Sometimes I get frustrated with blogging and I question whether or not I want to continue. It’s not like I have to do it, it’s completely by choice, but every so often it sounds nice to just drop off the blogosphere and not think about it anymore.
Then there are weeks like this week that I am reminded why I love to blog and what the best part of blogging and social media is.
I was in Toronto all week for a conference. It is a completely new city to me, and in a different country! I am not a big traveller. This was actually the first time I have used my passport to get out of the country (the previous couple times I could use my birth certificate). I am however a homebody who gets homesick easily, especially when travelling alone.
Good morning Toronto! The view from one of my many runs along the water.
So here I was in this big new city without knowing anyone feeling homesick for California.
Yet I did know people and did have friends here!
After almost 4 years (yes I checked back to when I started commenting… September 2008 to be exact) of blog reading and interacting I finally got to meet Marlene in real life.
Although it’s not the best picture (and was taken after we had just escaped a heavy downpour), it is proof that it happened.
We went for a run (obviously) and had dinner, where we got to have hours of conversation that wasn’t over email. I feel like I have known Marlene for years just by interacting with her through blogging, email, twitter, etc, and it was easily carried over into real life interaction. She is just as nice and down to earth as she comes across in her blog and I was so happy we finally got to connect.
I remembered that another used-to-be blogger that I have met a couple times, Marci, lived somewhere in the area too, so I reached out to her. Sure enough she was nearby and free, so she also came to visit me for a run and dinner! Although I have met her a couple times, this was the first time we had a chance to really get to know each other and it was really great. Another run and dinner with hours of talking was a great way to spend my last night there.
Both of these girls I would have never have met if it weren’t for blogging. It’s such a great thing to be able to travel all over the country, and even out of the country, and know you have friends many places you go.
This week reconfirmed to be why I love blogging and social media, and why I continue to be involved. Despite the occasional negativity that comes with it, there really is a great community of amazing runners, and more so, amazing people, that I am proud to be a part of. I love that I can call women like these my friends and without social media, I would have never met them, or many of the people I have become great friends with.
This, hands down, is the best part of it all. The community and the friends that have come with it.
The social media love is set to continue through the weekend since it’s The San Francisco Marathon weekend! Between Ambassador meet ups, the shake out run, social media meet ups and the actual race, I have a feeling I am going to be filled with blogger and social media love.