Nearly three weeks ago, I saw that a fellow blogger that I have followed since 2005 or thereabouts, was in St. Louis, not to far from where I live. A few days later he posted that he was in Iowa City, close enough for rural southeast Iowa to be considered my backyard though it is about an hour and a half drive from my home. So I sent a shout out via Facebook and eventually we agreed to meet at a small Mexican restaurant between where he was staying and where I lived. As I drove towards our meeting place, I wasn't quite sure what I would say or how meeting someone I have known for 13 years but have never met in person would be like.
With the exception of one person who got me started in blogging and used to read my blog, I have mostly remained anonymous with my blog. I guess I just like it that way. In the beginning, it was because it allowed me the freedom to say some things that others that knew me might not like to hear. Then I got married and had children and it became partly about just protecting them from things that I have said. These days it is mostly just habit that I still loosely keep my blogging identity anonymous, even though many of my readers know my real identity through other social media platforms.
It turned out I had a lot in common with Sage as he used to refer to himself. He has a southern accent and drinks unsweetened tea. I don't have a southern accent and drink diet colas. He is a minister, I'm not. Seriously though, he has been writing in journals for much of his life as have I. He is well read as I am sometimes classified. He loves boating and just being outdoors as do I. When I walked up to him in the park across from the Mexican restaurant, there wasn't much of a pause in the conversation for the next couple hours as we gabbed about this and that. It was a lot of fun.
As I drove back home, I pondered that it probably shouldn't be surprising that we had a great time. After all, just the act of blogging, at least long term anyway, probably assures that we would have similar personalities and I probably would get along well with all those that frequently read my blog or leave comments. It made me think that perhaps I should reach out more often to those in my area of the world. I know for sure that if I'm ever in the vicinity of his state, I will definitely have to repay the favor and stop by for a visit.
Thanks for the lunch Sage/Jeff. Stop back anytime.