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 Saddington, Michael 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.