Stick a fork in it

LIfe is full of surprises.

Sometimes it’s the wadded cash found in a pants pocket on laundry day.

Sometimes it’s the sudden whoop-whoop-WHOOP of a sirenflashing lights in the rear-view mirror, oh-crap-what-did-I-do-now? variety.

And sometimes, like today, it’s the oh-hey-it’s-you type.

It’s no accident that today, Nov. 30, also the last day of National Blog Posting Month, found me without a post idea and a drafts folder scraped bare. What to do? What to do?

Bloggers to the rescue.

A week ago I agreed to attend a child-focused PR event hosted by blogger Melissa of Rock and Drool. After introductions, filling out standard release forms, chatting briefly with the organizers of the event, Girl from the East ran to play with the other children and I with a fresh coffee in hand, sat down to wait. Within moments a woman, who looked vaguely familiar and her children, who also looked familiar, walked in. Clearly, she knew Melissa. She must be one of the other local bloggers. But who?

Then it hit me: our daughters were in gymnastics class together this summer. I looked down at her shoes. Converse. Yep, it’s Cardiogirl. I walked over to reintroduce myself. She recognized me, too, but couldn’t figure out the connection or what I was doing at this event. We eventually connected the lines and dots and had a wide-eyed, oh-my-god moment.

I don’t think we ever said more than “hello” to each other during that whole summer gymnastics session. Maybe once we noted that our daughters had the same style sandals. We were strangers in the real world, but walking the same warm and friendly road on the Internet.

I’m happy to say we had plenty to talk about this time. Blogging is an interesting world of people who may lead very different lives on the outside, but all share the same need to write and interact online.

This happened to me last summer, too, when I finally made the connection between a woman I saw at my temple and a blogger I adore who looked just like her. Turns out it’s the same person. (It’s funny how I never noticed all the Detroit references on her site.) It took me a few weeks to gather the courage to approach her for the secret blogger handshake.

More and more, bloggers are stepping out of the shadows of my life. They’ve been there all along, right next to me, sitting a few rows back, just around the corner.

I’m glad I’m done with this 30-day marathon. I’m glad I didn’t give up on this site, on writing, and on blogging (in spite of really depressing stats). I’ve made some wonderful connections and continue to do so, when I least expect it, and in the most unexpected places.

Carry on.

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3 thoughts on “Stick a fork in it

  1. I’m still laughing about our meet up.

    You, all cute and sassy with awesome glasses: “Hi, I think we know each other. Are your daughters in gymnastics?”

    Me, in stretched out exercise pants and a less-than-stellar pair of low tops: “Um, no. We don’t know each other.”

    You: “I think we do. Our kids were in gymnastics together at the Y last summer.”

    Me: Stunned silence, cue the deer in headlights and then the synapses come together.

    “OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Yes. Yes! They were in gymnastics together. You are SO out of context. You’re not in work out clothes. Oh my gosh. You’re a blogger? And we’ve sat next to each other on a bench. All. Summer. Long. And I’ve never said more than “Hey,” to you and “Those are my kids’ sandals?” Um, hi, I’m a dork in real life.”

    If you haven’t figured it out yet, I lead a dual life. In person I’m a wallflower who sends out don’t-talk-to-me vibes. But online I’m a chatty cathy. In fact one of my blog friends made me laugh for days when she suggested I must have been a cheerleader in high school because I’m so verbose online.

    I’m quite positive you can attest to the fact that I was never a cheerleader in high school.

    But now that I “know” you, for sure I’ll chat you up at the Y and I’ll even try to be peppy.
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