When I first started blogging five or six years ago, I was drawn to some Canadian and New Zealand bloggers. The online world was a lot smaller then, so we developed some online friendships through chats. I’m talking about people like Jordon Cooper, LT, Bene Diction, and Rachel Cunliffe as well as her husband Regan. Some of these blogs have changed flavors over time, but these people are still among my favorite bloggers.
Over time I’ve met each of these people in person, but today I finally met the last of my original favorite bloggers, if you don’t count some Aussies I haven’t mentioned. Rachel and Regan Cunliffe were in town and we met for a quick bite, along with Bene and some other friends, not far from the airport. Meeting people in person that you know online used to seem strange, but it isn’t anymore. I walked away feeling lucky – blessed – to finally meet them in person.
Bene joined Charlene and I for coffee at Tim Horton’s afterwards. We may even have a picture of the mysterious Bene to post sometime soon.
You can’t go back, but there was something unique about those early blogging years, and the people I met then were (and are) truly amazing.