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Meetup Magic

by - Sunday, November 21, 2010

Last night, I walked into a room full of friends that I hadn't yet met. That's how I felt when I went to the Canadian Design Bloggers Meetup. It was a room filled with 60 women, and even though I had only met 3 or 4 of them in person before, it didn't feel like a room full of strangers.

I loved finally meeting the lovely faces behind the blogs I visit on a daily basis. Like these ladies:

JAX does design; Bijou and Boheme, Decor Happy, The Marion House Book

And these ones too:

and many, many others. As one of the organizers, along with Daniella and Vitania, it was fulfilling to see it all come together. The venue, swanky Hotel Le Germain, was the perfect backdrop for mingling and trading fashion tips and renovation stories over hors d'oeuvres and drinks. From the inspiring speeches from our sponsors GKHair and Delta Faucet, to the envy-inducing giveaways from House & Home, One of a Kind Show, Penny People, Interior Design Show, Style At Home, Omiyage, and Kravet Canada, and the sweet floral arrangements by Coriander Girl, it was a magical night.

I must admit I felt like the "elder stateswoman" in some ways, having been at this blogging thing longer than most of the people in the room. And in my 3+ years of blogging, I've often wondered... what's it all for? Why put myself, my house, and my family out on display? Luckily, last night I found that answer.

To me, blogging is about community and making connections with people you otherwise would never have crossed paths with. It was wonderful to hear from some bloggers that listing them in my blog roll helped drive traffic to their sites - and in the same breath, these same bloggers gave me suggestions for my basement reno. Its a give and take thing, this blogging thing, isn't it?

Like I said to Celeste from GKHair (who does have the most fabulous hair, by the way!), most of the people who blog don't blog about their 'regular' day jobs; they blog about their passions, what drives them, what they would choose to do and pursue for the rest of their days if they could. We all have that "blogging story" inside each one of us, waiting to come out. And I was so lucky to see those stories come to life, in real form, in those 60 beautiful ladies last night.

I want to thank all of you who have come to visit at Rambling Renovators over the last few days or over the last few years. You make me feel supported and encouraged and inspired to do those things I love to do in life. I hope in some small way I do the same for you.


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  1. Looks like such a great time! You ladies all look fabulous! I'm sure it was so fun put some faces to all the bloggers!

    I'm new to blogging and am amazed at all the lovely people I've "met" so far. You're right it's an inspiring place. Beautiful post, Jen.

  2. Isn't it great to meet in person?! I've only met one person so far but will be meeting more soon at a conference in January. I'm really looking forward to it. Glad you had a great experience.

  3. What a beautiful post! Yes, this blogging/tweeting thing is pretty wonderful. Had so much fun as you can see by the photos - can't believe I'm in all three of your group shots!

    Jen (can I call you Jen?) - you are absolutely adorable, inspiring and talented and I look forward to seeing you again.

  4. Well said! I had a great time meeting everyone last night and in a very cool way it wasn't like walking into a room of strangers at all even if I'd never really "met" anyone there before. I also totally agree that one of the very best things about blogging is the sense of community and for me, personally, all the wonderful things I've learned from my inspiring fellow bloggers!

  5. Anonymous6:41 AM

    So sad that I missed this event. I am hoping there is a next time. I LOVE your dress!

  6. It look liked such a wonderful event. Women Bloggers unite!

  7. Sounds like you all had fun. Sorry I wasn't able to attend ... Greenery Weekend with the Girls!! ... I'll be at the next one.

  8. christine - wish you could have flown across the country and been with us!

    megan - meeting these folks was even better than I expected :)

    vanessa - thanks! And it does look like you were quite the party animal, appearing in all my photos, haha!

    connie - it was nice to see you and chat with you ever so briefly!

    maggie - too bad you couldn't come. There will be a next time, if I have anything to do with it ;)

    sharon - hope you had fun on your weekend with the girls!

  9. Thanks for an amazing event. I agree it was so nice to put a personal face to everyone's blog. We have a great blogging community and I hope we can organize more evens like this in the future. So nice to meet everyone (and win a prize -thanks Delta!)

  10. Looks like a fantastic night. I think next time us westerners will have to join you! So true about meeting strangers that are friends. We have had a few mini Vancouver area blog get together and it's like having lunch with old friends, we all share the same passion! You are truly inspiring for us "newbies".

  11. It was so great to meet you on Saturday :-) You and Vitania and Daniella did a fantastic job organizing the party. Thanks to the three of you for giving bloggers this great opportunity to meet and mingle - the room was just electric with all the chatting and laughing and fun!

    Hope to see you again soon - maybe at IDS in January :-)


    PS Thank you for posting a picture of me where my head does't look like a massive watermelon! Hope you don't mind if I post it on my blog.

  12. Looks like fun! It really is a wonderul community.

  13. Jennifer,

    The party was a lot of fun and it was great to talk with so many bloggers who share similar interests. Thanks for sharing your photos from the event, they're fab!

    Until we meet again,

  14. It was so great to see you again on Saturday night even though we didn't get to chat for long!

  15. ...although you may have felt like a "stateswoman" you sure didn't look it! I vote you for most chic - your outfit was beautiful!!
    This was a really lovely post Jennifer.
    Thanks for all your work for the event:)

  16. I am so sad that I had to miss out on what looked like an amazing event!! I hope I can make it to the next one, I was really looking forward to this one, but a last minute scheduling conflict put a wrench in the plans!

    Anyway you looked wonderful, I love your outfit!! kudos to you for helping plan the event and shout outs to all the other amazing bloggers Canada wide!! I love that we have a great community of blogging friends here :)

  17. It was a pleasure to finally meet you Saturday night!! Hope to see you again at future events!!

    Christine AKA GlamaMama

  18. It was so great to have met you on Satuday and I loved your post about the night- definitely a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by such inspiring woman. Thanks for all of your hard work organizing- you, Daniella and Vitania did a wonderful job!

  19. Anonymous2:50 PM

    What a lovely event. And I must say, I have found some of my favorite blogs from your blogroll.

    And look at you! You are just as cute as can be. Love the dress and the cardi.


  20. how much fun! you all look so fabulous!

  21. Jennifer, it was great to finally meet you - thank you for your kind words via twitter. And, thanks for helping pull Saturday night together! :)

  22. Looks like lots of fun! I really loved this post, too - you hit why I feel bloggers blog right on the nail. Blogging is an outlet for creativity - we share our passions with others who have the same passion, and that's why it's so amazing.

    Love it!


  23. Looking forward to getting to chat more the next time!:)

  24. Looks like it was super fun!


  25. What a great write-up of a great evening. It really was a blast meeting everyone.


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