Earlier this week, I had the sincere pleasure of meeting Joe (and baby RB-40, who got a little fussy, then Joe put the sun shade thing up on the stroller, said, “go to sleep,” and that actually worked!), Glen, Jenna, Andi, Jeffrey, and one of my blog crushes, JD, at a restaurant in downtown Portland for lunch. I’ll admit, I was a little (a lot!) star struck. And a bit nervous before meeting everyone, since I didn’t know what to expect.
Well, it turns out, I had no need to worry! This made me realize that this blogging world is filled with… well, people.
Why would I think otherwise?
Also, we got free lunch.*
Adaptu provided lunch for everyone, and we sat around and talked. Glen mentioned that there’s a pyramid of blogging types, with people focused on frugality at the bottom, and people focused on retiring at the top. Andi said she’d sold one of her blogs (intriguing!) because she no longer felt like she was “cheap enough” to keep up with the blog’s theme. Now her blog is called “Making the life you want” which sounds like something she’ll never outgrow.
Meeting other bloggers (which still feels like a funny word) made me happy.
Andi asked about Nicer Notes, which then got passed around the lunch table, and everyone took one or two. That also made me very happy.
Things that meeting other bloggers made me realize:
- Bloggers are people. Nobody was weird, or at least not weirder than the average person you run into.
- Bloggers are “differently employed” — at least this crowd was. Working from home, retired before 40, getting rich not-so-slowly… and the “corporate” people were from Adaptu, which is cool, but definitely not super corporate.
- Life doesn’t have to be one particular way. The “long timers” in our crowd had done this for five years. Since that’s an eternity in internet-dog years, there’s this whole world that exists that didn’t before.
- I may be doing myself a disservice by staying mostly anonymous.
- I am an extrovert. I like to tell funny stories. I am a people person! And perhaps a bit obnoxious. Interesting that I didn’t know this before! Or maybe I did, and it’s just easy to forget, since I don’t meet new people all the time.
- I’m very glad I signed up for FinCon.
I have pictures that were taken with my camera, but they’re not mine to share, since we all signed picture release forms for Adaptu. But I’d go to a meet up again anytime.
At the end of the day, Jenna asked on Twitter if I wanted to meet up at the climbing gym. That was fun. She had other people meeting her as well, and so I got to tell someone that “these are my friends from the internet” which always ALWAYS makes you sound cool. Trust me.
*To everyone who ever took Econ 101: Yes there is TOO such a thing as a free lunch!