The Nicest People I have Never Met

In quite a long life so far, I have met many nice people.
I have also met just as many who were not at all nice.

Outside of my close circle of good friends, it has become harder to meet people now I am retired. I do encounter other dog walkers of course, as well as some people my wife meets through work. Mostly, they are very nice, though some locals around the Beetley area can be a little stand-offish. And being my age doesn’t help, when many of the local residents are significantly younger, or much older.

But I do know a great number of very nice people. More than a hundred of them in fact, from countries all over the world. In many cases, they are counted among the nicest people I know, and treasured as friends.

But I have never met any of them.

That is because they are my blogging friends. Some who have been with me since 2012 when I started blogging, and others who came along more recently. The people who inhabit our WordPress world, and regularly feature in the community we share, are all genuine and lovely people. They are kind, considerate, thoughtful, and caring too. They help other bloggers, worry if you are not around, and rush to offer advice, suggestions, and encouragement. They support you when you are unwell, or feeling down, and it is my experience that nothing is too much trouble for them.

They are helpful when you are stuck on something, and display a loyalty that is hard to find outside of our electronic acquaintance.

They are the nicest people I have never met.

86 thoughts on “The Nicest People I have Never Met

    1. Thanks for those kind words, Lara. You are a lovely person, and a cherished friend. πŸ™‚
      Your comment lifts my mood above the rain and dark skies, and is yet another reason to make blogging worthwhile.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. Great post πŸ™‚ Everything you said here is very kind concerning all of your blogger friends πŸ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

    P.S. it is also refreshing to see another close blogger friend that loves Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls every bit as much as me πŸ™‚

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  2. I’ve been blogging for less than a year, but I agree with your sentiments, Pete. That is one of the things I find most appealing about blogging. People look out for one another and show mutual respect. How refreshing!

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  3. Aww Pete! This is lovely. I’m not on any other social media like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram because of all the hatefulness you find so often on those platforms, but WordPress for the most part is an oasis from that. I can count the number of times I’ve received a negative response to a post on the fingers of one hand, and those few times were in response to political posts, so I was expecting that. I consider myself blessed to have such wonderful blogging friends like you!πŸ€—

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  4. You’re so correct about the WordPress Community. Some of my best supporters and commentators on my blogposts weren’t even my close friends but people I met online.
    It’s so amazing that this platform builds bridges of relationship between so many countries…

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    1. Having a political blog like yours does tend to attract more ‘outspoken’ and potentially confrontational people, chuq. But then you have the ‘good ones’, like me! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. How true, it annoys me when people say things like ‘The internet is bad’ or ‘wish the Internet had never been invented.’ They read in the paper that someone has committed suicide because of on line bullying, which of course is awful, but we can’t dismiss the good. Facetiming family across the ocean or chatting to people in places you will never visit… and of course having an insight into totally different lives.

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    1. Thanks, Janet. Without the Internet, many people would lead isolated and sad lives. It makes up for those who do suffer from online trolling and bullying, but that has to keep being addressed too.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I met a fellow blogger once. She was living at Lakenheath Air Base, married to an American air force guy. We all met for coffee in Swaffham, and it was just as if we had always been friends, though she was half my age. Then he got transferred, and they went to live in North Carolina.
      She stopped blogging, but I am still in touch via Twitter now and then.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. I loved this post. Pete, when you speak your heart out you always feel light, fresh and happy and when you say something like this, others feel blessed to know that you care about them. This is what you needed just to make you smile. I am sure when you previewed your own post, you smiled.
    Keep smiling and sharing your feelings.
    Lovelove.

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      1. That’s thought provoking: is it the extra effort that makes people more likely to let their gentler, kinder side show? Or is it the people who happen to be kinder are more likely to put the effort needed? Is a higher threshold of entry the differentiator?

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        1. It could be all or any of the above, EW. Many bloggers are also very active on Facebook and other platforms, but the time and trouble needed for ‘proper’ blogging tends to sort out the more committed ones.
          Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. Lovely sentiments Pete, thank you, especially when the internet is often seen (with some justification, sadly) as a dumping-ground for all sorts of indefensible bile. I’m just reading a new book by Ben Elton which highlights this, and I think it will be worth a review when I’ve finished it πŸ™‚

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