Over the years we have met some of the nicest people through blogs. I think you can tell from reading the blog if they are nice online, they are likely nice in person.
When we planned the trip to Ireland, I realized we were only a day's travel from London, and when going from Dublin to London we would pass by within a few short miles of the village that John Gray from Going Gently lives in. I reached out to him and offered to meet for breakfast or dinner.
He is exactly who you would expect him to be from reading his blog. Honest, warm, welcoming, with a wry sense of humor. Be kind and treat him well and he will be a wonderful friend and neighbor. I only wish I lived 3,000 miles closer.
We took a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead in Wales, then the local train from there to Conwy, a delightful town with the best preserved medieval castle in the UK. We stayed in the delightful Castle Hotel, with a history stretching back over 200 years. The room was modern, spacious and plush.
I made reservations for the dining room, and right on time I spotted John walking down the street. We talked and ate for nearly three hours. It was like spending time with a long lost friend I had never met before. He has led a fascinating life, and is an amazing story teller. If you are ever in his neck of the woods, email him and see if he is available for you to buy him dinner.
This is not my first blogger meet up, and likely not my last. I always reach out in comments, and to the email in the profile. If I don't get an answer, I don't push - that would be stalking. We have met some wonderful, close friends through blogging.
Would you accept my offer to buy you dinner if I was passing by your town? If you are in DC, I am often available to meet for breakfast or lunch.