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Meeting other bloggers: Even better than shouting at the TV!

I loved living in rural Japan, but there were some downsides. Loneliness was first, followed closely by the hit to my English speaking skills.

On the bright side, my poster-making skills improved A LOT

On the bright side, my drawing skills improved A LOT

Sure, I could fake it in emails, but I fumbled my way through phone calls back home. I’d try making some simple statement and realize I just could not find the words. Idioms are hard!

Blushing, I’d scramble to find some alternative phrasing. Sometimes I was even successful.

Japan has felt especially close to heart the last week or so. Thanks to pregnancy leave, most of my discussions the last month have been with a four-year-old, sprinkled with occasional cashier conversations and admonitions to TV protagonists to make wiser choices.

Don't go there!

“Don’t go there! You will be eaten, which is great for TV but not your longevity!”

I was a little nervous about my ability to hold my own at a Saturday evening blogger meet up courtesy Rara and BloggerInteractive. My husband is the extrovert of our duo, so without him by my side, I could easily imagine an evening sipping cranberry juice under the table in order to completely avoid conversational awkwardness.

hold

“It’s just more comfortable under here. Really.”

I’ve enjoyed meeting other bloggers before. In fact, my husband and I wouldn’t be together if it weren’t for blogging. I met a handful of blogging friends when shaving my head for St. Baldrick’s two years ago; they remain dear to me. Georgette and I met up last Mother’s Day, and that, too, showed me that bloggers can make great in-person friends.

Team Blissfully Bald

Team Blissfully Bald

I didn’t have to fake comfort with spoken words those times. I really needn’t have worried this time around, either. I only lost my words a half-dozen times or so, or at a totally acceptable rate of once every 30 minutes. Victory!

Even when I did lose my words, it was fine. It was more than fine. I reveled in the good and accepting company.

Rara nailed the kinship in her meet up post, so please read that for more on why I oughtn’t have worried one bit. Or just let this picture speak for itself:

Does it look like we're miserable?

Does it look like we’re miserable?

Actually, you shouldn’t just take the picture at face value. Please read Rara’s post, and if you’ve got a moment or two afterward, check out the other bloggers who made the meet up a blast!

  1. March 23, 2014 at 4:59 am

    I loved reading about your bloggy get-together! How cool! You all look so happy in the photos. I’m extremely introverted so whenever I meet bloggers it takes me awhile to warm up but it’s so worth it.

    • March 24, 2014 at 6:05 am

      Same here! Thanks to my mom’s extremely extroverted nature, I’m able to adopt some of her mannerisms and appear more comfortable than I actually am, but inside I’m mapping out nearest hiding places. So far, thankfully, I haven’t had to use a single one. :D

  2. March 23, 2014 at 6:54 am

    So glad we seized the moment and met up last spring. Thank you for carving out time over Mother’s Day, no less! I’m especially glad since D1 is back in TX and I don’t know when I’ll make it back to the West Coast. You were my first bloggy meet up, then Rosie and then Dianna. Since I write so much about family, it’s been great that D1 and GS1, D2, SIL and GS2 were with me over the various meet-ups. Meeting up is not necessary, but it sure validates for my family this blogging experience. And, it allows me to introduce them to some very interesting and talented people who I want them to meet. Now they know who you are when I bring you up in conversation. It is an enriching and memorable experience.

    • March 24, 2014 at 6:07 am

      Even though I enjoyed your posts before I met you, there’s a slightly different feeling to them now that I can imagine us sitting and talking over them with sand between our toes. I don’t need that to enjoy every blog I read, or feel a connection to each blogger, but having it with any really does add dimension to the whole experience. It really is both enriching and memorable, as well as inspiration to smile. :)

  3. March 23, 2014 at 7:41 am

    There are so many I would love to meet face to face (you are high up on that list). Mostly because I already love them for their words, their support, their spirit. Like you though I am afraid I would suddenly be tied-tongue if I did. I am so glad you got to meetup and I will take your advice and go read.

    By the way, you look fabulous.

    • March 24, 2014 at 6:09 am

      I would love to meet you someday as well! Even if it doesn’t actually happen, imagining it could makes for a happy heart. I also imagine I’d be nervous beforehand, but then quickly fall right out of nervousness and into feeling in person like I do when I read your words. ♥

  4. March 23, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I have the word finding issue sometimes. I speak English, Spanish and know sign language. Sometimes the word comes to me in sign language or in Spanish and I’ll sign it, but just can’t think of the English translation. Of course it happens more often when I’m speaking Spanish even though I grew up in a Spanish home. I just don’t use it often enough.

    Glad the meet up went so well!

    • March 24, 2014 at 6:13 am

      It’s not so much a word-finding issue as an expression-finding one. I’ll have a sentiment or thought in mind, but struggle to find a way to express the entire thing.

      That’s not to say I don’t occasionally (and increasingly, with the years) lose words, but that’s a different matter for me. ;)

  5. March 23, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I have met a couple of bloggers and would love to meet some others. Which for a chronic introvert says a lot about the warmth and the wonder I have found in the blogosphere. I am so very glad that your meetings have been positive.

    • March 24, 2014 at 6:14 am

      Which for a chronic introvert says a lot about the warmth and the wonder I have found in the blogosphere
      This! Exactly! When the prospect of the warmth of meeting someone outweighs the discomfort of having to engage socially for more than three minutes, you know there’s a good thing going on.

  6. March 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    That’s awesome! The only bloggers I know in my area are already my friends, lol. I’d love to meet up with other bloggers – I imagine that it’s always goes as smoothly and as fun as your meet ups go! ;)

    • March 24, 2014 at 6:15 am

      I actually got to the meet up and had a “d’oh” moment: “I could’ve invited some of my real-life friends who are also bloggers!” I’ll do this next time, assuming there’s a next time. :D

  7. March 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Wow, seems almost like it shouldn’t be possible to meet other blogger in real life or something. Like the universe might collapse. Just kidding, but I think I’d feel nervous, too.

    • March 24, 2014 at 6:16 am

      It’s a little nervewracking but a lot rewarding! If you do get a chance in the future, I’d recommend it. I can warranty with nearly complete certainty that the universe won’t fall apart. :D

  8. March 24, 2014 at 6:40 am

    If I could ever saw you at a bloggy-fest, Deborah, I would not consign you to sitting under the table! I’m a well-versed extrovert who would love to pick your brain. :) So glad you guys could do that. Next time, have it in Nashville so I can join in the fun!! Meanwhile, I need to skip on over to Rara’s and read all about it.

    Blessings,
    C

  9. March 24, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Hey, I’m in that picture! :-P And, yep, that’s what I was doing.
    I completely forgot to attach a picture to my post. Whoops! I’ll have to fix that.

  10. March 25, 2014 at 6:43 am

    How lovely to meet bloggy friends! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting one, K8edid, and it was great. I’m hoping to meet up with lots more in the future.

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