Friday, October 14, 2011

Quick Takes -- Meet the Bloggers Version

One of the best things about blogging, in my opinion, is the chance to meet really nifty people, whose paths might never have crossed mine otherwise. There are a whole lot of people I'd love to meet that I haven't yet gotten to, but I have had the pleasure of meeting many awesome ones too. Yesterday, I got to hang out with the Darwins and Betty Duffy on their way to New Orleans and in honor of their visit, I present seven cool bloggers (or former bloggers) I've been lucky enough to meet and hang out with.


Meredith. Not currently blogging, as far as I know, but even her archives are wonderful. When we first realized we lived in the same city, we met up at the library and then she, always the lovely hostess, invited me over. Since then we've done many things together, even going to the same parish church. Happiest for me, my husband and I were honored to become Godparents to her youngest.


Robbo. Living all the way over in Virginia, I didn't figure I'd get to met him, but my family spent a day in Virginia on the way to England a few years ago and got to hang out with one of the original Llamabutchers. My children still call him Mr. Llama, I think.


BusyMom. I first met her back in 2004 or so, when blogging was newish and all. We don't hang out often, although we also live in the same city, but she's such an interesting blogger and she's been at it a long time.

Angie. The force behind Catholic Mothers Online and other projects, I got to meet her and chat and pray the rosary at Blissdom a few years ago. She's a lot of fun in person and has many great online ventures.

Terry Oglesby. His blog may be mostly dead or pining for the fjords, but in its day it was my favorite stop on the internet. He's got a way with words and a perfect sense of the ridiculous and his commentors were their own little special group. We got to stop and have lunch with Terry, bring him a stuffed toy possum and meet his Volvo project car one time on the way through Alabama. It was awesome.


Betty Duffy. I just got to meet her this week. Yay. Made me happy!


Mr. and Mrs. Darwin. Instrumental in a weird, blogging way for our conversion to the Catholic Church, they've dropped by on their way through town twice now. Once with many little Darwins and once this week. Nashville was a good stopping place to have a flat tire fixed and fortunately, we have a tire place down the street. They were nice enough to give me time to hide the dirty laundry and clean the bathroom, which is always good.


There are many other bloggers I've gotten to meet,  particularly at Blissdom, and then there are the people I have known before I knew them online in blogging -- Jo-Lynne, Tertium Quid, and Nadja.

Then there's the time my daughter tripped over Glenn Reynold's laptop bag at a Panera in Knoxville, but I don't think that counts as a blogger meet-up.


Busy Mom said...

Thanks, we should hang out more than once a year!

Robbo said...

It's a bit weird to think or your progeny saying, "Mom blogs with this guy named Mr. Llama."

Better than "the port-swiller" I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Love the Glenn Reynolds aside!

Anonymous said...

So jealous that you got to meet Betty Duffy! I think she is one of the most talented writers in the blogosphere.

I'm so glad our paths intersected, too. My life has been made better through knowing your family.


BettyDuffy said...

Jordana, Thank you so much for hosting us during our travel travails. Loved meeting you, your kids, and seeing your adorable and eclectic house!

Meredith--darnit--if we had planned this better we all could have met. Aren't you in the Nashville area too? Thank you for your sweet compliment. I wish your blog were still going. I really enjoyed your writing.

MrsDarwin said...

Thanks for being so accommodating! I think the flat tire was foreordained so that we might spend a pleasant two hours in your company. Wish we'd had time to drop by on the way home, too.

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