A couple of months ago I was chatting with someone local on Twitter, making empty promises to pass along some of my homemade ice cream. Someone else joined in, and said that if I brought ice cream she’d bring cookies. And then a few more people chimed in. Before you know it, an idea was born: a Vancouver-area, family-friendly dessert pot luck. We even chose a name: Sweetspot 2011.
It all went down on Saturday. My sister was kind enough to allow us to use her building’s common room, which just happens to be right downtown. And then we all baked and baked and baked.
I didn’t think to count everyone who attended, but if memory serves me there were 16 adults and 13 children, and a whole lot of dessert. I think the big prize goes to Tracey, who brought mint chocolate chip cheesecake and wine and her own portable wine glass.
Mmm, mint chocolate chip cheesecake
Crafting my Life ladies
I attended my first blog-related meet-up in June 2009. I remember how terrified I was to be showing up, and meeting these folks in person. My social anxiety really went overboard. Several of the people that I met there for the first time were at Sweetspot this weekend. As intimidating as it was to bring my online world into real life, I’m so glad I did.
Yes, it’s a little bit awkward to explain to my sister that I want to use her common room to meet up with my online friends. Yes, it’s a little bit weird to meet someone in person who you know really well online. No, I’m not really sure how to explain to my 5-year-old who we’re getting together with. But it’s worth it. Behind our blogs, we are all real people. Real, really awesome people, who are worth knowing and actually connecting with.
I think we’ll make Sweetspot Vancouver an annual event. If you’re local, I hope you can come next year. If you’re not, why not plan a dessert pot luck where you are? It might be even sweeter than you think.
Have you ever gotten together with people you first met online? What was that experience like for you? And if not, would you like to, or are you happy to avoid it? I’d love to hear!