I’ve been blogging since early 2008, and in the years that have followed, I’ve been fortunate to meet quite a large number of fellow bloggers. The majority of them, I met at BEA in 2010, but outside of that, I’ve met a dozen or so others. I love the modern world of technology, where you can get to know someone over years and years even if you’ve never met in person. There are some people who are afraid of the idea of meeting someone in real life that you’ve only known online, but I’ve never been afraid, and I’ve never once had a bad experience. Sure, there are some get-togethers that are more awkward than others, when you run out of things to say or don’t have the same conversational style. But it’s never once been unpleasant.
Ceri from Not in the Pink is a blogger from Wales whom I’ve known since my early days of blogging. I believe we first got to know each other back when I was still with the group blog 5-Squared, though neither of us remember exactly how we found each other. We’ve read each others’ blogs, watched each others’ vlogs, and generally chatted over a whole variety of social media over the years. This summer, we both started the 100 Happy Days project within days of each other, without knowing the other was planning it. Ceri is teaching in Korea right now, and I was so excited when I found out she was coming to this part of the States on vacation. Boston was one of the stops on her list and we quickly planned a meetup.
This was not one of those meetups with awkward pauses and trying to fill in conversation. No. From the moment we met up in the cafe we’d chosen, it was all hugs and smiles and fast-flowing talk. (Note: The guy sitting next to us at the cafe was eyeing us like there was something wrong with us because we were so excited and kept saying how unreal this was to finally see each other.) We had drinks, and later went to lunch, and just generally hung out and chatted for about 4.5 hours before I dropped her back off at the subway station when my kids were due home from school. It was such a short time, and even so, I was nearly in tears when we said goodbye. I think we hugged about five times before separating.
I love my blogger friends so much. You people were here for me in a time when I desperately needed social interaction (unlike most book bloggers, I’m fairly extroverted) and couldn’t leave my house because I had three small children at home. I hope I get to meet all of you one day!
PS – To Ceri: Ash looked for you when I got back to the house, and looked up at me with a questioning mew. 🙂