue one day!! xo

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  28. I’ve exerienced more kindness from my Imaginary Friends than from the real ones. In the early days of my blogging career I noticed some young visitors thought I was very young too.
    When I became more open about my age and the fact that I don’t have children I lost a whole bunch of readers. I had a silly picture of myself on the blog, but I removed it after a conversation with my husband.
    I’ve met some Dutch bloggers at quilt markets and it’s always lovely to meet.

    I’m curious what visitors think I look like...

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  29. The three I have met were just as I thought-you,Annie and Jodie!!I think I really "knew" you through blogland first and just felt comfortable and happy to finally meet up-we should do it again sometime!!! Love what crafty bits you and Fairy Girl have been up to. Pretty dismal on the craft here since school went back:(

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  30. Hello Donna,
    intersting post, I believe blogging friends are just like penpals in the days before computers. You can imagine what people look like but what they are inside is more important. Though it would be great to have a body like Jennifer Hawkins,but can she sew!!!
    Love the photo's especially of the emu's. How did you get them to stand still. They usually run along the fence making that unusual noise they make.
    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  31. It's true! Like you, the virtual friendship world always put my imagination in action!

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  32. Hi!!! thanks for your comment on my blog..ages ago now...but I thought I wouold pay you a visit and let you know that I am back! The photos you have shared are just stunning and I really like this post. This is something I think about quite a lot as I have what I would consider many virtual friends since I started blogging. Amanda

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  33. What wonderful photos...I have lots of "imaginary friends" but I have only met one of them in person. It is fun to imagine how they look and sound I think!

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  34. I agree, I alos find this in my day to day life, there are people who I talk to on the phone, of even work emails, and I do get a pic for all of them, its always fun to see how close it is (or isn't)

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  35. What a thought provoking post Chooky...it has been interesting to read all of the comments :)
    Since I am a scrapbooker as well as a stitcher, I find it almost impossible to not have pics of me on my blog from time to time, so I guess my appearance is no surprise to anyone I've met IRL as well! I have been blessed to meet several of my bloggy friends, and now catch up with a couple of them on a regular basis. My blog has also allowed me to develop and nurture friendships with girls who used to come to my scrapbooking classes...girls that I probably would've lost contact with when we moved house.
    I think blogging is such a wonderful thing!!!

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