As you can see from Will's comment on my prior post, our suspicions have been confirmed. Our online friend Matt has taken down his blog--or, at least, one of them. His other blog is still online, with his latest post titled, Deleting My Blog. I'm not sure what to make of this. Does Matt really exist, or is he as fictional as the recently cyber-departed "Nicky"?
Whether he's real or not, this is a sad day for me. Either he is a young man who did something dumb and won't own up to it, or there is someone out there who created this person and deceived me/us.
I didn't really expect an apology, but wouldn't that be refreshing? Part of me wants to go to the remaining blog and let his commenters know the truth, but then there's the part of me that is just sad for whoever is behind this. Marc, Will and I offered nothing but friendship and support, only to find that our trust has been betrayed.
As I said to Will, I will fight any urge to be more cynical and distrustful. One must take cyber-friendships with a grain of salt, at least until such time as one can meet the person in question. Perhaps some can build to higher levels with the ancient communication device known as the telephone (in fact, a friend we met through blogging called us just tonight, and we always get along wonderfully with him). Even so, until flesh and blood are caught in a big glad-to-meet-you bear hug, it's hard to be absolutely sure of anything.
With that said, I will repeat what I've said before. To my circle of friends whom I've met in more traditional means, I've added some wonderful friends through the world of blogging. Real-life friends who started out online. I won't give that up. Might I get fooled again? Perhaps, but I do think the real shame for that falls on the person who is dishonest, not on me or other kind-hearted souls like Marc and Will who just open ourselves up to these people.