We’re warned about it and yet some of us defy reason and common sense and do it anyway. It was my idea, and I somehow convinced two other adventurers to join me in my latest escapade.
But it’s not all as frivolous and mindless as it may first appear to be.
In the year that I have been blogging I’ve had some surprises.The biggest surprise was forming relationships with other bloggers to whom I never will speak, meet, or see. Yet I am more involved with some of their lives than I am with neighbors in my own town.
I’ve been taken to Oklahoma by a lovely, talented woman, Celi of “kitchensgarden” She describes her gardens, her animals and her recipes. I know all her animals by name.
I’ve been taken to India, where Shaheen writes beautiful poetry on “bloodinkdiary”. And “jakesprinter” of the Philippines creates clever animated scenes.
I love the humor blogs. “Goodhumored” by Paprika Furstenberg, mainstreetmusingsblog by Lisa Tognola and lifeinthe boomerlane are some of my favorites. A clever, enjoyable site is themiddlestsister. The creator of this blog cuts and pastes her characters out of felt, depicting home life with five young daughters. I’ve been reading posts by these talented writers for many months and am delighted with their cleverness and skill.
Through the comments about my stories over time I realized that two of my favorite humor bloggers lived nearby.
Would it be fun for the three of us to meet, or would it be better to enjoy the fantasy of who they were, what they looked like and how they sounded in person?
Reality trumped fantasy and I emailed each of them to suggest a three way meeting. There was definitely some indecision at first; none of us ever planned to meet any of our readers and we were doing just fine moving along on the fantasy track.
Eventually curiosity won out and we set a date to meet for lunch in a town nearby. I was excited about the date. What would happen? Who were these writing whizzes? Would we be quipping and joking all afternoon?
Saturday I made my way to Gillette, New Jersey for the big meeting.
Paprika was there first. When I saw her red hair (paprika) I had a feeling I knew who she was. She greeted us with a warm, genuine smile. We hugged as if we were old buddies. Lisa, whose photo is shown on her blog, curly hair framing her friendly face, had the same instinct.
And there we were, three friends sharing the same involvement of writing and blogging, We enjoyed “talking shop,” exchanging ideas, and discussing some blogger experiences.
“Do you answer all your comments?”
“Have readers responded to your being ‘Freshly Pressed’ stayed on as subscribers?”
“Do you attend writers’ conferences?”
And we gossiped about bloggers we all knew: “He’s funny and entertaining, but he doesn’t know where to draw the line.”
We agreed that the best part of the experience was meeting people from other parts of the country, from other countries, and widely varying life-styles and vocations.
I am so glad that I defied common sense about what we should never do, and followed my instincts to get to know some of these talented, friendly and warm people who are now part of my life.
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darling how kind mentioning me in your page, you are great the way you share peoples pages around! have a wonderful weekend!! c
I enjoy spreading and sharing good feelings and good writers.
Following our instincts is so important. So glad you’ve followed yours! There’s so much wonderful support in the blogosphere. 🙂
Every story ending is perfect as long it is a positive one, right? Of course you have to be careful about setting up meetings with people you don’t know, but I felt I knew these women from reading their blogs for so long.
Meeting other fellow bloggers is one of the great things I’d love to do! I’m planning to do it soon, there’s a great lady up there in Sydney that I’d love to visit. I took reading your post a sign for me to do it shortly, so thanks for that, Ronnie! 🙂
Uh,oh, if the Australian police come after me I will deny all charges for inciting you to call the lady in Sydney. But good luck!
“He who dares, wins”. Quote from Winston Churchill.. Sounds as if you had yourself a great day out..
If we didnt extent our hands in friendship.. we would remain strangers.. And Friends I have found come from All over the World….
Glad your experience was a positve one..
Take Care and Keep laughing and sharing.. ~Sue Dreamwalker xx
Thank you, Sue. I think I’ll always like doing what is somewhat unexpected.
Sounds like a dream. I’ve also thought about the possibility of making cyber friends into real friends. What’s the worst thing that could happen? I already read their blogs…
There is a feeling, right or wrong, that you know something about a person after reading his/her blogs for a while.
