Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Bloggolalia: Bloggers Meet People in Person?!

Lately, I have been made aware of a shocking trend in the blog world. Apparently, male and female bloggers alike are meeting IN PERSON, and potentially even starting relationships. I present to you evidence here (see Update), here (see question about dating a blogger), and here. Now, there have been plenty of blogger meet-ups here and there, but I am amused that documentation of actual relationships or planned 1-1 meetings is appearing. What do you think about this? Besides the easy joke that you thought blogging was done to keep females away, not to bring them closer?

In my own opinion, I've been involved in online communities before this one, and think that meeting in person is a little overrated. I spent a lot of time trying to plan some blogger get-togethers, and usually they either fall through or are rather mediocre. Now, maybe that's because I was involved, ha. But I just feel like cautioning my fellow blogger buddies that the in-person meet-and-greet can also mean that you realize that you wasted those 5 hours a week talking to Commenter X on-line. Meeting in person fundamentally changes the relationship, for good or bad. Frankly, it usually moves it in the direction of truth and realism. That can be a good thing, but it also means that you sadly realize that your on-line buddy is not as cool/attractive/whatever as you thought. I shall now break my fingers before I give any examples as to what I'm talking about.

Anyway, sorry this was a rather mediocre post, but I had some time to kill and didn't want to waste any of my better ideas.

1 comment:

  1. You are definitely right about the disappointment of meeting another blogger (for the most part), though I don't want to get into the specifics of my personal experiences too much, as it might offend others. Never the less, yeah, you are on point.

    That having been said, and personal experiences aside, there are still bloggers (male and female) that I would like to meet, just to see what they are like. One of the good things about being in NYC is that the world revolves around NYC, and you run into some of these guys, especially if you are a mainstream hipster-attracting event (hint: Arcade Fire show, etc.). It can't actually be too cutting edge, though, because most bloggers aren't actually that cool.

    And there are like one or two bloggers I would like to meet in person, if for no other reason than to spit in their eye.