if we were having coffee [92/365]

The above headline showed up here in my WordPress Reader this morning. It was from WordPress themselves … the DailyPost. Turns out «if we were having coffee» is a blogging event/community where people share what they’d talk about with their readers if they were to meet up in real life, I guess. The posts are tagged #weekendcoffeeshare. This isn’t anything I’m planning to take part in, as my whole blog is like a meet-up in a coffeeshop. Besides, I’ve already have this agreement with myself to post once a day, which can be challenging enough at times.

However, that post had me a little curious and I started to browse … and to do that; browse outside your regular “blogosphere” is sometimes like tapping into strangers’ private lives. Some were funny, some sad … others oozing with anger … I got totally lost there for half an hour! 🙂

What would we talk about if we were to meet for a coffee or a good cup of tea?! Blogging itself? WordPress themes? Apple devices?! Ducks, even?!! I certainly hope I’ve got more layers than that, but it all depends on which one I meet, or all at the same time 🙂. I’ve met two people, from the blogging circle, in real life, and there were no surprises — it was as if I’d known them for a long time. It would have been really weird if I’d found them to be entirely different from their writings.

There are bloggers I’d love to meet … one of them is new to my circle — I don’t ‘know’ her all that much yet — another one, I’ve unfortunately lost, because she quit blogging. If I ever were down Massachusetts way, we’d meet anyway. Other people, I’d probably feel as if just an hour in a coffeeshop wouldn’t be enough … I’d want to talk more! I ❤️ my blogging circle.

29 thoughts on “if we were having coffee [92/365]

  1. Crowing Crone Joss

    I went exploring over there last night for a bit, too, after the heading showed up on my feed. May participate, haven’t decided. I dislike wen someone stops blogging, it’s like we’ve been meeting at a coffee shop for months or years and now they’ve decided not to show up. I wonder if people realize how much their absence can impact some one. And yet, it’s not about me, but about them and their life. I try to remember that!

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    1. Rebekah M Post author

      Yes, the idea isn’t bad, since many [most?] bloggers have some kind of niche, and a coffee blog could tell a bit more about the person. Her life changed radically, so I was in full understanding she quit.

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  2. memoirsofahusk

    Ah – when someone stops blogging – I have sad experience of the genuine pain that can be caused 😦 One was someone whose life had many connections with mine, although we lived thousands of miles apart – she in Australia I in the UK – and I really was planning to visit and meet her one day (along with another Aussie I now intend/hope to meet). I discovered, a month after the event, just by searching online, that she had died suddenly after a one week illness. Another blogger I took to, but not because of similarity, was in the Philippines and after the terrible typhoons that caused so much destruction I was relieved when she re-emeged. Now, though, she has left an enigmatic message saying she would be back but isn’t over a year later. I have recently had ‘likes’ on my blog from her, but she has made no new posts and did not reply to a couple of emails I sent, enquiring after her. Ah well, without magical powers I can’t find out. Who says online friendships aren’t real? Not I.

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    1. Rebekah M Post author

      I’ve often thought of that … people actually do die. I lost an online buddy, one of the first, and found out in Facebook. The case I mentioned here, I have email contact. I’d be the first to argue that online friendships are indeed real!

      I remember those typhoons … so devastating!

      I had one, also in Australia, who stopped and that was intriguing because she was really a prolific blogger — posted once a day — and then just … «pooff!» Gone!

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  3. Nylabluesmum

    When I come over here to visit I totally feel like we are ‘meeting in the coffee shop’ & catching up on our lives. If we met in real life Rebby I am sure we’d talk about weather phenomena; ducks & puffins; cats; writing; reading & share life experiences….an hour would NOT be enough dear friend!
    (((hugs))) Sherri-Ellen ❤

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    1. Rebekah M Post author

      One I had, she disappeared so without a trace, that I suspect something happened to her. From 100% to zero … she blogged every day, and had hundreds of comments each time. Nobody knew …

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      1. joannesisco

        I hope that if something ever happens to me, my family will post something to let my blog friends know.
        … but I wouldn’t count on it.

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        1. Rebekah M Post author

          If I die before my husband, I know he would. He’d take care of FB too. Other than that, I don’t know who would know … something to think about …

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  4. Leya

    I lost a blogging friend in Australia some years ago. Her husband and sons wrote on the blog and they even posted photos from the funeral. Because, she suddenly died, and her family knew how much her blogging meant to her – so they wrote a beautiful farewell post. I have told my family to do that if something happens to me.

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    1. Rebekah M Post author

      Long before blogging and Facebook, I was in a Swedes-Abroad group in Yahoo. One woman there was very active in the group, very nice … and one day she just went quiet. In that case, some time later, the daughter came in and posted once that she’d died. She [the daughter] had managed to get in to her mother’s email, and found all the mail with questions, so she felt she had to post and say something.

      I could talk to a friend and ask her to do it for me, should the need be.

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  5. wordsfromanneli

    Last November the blogging community lost a lovely friend, Barb Beacham, who wrote short stories and took great pictures. She liked the WordPress challenges. I felt as if I knew her, and it was so upsetting to lose her. So yes, I love my blogging community. I’m very glad you’re out there. 🙂

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    1. Rebekah M Post author

      Aww … that’s sad! I understand that must have been upsetting!

      Yes, I really enjoy this community and WordPress. 🙂

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  6. daydreamer2011

    And I felt just the same when we met up! 🙂
    Such a lovely time it was to walk the streets in Stockholm, take photos together and talking!
    We have been friends for a long time and hope we will stay friends for years to come! ❤

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    1. Rebekah M Post author

      Oh yes … indeed. I often think about that day — it was lovely. Even the weather cooperated! It was great! We’ll do it again …

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      1. daydreamer2011

        I often think about that day as well! 🙂 I was a tiny bit nervous just before we met up – not sure why really LOL Cause when we did meet up it was like meeting an old friend, just not seeing each other for a long time!

        Weather was awesome! And yes would be great fun to do it again!

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  7. suzink

    We would talk about everything and nothing. I would be happy to sit and smile at you because I wouldn’t believe you were in front of me.

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