Good luck to you, and be careful.
Woo Hoo!! Long live our Ronnie!!
Wonderful that you, Lisa and Paparika had an awesome lunch! What a lovely unfolding.
Darling Ronnie, I am not from India. Lol. Was borne and raised in Africa, currently living in Toronto, Canada. So, do keep pepper spray handy should you visit Toronto — I, too, shall have an extra dose of pepper spray handy should we meet!! Lol.
Am humbled that you relish my poetry!
Cheers & hug.
Sorry about my error; I need to go back to 5th grade geography.
I’ve never been to India or Africa, but I sponsor an AIDS orphan in Kenya through SHAREafrica.
I have been to Toronto several times, and think it is a lovely city. I especially love the Ceramics Museum and the art museum with the Zion Chinese warrior exhibit.
Thanks for your comment and correction.
I’m so excited for you! I too read Celi’s blog, and feel as though I know her and her animals. If I was ever passing through her neck of the fields, I’d definitely try and schedule a meeting. With others of you as well – why not!? In my mind, good writers reveal authentic qualities about themselves through their writing, and so – if we cannot trust their words, what can we trust? Maybe I’m naive, but I’m so glad you did what you did. It warms my heart.
I agree, and well said, Bela. If I ever meet you I’m sure I will not need pepper spray for protection.
Glad you had a great time meeting two fellow bloggers. Enjoyed your blog as well as Lisa’s and Paprika’s.
Thanks for your comment. It was a great afternoon.
Oh I loved this! Were there any surprises? Was everyone exactly as you thought they would be from their blog? I would love to hear what you discussed about blogging too. What tips and tricks you shared. Good for you for thinking and actually physically moving outside your box, Ronnie! 🙂
I learned that there are too many things I need to learn from a technological production: like how to link words to other blogs to increase readership and how to erase your name from a blog subscription without the author of that blog knowing and being hurt.
It was pretty serious stuff, even though all of our blogging personas are lighthearted and humorous. Go figure!
Interesting! I know I keep telling myself I’m going to learn the ins and outs of wordpress but then, of course, somehow that never happens! Ha! I do know the difference between publish and draft although I have been known to get them mixed up! 🙂
Great post, Ronnie! It was so fun to hear your perspective. Thanks for taking me on an adventure!
You’re a great traveling companion, Lisa, but next time I think you can leave the safari hat home.
Ohhhhh, There was a safari hat andI I missed it? 😦
Love your new theme, Ronnie. Thanks for being brave enough to invite me to lunch. I’m so glad you did. Thanks for not using your pepper spray on me 🙂
And thank you for keeping your bodyguards far enough from our table so others in the restaurant wouldn’t know the level of fear and danger I engender.
My bodyguards were cleverly disguisesd as partygoers for that child’s birthday party at the end of the room. They were hiding behind the giant Happy Birthday balloon.
Now that I know you’re not so scary, I’ll come alone to our future meetings 🙂
…and I trust there will be more of them.
sounds like a great time! Good for your courage!
Courage is great as long as there’s a good outcome.
Sounds as if you had a lot of fun at your meeting.So glad it turned out great for all three of you! Maybe one day I’ll have the opportunity to meet a few blogger friends..
I hope that you will. But carry a can of pepper spray just in case.
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Wonderful, sometimes paths are meant to be crossed. How nice for all of you. Enjoy.
What a lovely sentiment: may good paths be meant for you to cross.
That is great, what a fantastic idea, and I’m glad it all turned out wonderful for everyone. 😀
There are so many things about blogging that I like, and “meeting” different people from around the world is number 1 on the list. It is surprising how much I have learned about different country’s and the lifestyle in those country’s things you would never learn or know about, only in the blogoshere can this be achieved. 😀
Right: it turns out that we humans are quite an interesting bunch.
Beautiful! Outer Internet Indeed! Smiles. Must have been an exciting experience! I can only imagine…
Yes, it was almost like meeting real live celebrities.
And I’m glad you are not locked in a trunk on a deserted road!!
your loving daughter
Not as glad as I am!