An email last week has opened up the potential of meeting another blogger in person, during a big move across states. Considering the extent of her trip, I offered up my home as a meeting place, as well as an opportunity for a hot meal, a shower, and if nothing else, a chance to be out of the car for a while.
Excitedly, I babbled on and on to Ben about putting our tentative meet-up plans in motion. He was less excited . . . and responded with a look that indicated I had lost my mind. (I get that look a lot.)
He wasn’t exactly thrilled with the idea of having “strangers” in our home.
While my immediate reaction was less than ladylike, I have to admit that I did understand where Ben was coming from. As far as he was concerned, this blogger is just a name that I’ve mentioned once or twice. (Or that’s how many times he’s paid attention, but you get the point.)
Bloggers have such a unique opportunity for friendship: one that is difficult to understand by anyone outside of our social media world. The ability to put words on a screen, opening up about ourselves and pouring out our hearts to the unknown, and being reimbursed by the friendship of total strangers is an amazing feat.
And then, without warning, they’re not strangers anymore. We know their hopes, their fears, their kid’s names and routines, and their spouse’s quirks.
Some of the people I love the most have never spoken to me on the phone, or sat with me on my back porch, sipping wine and giggling into the wee hours of the morning. But they know me. They get me. They support and console me.
I had to remind Ben that this isn’t the first time I’ve invited a “stranger” to our house. Last summer, a three day visit cemented my friendship with Amanda. She’s one of my best friends.
Not an “irl” friend. Not a “blog” friend. A friend, period.
Once getting over the initial shock (since I sprung the plans on him without warning), Ben warmed up to the idea pretty quickly.
And really, “strangers” aren’t the worst things that I could bring home . . .
Need I say more?
Have you met up with other bloggers outside
of conferences/social media luncheons?