Monday, March 05, 2007

Three down... many more to go

It sounds more like a quest, but it's not. It's just an opportunity to finally put a face to a (screen) name.

I had the great pleasure of having dinner with Matthew last night. We spent several hours exchanging stories of fatherhood, blogging and all the other crap in our lives that though mundane, feed our blogs each week.

Matthew, in a way, changed my blogging life a year ago when he (on behalf of the rest of the group) invited me to join The Blogfathers. It was one of those moments that validated a year of writing and then set the bar even higher. It was the ultimate challenge that said, "You're good writer. Can you be better?" The day I received that email, I remember saying to Larry "OMG, people really like my writing." (Who knew I could channel Sally Field so easily?)

Writing is an amazing way to bear oneself before a world of unknowns. As I talk to other bloggers, a common theme echoes through on how more unknowns than knowns read your thoughts. In ways, strangers can know you better. And sometimes, we write more for them than we do for those we know personally.

As I meet fellow bloggers, I'm shocked at how much they are the people I would seek out as friends if they were in my personal life. And I'm amazed at how two people who have never met, can laugh and get along so easily as if they'd been friends for years.

So as I travel to your cities, I will continue to email with offers for dinner. And if you travel, I would invite you try it as well. We have a pretty great community out there and many times, it's really a pleasant surprise at the other of a URL.



Blogger Peter said...

Great post, makes me think about how my universe is shrinking or how an individuals influence expands.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Matthew told me you guys were going to have dinner and I was jealous.

Let me know when you get back in town and we'll try to find a time to get together.

1:29 PM  
Blogger WILLIAM said...

I think that is so cool that you guys met. I am somehwat apprehensive about meeting other bloggers due to the fact that they may realize I am not what they think I am.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

We're flying to Chicago from England in two weeks to meet some bloggers that we know. Sometimes it amazes me how wide the net is cast for friends and communities these days.

If you are ever in Huddersfield by the way, be sure to look me up. although its rather unlikely you will be I imagine

4:20 AM  
Anonymous L.A. Daddy said...

Ha! We've told the blogging world we were pregnant before we told some family members!

Next time you're in LA, let us know.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous AdventureDad said...

Glad you had a great time. I hooked up with MetroDad and Cheeky's Hideaway last year and it was great to meet them in person. They were just as awesome as I imagined.

Any chance you'll be in Sweden soon...? :-))


4:37 AM  
Blogger Whit said...

I also extend the open invitation to any bloggers in the L.A. market.

I've only met two of my fellow DadCentric guys, and we had a good time.

It's funny how well you know people through blogs. We hung out and it felt like we had done it before.

1:13 PM  

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