Day 5 of 7 posts in 7 days…is exhausting, and so glad to hear others are having similar struggles getting through this blogging challenge.
Since I did blog twice this week (Tuesday and Thursday) in advance of the Behold Conference in honor of two of the far-away bloggers who will be there, I thought it would be fun to list seven other bloggers I wish I could meet at Behold. I know I will be seeing lots of bloggers I know in real life already, like Marcia, and Marie, and Bonnie, and Katie, and Kelly, and I’m sure more that I’m forgetting. I don’t think of these women at all as “bloggers,” just as people I know and love who happen to have blogs.
Like many people, I have a like/love/hate relationship with all things online. But I’m really struck by how connected I’ve become with women online that I’ve never met. And while I know a few of them from yahoo -e-group days when there was a lot of conversation, I don’t really “connect” much with them, as I’m not a very-often commenter. But I like getting to see what people are up to.
These are women (all women, it turns out) I’d love to have coffee with, mostly because they are just normal women with blogs, rather than Big Name Bloggers® (not that there is anything wrong with that). I know there are more than seven, but I’m just going to quickly list until I get to seven, and maybe do this again. They are not blogs one must follow, or even visit, they are just several of my particular online people. There’s no particular order here.
1. Faith of Household Diary.
Faith is one of the earliest people I met online, on several now-defunct yahoo groups on children’s literature and homeschooling. She is just real, and a kindred spirit.
Thinking of how I first “met” Faith, reminded me that Melissa should be listed here.
Well, okay, Melissa is a Big Name Author®), but I am adding her here because I also knew her through some old yahoo groups from years back (and a Maud Hart Lovelace e-list we’re both still on). I love the ways she writes, and I find her blog and all her writing, whether about tidal homeschooling, poetry, internet life, or books, so encouraging, uplifting and funny.
Back when we had a girls book group at our house, Melissa was slated to be a “virtual” guest author (we had several in-person visits and several “virtual” visits over the years), but it had to be cancelled at the last moment because my father was hospitalized and I headed to Ohio. We never were able to reschedule and it’s a big regret.
Okay, maybe she is a Big Name Blogger® (I’m not sure what the criteria is), but Katie is really real. I don’t even know if she’s Catholic or not, but she’d certainly be welcome at Behold. I cannot recall how I stumbled across Katie’s blog, but I love her weight loss journey, her writings about running, writing about a family friend’s cancer treatment, and just her real-ness.
I discovered Nancy shortly after I joined Twitter, when Dorian Speed (for my next list?) said, “Just realized that NancyO and Nancy Piccione are not the same person.” We are both gray-haired, but she is more refined.
I am I keep forgetting about Nancy’s blog because I can’t figure out how to follow someone on tumblr or get e-mail updates without figuring out tumblr, and I can barely blog for seven days straight, much less figure out. And I do see her comments around the Internet on different Catholic blogs. Her photos and reflections on European architecture, travel and Catholic life make me feel smarter even when I only have a moment to skim.
I’m actually Facebook friends (one of a few I’ve never met) with Mary, and I’m not really sure how that happened. I think it may be because we have DC friends in common–my friends from way back when we lived there. I really, really enjoy her both on Facebook and on the rare times when I can check in with her blog. Her recipes look terrific, she’s really real about her life in general. She’d be a fun coffee date.
I “know” Colleen and Matt Swaim because I’ve reviewed books by both of them (and one, Your College Faith, written by both of them). Matt is the new host of the SonRise Morning Show on EWTN, which I understand is terrific.
There are a handful of authors who I would love to meet some day, and I’ve even arranged to do that a few times (hi, Robin Davis!). Colleen is one of them. She feels like a (much) younger sister to me, we are that similar, and yet different, in the way sisters are–does that make sense? It does to me.
I featured Katie back when I reviewed Adam & Eve after the pill. Again, I don’t keep up with Katie or her blog that much, but I thought of her when I was considering people I’d love to see at Behold. This close-to -graduation med student is now expecting her first child and getting ready for residency. She just seems like fun.
As I finish this, I am thinking of so many more people I’ve come to know online and would love to meet in real life. I definitely want to do this again!
Also linking up here with Jen’s 7 Quick Takes.