Long-distance can be a good and okay way to begin.
The easiest way to talk to people is via written word. It gives you time to think before responding. (I do better this way than in person because I just don’t do well in social situations…I will talk too much until I’m in serious and confused circles because it’s terrifying…which is why I seldom EVER have gone anywhere….meeting Smerk and Acci was very frightening for me but it was also an event I will hold dearly) So, sometimes you or the lady may be the same way. But once you get to know the other person via written language, it’s time to move forward and beyond.
The next step that is far more helpful than telephone is video chat. This gives each of you body language as well as real voice conversation, too and I think that’s vital.
No matter how a relationship begins though, in time there needs to be in the vicinity contact, touch.
Peter, I did it, and so can you.