My non-bloggy, non-tweeting friends often look at me like I have two heads when I talk about why I blog and tweet.
It's hard to explain the friendships I've forged, with people I never would have met 'in real life', via the net.
I'm not talking the falling in love, long-distance relationship with someone you eventually leave your spouse for. (Though I do understand how that happens).
I'm talking friendships with like-minded people. People who are smart and funny, with whom I have loads in common. People who are kind and supportive. People who are parents, or not, People in relationships, or not. People who do what I do, or relate to me. People who take the time to reply to tweets or comment on my blog posts. Sometimes, I've met them in real life, and found them to be just as charming and wonderful as they are online.
Sometimes, due to geography or personal circumstances, we simply 'chat' online. Doesn't make the connection any less.
Right now, one of my blogging sisters needs our help.
Lori, of Random Ramblings Of A Stay At A Home Mum, is currently by her husband Tony's side at the ICU.
Something horrific has happened, and her husband is not expected to survive. Lori is praying for a miracle, and has asked the internet community to do the same.
And we are. The hashtag #prayingforTony has been trending on twitter - to non-tweeters, that means loads of people are talking/tweeting about it and supporting the cause.
A few lovely peeps have even started a campaign for donations - not that Lori has asked for these - so that Lori won't have the added pressure of worrying about bills during this horrendous time.
If you can, spare some loose change - every bit helps - or at least say a prayer. The widget is on the side on my blog.
I have never 'met' Lori in real life, but I've had some wonderful, warm conversations with her. She has given me messages of support and shared her wisdom at times when I've needed it. She has made me laugh and made me cry. She is real and she is in pain.
No offence to real-life friends, but she probably knows more about me than most of them.
At a time when so many people in Australia need our help, thanks to acts of mother nature and God, please spare a moment to think about Lori and pray that her husband survives.