nakdthoughts, I know sometimes I read a poets work and can relate to it...it can really hit home with me. I feel close to that person so sometimes I don't reply to their poem so I do not come across the way you talk about. I have had times where I have been the one on the receiving end of unwanted "hero worship" and it's not fun, so I try to avoid doing it myself.
I do find sometimes I will call someone "my friend" when I have not talked to them. I think though that is the nature of this place, everyone is so caring and supportive.
Just my two cents worth.
I wish you every happiness and may you always have the best of the good things in life. a brand