for some folks, online friends don't fill the same social needs as in-person friends.
for those of you who have had difficulty at times making in-person friends, and have found ways to solve that problem, what worked for you?
Some things that have worked for me are
- inviting co-workers to a home-made dinner
- joining and organizing ongoing religious/spiritual groups (in my case, eclectic/women's spirituality/shamanic)
- participating in and organizing in-person meetings of people I knew from online forums
Things that seem to work for other people that don't usually work for me are
- volunteering (I love volunteering, but I haven't usually made friends that way)