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How I met my best friend on the internet

This is the story of how I met my best friend, Mountain Chang, through blogging on the internet.

In 2012, I was writing an article about Asian male masculinity.

Part of my sophisticated research was to Google image search “asian six pack abs.”

I found an appropriate pic:

Mountain, circa 2010. He's even buffer now.
Mountain, circa 2010. He’s even more aesthetic now.

Instead of “view image,” I accidentally clicked on the “visit” button that took me to Mountain’s blog.

I ended up reading his other articles about fitness, dieting and entrepreneurship. Dude lives an interesting life!

I figured we have a lot of things in common, and sent a message via his contact page:

Six years later, we’ve had many trips and shenanigans together, and even became each other’s accountability partners.

Can you feel the bromance?

The social benefits of blogging

Since I started blogging, all sorts of wonderful things have entered into my life: conversations, ideas and a new best friend.

This is Mountain’s response to my initial email:

Nice. Looks like the blog served one of its intended purposes: connecting with like-minded strangers. I’d love to meet up.

If you want to start a blog, consider the social benefits of writing that go beyond monetizing a blog.

Sharing your ideas – and reaching out to those who do – can lead help you connect to like-minded strangers.

I’m certain it’s how I’ll continue to build a tribe – online and offline. Maybe it can do the same for you as well.

Connect with me

Maybe you’re a stranger who stumbled upon my blog by random. Maybe you’re an acquaintance or old flame (??) from times of yore. So I want to open up these spontaneous opportunities to connect:

  1. Sign up for my newsletter (here or below this post) and reply to my initial “welcome” email
  2. Use the contact form in my about page.
  3. *New* Ask Me Anything on my AMA Page here.

Happy connecting,


P.S. It wasn’t until 2 years into our friendship that I told Mountain I found his blog by searching for six pack abs, LOL.

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