For the first time in two and a half years of blogging, I personally met another blogger face to face yesterday. Susan and I haven’t known each other for very long, but when I learned she and her partner were coming to Vancouver on a holiday, we arranged to meet. And what fun it was! We talked non-stop the whole evening, over dinner at a bistro and later over dessert back at our house.
I’ve often thought a real meeting with another blogger would compare to the dedicated writers of pen pal letters in the “old days” who met years later. We chatted about that – Susan’s partner and my husband compared it to CB and ham radio operators who sent messages out on the airwaves, not knowing who might pick them up. We’ve all heard stories of how some of them finally met after 30 years of talking to each other! Indeed, our messages in our blogs go “out there” too, to be read by any chance and intentional readers. Today’s digital equivalent to ham radio must be podcasting. Of course savvy news media have joined up and my husband is able to enjoy his favourite news documentaries from around the world while cycling to and from work. All this makes the world pretty small these days, but you can’t beat meeting face-to-face.