GratiTuesday: Another blogger meet-up

As I wrote about in an earlier post, I have had the special privilege of meeting several of my favorite bloggers face-to-face. Virtual friendships can form in the blogging community as we get to know each other by reading the bits and pieces we share over time. When the opportunity presents itself to actually meet, it is a real treat.

From the moment I “met” Donna via her blog, Retirement Reflections, I knew I liked her. In addition to having several things in common (we are about the same age, retired a few years ago, are active and enjoy traveling, and tend to view life through an optimistic lens), our differences were also interesting to me. For instance, she’s Canadian, a grandmother, and has lived overseas (I’m not, not, and haven’t).

When I learned that Donna, her husband, and dog, Cody would be staying for a month in a desert community not too far from where I live, I jumped at the chance to arrange a meet-up. Fortunately for me she was also interested and, after some back and forth picking a date, we finally managed to meet yesterday for a nice, long lunch.

So, what did we talk about? Blogging, of course!

We both agreed how nice it was to be able to talk about all the ins and outs and ups and downs of blogging with someone who was actually interested. We shared ideas, tips, frustrations, suggestions, and stories. We talked about the many bloggers we follow (were your ears burning yesterday?) and how much we appreciated everyone’s varied focus and writing styles.

We also gave each other encouragement. When I mentioned that I hadn’t been posting as often lately, Donna said that she had noticed and had been missing me (wow!). She is newer to the blogosphere than I am and is still brimming over with ideas. I, on the other hand, sometimes feel that my writing well can get a little dry. Donna helped me realize that I may have a few more things to say before Retirementally Challenged is tossed on the ever-expanding ash heap of long-forgotten blogs.


If you don’t already follow Donna’s blog, I hope you will check it out… and follow… and comment (we both agreed that we love comments and interacting with our readers). It’s well-written, openhearted, and always interesting. After meeting her, I can say that her blog reflects her personality perfectly.

I am so grateful that I, once again, had the opportunity to meet a fellow blogger face-to-face. It is so gratifying to be able to transform a two-dimensional writer of a blog I follow into a three-dimensional friend.

Author: Janis @

My blog is about travel, relationships, photography, and whatever else pops into my head (even, sometimes, issues surrounding retirement and aging).

39 thoughts on “GratiTuesday: Another blogger meet-up”

  1. Always love to hear stories of bloggers who get to meet and talk in person! Nothing like it! I have a fellow blogging friend here is Sacramento and we just started getting together on a regular basis to talk about, well…blogging! You and I will have to get together when we come down that way again! Christmas time!

  2. What a nice encounter, Janis. I’ll definitely check out Donna’s blog, and I hope I will get to meet some of my favorite bloggers over time as well. I didn’t feel my ears burning yesterday. 🙂

    “It is so gratifying to be able to transform a two-dimensional writer of a blog I follow into a three-dimensional friend.” With a closing statement like that, I am sure you still have a lot of good writing in you! Let it all out… 🙂

    1. Since you move around so often with your house sitting, I would think that meet-ups could be very possible for you… it seems that bloggers are just about everywhere! One of these days, I hope we can too, especially now that you are in California. 🙂

  3. How nice that you got to meet a fellow blogger in our niche! It sounds like a very enjoyable time. I followed your recommendation and took a look at Donna’s blog. Thank you!


  4. Janis, very cool. I have met two of them and it is quite fun. Please keep doing this and if you ever find your way to NC, please let me know. Keith

  5. How cool! Meet-ups sound great, and that’s a great picture of you and Donna.

    I’m with you on the whole delayed posts thing. I’ve been in a rut with ideas and fresh takes on things, and I think it’s always better to wait until the muse hits you. Don’t worry… it will come. I tell myself that nearly every day, so I hope it’s true!

    1. I agree, it’s better to wait until we have something interesting (we hope, anyway) to say rather than just post “stuff.” The last thing we want as retired bloggers is to feel as if it’s a job – an unpaid one at that! I always enjoy your posts so please don’t fade away!

  6. Sounds fun! I have another meet-up to write about if I ever get to that point in my vacation blogging. I also popped over to Donna’s blog – that concert she went to was amazing.

    1. I would love to read about your meet-up!

      Yes, the concert sounded truly incredible! I’m not much of a concert-goer, but seeing all of those legends in one place would have been a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  7. Truly a gift to meet in person, when you both already have so much in common, and know so much about each other. And it so true that it is hard to talk to people in our lives about blogging–because they really have no idea what is actually involved. Good for you for grabbing the opportunity when it presented itself!

    1. It was a nice opportunity and felt so comfortable from the beginning. Anyone listening to us who didn’t blog probably would have been rolling their eyes (although her lovely hubby joined us for a bit and he didn’t seem too bored 🙂 ).

  8. Thanks, Janis for a great meet-up and a terrific post! Thanks also to all of your readers who have stopped by my blog. I have greatly appreciated their visits and comments. I have also found some wonderful new blogs to follow in the process!

    1. It was so nice to meet you in person and get to know you even better. I am also happy to have introduced your blog to others… I know they will like it as much as I do!

      I hope Cody is feeling better now that the weather has turned a little cooler.

      Have a safe drive home!

  9. I am soooooo jealous. Two of my fav bloggers got to meet. Two women who I would also love to sit down with for a long chat! Ah, maybe someday.

    1. Thanks, Pat! My problem is that I am usually totally unaware of where the bloggers that I follow live. Good thing that Janis was totally on top of that! If you are ever in the Vancouver Island area please give me a shout — I would also love to sit down for that long chat!

  10. I’m already a follower of Donna’s and love her energy and her writing. How wonderful that the two of you were able to connect!

    We make friends in this virtual world, and it’s so nice when that friendship makes it to the real world 🙂

    Janis, I hope you won’t consider abandoning your blog. I’m sure you have many more stories and insights in you to share. I’m thinking that your accident just really disrupted your life, but hopefully you’ll find your muse again soon 🙂

    1. Hi, Joanne – Thank you for your kind words. And I totally second your comment about Janis’s blog!

    2. I don’t think I will abandon my blog anytime soon. I may go through periods of fewer posts, though. Interesting thought about my accident having an impact… I’ll have to consider that possibility. I have a feeling it’s more that I want to explore some additional creative outlets in my retirement. But, right now I have three or four… or five posts in mind so I’m not going anywhere. 🙂

  11. Interesting about meeting up with fellow bloggers. I’m relatively new to blogging and trying to learn by reading more established bloggers like yourself. Lovely blog by the way. Once I become a bit more established I think the idea of meeting up with fellow bloggers here in England is something I might try. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Hi John! Thanks for visiting my blog and the comment. Meeting other bloggers face-to-face was definitely a blogging bonus I hadn’t anticipated when I first started. It’s like I have pen pals all over the world, and as I travel, I hope to meet many of them.

      I enjoyed looking at your blog and will definitely be a follower.

    1. How nice of you to nominate me! I’ve made it a policy, though, not to participate in blog awards… except if they involve massive amounts of money or all-expense-paid trips as prizes (kidding… kind of). I did enjoy reading your post about the award and your answers to the questions, non-the-less.

      1. Yeah, it’s a decision that we each have to make. It’s always been a moot point for me since this is my first nomination. Didn’t know about the ones with vacay bennies HA! Just a joke.

    1. It was really a special treat! A few of us retirement bloggers have written about how difficult it can be to make new friends since we no longer work. It seems that we all agree how special the blogger community is in that regard.

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