Meeting Another Blogger

Vanessa with JM

Last week I met one of my bestest blogging pals from the States for the first time, jmmcdowell, hurrah! I had heard a few months before that she and her husband were planning a trip to England, so of course I insisted on a meeting. She tried to put me off with cries of “Oh but surely you’re far too busy!” But no. I wasn’t. And so she had no choice. Leading up to the day I was excited and a little nervous about meeting her, not that there was anything particular about her that would make me nervous, but as an introvert, meeting new people is always a bit scary! Would I be awkward and stuck for things to say? Would I chatter on incessantly in an overcompensating-for-my-introvertedness way and not let her get a word in? Would JM be happy with the British weather and British food during her visit (both of which I obviously felt personally responsible for. Thankfully both weather and food were fine thus far at the time of our meeting. Phew), but most importantly, would those people on the table behind us mind being in our photo?

I needn’t have worried. Both JM and her husband were lovely, and it was a pleasure for Neil and I to meet both of them, there were no awkward silences and hopefully I didn’t chatter on maniacally too much (I’m sure JM would be far to gracious to say anything if I had!). It was early on in their trip when we met them, and I’m very much looking forward to hearing how the rest of it went. I won’t say anything about where we met, or what they did on their trip because I think JM will want to talk about what they did on her own blog, so look out for that any day now (no pressure JM to get on and post about it quickly ok? Just ANY DAY NOW is fine). Meeting a blogger that I’ve been following and reading for a long time felt a bit like meeting a celebrity – JM likened it to meeting a pen pal which is also a good comparison. So kind of like meeting a celebrity pen pal. There.

Have you met any fellow bloggers before? Or any celebrities? Or any pen pals? Or any blogging celebrity pen pals?

 

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89 responses to “Meeting Another Blogger

  1. Oh that’s wonderful! How cool that must’ve been. It really is a small world. I haven’t met any bloggers. I’ve been in the same city as some, but I’ve been too chicken to seek anyone out. My loss, I’m sure.

    Love the picture!

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  2. I live meet-ups! Aren’t they fun? Do you know what’s weird? When you first hear their voice. You know how they sound on paper, but not in person. Sometimes, it’s a shock to your system.

    I totally get how you feel “responsible.” If someone comes to NYC and asks for some tips and they end up not enjoying themselves, I feel personally responsible. It might not have anything to do with what I recommended but I still feel at fault.

    I met Bruce Springsteen a couple of times and in the early 90’s, before he was famous, David Sedaris sat next to me at a YMCA writing workshop. Those are my two best brushes with celebrity. What’s yours?

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    • *love* meet-ups. Bloody autocorrect.

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    • Yes, you don’t realise that you’ve imagined a voice in your head, I think I imagine everyone with a British accent – when it was coming up to the date for this meeting, I had to remind myself that she wouldn’t have a British accent! As she pointed out though, she knew what to expect with me more because I’ve posted a couple of videos of myself before.

      I’m glad you get the responsibility feeling, it’s strange how we can feel responsible for things outside of our control like that! If I come to NYC and ask you for tips, I won’t tell you if I don’t enjoy it!

      I’ve had a few celebrity brushes, but nobody as big as Bruce Springsteen!

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  3. I have it in mind to meet two bloggers who live relatively close to me. I’ve been talking to one of them on the phone, but so far our schedules haven’t meshed yet. The other one has been ill — I’m waiting for the right time to extend the invite to meet.

    I look forward to meeting them both. I feel like I’ve gotten to know them reasonably well by now so we should have a lot of fun talking with each other. Probably over coffee in someplace like Panera or Starbucks.

    I wouldn’t mind meeting you either, someday, when I can get to England next. That would be fun! 🙂 I love your sense of humor.

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    • Sometimes if someone is nearby you might make less of an effort to see them because theoretically you could meet them anytime, it’s like not visiting some of the tourist attractions in your home town! When someone comes from afar though, there’s a feeling of needing to seize the opportunity as it might not happen again! Yes, do look me up if you’re in England 🙂

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  4. And let me add that I’m so glad that you and JM had the chance for a face-to-face meeting. I wonder if WordPress realized all the friendships they’d be creating when they started it?

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  5. I’m looking forward to being able to meet some of my writing friends in the UK. I’ve longed for a trip back for years and hopefully next year, I’ll get my chance.

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  6. I met up with a group of people from another online community when I realized we lived near each other. That expanded into a larger group that meets once a year out of town. As far as bloggers, I have met one and she is a dear 🙂

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  7. How Fun! And, I can’t wait to hear all the juicy details when she gets back from her trip!

