didn't plan this one

Monday, December 1, 2008

when i started this blog 11 months ago (!) i had no idea what i was getting myself into.

i had about 15 readers - all of whom were members of my immediate family or friends that i forced to read and comment daily.


i knew there were blogs that i liked, which i didn't have the guts to comment on. i knew that i hated to capitalize (even though i know how to) and i knew i could create interesting semi-interesting content that someone out on the internet could find entertaining.

there was one thing though that i didn't anticipate. that i would ever make real life friends from blogging - let alone plan a cleveland blogger meet-up. who would have thought? it makes me laugh out loud sometimes when i think about it. i couldn't have planned this.


i've been really fortunate in that i have meet and become good friends with some amazing people from simply writing this little website.

point in case this past saturday.


my blogger buddies angilio and elle_michelle were in town visiting from chicago. i've been lucky enough to have met both of them before but this time involved a lot more drinking.


starting out at rockbottom (where elle_michelle unfortunately had to leave us), moving on to howl at the moon, the maproom and finally d'vine wine bar for a late night bottle of white star bubbles - my favorite we had such a fun time. there also may or may not have been late night gyros involved. opa!

i'm seriously thankful to have met a great friend like angilio (dayton flyers unite!) from blogging. all you need to do is check out the next couple of pictures to show why we are officially new BFF's (i'm talking to you too pam).



angie bribing one of the musicians on stage at howl at the moon.


how can you not love her?!?


the klutz's sister, who is SO much fun, drinking a massive miller lite (yes, it was full)

it was such a great night for everyone. and ang, i hope you and pam enjoyed my couch and loveseat, you can have a sleepover anytime you are in town!

i knew blogging was going to be a great creative outlet for me, but i'm glad i'm making some friends out of it too.

to my fellow bloggers: anything else unexpected happen to you when you started blogging?

29 comments:

  1. I'm still surprised that people read, and then keep coming back!

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  2. That is the biggest beer I have ever seen!!!!

    I think for me bogging has made me realize that I like to write. I never have before or ever really tried. At least not in a open forum. I always have had journals, but those are just for personal use. At first It took me awhile to get into blogging. I think I did like one post in the first six months I had a blog. The more I blog, the more I liked it.

    Also, even if you don't know the people who's blog you read, but there is something about blogging that makes you feel like you do. Like being comfortable with a stranger.

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  3. I realized that no one ever asks about how my life is any more b/c they feel like they know everything that is going on! (Which they sort of do.)

    On the bright side, I got to meet you. ;)

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  4. hahaha. oooooh seriously, that second picture?!? i still cant get over the fact that we saw mr boa man again late night and he high-fived me! great, great times my dear :)

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  5. That seems like good times. Sadly, the first blogger meet up I ever went to ended in a fist fight where I got punched, and then two of the fighters faced off in a knife fight.

    I wish I were making that up.

    I don't really meet up with bloggers anymore.

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  6. I'm with you. Definitely never anticipated making so many great friends from blogging - both virtual and right here in Cleveland. I consider myself pretty lucky :)

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  7. Cleveland and Chicago were pretty unexpected, but fantastic, none the less.

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  8. I never considered flying to Boston to be surrounded by people I've never met before but you best believe I'm going to!

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  9. I'm the same as you-- I never thought I'd make friends IRL from blogging.

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  10. I still havent been to a blogger meet up.

    Damnit.

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  11. Even though I know there's no way I could ever hang with you Cleveland-style, I still feel all warm and fuzzy when I read posts like this one. I think the unexpected thing for me about blogging was making real-life friends. One of my blogger friends not only has become a real-life friend, but Sweets has become friends with her husband. I never ever expected that to happen.

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  12. 11 months?!? You're a rock star. I've been blogging over 3 years, and get nowhere near the amount of comments you do!

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  13. they make those beers? And I gave up beer? (temporarily) When I have one, I'm gonna have that one, so I can have a massive drink and rationalize it in my own mind as one beer.

    Nothins happened to me. except maybe saying 10 times I'm going to marry my manfriend on the internet, when we very first met...and then him sorta mentioning nonchalant that he may have found and read my blog. Its kind of taboo with us. we dont discuss it. I just know he 'could' read so im more mindful of mentioning the m word. At least, every day.

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  14. I would have to agree that the friendships that transpire as a result of blogging is the most wonderfully unexpected side effects of blogging :)

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  15. you are my blogfriend, too.

    P.S. went to high school with Ang!

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  16. Yeah, but was there any face biting or boob signing?

    I didn't think so.

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  17. Everything that has happened to me thanks to blogging has been unexpected. I never thought anyone I didn't know personally would read my blog, and then it just... took off. I would say the most unexpected thing was the amazing bloggy bridal shower.

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  18. All the groupie sex.

    And Ang* if you are reading I am a terrible person for not coming out. Please don't kill me.

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  19. yay for blogger meetups. i'm so excited for the LA one this friday. i didn't really plan a whole lot, but i'm hoping it's a good turnout.

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  20. i love bloggy meet ups and hopefully one day I'll get to meet you too! I can't wait for the next Chicago one. We're quite a group.

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  21. narm! i agree - terrible form.
    alexa told me i wasn't allowed to twitter-hate you that night though. so you should thank her.
    maybe next time...

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  22. I am continually surprised by the interesting people who are reading and commenting on my blog. And I've been lucky to meet one blogger so far. It was incredible!

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  23. I had the author of one of the books I read post on my blog! Now I'm famous ;)

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  24. The after effects of people not liking what you write was unexpected...hate mail, threatened lawsuits, anonymous slipping of blogs under people's door in an effort to get you in trouble, etc. I thought people that didn't like it simply wouldn't read...who knew?

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  25. I never thought would actually read it.

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  26. Every day I'm grateful to have readers. Now, if only I can go to one of these meet-ups!

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  27. I didn't expect to meet half the people I have when I started blogging. To think that my social life would involve a giant group of Chicago bloggers since I started is just insane. I'm so lucky :)

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