Social Media Friends Are Really Real!

About three years ago I met a lady on social media who has become one of my best friends. Coral McCallum is a fellow writer (among other things like fellow cat lady and fellow rock chick), and today she publishes her second book, Impossible Depths (Silver Lake series Book 2). (Find out more about Coral’s books at the end of this post). I am a proud friend, and plan to spend a great part of today reading said book! Just for fun, here’s the blog post I wrote after our first meeting in person. We have met many more times since then, for gigs, for shopping, and for lots of coffee. 😀

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I took a jaunt down the west coast of Scotland this weekend, to meet a friend. Namely, one Coral McCallum, who I’ve been chatting to on Facebook and Twitter for months. Coral is a writer, and decided at the beginning of the year to join in the blogging world. Do visit her blog for short stories, poetry, and mad anecdotes involving rock music and cats (do you see why we get on? 😉 )

Coral and I met online through our shared love of rock music, and in particular, Mr Myles Kennedy, lead singer extraordinaire with Alter Bridge and Slash. Once we got chatting properly, we discovered we also both liked cats, coffee, and carrot cake. As we are only about an hour’s drive from each other, we started talking about meeting up in person. I hadn’t visited Coral’s neck of the woods for many years and thought a wee road trip might be in order. Coral had also been bigging up her local coffee shop, so with the promise of caffeine and cake, I pointed my little car west on Saturday afternoon.

The morning had been very wet and windy, but by the time I set off it was just windy. The sun was even making an attempt to come out. It was a pleasant drive down the edge of the river Clyde, even if the view was still a bit obscured by cloud. I followed Coral’s very clear instructions to the coffee shop, and was rewarded by the sight of her waving at me as I approached (I have a very distinctive car, covered as it is with bright yellow AA stickers). After parking on the sea front and nearly being blown away, we dived inside and began chatting. It’s slightly weird meeting someone face to face after you’ve only spoken to them online. We’d had some pretty in depth chats but it’s different doing it in person. Fortunately neither of us decided we couldn’t stand the other, so over a delicious Latte for me and Americano for Coral, we talked cats, music, family, and more cats. We both had carrot cake and I have to say, the coffee shop lived up to expectations. Yum!

Coral had very kindly invited me for dinner, and had obviously decided during our coffee shop meeting that I wasn’t a nutter (well, not too much), and I was safe to invite to the house. After a quick tour of the town shops (during which I bought the first of this year’s Christmas presents – go me!) we made a small convoy to her home. I got to meet the human family and three out of four of the cat family. The missing one was off on an adventure and hadn’t been home for a few days, the scamp. (He has since returned safe and sound). Cue more coffee drinking, listening to said rock music, and general chit chat about everything under the sun. I admired Coral’s book collection. Unsurprisingly, very similar to mine, with classics, time slip/historical stuff, and fantasy – including Mr Tolkien, of course. After being fed lasagne and two helps of cheesecake for dinner (not in the same bowl), I set off home after a very enjoyable, cake-filled day.

I like to think of this as one of the good examples of using social media. It’s unlikely Coral and I would have met otherwise, and we’ve each discovered a new friend. We’ve both made friends overseas due to our shared interests, and it may be that more of us will meet up one day. Several of the friends want to visit Scotland, so no doubt there will be more coffee and dare I say, wine drinking, if that happens!

Strangely enough, the one thing we didn’t chat about as much as you might think was our rock star crush, the lovely Myles Kennedy. So we’ll have to rectify that on our next meeting. I also completely forgot to take any selfies of our day together, so people will just have to take our word for it that we did actually meet. We’re going to a rock gig in Glasgow together next month, to see the fantastic Halestorm. Must take some pics then. Roll on many more coffee shop visits together!

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Happy Book Birthday, Coral! xx

Impossible Depths (Silver Lake series Book 2):

After a successful tour, Jake, Lori and the rest of Silver Lake are busy making plans for the future – new arrivals, new business ventures, new music and a new tour.
An unexpected turn of events throws these plans into turmoil.
Life for Silver Lake will never be the same again.
Can Jake and Lori maintain their relationship, gruelling schedules and overcome tragic losses?
Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to find how strong you truly are.
Friendship, love, family and music dominate this contemporary romance as the Silver Lake family rise from seemingly Impossible Depths.

To purchase Impossible Depths (Silver Lake series Book 2), click here (UK), or here (US).

Some stock pics above from the west of Scotland, since I neglected to take any photos. 🙂

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17 thoughts on “Social Media Friends Are Really Real!

  1. thanks. I don’t recall Gourock looking quite so sunny that first day! Ha Ha! Nerves are jangling today as Book Baby 2 makes its debut ….lots of coffee will be required today! Need to catch up soon. Love n hugs xxx

    • Thanks for reading! I must also say, I’ve met plenty of people on social media who I now consider friends, who I may never meet in person, due to being in different countries. But we have great chats online – I always say it’s like the old-fashioned thing of having pen friends! 🙂

  2. Isn’t it great? You know, over the last few years I thought I’d gone off socialising, but it wasn’t until last October when I met 4 writer/blogger friends that I realised I hadn’t – I just needed new kindred spirits! Such bliss to talk ‘book’ all weekend ~ and we’d never all have met if not for Twitter. Glad you’ve had such a great experience too 🙂

  3. Absolutely brilliant. Love it when that happens–thanks for sharing. And huge congrats to Coral on Book Baby 2–can’t wait to get stuck in, I’ve been on tenterhooks RE Silver Lake… 🙂

  4. This is great. I have met a lot of wonderful people in “real life” from my internet dealings. Some may be brief encounters, while others are still close friends of mine that I have grown up with the chatrooms and internet forums were a ‘thing’. From Twitter I became friends with a guy who actually worked for a similar company to the one I was applying for a job to and was able to call me and prep me for the interview– if it wasn’t for that kind stranger, I’d not be employed by such a respectable company. I hate it when people poo-poo our internet friends. They are sometimes better than the “real” people in our lives! Great stuff 🙂

    • Thanks for reading! It’s great that you too have had good ‘real-life’ experiences through social media. People only talk about the trolls – I’m glad we’re promoting the good people! 🙂

  5. If you forgot to take photos, it means that you were too busy chatting to think about it – good sign! It’s lovely that you’ve met up with your virtual friend. 🙂 #MondayBlogs

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