This week, I went on my very first blate (that’s blogging date, for those of you who are new around here). I recently celebrated two years of blogging and I had never met a blogger friend in real life. So as I drove to meet the lovely Lisette, I got weirdly nervous.
Obviously I had no reason to be. But here are some things I definitely freaked out about.
1. I could totally be catfished.
Oh I’ve seen the show. People pull of pretending to be people they aren’t for years. Why couldn’t it happen in blog world? It totally could. And you don’t really realize this until you’re driving to meet your blog friend in real life for the first time.
2. This is weirdly a lot like online dating. But for friends.
I’m a little nervous. A little excited. Is she as awesome in real life as she is on her blog? On gchat? And via text? I never had the opportunity to online date (though it kind of does seem fun) so this is the closest I’m going to get.
3. What if we love each others blogs but hate each other in person?
At some point it crosses your mind that you might just not get along. How awkward would that be? I just kept wondering if my online persona and my actual self are too different. That she’d feel like I was lying in how I portrayed myself online. Even after I wrote that post, it’s still something I feel weird about.
4. I should have dressed trendier.
Isn’t that what people do when they meet other bloggers? Well I’m no fashion blogger. I like to feel good in what I’m wearing so I wore jeans (that I always wear), boots (that I always wear), and this shirt from Target. It wasn’t anything special or super trendy but it was very me.
5. What if we run out of things to talk about?
This wound up being one of the most ridiculous worries. Three hours later, we still hadn’t left the restaurant. How had three hours gone by so fast? That’s probably because as fun as it is to talk blogging on a blog, it’s way more fun to talk blogging with a real person in real life.
Basically I was just like…
Lisette, thanks for being so wonderful in person and making my first blate not scary and totally fun.