Meeting Your Online Blogging Friend In Real Life – The Key Stages #BlogBash @BloggersBash #Bloggers

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You can build some great connections online with other bloggers. With some blogging connections it can feel like you have found your online Best Friend Forever (BFF), even though you’ve never actually met face to face.

Meeting your online BFF in real life can get a little crazy.

As I have met most of my online blogging friends at blogging events, I have used this scenario – the blogging event (conference or awards ceremony) to show you the key stages.

  1. You won’t instantly recognise or stand near your online BFF when you arrive at the event. It will be your casual glance around the room that kick starts the fun. You will both spot each other, do a double take, grin, perform the obligatory ‘finger point’, silently mouth ‘OMG ITS YOU!”, squeal, drop your bags, give your drink to a stranger, ditch your plate of nibbles and race towards them, arms outstretched whilst shrieking stuff.
  2. Weirdly you won’t have much life news to update your online BFF on, as you both will have been speaking regularly for months on your blog. They will know what you bought your loved one for his birthday, your cat’s current mental state, the romance book which left you feeling frustrated earlier in the week, how you used to have the hots for the cartoon character He-Man and how your hormonal cycle influences the writing and tone of your blog posts.
  3. Blogger selfies will be the next natural step for you both. As bloggers you will know your best facial side, lighting requirements and the most forgiving filter on a photo editing app. With arms flung around each other, goofy grins plastered all over your faces, you will start the selfie marathon.
  4. Once you are both suffering from selfie exhaustion you will get a strong urge to alert all forms of social media that you have finally met in person. For a brief moment you will both go quiet as you frantically upload the selfies and zap them across all forms of social media known to mankind.
  5. You will both start to mingle with other bloggers. One of you will have a heated debate with a blogger about ideal post lengths and the other will opt for a serious chat to another blogger about the best hashtags to use on Instagram. Soon it will be back together to recall hilarious blogging moments. Other bloggers around you will join in and within a few minutes everyone will be laughing about unsuccessful blog posts and the worst ways to ask a successful blogger to write you a guest post.
  6. Things will soon move onto the crazy stage. You will both be high on sugar from the cakes being passed round or a bit tipsy from the gin & tonics you have been knocking back. Cue shrieking laughter, excessive hugging, declarations of blogging love and mischief.
  7. Expect tearful hugs when you both have to leave. To the outsider it will look like you are never going to hear from each other ever again. Little do they know once you both get on the train you will be commenting on each other’s blog posts. Your normal online blogging friendship will resume.

The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards have allowed me to meet some lovely people in person. I am really looking forward to this year’s event.


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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

60 thoughts on “Meeting Your Online Blogging Friend In Real Life – The Key Stages #BlogBash @BloggersBash #Bloggers

      1. I’m there all 3 days! This will be my 3rd year too … I get a real buzz being there. I’ll drop you an email end this week … I’m away doing my science thing in Switzerland till Thursday. See you. Eric.

  1. The Mitchell Squeal is a science phenomenon that only dogs and certain other women bloggers can hear. I’ve heard it abhors a vacuum and fills all available space hence getting a bigger venue this year. Looking forward to being hit by both speaker.

  2. This sounds so much fun! I hope you’ll get to meet more of your online friends soon. I have a list of people I’ve known online for ages that I’d love to meet someday. It simply hasn’t happened yet. 🙂

  3. This is great! I just bought tickets for my first conference in September and I’m a little bit nervous! But this post made me giggle and definitely put my mind at ease 😃 thank you!

      1. 🙂 That’s what I like to hear. We’re gonna make it happen. Actually, one of the top things on my life goals list is to visit as many castles in Europe as I can, and some of the ones I want to see are in UK. 🙂 I might have to start there, actually. 😀 It will probably be a few-ten-or-so years from now, when my kids are all grown up. haha

  4. Right. So I need to bring a bag with me so I can drop it? I’ll see what I can do, Lucy.
    Would say I’ll look forward to seeing you there (which of course I am looking forward to), but we get the pleasure even sooner (do I need to rephrase that?). See you in a week and a half! Do I need a bag for that as well?

  5. I am jealous of the Bloggers Bash as know a lot of you from Big of your blog will be doing and maybe meeting for the first time. Want to hear all about it – I’m sitting across the Atlantic but thinking maybe some year I should be planning a vacation around this……… ENJOY ENJOY

  6. I have yet to meet any of my blogging friends in real life. It would be a dream come true though. The people I have met through my blog seem to be the most likeminded people I have ever come across. Maybe one day. Great post as always ❤️

  7. Wow! This happened to me, but not at a blogging event. I met the Gypsy Nesters, who are an amazing couple who sold their house when their kids left home — and took to the Open Road in a camper. Really! I went to their book signing in New York, and introduced myself. And, oddly enough, they recognized my blogger name. So cool.

  8. Brilliant synopsis of meeting a virtual “stranger” for the first time! Never even considered what an outside looking in might think. Old friends that simply must have been besties at some point and now reunited. Spot on with no small talk as we’d already know more about blogger friends than some people we actually know in the real!! Mind you; for us introverts…actually attending a bash is well on the anxiety tree!!!

  9. Hi,
    I don’t go to the Bash. It’s in England, and I’m in the U.S. after all. However, I have had the chance to go to blogging conferences where I’d meet my online friends. So far, I’ve passed, but who knows, maybe one day I will.

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