January 06, 2007

my very second blogger meet-up

I was remiss in posting about my very first blogger meet-up, which was over the Christmas holiday. Somehow, the stars aligned, and my sister & I (who live in Nashville) were able to meet Lisa (who lives in VA) and her family, in Florida. Nothin' like the comforts of common territory when meeting those all-elusive 'internet' friends for the first time. Lisa's dad is also a blogger, and the night before we all met, I happened to see a comment of his on my preacher's blog. Additionally, for the first time that night, I noticed that Lisa has blogrolled a friend of mine from college who I didn't even know had a blog. We can play 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon later. I need to get back to my post here...

But before I do, I want to say thanks to Lisa & her family for being my very first blogger meet-up! It was fun. But more than that, it brought a sense of satisfaction that this thing we all do called 'blogging' is not just a hobby, or a hope for recognition, or shameless self-promotion. It's about being a community. It's about keeping up with each other and the world around you in a way that News Channel 2 or the Tennessean can't. Blogging, chat-rooms, online dating, myspace, etc... all still have a bad rep in many circles because people mistakenly think it is still some cheap form of faceless communication. That it's only for hermits, or people with fears of open-spaces & commitment. But the truth is, blogging has ironically shown me how small the world is by extending it over state and international lines and connecting me to people I otherwise would have never known existed. The truth is, real people blog. And I'm glad they do.

This is an excellent segue into my very second blogger meet-up, which occured at precisely 12:02 pm today at the Mothership. I met John H of Salem's Lots, and together with my sister & brother in law, we talked about everything from "I never would have known these people if it weren't for blogging" to Francis & Sophia Copolla to mob intrigue to blogger gossip to corporate religion to NIT to our jobs, etc... etc... blah... blah... all in the space of 2 hours. Oh, and Bad Bad Ivy showed up, which is just great cuz now I'm gonna get addicted to her blog which is just the one thing I seem to be missing in life. She had rockin' cool ultra-violet hair, and I get the feeling she likes to keep things interesting :)

So thanks to everyone for showing up today for bbq and blog-talk. Thanks especially to John H for resolving to meet me. I have friends I've known for years who still don't want to meet me.

Just chew on that for a while and then get back to me.

peace -

13 Comments:

At 6:32 PM, Blogger John H said...

I feel confident I was everything you expected, which, I think, is why you brought along Malia, her husband, her two kids, a bald-headed guy at the next table who pretended to be just a lonely guy, and had the Berry Hill police circle the block around 10 times...

Can't say that I blame ya. Next time..lose the bald guy (o;

Good times...

 
At 6:48 PM, Blogger Battlerocker said...

Wow. That's a pretty tight knit blog circle you have going on. I've never met any of the bloggers I keep in touch with, and neither do I know any in real life. Glad the meeting was a success though.

 
At 8:40 PM, Blogger Emily said...

that's HI-larious john! I was thinking he was some kind of spy also, but i never dreamed you'd think i planted him there. sorry about the cops though - i'll try to make them less obvious next time.

 
At 10:31 PM, Blogger Brian Nicklaus said...

heeeeyyyyyyyy!!
I see all these visitors coming from some wierd "for the love" site so I had to check out it and it's emily!

how wierd, I just met Lisa recently through blogging, because of a new jersey connection.

glad I found your blog, thanks for the link

 
At 7:12 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

Yep, & here I am. Shucks, Em, thanks for the shout-out. It was great meeting you too. I like what you had to say about blogging not just being for the hermits. It was really fun to meet a fellow blogger face-to-face! Brian's next. :)

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger Paula Harrington said...

I love the fact thats it's a small world (after all :)

Brian Nicklaus is my brother. Lisa is wonderful and I'll bookmark your site and stop by often!

 
At 12:29 PM, Blogger John H said...

hey..i just realized something..the last 3 posts on your blog have all mentioned me..ME. John H.

NOw..some folks did that no-blo-po deal where they posted at least daily in the month of November..and some folks are in on that 365 proj, where they post a pic a day each day of 2007..

How about YOU starting the Jo-po-pro-yo-yo dealie where you post something about me or mention my name in EVERY post of 2007...whooohooo..breaking ground here, baby!

this doesn't count against that restraining order, does it?

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger Malia said...

And John was afraid that I would get a big head!

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger John H said...

hey..i've never mentioned my own name three straight posts, ever...and i already have a big head..7 and 3/4ths to be exact.

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

John H. is pretty funny. I don't read his blog regularly, but I read all the comments he leaves on yours & Malia's posts & laugh a lot!

And I enjoy Paula's blog too. I wouldn't say I'm wonderful, though!! Fantastic, witty, cerebral ...

Whoa, now who's got a big head?!

By the way, mind if I link you on my blog? We have met, after all. :)

 
At 3:21 PM, Blogger John H said...

Lisa - if you read my blog regularly, well..you'd be somewhat unique. I'm actually pretty funny on most days containing an 'R'..otherwise I just bloviate and commit occasional bloggorrhea.

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger Rae said...

I think the Mothership is one massive blogger hang out! We've gotten to meet a ton of bloggers through our races and it's all been such a blast. I think most every Nashville blogger was at a Halloween party we went to!

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger Brian Nicklaus said...

hey, how come my link on the right column isn't working??

 

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