When I started blogging I was really naive. Honestly I didn't have a clue about writing code, blogging culture, commenting, the who's who of the blogging world, and then a whole gamut of things that accompany being a blogger. The lessons I've learned are endless. When I sat down at my computer and started Eat Play Love, I thought I'd just write in my little anonymous corner of the world. Little did I know I started to weave a web. Interconnectedness is what has blossomed out of my blog and I am no longer just a face behind an avatar.
Now, I'm a blogger that now gets together with people I've met online through my blog. Some bloggers come to my home, some bloggers invite me to their homes, lots of bloggers come to meet ups, some bloggers meet me at Ikea, and some bloggers I run into randomly on a street corner in NYC. By meet ups, I mean gatherings at local coffee shops, pubs, restaurants, and bigger venues. And all those "some bloggers" are considered friends.
Just around the corner is the ultimate blogger meet up, the BlogHer Conference. Women and a few special men will be traveling around the country to gather in Chicago to make IRL (in real life) connections with people they know virtually. It's not just a social event, there are a range of sessions on topics if you want to make it a learning experience as well. There's a part of me that is sad that I won't be attending, but hey there's always next year. Sometimes I just feel like a tiny little bitty blip in the blog world and that I am not quite "big enough" to attend.
But, it just so happens I don't need to shed a tear about my absence from the biggest blogging event of the year. I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to attend the Pre-BlogHer meet up right in my neck of the woods. The best part, I was able to meet with local bloggers I hadn't met before and also catch up with some of the familiar faces I've been getting together with for over a year now.
Here we are (i'm 2nd from right in white shirt): Pictured: CrazyBlogginCanuck, TheBlogFrog, CrunchyDomesticGoddess, WeeblesWobBlog, ThisMamaCooks! *Photo was taken by Jen, a talented photographer and chef, whom I was thrilled to meet. Check her out over at Use Real Butter!
I feel so lucky to have started a blog on a whim and walked away with such an amazing group of people I can call friends, that inspire me every single day.