Today is the day!
The day I get to meet so many amazing bloggers in the flesh at Blend. That sounds so creepy, but seriously, I’m stoked! But the blogger meetups actually started yesterday when I had lunch with Emily from Beauty in Christ. It was so wonderful!
We had a great time talking about our life stories, spilling our joy in Christ, and eating delicious food (of course 😉 ). Emily chose Vert Kitchen for lunch, and it was fan.tas.tic. It was one of those cute, organic, green restaurants with plenty of healthy options, but still plenty of flavor.
I ordered the turkey sandwich (which included goat cheese, balsamic figs, tomato, and mixed greens) with a side of quinoa salad. Polished that baby OFF.
Somewhere in our conversation, Emily and I talked about how weird we feel before meeting a blogger. We all “know” each other through the internet (I mean, y’all probably know more about me than some of my “real life” friends), but how can you know what a blogger will be like in person?
To be honest, I feel nervous and slightly anxious meeting or talking to bloggers on a more personal level for the first time. Whether it’s texting, FaceTiming, or meeting in person, I always wonder:
a) What will he/she think of me as a person off the blog? In action– in real life.
b) Will he/she be outgoing like he/she is on the blog?
c) Should I act extra healthy-living-blogger-esque around them?
a) What goes on my blog is 100% reflective of my brain, my words, and my daily activities. The only thing I can do is act like myself when I meet a blogger. The worst that could happen is that he or she doesn’t like me in real life and we don’t become real life friends. Not meant to be. Life will float on.
b) Maybe people blog because they don’t like to be outgoing in real life, so they may very well be more contained or shy in person. I completely get that and appreciate that. Some of my shyest friends have the funniest things to say when they write or do decide to speak out in big groups. Blogging is an outlet for thoughts that do not have to be said audibly. That’s the beauty of blogging!
c) As a “healthy living blogger”, I also have a minor (and irrational) anxiety that other bloggers will be extra observant of my fitness, what I eat, or how much I eat. But then I remind myself that the healthy living blogging community is a supportive and nonjudgmental one. You guys see that I don’t always eat healthily or “get after it” in my workouts, so why should I try to tune those things up when meeting bloggers in person? I certainly don’t do that around my real life friends. WE’RE ALL HUMANS.
I had to rant about that, thanks. I’ll finish my rant by saying that meeting with Emily (and Kath + Clare last year) totally canceled out my anxieties. It’s so much fun meeting new friends!
In other news, we went to an all you can eat Italian buffet called Cinzetti’s last night.
Such a thing does exist in Kansas (where we first discovered this phenomenon) and Colorado, evidently. It’s immense and not healthy at all. But it’s yummy comfort food to the max.
I’ll be back sometime soon to tell you all about Blend! I’m sure social media will be stormed by our photos and cute hashtags. If you’re going, I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET YOU!
So tell me:
How do you feel when meeting bloggers in person? Or how would you feel? Do you share similar anxieties at first?
Would you eat at an all you can eat Italian buffet?
11 thoughts on “Meeting Bloggers In Person”
Allison, I really want to meet YOU in person 🙂 I think we’d have a blast! I have Emily’s book, actually, and I’ve still yet to read it but I’m excited to. Have fun at Blend!
Yes, maybe one day when I visit Toronto again! Emily’s book is amazing— definitely let her know when you read it!
So fun 🙂 I met up with a fellow blogger last week and it was just wonderful! We had even more in common than I originally thought. It’s sad to me that we can be so connected in the blogging world and live so far away from one another in ‘real’ life. So many girls I’d love to meet (including you 🙂 ) but we just don’t live close enough. Boo.
It is pretty sad. At the same time though, it’s so awesome that we have technology to bring us “closer” without being physically close!
I have met a few bloggers in person and have had similar thoughts before meeting them but it always turns out totally fine and we always connect MORE in person than online. One of my best friends now I met from my old blog. It almost takes some of the pressure off when you meet someone for the first time because you guys already know so much about each other that you really can just be yourself and won’t surprise them (to an extent). I wish I was going to Blend this year!
That good ol’ face to face stuff rings true 😉 That’s SO cool that one of your best friends is someone you met through your blog!! Maybe in the coming years, we’ll meet each other at Blend (or somewhere else)!
I love tagging along and reading about both you and Emily, so this made me so excited!
At an all you can eat Italian Buffet, I am boring but I would probably stick to the garlic bread and pizza. Mmmm, actually, can I just stuff myself with garlic bread? That sounds lovely.
The garlic bread was bombbbb. It could easily make a meal 😉
I can’t wait to meet YOU!!! I have the same fears but I figure getting to hang out with a awesome gal like yourself will cancel out all my anxieties😉
Have a great time at blend!!!!
I LOVE meeting bloggers in real life! We have a huge network here in Virginia and it’s so fun 🙂
aw sounds like so much fun! glad you two had a nice (and delicious) time!