After bellyaching the other day about the downside of the Internet and social media, I thought I’d write about the plus side of it today.
Over the years, I’ve “met” many authors and bloggers online, and I consider several of them my friends. When I have the opportunity to meet one in person, I will take it if at all possible.
This week I met Carol of Buttercup Counts Her Blessings. Carol initiated a get-together, and I’m so glad she did! She’s warm, funny, and intelligent…of course you know that if you read her blog, but it’s always fun to meet the person behind the blog. If you’re not reading her blog, you’re missing out!
We stood near the skating rink at Rockefeller Center for a while, watching the skaters as we got to know each other better. Later we got coffee and talked some more, and she generously shared some money-saving tips for plays and other cultural events.
I’m a shy person, and sometimes it takes me a while to warm up to someone. I had no such trouble with Carol…our conversation was relaxed and comfortable, as though I had known her for a long time.
Thanks, Carol, for your hospitality and generous spirit! It’s always great to make new friends. For that reason, I am on balance grateful for the Internet.
Next week I’m going to write about Gilbert, Rhimes, and Strayed: The Badass Trinity. Stay tuned! This will be a fun post.
Nadine Galinsky Feldman is the author of The Foreign Language of Friends and the upcoming What She Knew, available March 2016. If you enjoy this blog, please consider purchasing a book or signing up for the newsletter to be kept informed of upcoming promotions and giveaways.
Yes, it is fun meeting the people on the other side of the Blogger’s wall. I enjoyed meeting you and hopefully you are enjoying the Teasters that you communicate with when you have time. There are so many more people out there that I would love to meet. It is fun to meet special people. I am glad you are enjoying NYC and taking advantage of its’ sights. Remember to come home, though. 😉
I’ll be back before you know it! We’ve already been here a month…it’s gone fast!
It’s so much fun to meet fellow bloggers in real life. I’ve had that opportunity several times now and it never disappoints.
There’s something about the blogging community. If we put ourselves out in our blogs, it’s like we’ve already met when we meet IRL.
It does feel that way! It’s particularly interesting because we chatted about things we don’t ever blog about…I know I have a fairly lengthy list of things I don’t discuss here…and yet the real person still comes through in the writing.
But you had known her a long time! The chances of it working out face to face were probably high – I’m glad it did. I’ve only met one fellow blogger (which went really well) but I’ve made friends via Twitter. I knew from their tweets that I’d like them – just as I know there are others I wouldn’t want to meet ever!
Yeah, I know a few people on Twitter like that.