It's kind of funny when you're sitting around a table and multiple people had conversations on their way in that went something like, "wait...you're going to a place you've never been before, with people you've never met....why?" It's even better when, after you've exchanged contact info and have gone your separate ways you both text something like, "I just told my boyfriend I think I found a new best friend." All of that may sound something like a blind date mixer, and yes we all made those jokes too. But in actuality, the past two days have been filled with blogger meet ups, and after a whole lot of reaching out, fighting off nerves, and getting to know one another, I think it's safe to say we've gained new friends.
In the company of excellent Nutella Crepes and our new favorite honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg lattes, my friend Faith from Design Fixation and I hosted our own blogger coffee chat at Neighborhood's in Fenway. Gathered around the table, we shared what we liked to write about...everything ranging from fashion, lifestyle, people, diy, crafting, and even two gals who made their own popcorn recipes! (I can't wait to try!)
The topic of authenticity came up a lot, and that's what I loved. If was a group of gals, most of whom didn't know one another before, bonding over what made them, them!
This sparked something. On that Sunday afternoon, we'd used the internet, social media, and blogging to create some authentic connections offline. A few of us were new to the city, and found blogging one of the best ways to meet new people!
That same conversation continued at the Boston Bloggers event last evening. I met a mother who started writing when her family first started in Harlem, a woman who worked with her friend on a travel blog, and a fellow midwesterner looking for some new friends in our new city as we both get our blogs off the ground.
I'm feeling really refreshed as I watch my network grow with all of these people while getting to know their different passions. With all of these connections in mind, we chatted about an idea I had to bring more people together, and I think we are all pretty excited. I can't wait to show more this week! Stay tuned. In the meantime, ask yourself what your story or passion is, and see how you can authentically share that online. And, if you see someone that is up to something cool, don't be afraid to reach out. You might just make a friend.