2011/02/15

The blog world brings good people together






Johan (he should update his log, don't you think?) and I had brunch with Hanna and her man. It was such a pleasant time. The blog world brings good people together. Hanna gave me some Finnish candy, yum! And as you can see, her hands are now covered with a pair of Wrist Worms. Not a bad unplanned swap :)

I don't know how long I've known Hanna's blog/artwork, but it's been at least a few years. It's so much fun to meet in real life after getting to know eachother by reading eachother's blogs. I love meeting new people, but we have to have had some kind of "relationship" (e-mail and/or blog-to-blog contact) for quite some time before I want to meet because it feels a bit awkward to meet people who know things about me when I don't know anything about them. How is that for you?

28 comments:

  1. mmh, ich mag finnische süßigkeiten, sehr lecker. tja, ich habe noch nie jemanden getroffen, den ich nur vom bloglesen kenne - irgendwie muss sich das komisch anfühlen, da stimme ich dir zu. es geht da vermutlich diese letzte kleine kaum zu definierende schicht verloren, die sich zwischen den computern zweier menschen aufgebaut hat und sich "die welt da draußen" nennt. es wär abgesehen von dem allen schön, dich mal zu treffen!

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  2. I agree, it is best to communicate online for a while first, otherwise it feels kind of strange. I have met fellow bloggers after e-mailing and such and it seems so comfortable yet when I have met bloggers by chance, kind of like ''oh you're from the embroidery blog'' it feels really wierd that they think they know me...

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  3. Menschen zu begegnen die man nur übers Internet kennt, stelle ich mir sehr aufregend und erfrischend vor, natürlich auch etwas erwartungsvoll, weil man ja schon Einiges über den Anderen weiß. Ich hatte noch nie die Gelegenheit aber es ist wohl "das Sahnehäubchen", wenn man es schafft die Freundschaft in die REAL WORLD zu katapultieren und sie dort festzuhalten. Jedenfalls schön wenn es klappt, bei Dir hat es ja funktioniert Sandra :D

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  4. I agree it helps when I have established a friendship with them online before meeting them in real life.

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  5. Ich habe mich auch schon mit Internetbekanntschaften getroffen. Das war zwar keine Bloggerin, wir haben uns über das Schreiben in einem Schreibforum kennen gelernt und uns gemailt, aber das erste Mal war tatsächlich seltsam. Ich war unglaublich aufgeregt, wie es mit uns beiden in der realen Welt läuft, ob wir uns dann immer noch austauschen oder ob wir plötzlich nicht mehr wissen, was wir sagen sollen. Sehr interessant und viel zu kurz diese Treffen. Dieses Jahr möchte ich mich das erste Mal mit einer Bloggerin treffen in Frankreich. Das erhöht den nervenkitzel noch ein wenig, da ich Englisch nicht perfekt beherrsche und wir uns aber auf Englisch unterhalten müssen. Wir werden sehen.:)

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  6. Mmm, Finnish sweets sound lovely. I've met quite a few fellow bloggers and agree with you about how awkward it can be, although I generally already know things about them. People are often different from how they write and I find it strange to be with someone I've never met before but whose intimate thoughts I've already read. It sometimes takes a while to break the ice.

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  7. What do you think about people who say hi to you on the street? I once saw you in London but did not dare to say hi in case I would bother you but it also feels weird to tell you that because it makes me feel like a stalker...?

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  8. A blog is a part of ones life and says a lot about someones personality but not all... You imagine someones character, based on their blog and it must be rather strange to meet that person and find out the image you had in your mind doesn't fit. In 'real life' friendships, you wanna know a person for a while and develope a friendship before you share deeper thoughts. This is the other way around I guess, so yes, that must feel a bit uncomfortable. I would want to know someone for a while before meeting up.

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  9. How lovely that you got to meet Hanna; I love her blog! I feel the same as you about meeting other bloggers. I've made a few friends from blogging, but neither of us felt comfortable until we'd both been talking (emailing or in blog comments) for at least a few months. Otherwise I think it feels more like a blind date than two friends meeting. I also value my privacy quite a bit, so I need to know enough of the other person in order to trust them.

