The Best Part

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.

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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.

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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. 

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12 Responses to The Best Part

  1. danica July 27, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    AHHHH I can’t believe you two got to meet :) So fun! Glad you had a great time, and I must agree, this is the best part of blogging and social media.

  2. Beth (Running with the Sunrise) July 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    That is so neat that you were able to meet up! I’m sure meeting up with someone you know in a strange city was really comforting.

    Good luck this weekend!

  3. Travel Spot July 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Blogger meetups are the best! I think that through blogging, you really get to know a person so well before you even meet them! Everyone I have met through blogging is exactly how I thought they would be, based on their blog. It’s great!

  4. Susan July 28, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Aron, you are my “go to girl” when it comes to all things running! Even though I don’t have a blog, I so love reading yours! :-) Hope our paths cross sometime soon.

  5. runner26 July 28, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    I totally agree! And it has meant even more to me now that I am home with a baby and can’t have the social life I used to. Not to mention the support I’ve gotten from other athletic/blogging mamas. It’s really quite priceless.

    Glad you had a great time with the blogger meet ups ;)

  6. Jess July 28, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    What fun!

    Blogging can become tedious, that’s why I took a 6 month hiatus. The break was refreshing, but I missed it too much to leave it permanently.

  7. Cate July 28, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    That’s pretty much the only thing that keeps me blogging sometimes! Can’t wait to hang with you after the race tomorrow!

  8. Page July 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    SO glad you got to meet her – I now obsessively follow Marlene too :) I want to hear more about Canada…

  9. Kashi @ Cape Island Runners July 29, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    THis is a very niuce post to read as I am just getting into blogging. I have been reading blogs (incl yours!) for a few yrs now and was ready to make my own leap into the fray. My blog is less than 2 months old (www.capeislandrunners.wordpress.com) so I would love to hear any advice you have on how to meet up with other bloggers and get to know more people. Thanks and happy running today!

  10. petra July 30, 2012 at 4:12 am #

    I can totally agree with it – it’s how I got to meet you sweet Aron! It’s wonderful and heartening and lovely and it’s also the reason I can’t give up blogging – it’s all the connections!

  11. Marlene July 30, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    I am so so glad we finally had the chance to connect in person. I still remember your email with the subject “OMG” when you first told me you were coming this way. SO MUCH FUN! Loved learning that we have even more than we realized in common, too! Hope we have another chance to hang out really soon.

    Thanks for the sweet words in this post. Definitely mutual! You were just as I expected you to be (except a bit taller, hehe) and that’s a compliment!

    <3

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