I love this blogging community. I love that I have so many “friends” who have supported me through my roughest times and celebrated with me through my most joyous. I treasure each one of you.
It is an incredibly exciting time when I meet other bloggers in person. The first blogger I ever “met” in real life was Amanda. Amanda and I had been blog-friends for about a year when she graduated from law school, took the California bar exam, and then moved to Nashville at the Lord’s urging. The first time we met is the first time she stayed that night at my apartment.
Trying to explain how I knew her to my Dad became impossible until I finally bucked down and told him what a blog was. ha! And the crazy thing was, we never missed a beat. It was like we’d known each other our whole lives.
This is how it has been every time I’ve met a blogger. And it was no different last Saturday when I finally got to connect with my Canadian friend Nadine. (I say Canadian because it sounds so exotic! I’m still not used to being a PNW girl!)
Nadine shares her heart over at A Secondary Heartbeat. She is always a great encouragement to me on her blog and twitter. When I walked into the coffee shop she said “It’s nice to meet you!” and I was like … “OH!” I guess we hadn’t really done that before, huh???? It was so fun chatting with her and before I knew it the 2 hour meter I parked at was expiring and she had to go meet her friends. It all ended too soon and without enough secrets shared.
Then, last night, I opened up my heart to her even more and she laid out encouragement so straight it was clear the Holy Spirit was speaking right through her.
I would really encourage you guys to (safely – the lawyer in me needs to say that) reach out to those around you. Meeting other bloggers has been a huge blessing and encouragement in my life. If you can go to a conference, a local meetup or even just grab coffee with a twitter friend you’ve realized lives nearby, do it!
If you’re not a blogger, you obviously read blogs since here you are. Bloggers aren’t friend snobs. You don’t have to blog to connect with us. Even if you’re not in the PNW area I love hearing from you! I “met” my “friends” through email, through twitter, through international skype dates with Jac from BabEBlessigns (who designed this blog).
I’d love to get to know you better, through the comments, through an email (wheremysoulbelongs [at] gmail), through a tweet or a facebook comment. Let’s build this community right where we are, because I know I can’t be the only one who is encouraged through living life with others.