It happens to all of us. We start a blog, we either define ourselves into a certain niche from the start or we fall into one that seems to make sense once the creative juices get flowing...or we see a pattern of followers and commenters. This blog was started as a personal blog. Wine at Five? represents the time of day I like to pour my first glass. As I continued along my blogging path I seemed to attract a lot of wine lovers. Fine by me. I started to talk more about wine and my selections, and picked up some more frequent followers. There are a few individuals (who you can see on my commenters list) that comment on every post, and in turn I try to do the same. We have built relationships beyond commenters and frequently send messages through e-mail and are Facebook friends. 95% of my FB friends are actual people I have met, gone to school with or previously worked with, just a few are those I respect enough throughout the blogging community to open my full life to (or as much as one does on FB).
Today I had the opportunity to meet one of these people face-to-face. He happened to be in town, with his wife, on a little vacation and we met for lunch. It was a delightful time. Having someone who gets the whole "I blog" thing was nice and the conversation never lagged. We talked about blogging, marketing strategies, families, wine, places to eat and whatever else came up. His wife was sweet (and quiet) and I would have really enjoyed sharing a nice dinner and some wine with both of them rather than lunch as they headed back to NY...maybe next time.
Who have you met? Would you be up for meeting one of your "blog" friends?
Oh. He also gave me a "company" t-shirt and you can bet I'm going to wear that. Go visit Joeshico at Why Wine Blog. He gives great insight into all types of wines and is an all around really nice guy!
Thank You Joe and Shirley for taking time out of your vacation to meet up. Really sorry I'm so directionally challenged!