Meeting Clink

So one of the last things that happened to me in 2007, as you may already know, is that I met Clink.

If you don’t know my blogging history, the short version is this:

Molly worked for me. She started blogging. A lot. She got attention. A lot. She convinced me to blog. Here I am. One of her regular readers (and vice/versa) was Clink.

Clink and Molly became more than just blogging buddies. They are like sisters. Even though they haven’t ‘met’ —  yet. (Oh, and, by the way, when they do meet, they will discover how much more they are going to dig each other.) Molly and I would regularly talk about blogging stuff and other bloggers. And then two things happened.

I forget the order, but one day Clink wrote about an old Patriots garbage can that her fiance wanted to keep when they moved in together. She was ready to toss it, but I was able to give her some feedback on why its is more than a garbage can. So much more.

Then, another day, Clink sent a package of homemade oreos (and other assorted goodies) to Molly (and, well, by default, me). OK, I admit, I might have been in on the whole thing. 😉

So I have Molly to thank for getting me into this blogging thing. And I also have her to thank for ‘introducing’ me to Clink.

As time went on, I learned a few things, one of them being that Clink got her man tickets to the Patriots/Giants game for his birthday.

As the game drew closer, my cousin asked if I wanted to go. Hell yeah, I said. I may have passed up Game Two of the World Series, but I wasn’t going to screw up again.

I emailed Clink and told her I was going. There were going to be more than 70,000 people at the game. The chances of meeting were slim — until we found out we were only a few sections apart, on the same level.

Part of me felt guilty that I would actually meet her before Molly. But, what can you do? So, there we were, in the Meadowlands, awaiting history when we agreed to meet before the game. Two blogging buddies, ready to put down the keyboard and mouse and actually meet.

We left our seats and went to our designated meeting point. And for about 15-20 minutes, I had the pleasure of connecting with a fellow blogger. Sure, we hadn’t ‘met’, but that didn’t even matter. We had formed some type of bond. And, talking with Clink and her fiance was like connecting with people I had known for years. It was so normal — in the nicest possible way! She’s fabulous. He’s fabulous. They are fabulous.

It’s not easy for someone who doesn’t blog to understand the connections that can be formed here. But I know some of you have met other bloggers and lived to tell about it. Behind the keyboard, monitor and mouse are real people. And as I discovered behind the upper deck of the Meadowlands Saturday night — real friends. 

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13 Comments on “Meeting Clink”

  1. Stormy says:

    Since I know the three people who read my blog, I can’t relate to making friends via blogging. I can relate to making friends online. I’m a member of countless message boards (look for a post on that at some point.) & I frequent some more than others. I have become friends with a bunch, some closer than others. I’ve met a couple face to face & have spoken to others on the phone. I definitely consider them real friends.

    I’m glad you guys got to meet!

  2. milwaukeebuckeye says:

    I recently found all of you on here. I am pretty sure I found Molly’s blog first, then yours, then Clink just this weekend. I’ve added you all to my blogroll, I hope you don’t mind.

    I thoroughly enjoy the friendships that blogging has brought me. And you’re right – non-bloggers just don’t get it.

    And I’ve officially introduced myself. Howdy.

  3. That is so coool! I completely understand how great it is to meet someoene you only know online as I met my husband via the internet and I have many blogging buddies I would love to meet in person if ever given the opportunity. Happy New Year!.

  4. Jess says:

    That’s so fun! I’m jealous of all these bloggy people running around meeting each other. It makes me think I should be living in New York.

  5. Molly says:

    You didn’t mention how you texted me at 1 a.m. I think that was the best part. 🙂

  6. Clink says:

    I was SO NERVOUS. Did I tell you that? Seriously, so nervous. M was like “it’ll be fine!” but I was all “what if he hates me? What if he tells Molly that she won’t like me? What if we don’t have anything to talk about?”

    Clearly, I was delusional because meeting you was totally awesome. And normal, yes, in the best way.

    And, as I wrote in my email, I think it was great for M to meet you because it showed someone from the non-blogging world that real friendships can be created in blogland.

  7. cdp says:

    I am so jealous. All these bloggy meetings over the holidays. Le sigh.

    GO PATS.

  8. Stephanie says:

    GO PATRIOTS!

    And that’s really great that you two got to meet. On such a momentous evening, nonetheless!

    Hope we can ALL meet very soon!

  9. Anna says:

    Sounds like the right idea, Stephanie! A blogging meet up!

  10. L B says:

    I am glad you survived to tell the tale Mike! That Clink looks dangerous! And hey, congrats to your dumb pats or whatever. I’m more excited that you met a blogging buddy!

  11. pbandrazz says:

    very cool! i have never met any of my blog friends in real life, but i did go to Blogher last summer and saw how EXCITING it was for a lot of other people.

  12. Chelle says:

    V. cool. I really like this post!

    😉


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