As I wrote at the profile of my twitter account, "Home is wherever the heart is," these words are, perhaps, echoed by those who feel a deep affinity for anything that's related to finding one's own abode online where their uniqueness is celebrated, and one's creativity is not hampered by set standards.
That's what I felt when I wormed my way in at a particular online group. At first, I was kinda hesitant to join them. My initial feeling of reluctance was born from dreadful instances in the past where some people I've met on the Internet were quick to shoo me off with an unkind word or two.
So, I tested the waters to check if everything was OK before I submerge myself deeper.
That's why it took awhile before I decided to leave a message at the SKD thread at Triond that I've been following for quite some time.
Thankfully, they warmly welcomed me as if I was a long-lost friend.
That happened a long time ago. But I still remember how it felt: It was a euphoric feeling of being home, of finding like-minded individuals from different locations who share my love for the written word.
Ah, The Filipino Diaspora! They have become more than online writer friends to me. They have become my extended family on the web.
It's really good to find my way home... in the fast-paced world of bits and bytes, and gigabytes. :)
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