The world of blogging has opened up the world to me. I have met amazing people online, at conferences, and even locally. The reality is that the internet connects people that may have never met under normal circumstances.
Case in point, I recently had the opportunity to meet the Publisher of Genesee Valley Parent Magazine based out of Rochester, NY.
Barbara Melynk started her magazine 16 years ago and it is still going strong. The way we met is a long story. The in-person meet up was thanks to a blogger outreach connecting people from Western NY to the Capital District area. Although our meeting was short, Barbara was a wealth of information and a very classy woman. She has definitely inspired us. Barbara’s magazine also had an article called Her Words: Moms of Rochester Share Their Words of Wisdom Across The Digital Wires. The article shows how three bloggers in that area are digitally connected via their blogs. A great read for when you have time.
Here is a photo of almost everyone in the group that was at the informative meeting with Barbara.
- Ali and her daughter – The Craning Gap
- Kelly (green scarf) – Albany Mommy
- Linda (yellow shirt in back) – Linda Carmical
- Christina (sporting shades) – Cutest Kid Ever
- Me (green shirt)
- Barbara (yellow shirt in front) – Genesee Valley Parent Magazine
- Sandra (left before the photo) – Albany Kid
Thank you ladies for a wonderful mid-afternoon filled with networking and lots of laughs.
So my question to you this week:
Who is someone that you have met online that you would love to meet in real life and why?
Pssst – be sure to check out my Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides giveaway.
Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the linky there if you are participating.
I would LOVE to meet Gabrielle Blair from Design Mom. I’ve followed her blog and adventures in NY, Denver and now France for several years and I adore her!
Cathi´s last blog post ..Aloha Friday – Cooking Oil
I would love to meet my bloggy buddies!!!!
There are just too many to name, I feel like we would have a blast, so I hope to one day have that chance!
Noelle´s last blog post ..Aloha Friday – Gym
OMG I met Christina, she is such a wonderful and nice person :)
I’d love to meet Cat from 3kidsandus.com she is a really good friend online and I know we’d have fun in person.
Annie @ Mama Dweeb´s last blog post ..Aloha Friday Favorite Teen Read
Tammy from Tammy’s Two Cents… she has been a tremendous help and mentor to me with my blog!!
Melissa R´s last blog post ..Aloha Friday
I would love to meet my friends from my online dominoes league that I run. I have been a member there for close to 7 years now I think….and I feel like I know them already!
Becca´s last blog post ..Blog Topics
Unfortunately, too many to name. I wish we could all do a getaway weekend together.
There are a few people. One day I’ll meet you :)
BTW- Got my reservations to Blogher booked!
Have a great Friday!
There are so many I’d love to meet! One day, maybe I’ll have the privilege to do just that. :)
Stacy Uncorked´s last blog post ..Playdates and Sleepovers – Aloha Friday Follow Fun Free-For-All
Hmmm. That’s a hard one. I’d love to meet Sarah from Minnesota Mama and Dee from Two of a Kind. I talk to them both and would love to meet them.
I’d love to meet my friend Molly. I’ve known her online for about years and would love to meet her in person.
teawithfrodo´s last blog post ..Marriage and Autism
There are so many great people I’ve already met at conferences. (Hi, Annie!) There are so many more I still need to meet… like Nikki from The Guilty Parent and Birdie from Eclectic Mommy. Then maybe some hero-worship involving the Bloggess and the Pioneer Woman. ;-)
Christina Gleason @ Cutest Kid Ever´s last blog post ..How Much Would You Pay for an eBook Cookbook
I have too many to list! But I would love to meet them. I am attending BBC in June so am hoping to meet a few bloggers that I have only seen online.
Tammy´s last blog post ..Aloha Friday – Weekends
I would love to meet my friends Kate and Emily- they’re incredibly talented artists from Canada who I have known online for TEN YEARS. We’ve still never met, and that’s absurd!
Getting to meet Barb yesterday was fantaaaaaastic, though! Yay for the power of the webs.
Ali´s last blog post ..Craigsfriends
I only have a few constant followers, who are also fellow bloggers, and would love to meet them in person. It would be nice to bring up our friendship to real life level.
Charlotte | Life’s a Charm!´s last blog post ..Top 3 – Blog Design and Functions
there are a hndful of people I’ve met online that I would love to meet offline, but living on different continents kinda makes that hard!
Rach´s last blog post ..Aloha Friday 187
I have a bunch of ladies in my online group that i would love to meet up with. We’ve known each other so many years now. since before we were pregnant with kids. Now some of our kids are 4, 5, graduating etc.
That is wonderful that you got to meet her and these group of women.
JamericanSpice´s last blog post ..This dress cost a pretty penny!
Even though I actually have met you in person, I would love to be able to hang out more and actual chat with you in person – we weren’t really able to do that at BlogHer last year.
If I have to pick someone I have never met at all IRL, I would pick Monica aka @TheOnlineMom She has been such a great friend online and I just can’t wait to meet her IRL.
Robyn Wright of RobynsOnlineWorld.com´s last blog post ..A Favorite Childhood Candy
I would love to meet Amy from Milk Breath and Margaritas!
@PamelaMKramer – A Renaissance Woman´s last blog post ..Freebie Friday – Link Up contests and prizes every Friday
I would love to meet a lot of people I call friends on the internet. All of my summer mommies, I met a handful of you a few years back and would love to meet everyone in person. Heather Spohr from the Spohrs Are Multiplying and Becky from Mommy Wants Vodka are a few I would love the chance to meet.