A few weeks ago I was forwarded a message by my Canadian blog friend – a short Facebook post that had been shared in a group that I am not a member of, but she is. The post was from a blogger who lived in my local area (although I didn’t know her), putting out a request for a blogging companion to accompany her to an event that she was attending at the end of the month. I contacted her and we messaged back and forth over a few days. We found that have a few people and things in common, including the fact that her husband works at the same place as one of my friends. A few days later, we met up at the event and immediately got on really well – she was warm and friendly, easy to talk to, I instantly liked her and had a really enjoyable evening. So much so, in fact, that I thoroughly intend on meeting up with her again in the future for lunch or coffee.
April will mark my SIX year blog anniversary, and even after all this time I still get a kick out of making new friends that I have found through my little space of the internet. Of course, I’m incredibly careful and always have a plan in place to ensure my personal safety when I am meeting someone, but as these connections have been made and grown over the years they have developed into meaningful friendships. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve had very few bad experiences, often finding that the knowledge we already have of each other through our blog posts and conversations means that we can talk and ask questions without having to go through the ‘getting to know you’ process.
We have met in person many times, introduced each other to our families, stayed at each other’s houses. I’ve been on a writers retreat with some of them, I meet up with some of them for lunch during the week, go on day trips to interesting places, support them with their personal projects, we exchange birthday and Christmas cards and gifts, and I see a whole bunch of them every year at the Annual Bloggers Bash. Some have become Social Media Management clients. Some of them even came to my wedding, one of whom was enormously pregnant at the time and travelled half way up the country to be there. It isn’t just bloggers from the UK – I’ve met up with friends from the US and Canada (my Canadian friend has stayed at my home), and have even had offers for The Bloke and I to go and stay with them in their own countries.
While there are countless arguments to be had for the negative impact that the internet and social media has had on is as a society, I have found that it has been instrumental in making the world a much smaller place, and I’m so grateful for the people that it has introduced me to!
What about you guys? Have you met with other bloggers in person?
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