    I have had one minor brush with an old time impressionist, Rich Little when I was a teen. We saw him at a show and went back stage for meet and greet and just as it was my turn to get his autograph, my boyfriend told him that I wanted a kiss but was too shy to ask. I was horrified and immediately denied wanting one…to which Mr. Little repeatedly attempted to get me to kiss him. Everyone was staring as me, encouraging and laughing…I was completely embarrassed…but I won and didn’t kiss him. I don’t think I ever even got the autograph. When we got into the car, my boyfriends kept insisting I blew the opportunity of a lifetime, I could have been kissed by Rich Little. I looked at him and said, No…Rich Little wanted to kiss me…and I turned him down. 😉

    I did meet one blogger for lunch on my trip to California. I had always felt a special kinship to this person and found that we had so many things in common. It was a wonderful lunch and the friendship grows stronger every day. Very happy I did it. My dream vacation is to take a year off and visit with with my blogging buddies around the world….it’s world travel with a purpose. 🙂

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    • That’s a funny story about Rich Little! I had a backstage celebrity kissing experience too! When I was about 12 I think I watched a summer season show which included a TV comedian, after the show I went backstage, and he did that thing of pointing to his cheek for a kiss and when I went to kiss him he turned his head so that I kissed him on the mouth! I can’t imagine any comedians daring to do something like that to a 12 year old girl these days! There were other people around and everyone just laughed including me, it was no big deal at the time!

      That’s lovely that you have a great friendship now with the blogger! A world tour visiting blogging buddies, that sounds like fun! 🙂

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      • I can’t imagine that anyone nowadays would even try a stunt like that…to easy to get a sex offender status…what a shame.

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        • Yes, that’s actually why I wouldn’t name him publicly on here, he’s still a well known figure and I wouldn’t want anything getting blown out of proportion – my feeling is that he was just clowning around because that’s the type of comedian he was, but with the number of high profile cases that have happened in the UK lately, people can jump on anything.

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  8. “but as an introvert,…” who… you ???? Come on that I find hard to believe… let me refer you to your dance video……. But.. boy would I love to meet you… and actually play that game of golf…

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    • Ah bulldog, us introverts are so misunderstood! We’re not necessarily shy and retiring at all times, we just find ourselves often feeling awkward with people we don’t know and in certain social situations, plus we need regular time alone to recharge our batteries, whereas extroverts tend to need time with other people to recharge theirs! Many big famous actors are introverts, but you wouldn’t know it to see them on screen.

      I would love to meet you guys too!

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  9. How fun! I feel like I just met JM in person too from your pictures. You are good to hunt her down. I bet you guys had so much fun (and I’m sure those people in the background love their celebrity status now for being seen with you 2)

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  10. How delicious is that! Exciting. Thanks for the photo too.
    I’ve been enjoying numerous e-mails with some female bloggers over the past few months and wonder if some day we will meet. Of course we live all over the map, but one never knows. ❤

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  11. I’ve never met anyone I only know in cyber space. I think it would be awkward. I’m so different on line–more sassy–than I am in person. 😐

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  12. You two look like you are having a grand time! If I’m ever in England I am sure to look you up Vanessa! We would have such fun!
    I have never met any online bloggers yet, but who knows what the future brings right? I’ve also never met any celebrities. I’ve seen a few from afar but that’s it.

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  13. Jealous!!!! What fun it must have been for you both. I was lucky to meet two blogging friends when I went to New York. The way we got along, you would think we had know each other for years. We have joked about all getting together for a cocktail party, which is impossible, but meeting one-on-one was a treat!

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  14. It was FABULOUS to meet you and Neil! You are a rock star blogger, and this introvert was worried about being a tongue-tied fan. 😀 But there was no reason to fear. We had a wonderful visit at the British Museum, and I wish we could have had more time to talk. Alas, you know how vacations are—so much to see and do and yet not enough time for everything. The visit was a fantastic start to an amazing vacation. 🙂

    A note to my fellow introverts—if you have the chance to meet with another blogger you enjoy reading and commenting with, gather your courage and take on the challenge. You will enjoy the experience and wonder why you were so nervous about it. Don’t let the missed opportunity be one of your life’s regrets!

    And I promise that my FIRST post about the trip will be on Tuesday the 30th. There were too many wonderful experiences and sites to cram into one! 🙂

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  15. Outstanding … simply outstanding! You may be an introvert, but I have no doubt that you are a gracious host. Cheers to you for making the time to meet a traveler.

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  16. I haven’t met any other bloggers (yet) but there are a few I would LOVE to meet!! I think I would like to try and go to Blogher next year. The stuff I saw online with the ones who went looked awesome! 🙂

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  17. This was adorable! I chuckled and smiled all the way through, just as I’m sure you and JM and your families did at that meeting.

