Facebook. Linked In. Twitter.
We've come up with so many new ways to connect, inside the ether called the Internet. At any given moment, we can read that so-and-so is eating a ham sandwich or someone is listening to Pearl Jam.
But how connected are we, really? Without face-to-face interface, how well can we really know the person behind the monitor?
Some prefer doing their networking via these social sites....
I prefer meeting In Real Life.
Fellow bloggers I have seen with my own two peepers:
Bill and Julie
Jeff Gordon and Fabo Liz
Kathi, aka Vet To The Stars
Sweet sprite Delia
Patrick-of-the-Million Watt-Smile and Beth, his lucky wife
John, the Born Again Birdwatcher
Mike and those 10000 Birds
I've even met LURKERS. Hi, Beth! Comment early, and comment often!
*Quick side-story...we were at the owl prowl at Cape May, and talking about Beth knowing who Lynne was, who I was, who Laura was...Someone said, "Lynne has groupies!" and my big mouth said, LOUDLY, "What? Lynne HAS HERPES????"
Where was I? Oh, yeah.
Next April, at the New River Birding Festival, I will be adding to that list.
Just as in birding when you see that life bird, and you always remember where you were when you first saw it, so goes meeting blog-buddies.
Tomorrow night, I get to be in the company of Nina, Kathi and Julie. I did a program at a nearby school, and the teacher said she had booked this artist/birder/naturalist person for November. I asked who and she said, "Julie Zickefoose." ACK!
So I emailed Julie and called dibs on her for dinner. We are meeting the teacher and some others for dinner, then we get to head over to Nina's for post-dinner wine. And laughing. And cackling. And story-telling.
See why I like face-to-face?