What do you wear when you’re going to lunch with someone who hosts regular Fashion Friday columns on her blog? This is what I was pondering all week. Flare pants are still in style, right? I’d think as a sifted through my increasingly dwindling collection of “outfits that make me look pregnant not amorphous” in my closet (since all my maternity clothes are threadbare from overuse). Then I’d remember reading something about skinny pants being all the rage, briefly ponder pegging my flare pants to make them look like some $300 jeans I saw Heidi Klum wearing, recall the unfortunate results that my pants-pegging efforts yielded back in junior high (and the fact that I am not Heidi Klum), and give up in defeat.
Anyway, I forgot all about my fashion concerns when I sat down at the table to have lunch with Melanie of the Big Mama blog this afternoon. She is actually as sweet, funny and delightful as you’d guess from her blog — I know, I know, that’s right from the “met a blogger in real life” post template, but I really mean it. For those of you who aren’t familiar with her site, her posts cover everything from her views about decorating with freebie NRA plaques to God’s infinite love for each of us.
I’ve met quite a few other people through blogging over the years, and our lunch today reminded me that my experience has been that people’s real-life personalities tend to be very much like the personalities you perceive from their blogs. I am always pleasantly surprised to realize just how, well, real people are on their blogs after getting to know them offline. And perhaps that’s why so many of us enjoy reading blogs so much: because you tend to get honest glimpses into the lives of regular people, a little touch of much-needed human connection in our increasingly isolated world.
If anyone else has had experiences meeting people in real life after getting to know them through blogs first, I’d be interested to hear about it. Whom did you meet? Did you find that their personalities were similar to what you’d expected after reading their blogs?
* I’m really enjoying throwing out casual mentions of my lunch, as if leaving the house for afternoon engagements with interesting ladies is something I do regularly, casually or spontaneously and not with a difficulty level on par with splitting the atom.
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