    It’s so cool to hear when virtual friendlies get to meet in person. I think many of us blogger/writers suffer from that same introversion you talk about above, Vanessa. Though, you do not seem introverted at all, especially not with so many performances and publications under your belt! (Care to share some of those outgoing secrets with the rest of us?)

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    • Well I don’t know about any secrets to being outgoing! I think most introverts probably have an outgoing side in certain situations don’t you? I think for me, I can do the more outgoing bits as long as I have lots of downtime on my own to recharge in between!

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  18. You have some wonderful blogging friends, Vanessa! So envious! But not sure about this introvert tag you wear!!

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  19. I haven’t met any of the bloggers I didn’t already know from my world before blogging (MWBB). But if I were to meet a blogging friend I only know virtually, I would be nervous. Busy wondering if I would have enough to say, because I tend not to say as much as I write. I have more time to think about what I write, so what I say often feels like drivel to me. And sometimes what I end up writing feels like drivel as well. I love people who talk a lot so I can talk less and listen more. Anyway, I’m blathering. I’m glad this worked out for you. I think I would love to go on a meet my blogging friends tour someday. Perhaps when I get over my introvertedness. 😀

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    • It may be futile to attempt to get over introvertedness, I think you have to do the old “feel the fear and do it anyway” thing – JM and I are both introverts and we did it anyway and were glad! Do take the opportunity to meet any blogging friends if you have the chance, you’ll be glad too 🙂

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  20. I love this! And yes, I have met blog friends. When I first started blogging it was on the local newspaper’s online site. That’s a service, or one of the tricks, they provide to increase readership, since paper newspapers are a dying breed. There, I “met” 3 people and we formed a little clique of sorts, mostly in self defense against trolls.
    I’ll never forget a blogger there whose screen name was eat4betterhealth. I did a post about being allergic to fire ant stings and she replied that my mistake was that I hadn’t put quinine on the stings right when they happened. What? What part of “anaphylactic shock” do you not understand? One of the clique researched and eventually we all migrated to WordPress.
    I’ve now met all three of the “clique”, one of whom lives in my city and we are the best of friends now. I’d agree that introvert is a relative term. I am, mostly, I think, but sometimes I’m not at all. I’m always striking up conversations with complete strangers at the library, the grocery store, etc., and it gives me some of my happiest moments, as well as good blog material 🙂

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    • Well sure, EVERYONE knows that quinine is a cure for anaphylactic shock! That’s great that you’re real life friends now with the bloggers. I too can exhibit behaviour that might not be thought of as introvertedness on the surface, but I think it’s more to do with the with the fact that we need time alone to recharge, not that we are only happy alone.

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  22. Hehee, I’ve never met a blogging buddy before, not unless I already knew them. But now I really, really want to!
    I must keep an eye out for anybody making it to the Midlands. I can’t travel far, but if I need a fellow blogger was making their way close by I’d be on a train in a heartbeat. ^_^

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    • Oh are you in the Midlands! I don’t think I knew you were in England, or if I did I forgot. I was in the Midlands recently…well, Salford, that’s not really Midlands is it…plus it was July so that’s not really recently either…oh well!

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      • Oh well!
        I applied for a bunch of jobs in Salford when the BBC moved a big centre up there. I nearly ended up that way but, alas, they didn’t like me.

        Good thing though; Leicester is cool! ^_^

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  23. You two are the second pair of blog buddies this week that I read met each other. I’m so jealous. I can’t wait to meet some of you. I am not an introvert, so I would be probably be overbearing with my excitement. So glad you two got to meet and had a lovely time.

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  24. I have never met a blogging buddy before. I had a chance to meet Kourtney Heintz as she was doing a book tour only 3 hours away from me! But, kids had soccer and baseball and other things and I couldn’t get away. I am still mad about it.

    So glad you had a chance to meet JM. She’s on my top 10 list of bloggers to meet. Oh, and so are you, V.

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    • Oh JM met Kourtney too didn’t she! Shame you didn’t get to meet her, but maybe you’ll have another chance as she’s often book touring isn’t she! And if you come to England, you can also be lucky enough to meet me 😉

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  25. I’m a bit late to the party – but wanted to say I had the honour to meet three of my penpals. In the 1980s, a school teacher from Japan visited our rural town in Victoria, Australia – we both were culture shocked, methinks! I don’t know if the locals had ever seen a roll-along suitcase before (I certainly hadn’t) and he wore socks with his sandals. My Mr Ex gave him an education by taking him to the pub and to a working shearing shed. I also met my two New Zealand penpals when I visited Auckland in 1989, staying the night at one’s home. It was great, she took us (my best girlfriend and I) to a local vintage race car meet. I’ve found that blogging is a great way to foster that same enjoyment as writing to penpals. I love the connection to people from all walks of life and from different parts of the world. 🙂

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