I have always responded with comments about how interesting the people I talk to are, they are usually like minded, with similar interests or lifestyles, although not always and this adds to the interest for me. I have come across such a range of people with all sorts of stories to tell, people I would otherwise never have met.
"Ah yes, but you can't be real friends with them can you?". I beg to differ, I went to my first Mumpreneur Conference with the lovely Harriet who I met via twitter. We got on from the moment I climbed into her car at the services in Somerset, we chatted all the way to Birmingham with no feelings of self consciousness or awkward pauses. Several of us from the West Country got together and created the Devon Coup, we meet up and go for lunch, attend parties and events and generally have a great time. We are all different ages, backgrounds, both male and female and we all get on really well together.
I've gone on to meet lots of the people I regularly chat to at both the Cybermummy conferences, at PR events and days out. The majority of the people I have met were as lovely in the flesh as they were online and our friendships have flourished.
One friendship I took to the next level was with the wonderful, inspiring Jen from Mum_TheMadHouse and her family, who came to Devon this weekend and spent three days with us. Our families met at events in the past and her two boys are similar age to the twins. Despite the awful weather we had a lovely time taking them to local attractions, we all mucked in together, there was no being on best behaviour and with similar attitudes towards life, husbands and children I can honestly say we had a lovely time.
All four boys working on becoming the next generation of Virtual Reality Real Lifers !