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Meeting Other Bloggers – What’s It Really Like?

November 15, 2016

My friends who aren’t bloggers seem fascinated by the concept of “internet friends”. I mean, I can see where the situation seems a bit absurd, but these days people meet their spouses on the internet so I really don’t get what the big deal is.

That being said, there’s definitely a bit of mystery (and occasional risk) in developing friendships on the internet. This certainly holds true when it comes to meeting other bloggers. And while I firmly believe that real, genuine friendships can be formed on the web, meeting face-to-face is still necessary to seal the deal.

So what’s it really like to meet other bloggers? Let me tell you…What's It Like To Meet Other Bloggers?When I first started blogging and interacting with other bloggers, it felt like I discovered a whole new species of people. A species just like me. We liked to take pictures of our breakfasts to post them on social media, we shared intimate details of our lives on the internet and no one in our “real lives” understood why we wanted to spend our spare time working on our blogs. In many ways it felt like falling in love. And I fell hard and fast.

Before long I was spending a solid hour of my morning commenting on my “friends” blogs, commiserating with them over the whole weekend they spent meal prepping and sharing the same enthusiasm over the latest running shoe release. I had finally found my tribe.

I can’t help but laugh when I think back on those days. Many of those “friendships” no longer exist in my life, either because the novelty of meeting someone on the internet wore off or because when we finally met in person we realized we had little in common besides our strange desire to share our lives publicly. But some of them remain and are unquestionably some of the best, if not better than relationships I’ve fostered in my “real” life.

Friends like Lee, whose shoulder I’ve cried on more times than I can count and whose friendship I wouldn’t be able to breathe without (I’m not exaggerating).

What's It Like To Meet Other Bloggers?

Friends like Lexi who without fail checks in weekly to ask how I’m doing, even though the girl has more things going on than Oprah.

What's It Like To Meet Other Bloggers?

Friends like Cassie who inspires me with her insane self-awareness and perseverance. So glad I cyber-stalked you three years ago…

What's It Like To Meet Other Bloggers?

Friends like Nikky who single-handedly gave me the confidence to turn on the camera instead of hiding behind it.

What's It Like To Meet Other Bloggers?

Friends like Sahar who not only has made me feel a little less alone in my insecurities, but also never fails to remind me how incredibly fortunate we are to have the lives we have.

What's It Like To Meet Other Bloggers?

Or new friends like Christal who blindly agreed to spend 4 days straight with me, which turned into a 4 day hysterical eating fest of epic proportions. Hey…we we’re eating for three 😉

What's It Like To Meet Other Bloggers?

There are so many others that I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Monique, Liz, Candace, Beverley, Katie, and so many others that I’m probably forgetting. These friendships are not fleeting. They have impacted my life in a bigger way than they probably realize and I’m grateful and honoured to call them my friends.

So what’s it like to meet other bloggers? Well in many ways it’s exactly like meeting people in your non-blogging life. Sometimes you jive, sometimes you don’t. We may share some things in common but that isn’t always a guarantee we’ll be the best of friends, or friends at all. But sometimes, just sometimes, you meet a gem and even though you rarely live in the same place as them, you immediately begin stalking them on all forms of social media so they have no choice but to be your bestie.

Like most things in life, you’re gonna swipe left a few times, but eventually you’ll both swipe right…and suddenly, a friendship is born.

Have you ever met a friend on the internet? What are your thoughts on blogging friendships?

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    Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie
    November 15, 2016 at 6:27 am

    I have loved the friendships I have created through blogging — those relationships are what keep me going every day in the crazy world of blogging. Some friends I have met IRL, others I have not. When I do meet a blogger friend IRL it is amazing how easy it is to keep the conversation flowing, talking about blogs and life in general. It is crazy that some of the people I am closest to I have met online, but amazing that I have created friendships all over the world through it!
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    Kelsey Yoki
    November 15, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Blogging friendships are something so special and so sacred, it is even hard to put into words to describe. To think I would be able to meet you and Lee, and have it ‘click’ in real life is amazing. And to have found others who I have been able to exchange phone numbers with and check-in with when they are on my mind. Some people in my life don’t understand it, and that doesn’t matter. What matters is being able to find a tribe of people who are there for you in ways other friends/family don’t know how to be there for you.
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    Georgie
    November 15, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Aww I really love this Davida! Sometimes blogging doesn’t feel “real” until I can talk to another blogger in person and it reminds me that I’m not (totally) insane. It also feels amazing to be able to travel and think “Oh hey, I know a blogger who lives here!” Keep on connecting and inspiring girl friend!

