Wednesday, September 9, 2009

In the Presence of Sizzle

Meeting up with a fellow blogger can feel a little like embarking on an Internet date or meeting someone famous. In some respect, we're all each other's fans—so the thought of actually seeing one another face-to-face is sort of a thrill.

Tonight, as I drove to a sushi restaurant not far from work, I had a bit of a butterfly-filled stomach. I was going to meet THE Miss Sizzle. I've been reading her blog for quite some time and I see her all over the blogosphere. She seems to know everyone, and everyone seems to know her, and in my book that makes you a celebrity. I was prepared to ask for her autograph when I sat down.

The difference between great bloggers like Sizz and celebrities, however, is that there's no way they are as cool as she was. The word that comes to mind is "captivating." She has this great energy that makes you feel like you've known her forever but that you also want to know more. She is a fabulous storyteller—the kind who doesn't leave out a single (juicy) detail. And her fashion sense...get out. I felt like Holly Hobby next to her in her sassy purple dress.

But one of the best things about her was that her friends were equally cool. You can tell a lot about people by who their friends are. I love when I meet someone's friend for the first time and they are warm and welcoming and funny. It just reaffirms everything good I know about the original person. I remember thinking that about Mr. W when I met his friends. They're all good people. Good people attract good people. It's a delightful phenomenon, really.

Sizzle's clan was a blast, and I particularly enjoyed chatting with another fellow blogger who writes this blog. Great guy.

Hopefully this night is just one of many spent with new friends from the vast reaches of Internet space.


Alysha said...

Look at you! Knocking off the hidden world of bloggers one by one!

brookem said...

two of my favorite bloggers meet! epic!
now... get to boston!
come on.... you and mr. w are looking for a nice autumn trip, right?

justrun said...

Oh yay! Two of my favorites. So great!

SoMi's Nilsa said...

Oh yay, you met Sizzle! I met her at BlogHer and got to welcome her into my home a few days later. She really is a special person. And if you clicked with her the way it sounds like you did, it makes me want to meet you that much more!

Mel Heth said...

Alysha - I know! It was really fun. It's amazing how many great people I've met through this little bloggie.

Brookem - I have a better idea - you and Manfriend come out for an LA vacation! :) I PROMISE if I'm ever coming to Boston you will be on my agenda.

JustRun - It was great! And it totally makes me want to meet all the rest of you.

Nilsa - I know! I thought about you last night - we would all have such a great time together. Maybe we need to make our own BlogHer next year. :)

Anonymous said...

Aha! So you meet with other bloggers AND travel to Long Beach! ROTFL

Sounds like a great meeting with another blogger. Hope there are more to come.

It's a shame there's no guy equivalent of BlogHer. Of course, it would involve more grunting and copious amounts of beer. :)

Sizzle said...

It was SO GREAT to meet you in person. You're such a doll! And I am glad that my oversharing can be seen as juicy storytelling. ;-) I hope our paths cross again. What fun would it be to hang with Nilsa, you and Brooke and Justrun!? Hello! FUN!

thecoconutdiaries said...

Meeting bloggers in person is like opening a present. Or a box of chocolates. On that talks and drinks with you.