Blogging is an interesting sort of hobby. Within the blogging community itself, you’ve got a whole bunch of talented people who like a lot of the same things (I have yet to come across a blogger who doesn’t like writing or photography) and within a particular niche, whatever it may be, these similarities tend to go quite a bit deeper. I can’t speak for every niche or every blogger, but there is a special kinship within the expat and travel blogging community that I haven’t been able to replicate within my “real life” just yet. Maybe it’s because as expats we are all living somewhere outside our comfort zone, and so clinging to others in the same situation just comes naturally, but more likely it’s due to sharing the same passion that inspired us to become expats or travelers in the first place – adventurers are drawn to other adventurers. We are all cut from the same cloth, so to speak.
So back to why blogging is so interesting – here you’ve got a group of people whose personalities are often quite similar, they share the same interests and/or lifestyle, and they communicate on a regular basis, but they hardly ever actually meet each other. The majority of connections are made online and stay online. There is a lot to be said for online friendships and how they help fulfill our lives, but I believe a strong case can also be made for the importance of actually meeting the “person behind the blog”. To spend an afternoon with someone you’ve taken the time to get to know inside and out through blogging is a unique experience. You’ve just met, yet you feel like you’ve known each other your whole lives. Those who know us through our blogs often know us better than the people we see in our everyday lives, and that is why I think it’s so important that these friendships extend further than the realms of a creatively designed blog or a carefully written post. Distance will often get in the way, but when the opportunity to meet a fellow blogger presents itself, take it.
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Bonnie from A Compass Rose while we were traveling through her neck of the woods. Prior to meeting Bonnie, I had only met one other blogger before, and she’s still one of my good friends today. (Hi Nicole!) I could tell right away I was going to like Bonnie. She is just as beautiful and genuine in person as she is on her blog. Me being the chatterbox I am and Bonnie being as easy to talk to as a sister, our conversation over coffee and Sally Lunn’s buns went on for hours. Both of us grew up traveling through and living in countries other than the one we were born in (her quite a bit more than I) and we both knew we wanted our children to experience that same sort of lifestyle. We both suffer (or is it really suffering?) from the same itch that has us constantly adding to our lists of places to see and explore. Sitting at a table with Bonnie and exchanging stories over good food was just delightful. That’s really the best word I can come up with to describe it. That she felt the same way and we are already planning another get-together in London for November only further cements my conviction that bloggers need to be getting together with other bloggers. (Sidenote: London bloggers, November afternoon tea – who’s in?)
As a bonus to an already wonderful afternoon, Bonnie also snapped a couple shots of Cory and me, in the rain no less, and turned them into some fabulous photos that I will treasure forever. The weather threw a hitch into our original plan for a meet-up, which was to be a photo shoot with Bonnie around Bath to help promote her new business venture. She has this genius idea of offering travelers the opportunity to have professional photos taken with the beautiful city of Bath as the backdrop. I had to take a raincheck (ha, ha – I’m so funny!) for my own shoot, but if I were you, I’d take her up on her services because she is one talented girl. Just see for yourself – if she was able to make me with my rainy day hair look good, imagine what she could do for you!
I’ll have more on our trip to Bath soon. This city…wow. It’ll take your breath away! I’m already planning a return visit for next year. Thank goodness for cheap train tickets!
All Photos Courtesy Of Bonnie Rose Photography