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  10. Thank you / Danke for your comments, it's nice to read your thoughts about this subject.

    Linda > The first time it happened I felt a bit embarrassed, but nowadays I think it's just fun - it's always nice to meet my readers in person like that and I really appreciate when they say hi. What I try to appreciate, but I still can't, is when people write to me to tell me they saw me (no offence Linda, I'm sure you know what I mean), because yes - I do exist and I don't like the feeling of knowing I was "watched", but then again - it's probably how it works sometimes and I choose to have a blog and must probably learn to accept it.

    But I do prefer people saying hi instead of writing me afterwards to let me know I was on this or that street because I already know I was :) I know the feeling of when the internet world and real world "meet" - it is kind of confusing sometimes. Thought it was time to tell my feelings about it, not blaming anyone.

    The strangest thing was once in a second hand shop when a girl and her friend were following me and Johan giggling and acting really weird... And I recognized her from a picture on flickr because she had been writing me comments, I didn't say hi to her ;)

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  11. Just popping in again to address something in your comment. I think you might need to accept that it could happen, but you never have to like it or get used to it! I can imagine it must be uncomfortable to know that people were watching you, even if they didn't mean to be sneaky. I'd feel uncomfortable too.

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  12. the blog world does bring people together, it's a good thing. :)
    i think it would be strange meeting up without knowing about the other person too.
    i'm going to be in berlin in may for a few days and it would be wonderful to meet you and say hello, but if you're uncomfortable with things like that then that's fine. :)

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  13. Same here ! I've met many bloggers who actually became then friends in real life but it's true that it's best to talk a little bit before. It's already awkward this virtual/real world... So, I guess if you know you want to meet that person it's probably better to talk a little bit before or have a kind of blog synergy before meeting for real !!!
    Hanna new wrist worms have a great colour !!!! ;-)

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  14. sure, one has to feel/make some kind of connection first. like with any kind of friendship, you just know when the rapport is there.... and things just happen naturally. i've met a few ace people through my blog who have indeed become real life friends. so yes, the blog world does bring good people together :)

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  15. Once a guy thought he could just pass by my office and say Hi! He knew the few things i've done from a design forum, googled my name and found where i worked... It was scary! really, i ended asking the receptionist to tell him i wasn't available.

    I can't imagine how it is for you, with hundred of thousands visitors each day, many of us read you daily and feel almost like voyeurists :P Sometimes it's scary to realize that i'm leaving comments on almost every post yo do, i really don't want you to think i'm some kind of crazy girl. I think it happens to most of us READERS.

    I remember when for the first time you mentioned you have an ex-husband...it was like: WOW! but didn't have the courage to comment anything, until some other person did..and it was so funny to see there are many people following your blog in the same way i do.

    You said many times that what you post is just a tiny little part of your life, and that you're comfortable doing that. I think it's perfect.

    Personally i hope that the day you and johan wish to come to this part of the world, you'll feel free to come visit me :) You don't know me, but i would love to know you. (only because the pizza you make looks delicious ;) )

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  16. michelle > welcome to berlin! i have no idea of how my may looks, as it is now i've scheduled several weeks for visitors this spring already and start wondering when i'll have time to work ;)

    alessandra > the 132 000 visitors are for a whole month, but you are right - my blog has many visitors and i LOVE the comments you readers write here, without you this wouldn't be at all as much fun. many visitors on my blog also means many people coming to berlin and wanting to meet me, unfortunately i cannot say yes to everyone because i wouldn't have time to do anything else. but no one should be afraid of asking, though it's more likely that i meet someone i already have an online-friendship with (like e-mailing eachother on a regular basis, working on projects together and/or commenting on eachother's blogs on a regular basis). i wish i could fit in more people in my offline-life :)

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  17. Jag håller med, inge huxflux här inte haha.

