I’ve “met” a number of new people while blogging this last year. Last week I got to see one of these friends in person.
Rosslyn Elliott contacted me a few weeks ago, after seeing this post. We realized we live quite close to one another and decided to meet for lunch.
It was so satisfying to talk with someone going through publication at the same time I am! We had notes to compare on publishing houses, the editing process (Rosslyn’s editor, for example, sent her a bound copy of her manuscript peppered with comments and decorated with daubs of paint [her editor’s daughter’s contribution]), writing historical fiction, cover art, author questionnaires — everything, really.
There was no need to define terms. No worries about boring someone with too much writing talk. We understood each other immediately, and it was lovely.
Have any of you made real connections with other bloggers? I’d love to hear about your experiences.
Don’t forget to come back Sunday, September 5 for Denise Jaden’s LOSING FAITH blog tour and giveaway.
Ted Cross says
I’ve found one solid crit group member so far, and that is wonderful. I may have found another, but it is too soon to tell. Some members started off promising but dropped out for various reasons. It is great to really find the gems, though.
Laura Pauling says
Glad you found someone to connect with so close! Fun!
Natalie Aguirre says
I haven’t, but I’d love to meet some of you if we lived closer.
Rosanne Dingli says
Well, since I started to seriously promote my website and blog, because my next book is coming out before the end of the year, I’ve been startled by the number of visitors who come over and comment. I have found some I might have a lot in common with, since many are writers. It’s early days yet, but I am having fun.
It can be exhausting replying to comments and visiting other people’s blogs, but some are fascinating and I tend to spend more time there, reading their archives.
Well done, Caroline, this is engaging stuff.
Rosanne Dingli: Author of puzzle thrillers
Jemi Fraser says
I haven’t met any of my crit buddies or blog buddies in real life yet. Hopefully one of these days!
No real time connections with blogger friends yet, but would love to meet them in person someday! You’re right–writers understand each other, our loves, quirks, challenges. I find connection with my artist friends to be similar. Maybe has something to do with the passion we have for our work?
I’ve been fortunate enough to meet my BFF writer friend in real life at a conference. And it looks like I’ll get to meet one of my other close writer friends in October. It’s so exciting! And these friendships with people who understand the writing journey are truly priceless.
And now that you are in one of my favorite places, I’m going to be emailing you next time I’m in your neck of the woods (or view of the Sandias). 🙂
Caroline Starr Rose says
Julie, come on down!
I haven’t yet, but I would love to! It feels special talking to someone on the same journey as you:)
Shannon O'Donnell says
I haven’t had that opportunity yet, but it is one I truly look forward to. I would LOVE to meet some of the wonderful friends I’ve made in this blogging community. 🙂
Erin MacPherson says
Hi Caroline! That’s so fun that you got to meet Rosalyn… I’ve read her blog and I’m superexcited for her book. I also just saw that you sold your book… how exciting!! September, 2011… just a year away. What’s it about?
Caroline Starr Rose says
Hi Erin! Thanks for stopping by. MAY B. is a mid-grade novel-in-verse about a frontier girl who must survive a blizzard alone. But bigger than that, it’s about overcoming adversity and finding dignity.
Dawn Kurtagich says
That sounds like seventh heaven to me! It would be great to meet bloggers near me 🙂
Good luck with everything!
Michelle Davidson Argyle says
It’s crazy how many close friends I’ve made through blogging! It makes sense, though, because of shared interests. I flew out to D.C. two years ago to meet some of the friends I’d made. It was an awesome experience. 🙂
Jennifer Shirk says
That’s really cool. The wonders of the Internet! LOL
Dayana Stockdale says
I’ve just started blogging and realized right away that I will be able to find great writing friends and critique partners. So far I’ve met two people that I could see myself ‘following’ for a long time. I hope to meet them too someday. In person that is!
Rosslyn Elliott says
I agree, it was lovely! Thanks, Caroline.
It’s so fun to meet with blogging friends in person. It’s crazy how much you feel a connection to someone by just reading their blogs! Plus talking with other writers that get what you are going through is a plus!
There’s one here in town I know from the blog world (and now on FB), but I’ve actually never met her. I also became “friends” with someone on a remote Maine island, but I’ve never met her either. And another one on the East Coast whose parents, it turned out, lived miles away from me. It’s so interesting.
Susan Kaye Quinn says
I’ve met several blogger friends and even two of my online crit partners! Without fail, they are even more cool in person, and you are so right about the easy joy of spending time with a fellow writer.
So happy for you that you made that connection! 🙂
Rosalind Adam says
It would be great to meet some of you blogger buddies. You’re far more like real than virtual friends to me. Many live too far away but hopefully one day I’ll meet some of you. In the meantime I’ll keep visiting your blogs. Glad you had a great time with your blogger buddy.