I met a friend last year through my blog. And by meet, I mean she contacted me to ask me a legitimate question (the kind you wouldn’t ask via comments), and then we sort of started talking, which led to me checking out her blog and realizing that we liked / wrote about / thought about a lot of the same things. Several times we’ve been together somewhere, and she introduces me to a group, or I introduce her to a group, and invariably someone asks how we met.
I like to call it online blog dating.
She made the first move, but in a completely non-stalkerish way, and then left me a link to her blog so that I could verify that she was in fact not-creepy, but actually rather amazing. We’ve been known to sew together, I have somehow not managed to borrow any of her books yet (why not? please assemble a stack for me now) but fully intend to, and her daughter sometimes wears a cute hat that used to belong to my girls. Speaking of my girls, they would like to move right in with her, because she drops everything she’s doing when they ask to be read to, and she buys neon colored pencils for them.
So we laughed a lot when I saw this many months back and sent it to her:
But isn’t it true? How sometimes you read someone’s blog for so long that you feel like you know them? I like this part of blogging – a lot – even though it wasn’t somewhere I imagined being long ago. It’s been nice meeting you all along the way – sometimes even in the produce aisle of the grocery store. That recent event was retold by F to her dad when we got home: Mom met her new friend right before we found our lucky zucchini! (It was lucky, because it was the last one, and we needed it.)
I’ve been debating editing the blogroll list on the right. Yes – I do occasionally pop in on some of the bigger, more popular blogs. But it’s kind of hit or miss, and very few of them feel like must-reads. I think I’d rather have a list of just some of the smaller ones – those are the ones l love to check in on, and the people I love to hear from the most. If you’ve got a favorite writer, or someone who’s making fabulous things, or posting amazing photos, or working through some real challenges in this sort of outlet, I’d love to hear about them. It’s a nice community, and I’m glad to be a part of it. Thanks for listening for the last six years – I know I can be wordy…