It's easy to neglect an online friendship since you don't see the person face-to-face. You can forget to respond to an email, ignore a mention on Twitter, or procrastinate checking Facebook. Once, I forgot to respond to an email for months. By the time I did respond, I was thankful my writer friend was understanding and only chided me a little. She also had a great sense of humor about it. This isn't true for every friendship, however.
Budding friendships can be snuffed out by too little contact. With how fast the internet moves, a week can seem like a month and a month like a year if you're inactive on social platforms, and especially if those platforms are the only means a friend has of contacting you.
There are friends I've grown to miss because they're seldom on the platforms where I used to talk to them. I hate to lose contact with those people simply because they've grown tired of Twitter or Facebook. So how do I keep contact?
Email is an option, but not the best for me, because I get caught in the long email trap. When I don't correspond with a friend often enough, I want to stuff all my news into one message and it overwhelms me. This causes me to stop emailing. So, what's the alternative?
I have Skype, but I reserve it for friends I know well or have met in real life. That leaves live chat - or twitter, which is as close as I get most days. The problem with Twitter is not knowing when your friend is active or inactive. That, and your messages are constrained to 140 characters.
I love live chat. If I had my way, I'd open a chatroom where all my online friends could meet me, since each one prefers a different social platform.
Have you found a way to grow a friendship with a fellow writer online? What works best for you?