Brad Paisley has a fun song about how much "cooler" he is online. It's funny, because I've always been skeptical about people I meet though the internet. And maybe it's good that I'm constantly looking over my shoulder, but I've recently found that most people on the net are actually not scary-serial-killer-stalker-types. Nor is it just 14 year olds and insomniacs. They're just real people with similar interests sitting at their laptops typing away just like me.
A very good friend of mine recently married a man she met on eHarmony. He was Mr. Right ... literally! At her wedding I had the opportunity to meet her other friends she affectionately called "The Knotties," all of whom met online at The Knot while planning their wedding. They bonded through sharing their stories of event planning on a budget, crazy-inlaws, cakes & catering, and the stress, drama and fun associated with planning a wedding. It was interesting to see a whole group of friends that originally met email-to-email instead of face-to-face.
Another fantastic blogger I had the opportunity to meet in person at the wedding is Cheyenne Schultz, who has a photography blog and an amazing gift for capturing real people in candid moments and showing a slice of life.
Meeting other internet socialites just made me realize even more how networking and meeting people has gone global ... but at the same time has made the world smaller and more accessible right from your back yard.