My illustration of the virtual people who read my blog for the first time.
When I began blogging, I remember getting the jitters. I had worried about using my real name. Since I was blogging for a writer’s platform, it made sense to send it into the blogosphere along with my words. Name recognition could help me some day.
My friends and family wondered how smart it was to expose myself to strangers. Some thought I could be conversing with thugs from prison. “Hey,” I said, “everyone makes mistakes and if they enjoy my blog, well, that’s a great sign of positive reform!”
They wondered how I could possibly make friends online.
What I write is more revealing than anything I say in public to my real friends. Writing gives me time to collect my thoughts which are usually whipping around aimlessly in my pea brain. People who read my blog know me better in some ways than people I’ve met in real life.
Pretty strong statements, eh? Well, I believe they are true, for me anyway.
Blogging is one-sided like a lecture. The feedback given through the comments is where the magic happens. Conversations have continued on Facebook, Twitter and through email.
Flash forward a year and a half and I have made some pretty amazing friendships. Do I even know what these people look like? Some use photos of themselves on their blogs and others use avatars of furry little creatures. Does it matter? Hell, no. It’s what they say that matters.
Writing is the great equalizer. Words draw people together by interest, content, and support.
The most wonderful surprise of this whole blogging experience has been the community I have found.
Now, when I go on a vacation, I want to meet my virtual friends in real life. My husband Danny and I recently traveled to California. I contacted a few bloggers located in the area and we met for dinner.
Lynn Kelley, me, Debra Eve, August McLaughlin, and Debra Kristi
Those same jitters returned as my husband and I walked into the restaurant. As soon as I spotted Lynn Kelley, Debra Eve, August McLaughlin and Debra Kristi, I relaxed. It was like meeting old friends for the first time. We knew what was going on in each others’ lives since we are part of the same blogging community. The connection was instantaneous. We filled in the details, talked about future plans, and shared ideas.
The night raced by. When they stood to leave, there was still so much I wanted to ask them. Knowing that I would “see” them on their blogs, Facebook, and Twitter made it a little easier.
We will come back again. In the meantime, Danny and I would love to meet my other blogger friends when we travel. He says that his goal is to be Mr. Susie Lindau and carry my bags around the world. Good thing I didn’t use the profile name Little Miss Granny Panties!
Have you ever met bloggers in real life?