Can a Virtual Friend Be Real Friend?

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Day #3 January Challenge

Can a Virtual Friend Be a Real Friend?

Can a Virtual friend be a Real friend or is the relationship just that Virtual? 

ActiveRain has almost 200,000 members.   99.99999999% of them I have never met in person. 

Exceptions:  Sally Cheeseman & Heather Chavez


Sally & Mary   Heather & Mary

                  Sally & Mary 2010                      Heather & Mary 2009                 


I have had the pleasure of phone conversations with several ActiveRain members.  Most touching was a phone call this summer from Margaret Rome.  I had been absent from AR for quite awhile and Margaret wanted to know that I was okay and expressed hope that I would be back soon.  

Margaret soon our paths will cross as Baltimore is on our next itinerary.

Like a good friend I have reached out to ActiveRain members who need a sympathetic ear, a friendly comment on their blog.  As I would with my 'real life' friends I try to follow up to make sure things are improving in their world. 

Here are a few AR members that could use a visit from a friend as they have had more than their share of trials & tribulations lately:  Robert Brown, Tammy Lankford and Marian  Goetzinger

Guess who might be calling today?

My personal sphere of friends has people who have been leaders, role models, thinkers and motivators as well as my friends.  A friend who was there when I needed them or vice versa.

I have learned from them and they clain to have learned much from me.  I know I would not be who I am today without my circle of friends.

Since I been a member of ActiveRain my circle of friends has expanded exponentially.  Like the real world, my new virtual friends are leaders, role models, thinkers, motivators, supporters.  They are there when I need them and I want to be there when they need me.


Be A Friend, Real or Virtual


When I used this graphic in another post  Toni Weidman asked if this was us having tea

Thanks to all my ActiveRain friends---You are real to me.

PA Real Estate classes begin Jan. 8, 2011
      Alan Kells Schools of Real Estate             

Erie, PA
Mary Yonkers, instructor



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Erica Ramus
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

YES virtual friends can be true friends. I have met a handful of my AR friends in real life and there is instant connection!

January 04, 2011 05:10 PM
Renee Marrs Caperton
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate
Century 21 Marrs & Associates

Great post Mary.  Well expressed.  I enjoy reading post of many and it is nice to connect with AR members. 

January 04, 2011 09:13 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!

Hi Mary, of course virtual friends can be real friends!  Even before computers and the Internet, people used to have pen pals that they may have never met and those friendships would last a life time!  Our human capacity to make friends is now just being aided by a different technology!

January 04, 2011 09:56 PM
Mary Yonkers
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548

Thanks everyone for stopping here to comment, but best of all WE ARE FRIENDS, REAL FRIENDS


January 05, 2011 03:10 PM
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235
Second Self Virtual Assistance

Hi Mary - What a wonderful post!  It was really touching to see how caring you are to your "virtual" friends - sending a shout out for those who could especially use a kind word.  And, reminding us how important relationships are - real or virtual.  (Virtual is real, too.)

January 10, 2011 10:35 AM

Mary Yonkers

Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
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