A couple of weeks ago I finally met up with another blogger, Jen of Little Birdie, who I've been reading for a long time now.
We met up in my favourite bar/restaurant/art gallery, The Tetley, and spent a good few hours talking about (amongst other things) the vagaries of blogging and online friendships and how odd it can be to meet someone in real life that you've followed online for so long.
Over the years I've been lucky enough to become real life friends with quite a few people who's blogs I read, or who read mine, but I still find myself getting nervous about the first meeting.
There's always the fear that I'll be a let down, the ability to delete and edit what I say on my blog really does make a difference to how fluid my sentences are. I'm pretty sure that most people wouldn't be willing to sit around for the couple of hours that it could take me to rethink and re-say what I want to say in just the right way, the way I often rethink and rewrite it on the blog.
And of course there's always the slight worry that you're meeting a crazy person, who knows everything about you (because you put it all out there on the blog) and already thinks that you're best friends and tells you all about yourself (this has happened to me just the once).
Fortunately though, that wasn't the case with meeting Jen, who turned out to be just as I expected. Which was funny and interesting and very easy to talk to. And I'm glad to say that even without the ability to edit or delete, we managed talk happily for a good few hours and hopefully neither of us was a let down!
If you don't already read Jens blog (and I'm sure you do), you really should. It's beautiful to look at and Jen writes with an easy honesty that I really enjoy.
(Of course on a serious note, you should always be careful when meeting friends you've only met online! As Bella quite rightly pointed out to me the morning of my meeting with Jen.)