    Är det där marianne-godiset en lakritsstång med marianne-fyllning?

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  18. malin > jag har inte undersökt den så noga än, men något sådant tror jag. spännande! jag hade nästan kunnat maila peggy och frågat om vi skulle setts, men hann som tur var flytta innan det spårade ur ;) känns lättare att stalka henne härifrån jämfört med i göteborg.

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  19. I think it is a really strange situation for you that so many people know so much about you and you don't know really much about them ;-) Like me, i read your blog since two years now and suddenly you live in my neighborhood- a funny and crazy situation. If i would see you in F-Hain i promise to say HELLO!

    Maybe it will be interesting having some personal lists about persons, where they write on it, what they like and what they don`t like, for better knowing them... (love to have some lists like this).

    Ich schreibe das jetzt noch mal in deutsch, sorry für mein Englisch:
    Toll wären persönliche Listen, um Leute besser kennen zu lernen. Auf der Liste notieren die Leute dann, was sie mögen und was nicht.... und du erfährst mehr über sie bzw. weißt dann, ob du sie kennen lernen möchtest - oder nicht ;-)

    For example some things that i really like:
    meinen schwarze Katze die rechts von meinem Bildschirm schläft (und schnarcht), Johannisbeermarmelade auf frischem Baguette, den Nachbarn (Opernsänger) beim Tonleitern proben hören, Muranoglas, Enten und Vögel, Möbel mit Geschichte, Plätzchenbacken, das Geräusch der Espressokanne wenn der Espresso hochkommt, die Farbe rot, und sonnengelb, das Meer, Dada, französisch sprechen, Artdéco, Flohmärkte, Maskingtapes, Engel auf Friedhöfen, Weißwein mit Cassislikör, Samstags auf den Boxi-Markt gehen, Fingerpüppchen häkeln and so on...

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  20. Miriam > oh mein gott, das ist eine sehr gute idee! ich mag, dass du "ob du sie kennen lernen möchtest - oder nicht" geschrieben hast, made me laugh out loud! it would be so much fun if you said hi, i would surely look a bit surprised and lose all my german but don't hesitate ;) i have to try weisswein mit cassislikör, it sounds delicious! just had a look at your website, nice work nachbarin :)

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  21. vad lustigt, jag tänkte precis idag på johans log och undrade om den hade slummrat till helt och hållet! vad kul att ni träffade hanna, hon är så duktig! kram

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  22. sandra, work is always important! ;)
    if you're a busy lady then please don't worry, may is a long way away. i love berlin and can't wait to go back again (this will be my second visit)!

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  23. hey sandra, can you recommend a nice cafe for breakfast or brunch? we're visiting berlin next week and stay around fhain/kreuzberg. (those coffee/snack pictures always look so yummie!)
    best wishes!

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  24. Hi Sandra, my name is Amelia, I meant to comment a couple posts ago but would still like to introduce myself & say hello. I love your blog, I can't remember when I first found it but it has been very inspiring to read & look through your photography & artwork! I live in Chicago, and it has been great to vicariously experience Gothenburg & now Berlin through your blog. Good luck in your new location, & thanks for sharing your thoughts with the world!

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  25. Hello Sandra! (oh, i forgot when last time i was writing/speaking in english: so my english is very poor:) I'am Agata, from Poland. This is my blog: http://agatahanuszkiewicz.blogspot.com/
    From no a long time ago i started to watching your blog, it is so nice! you inspirated me to started doing my own. bye!

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  26. i agree, blog world has brought many beautiful people in to my life too.
    and it´s mysterious how it happens. i mean, after all, it is funny to get to know somebody thru this blog world and then meet in real life too:)

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  27. hallo. we had such a good time :) thanks for the latest too, did you get home well? we just came back to helsinki. saw beautiful winter landscapes on the way. the wrist worms are keeping me warm all the time, danke sandra!

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  28. hanna > hallo! glad you're home safe :) yes, we got home well too, thanks to johan - this lady fell asleep on the bus ;) thanks for a great night!

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