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Welcome to day three of Armchair BEA! I'm having so much fun with this event - I'm so glad I'm able to participate! Today's topic is networking in real life. I think it would be absolutely amazing to meet some of my blogging friends in real life. I have two that come to mind straight away, and I know for sure I'd be really good friends with them 'in real life', but of course they both live far away! I'm seriously going to make it my mission in life to meet up with them someday. ;-)
I've met a few bloggers online who live nearby. One of my blogging friends only lives half an hour away, so she's probably the likeliest for a real life meet-up. I was invited to the Ontario Blog Squad meet-up late last year, but I didn't have any way to get there. It made me sad because it was only two hours away, and I knew quite a few of the girls who would be there. I guess they're organizing another one though, so maybe I'll have better luck next time! There are also book signings two hours away, but again, I have no way to get there, so every time I hear of a favorite author coming to Toronto, it makes me want to cry (I seriously got teary when I heard Sarah Dessen was in Toronto last year - she's been one of my favorite authors since I was a teen). I desperately wish I either had friends in real life who enjoyed reading, or that I could find book bloggers who were close enough that I could actually do things/go to events with.
The only book signing I've ever been to was for Gail Vaz-Oxlade, host of Till Debt Do Us Part, and Princess. I've been watching Till Debt for quite awhile, and since my sister-in-law and I are both fans of Gail, we got tickets for the luncheon/presentation/book signing she did in March. We made friends with two of the girls at our table, and it was fun to network in that way, but I have to say I really wish one of these days I'd meet a fellow book blogger or two who really get it, and who I could talk books with. Hopefully soon!
What about you? Have you made real life connections with fellow bloggers?