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    Carmy
    November 15, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Love this! Honestly, I’ve made some amazing friendships through blogging but like real life, some will turn out to be missing that extra umph. But it was worth it to find the ones who had it!
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    Cassie
    November 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    True life I wouldn’t have friends in SF without blogging. It was weird at Erin’s wedding to be like “oh yeah we met through blogging” but like… she’s one of my closest friends and even though I don’t really blog anymore, I’m so thankful for all the friends it brought me… especially you!! XOXO
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    amanda -runtothefinish
    November 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I made a photo, I’m famous!!!! 🙂 I loved meeting you and have 0 doubt that our paths will cross again because I will forcibly make it happen. I think sometimes I’m disappointed by who people turn out to be…but rarely. Some of my great friends are definitely from blogging!
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    Liz
    November 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I’m another kind of blogging subspecies (horses and adventure instead of food and adventure), and this post resounds so strongly with me! I have met so many of now-very-close friends because of our blogs. Most of my Facebook feed is those people instead of people I grew up close to. It is an incredible, incredible world. The internet at its best!

    Though I have yet to meet blogging friends outside of horses and adventure, I do foster a dream of running into you or Lee one day. I’ve followed her blog from the beginning and started following yours after she mentioned you a time or two. You’re both huge inspirations for me and I frequently cook recipes I’ve gotten thanks to your blogs! I don’t comment on either of your blogs often, but I DO read *every* post. And as I mentioned on a comment to her this morning (apparently today is the day of me being a non-lurker), I follow you on all of the social medias and your SnapChat is by far my favorite. =)

    Three cheers to blogging friends and positive people met through the interweb.

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    Kelsey Preciado
    November 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    This is SO true and great!! Every time I have met others bloggers in person it is so great to instantly have tons to talk about and be on the same wave length. Haven’t made any total besties yet but maybe now that I will have more time I will be able to chat more with people! I also can’t wait to go to the Everything Food Conference next year and meet YOUR pretty face!!!
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    Cassie @ Wholefully
    November 15, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I met my husband and my two best friends thanks to blogging! And I have a lot more “friends” online that I have yet to meet, and honestly, I feel like that line between the online world and the “real” world is so blurry. The online friendships I have just don’t feel any different from the in person ones. The internet is just such a good way to see if you have something in common with someone without friend-dating them, you know?

    Sorta related: I will say that this is WAY more difficult when you live in the middle of nowhere. I love my isolated life (and the fact that blogging allows me to remain connected to the outside world), but no one ever is just passing through or visiting or going to a conference in rural Indiana. It takes a lot of effort (and a crapton of driving) to make blogger meet-ups happen when you live out here!
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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    November 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    This is so adorbs. I can say after meeting a few different bloggers IRL we definitely chat on the regular! It’s such a great connection to have, and meeting in person just solidifies it. I need to meet more though… not naming any names or anything. But her name rhymes with Savida…
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    Leah M | love me, feed me
    November 15, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    This is such a sweet post <3 I've met so many blogger friends and I'm so so so grateful for all of them. One of my best friends who just gets me and I met on Instagram. It's such an incredible thing!!
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    Beverley @ Born to Sweat
    November 15, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    AWWWWWWW DAVIDAAAAAAA! <3
    Thanks for including me in this – I felt so warm and fuzzy inside when I saw my name! You've seriously inspired me so much, and if it wasn't for you I wouldn't have the confidence talking and negotiating with brands like I do now. All our chats meant so much to me. You're one in a million my dear!
    PS Bettina told me about LA and I am SO DOWN.
    xx
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    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    November 16, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    I have met a few bloggers in real life and it is so nice to get to know people that understand what you do and love some of the same things as you. I haven’t made a super close connection to anyone yet, but blogging has gotten me out of my shell a lot!
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    Nikole
    November 18, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    You and Lee have been one of the biggest inspirations to me and my online business. So appreciative for REAL & AMAZING friends like you guys who I met online initially. Oh the power of the internet.. he or she ROCKS haha xo Stay safe on your road trip.
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    Kayla
    November 18, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    It’s fun how normal meeting friends from the blogging and instagram world has become to me. I met my business partner thanks to instagram and she’s now such a big part of my life. Last night I had dinner with 7 blogger friends and thought how crazy it is that the internet brought us together.
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    Julia @ Peanut Butter & Julia
    November 19, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Davida! I really loved this post :). I’ve been reading for blog for a long time now, and just wanted to say that you have been my inspiration for finally starting my own blog! So thank you! I hope to make blogger friends in the future!
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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    November 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve met a couple of my best friends through blogging and there’s also been relationships which have fizzled. I wouldn’t change a thing though.
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    Sam @ Hygge Wellness
    November 23, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    So cool to hear about your friendship evolution. I’ve been on the sidelines watching all of you guys grow and take off for YEARS and it’s so cool to see that my favs are besties in real life, too. I am really looking forward to finding my ‘tribe’ because I don’t know many people in “real life” who take 934 pictures of everything they eat & read food blogs every single morning & night. I think “internet friends” are a great way to link up with people with common interests.
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