So September has come and almost gone, and I've just returned from an awesome 8 days away in Malta with Kyramy. We had a good time, explored a good proportion of the island and acquired a range of weird and wacky tan lines.
Whilst we were there, we went on a jeep trip around Malta and with an elderly couple from London. It didn't take long for them to ask the question 'So how do you guys know each other?'.
With so much negativity about people meeting on the internet, I always find this a tricky question to answer. It's not the first time I've jetted off around the world with someone I met through deviantART, and at least this time we had previously met in person. So it was interesting to see how we each took on the question, especially when asked by a generation who didn't have the internet for the majority of their lives.
My slant is simply 'We are part of the same art community'. It takes away the scariness of 'the internet' and I always find it awkward to mention a site with the word 'deviant' in it unless I think the audience knows exactly what this site is all about.
Kyra was more open, mentioning that we met through an art website called deviantART, but also somewhat hid the full truth. She opted to say met at the picnic devmeet in London, rather than admitting our first meeting was on a random weekday evening at Birmingham train station.
So this got me thinking and I'm curious to hear how other people approach this subject. If you were hanging out with a friend that you originally met through dA, how would you explain the way you met?
Would you openly say the name of the site? Do you use a shortened name like DevArt or dA? Would you shy away from the fact you met on the internet, or embrace the truth showing the awesomeness that can come from internet friendships?