With Bloggers It’s Virtually Personal

If you read my entry to the Why I Blog meme that blazed through the blogoshpere last month, you know that one of my top five reasons for blogging is connecting with other like-minded, leading-edge thinkers.

I have to laugh at myself just a bit when I realize that the vision of connecting I’ve been holding has been purely “virtual.” The thought of meeting other bloggers and/or readers in person was not part of that vision of connection.

But recently I have taken those blinders off and realized the potential for less virtual connections. I’m beginning to see Evolving Times, and the blogosphere itself, as a powerful catalyst for more personal interactions.

What caused this change?

Could it be the increasing interaction and extended conversations happening here on Evolving Times? (For examples of some of the great interaction see: this post, and this one, and this one, and maybe this one too).

Maybe it was the live blow-by-blow coverage of the sxsw festival, as bloggers from all over the world converged and mixed and mingled with musicians and filmmakers and other thought leaders.

Perhaps it was reading the blog posts about the amazing TED2007.

It might have been my connection last week with a great group of bloggers via bridge line to explore the possibility of launching a mastermind group.

Every one of those things played a part in this shift of perception.

But the icing on the cake came earlier this week when Wendy Piersall announced that she was heading to the Elite Retreat this weekend in SF. And within 30-minutes of her post, we had arranged to meet on Sunday.

I just officially “met” Wendy a couple of months ago. And since that time we have connected through our blogs on a regular basis. On the surface, though, that connection would not appear to be enough to justify a trip into San Francisco.

When I asked myself why I’m rounding up my wife and daughter for an “adventure” into SF, I realized that, even though I have only known Wendy for a short time, her blog has created a high level of trust, respect and appreciation. It feels like I’ve known her for at least a year, which is just about how long she’s been publishing her blog. Interesting!

As a blogger myself for over a year, I know how much time and effort goes into what she has created at emoms. And as an e-dad (not working at home most of the time) I truly appreciate the information and inspiration she provides.

Bottom line: I’m really looking forward to meeting Wendy, and any other awesome blogging types that happen to be there.

And I’m curious to know if you’ve had the experience of “meeting” a blogger virtually or otherwise, and felt a similar sense of connection – a connection that felt stronger and longer than the actual length of your connection alone would seem to justify.

Leave a comment below and let me know.

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      5 Responses to “With Bloggers It’s Virtually Personal”

      1. Wendy Piersall on March 16th, 2007 12:32 pm

        You are AWESOME! What a nice post! And I can’t wait to meet you and your family! 😀

      2. Aaron M. Potts on March 16th, 2007 4:18 pm

        Edward,

        I was going to take advantage of this commenting opportunity to gush about how great Wendy is, but I see that she is already tracking this conversation, so I’ll have to tone it down a bit… 🙂

        Seriously, though, Wendy is great, and she truly is the first person that I thought of with regard to someone that I’ve “met” online that seemed to close the time gap and create a connection that was stronger than the brief amount of time would normally seem to indicate.

        Don’t worry, Wendy, I don’t want to pick out curtains or anything, but you do bring out the best in people.

        Kind of like our awesome host here, Edward. I wouldn’t even go to the west coast as a whole without checking the map to see how close I was going to get to the S.F. area. I’d love to swap LOA stories with you sometime, Edward.

        Great post, and great to “meet” you both. I’m sure that face-to-face meet ups will soon become more commonplace, and I’m all for that.

      3. Edward Mills on March 16th, 2007 7:01 pm

        Thanks Aaron. You’re definitely on my list of bloggers I will look up if I head out your way!

      4. Wendy Piersall on March 16th, 2007 7:35 pm

        ((((((((((((((((((!!GROUP HUG!!))))))))))))))))))))))

        😀

      5. Edward Mills on March 16th, 2007 9:28 pm

        Wendy, what was it that you were saying saying a few days ago about being part of the blogging in crowd???

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