When I started in this blogging and tweeting world, it was a world inhabited by strangers. Then slowly but surely people started to respond to me and I started to respond to them. I’d answer a tweet or comment on a blog post. Sometimes answering a tweet would turn into a conversation. I related to the blogposts and got a feel for what the writer was saying. The same friendly faces came up again and again. I started actively seeking out their posts and tweets above others. I’d made friends.
But then it went beyond that. The connections between me and some of my favourite bloggers was scary. We were blog twins.
Take Suzanne at 3childrenandit. Like me, she’s got three kids pretty close in age. Like me she’s got two the same, then ‘the other sort’. Like me, her youngest is adorable and loving and caring. She’s the only other blogger I know for whom transferring to secondary school is a current issue. Unlike me, she’s got two girls then a boy.
Yesterday I posted a photo on my Yellow post of me on my 30th birthday at 36 weeks pregnant. Suzanne was also 36 weeks pregnant on her 30th birthday. Oh, and a few days after writing this I discoverd another amazing fact about Suzanne – her birthday is the same as my younger son’s. Blog twins!
Nikki at Stressymummy and me have a great bond. Like me, she’s got more kids than average, like me she’s only got one girl and, like me, her girl is the youngest. Like me, her life is ruled by the needs of ‘the boys’. Her second son is the same age as my younger boy and they have very similar interests. Like me, she is fascinated by the strange girly-boy-influenced ways of her youngest. Unlike me, she’s got four kids. Her teenager’s birthday is the same date as my younger son’s. Spooky!
She lives in a town 10 miles from me. She loves my town and visits about once a week. She drives past my road to go to my local Sainsburys! Knowing all of that, how could we not meet up? We met up and we got on brilliantly. She’s just as nice in real life as she is online. Blog twins!
And then yesterday I was totally blown away by blog twin coincidence. Sonya from Ramblings of a formerly rock’n’roll mum and I have stuff in common. We both recently hit the big 3-9. We both have two boys and a girl. But where I squeezed my three into less than five years, she stretched hers out over 15. And while she was rocking her ass off in bands and being cool and rock’n’roll, I was typing away in a council press office.
Our middle ones are both game-loving 8 year old boys. Sonya tweeted about her boy’s birthday being next week. It’s my boy’s birthday next week too. So I tweeted her. Her boy’s birthday is on the 20th. No way! My boy’s birthday is on the 20th too. What time was he born?! He was born precisely seven minutes after my son!
How did that happen? How, from all the people in cyberspace did I make friends with a woman whose middle child was born seven minutes after my own middle child?!