“Operation Name Drop” 2011

August 24, 2011

As bloggers, we’re all into this online “community” thing.

But have you ever gotten to meet any of your online friends in person?

I’ve met a few.

The first one was out of the blue.  I was applying for a job.  I was sitting in the lobby, waiting for my appointment, when the lady at the desk asked if I was a blogger.  That was weirdly awesome, and it is the only time I have been recognized in public.

Pete and Leslie invited my wife and I to have lunch with them at their house this summer.

Last winter, Seth and Darrell both asked me to have coffee with them while they were in my neck of the woods.  My wife is not the sort of person who just goes to have coffee with strangers, but her fears and expectations were not met when I did not return home from coffee, murdered.

But there is one time of year when I get to meet a whole bunch of cool bloggers…if that’s not an oxymoron.

This October 5 is the fourth annual Bloggers Meetup in Atlanta.  It coincides with the Catalyst conference.  I’ve been the last two years and it is always a blast.  A few of the people I have had the pleasure of meeting include:

Alece Ronzino, Bryan Allain, Anne Jackson, Lindsey Nobles, Jon Acuff, Kent Shaffer, John SaddingtonMichael Hyatt, Pete Wilson, and a whole lot more people who you probably don’t know, but are still way cooler than me. (I am unofficially dubbing this year’s Meetup ‘Operation Name Drop.’)

I can do that because this year, I’m kind of in charge of the Meetup.

Well, I’m one-third in charge.  Bryan Allain, Darrell Vesterfelt and I are putting it together, and let me tell you, it’s going to kick so much butt, we are having extra butts shipped in just to keep up with all the kicking.  So, yeah.  It’s kind of like I’m a part owner of a night club…just without the glamour…or money…or club.

If you’re going to be at Catalyst this year, or you’re going to be anywhere near Atlanta, I encourage you to make the trip.  It’s just a five dollar ticket!  Check out the Meetup site to get all the details.

What about you?  Tell us if you’ve ever met any other bloggers or blog friends in real life.  Or tell us who you’d most like to meet in person.

34 responses to “Operation Name Drop” 2011

  1. Hi Matt,

    I thought the whole point of this social media thing was so that I didn’t have to be sociable.

    And isn’t that what being part of a Church Of No People means–no people?

    And, if I were to go to a public meeting, people would discover that I’m really a giant roach scudding over the keyboard pressing down letters like archie, instead of the handsome, charming, debonair, saintly, stud which readers of my blog think I am.

    Thanks for the invite, but I prefer to remain a virtual human.

    John Cowart–aka 007

  2. Sounds like fun! I love real people, and hey, if you were in Boston, I’d show you around.

    I think that last person that I met from online was my wife in 2001… she’s not much of a blogger, but very cool and could take on a few dozen butts at your gig in one sitting.

    I only read 4 or 5 blogs, and I’d like to meet everyone. That would be you, Charlie at Charlie’s Church of Christ, Charlie a Nicodemus @ Nite and the gang over at Kingdom Bloggers.

  3. Dang…..all this talk of Catalyst….and now a meet-up!?

    I may have to re-prioritize and figure out a way to get to ATL in October…..

  4. I’ve never met another blogger….although….i do recall about 3 bloggers that have been in my neck of the woods…way down south…

    I write better than i speak so I’m ok with staying near my computer to chat…(of course i’m just saying that cause i’m a loser duh)

  5. Hmmm… I’m so new to blogland that I haven’t met anyone in person yet. I have a friend who I’ve known in person for years and now she has a blog, but I’m not sure that counts.

    Who would I like to meet? There are so many… all of you, really. A great big party.

    If I had to “drop a name”, I guess I will say right now I would like to meet David and Lyndie Nilsen. It would be nice to finish our adoption conversation in person.

  6. I had the pleasure of meeting Jon Acuff at a book signing a few months ago – I believe he may have been the channel through which I found “The Church of No People.” I would enjoy meeting bloggers Rachel Held Evans and Nicole Cottrell in person, and you too, Matt, of course!

  7. If something like that were on the West Coast, I’d be interested in going but I’d call everyone by their blog/twitter name.

  8. Since I’ve now met the most incredible blogger in blog-land, going to Atlanta would be anticlimactic.

  9. I wiiiiiiiish.

    Seth actually used to live in Wichita (where I’m from), so my wife knows him, even though we live halfway across the country from each other now.

    Other than that, I’ve never really met anyone. I hope to someday, but for now, I’ll stick to just knowing my friends from school who happen to blog on occasion.

    • It’s true. We discovered a little too late we once were close… But maybe someday I will get the chance to meet the elusive Adrian W.

  10. Matt, will there be cool name tags at this event?

  11. I have several friends and family members that blog and I read their stuff. Some are from my old stomping grounds, Chicago, and some are from my new stomping grounds, AZ, where even the water coming from the cold water tap is warm around this time of the year.

    I haven’t met any “famous” blogger, yet. If you ever decided to hike in AZ, we have an extra bed for you and your wife.

  12. Haven’t met any cool blogger face-2-face yet – I’m super lame. But I aspire to being mediocre lameness and perhaps your shindig is the ticket!

  13. I won a scholarship to Catalyst so I’m scrambling to find a place to stay and a way to get to Atlanta for it. (That whole pesky can’t-find-a-job thing is in the way.) If I somehow can get there, I’ll come to your event if for no other reason than to meet you.

  14. *sigh* I’d love to attend but doing so is an international flight away. There are some disadvantages to living in Australia.


    Cool fauna
    Awesome place to live
    Relatively little poverty
    Great economy


    Is far from the US and Europe.

  15. That would be an awesome thing. Hope you all have a great time. If there’s ever one in the Dallas area I might have to check it out.

  16. Ok Matt, you talked me into it. Bought ticket. Am looking forward to the meeting you, the coolest, most boring Christian I’ve followed online!

  17. Well Besides my wife, and Andrew Jones, Matt here is my favorite blogger. I am sure he and I will hang out one day, if we can ever get that conference idea going.