Blogging lingo lesson – IRL = In Real Life
I’ve been at this blogging thing for about a year and a half now. I love it more now than when I started. Why? Because I’ve found that the most amazing and rewarding parts of blogging is the community. The people. The bloggers AND the non-bloggers.
Yes, I’m talking about YOU. You are what make all of this fun, hard work worth it.
Back in February, I cautiously poked my tip-toes into the foreign waters of meeting online friends in real life when I attended the Blissdom Conference. Part of me was nervous, the other part of me was thrilled.
It’s just amazing when an online friendship goes live….nothing like it.
I found out that I didn’t need to be nervous. These women were and are my community. My friends. My cheerleaders. My prayer partners.
Since Blissdom, I’ve had the privilege of meeting up with online friends several times. We’ve met up while on a road trip, at the Betty Crocker kitchens, over dinner, at a local blogger event, at a cooking show and when I traveled 8+ hours to Texas just because I wanted to be there for my friends.
Jen with her adorable quadruplets and Ridley and me. Love these peeps!
This week, I’m doing it again. It’s like jumping into a huge bowl of Banana Pudding. So. much. love. There will be hugs, laughs, tears and great conversations!
Bring on the Relevant Conference 2010!
Meeting online friends in real life can be intimidating, but everyone feels a little bit like that. We all want to feel embraced and accepted just for who we are.
Now, where’s that Banana Pudding. 🙂
Have you gotten to meet up with online friends in real life?