Meeting bloggers

by Cellobella on Sunday, February 17, 2008

Have you ever met someone who’s blog you’ve read for a while. It is a most bizarre thing.

Yesterday I caught up with The Food Pornographer in the morning. I was interviewing her for the Aussie Bloggers blog – look out for it in a few weeks – and we met at a restaurant – where else? – for a chat. Tfp arrived first and she is lovely – much like her blog. I set up my microphone – fiddling with the unfamiliar equipment (it’s been a while) – while we ordered. We had a great chat and I even filmed her taking photos – you’ll have to wait for the blog but this is a snap from the video:

The Food Pornographer

Then in the afternoon, I headed down to Cottesloe Beach to meet Guera – A Roaming Aussie Mum, back in Perth for a holiday with family. Guera knows my brother through mutual friends – Perth is very small – and we sat on the grassy banks in the shade chatting about blogging and who we knew in common.

Guera at Cottesloe

What was interesting for me (apart from the conversations) was the weirdness of knowing so much about someone (through reading their blog) and yet meeting them for the first time. Guera commented “I was nervous. It’s like going on a blind date!” And it was a bit like that – it must be even weirder if you are meeting a new partner discovered over the net.

It crept in all the time – tfp was commenting about how she hasn’t updated her WordPress because she’s scared of breaking something “like you did” (well that wasn’t really the upgrade – that was me being a dill and mucking around in the database which you don’t have to do to upgrade). Guera asked my daughter how she was fitting in at her new school – because she’d read that on my blog. You just can’t help but throw in these little asides.

And did I find them to be as they blogged? Well yes. I think that’s why I enjoy their blogs so much – because they are genuine.

Am now nervously waiting to hear their verdicts of me!

btw the next Perth meet-up is on 20th February at the Brass Monkey in Northbridge at 7pm.

In other bloggy news – guess what? I won the Revolution theme contest! W00t. It’s a little more complicated to configure it all to my satisfaction but watch this space. Demo.


Guera February 17, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Oh, you have nothing to worry about Cellobella! I’m currently working on my post about our meetup and it’ll be all good, of course!

Kelley February 17, 2008 at 3:58 pm

So of course you talked about me…. bwaaaaa haaaa haaaaaaa.

I am so jealous, I would love to meet up with other bloggers!

Leigh February 17, 2008 at 4:42 pm

So jealous! Sounds like you had a great day.

Congrats on winning that theme, look forward to seeing it in action.

Cellobella February 17, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Actually Kelley – I believe Magneto Bold Too was mentioned… :)

Leigh – it might take a while – much more complex than normal themes. *worried look*

Guera – I’m not looking forward to that photo… ;)

Meg February 18, 2008 at 7:12 am

Jealous and still bummed :( Congrats on the theme – I have every confidence you’ll get the hang of it.

Erin February 18, 2008 at 8:01 am

I don’t know if Perth is -that- small … non-Perth readers might get the wrong idea!!

I think it’s more that Perth is scarily connected. It’s a case of two degrees of separation. There might be 1.5 million people living here, but somehow we all know each other… :P

squib February 18, 2008 at 9:28 am

How do you update wordpress without messing it up? I’ve been too afraid to try

cerebralmum February 18, 2008 at 10:00 am

Sounds like a great day! And congrats on winning Revolution. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it. The magazine themes are a little more complicated to use from what I’ve seen, but you’ll be fine! :)

Cellobella February 18, 2008 at 11:47 am

And it depends on which version you have.

For example if it’s from 2.3.2 to 2.3.3 there are only a few files to replace where as if you’re making a big jump you really need to replace the lot.

There is a plug-in (which I couldn’t get to work)but you might have better luck.

More on the Aussie Bloggers forum.,1141.0.html

Good luck!


squib February 18, 2008 at 3:14 pm

It sounds too risky!!

But thanks

cellobella February 18, 2008 at 5:45 pm

Hmmm more risky not to have the security fixes methinks :) But if you’re nervous you could wait until the next big upgrade.

Aussie bloggers seems to have regular updates on it.

Babyamore (Trish) February 18, 2008 at 9:24 pm

congratulations on winning the theme and meeting up with Guera and The Food Pornographer.

I have met up with a few people I met online. They all turned out to be just as I imagined. I know more about my online friends than real life ones.

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