As we dance our way to my first blogiversary (Saturday the 15th) I want to spend this week honoring some people who have been in front of the line, leading the dance and keeping us on beat. Because I sure didn’t get here alone!
Without a doubt, some of the warmest, most genuine people in my conga line are the bloggers I have met in person.
It started with Iowa bloggers. Mike Sansone, Sandy Renshaw, Mike Wagner, Mark True & Cory Garrison, Claire Celsi, the Steens, Tim Johnson, Tom Vander Well, Michael Libbie and many more. When we gather on the first Friday of every month, we are 40+ strong and pack a Panera.
With each and every meeting, there is one absolute. Each blogger is exactly as I knew they would be. You cannot blog several days a week and hide your humanity.
I’ve made some very good friends since launching this blog. And many of them, like Gavin, I have yet to meet in person. But I know that every on-line relationship I have forged grows stronger once we’ve sat across from other another and shared laughter, stories and a little bit more of ourselves.
My way of thanking those smiling faces? Working on creating as many opportunities for face-to-face encounters as possible. There is no substitute for a genuine smile and a warm hug. That’s why I’m so excited about the Blogger Social. I hope to share a smile and a hug with many of you there.
Who is in my conga line?