Monday, 2 June 2014

Melbourne

Take me back.
^product placement: The Horse 
I've known Meg, Jes and Emma for nearly a year now. We all share similar interests and passions. We've all been through similar life situations. We're close. Let's just say that.

The funny thing though, is I hadn't met any of them until Saturday.

Making friends over the blogosphere is a weird and wonderful thing. You get to interact with people you've never met but yet on some deeper level you know they understand you, perhaps even more than your 'real' friends do.

Never had I thought that I would find myself so closely connected to an online world and the people in it. And never had I thought I would find myself actually coming face to face with some of these online personalities that I've come to know and love.

We all met up in a quirky hotel in Melbourne CBD. Two Melbournians, one kiwi and me, the Sydneysider. We hugged and laughed and realised that this was a surreal moment; meeting people we already knew.

I, apparently, am much shorter in real life.

The day was spent wandering around the bay and the city and finding cute little spots to take photos of and chat upon. While we were talking about food, work, school and the male species, I realised that I was talking with friends, not strangers. I knew these girls and I respected them. It's not often you find that. The thing I loved the most* though was being able to talk about blogging with people who actually understood what a blog was and the various purposes of one. We chatted about the quarrels we have with HTML and drawing the line between too much personal sharing and too little and we spoke about how great it is to have people like all of us who we can talk to and relate with.

All in all, it was a wonderful day. I saw a city I have come to love and I met a bunch of young women who I have come to admire.

Next on the agenda: meeting the rest of you ;)

*I also loved that these 3 people weren't old wrinkly men with a hidden agenda (as my mother feared).

35 comments:

  1. aaahhhhh!!! I love this so much!! I think its my favorite post ever!! the pictures are wonderful and its sooo cool that you got to meet! i am jealous!!

    also i laughed OUT LOUD at your last little sentence. moms. smh.

    xoxo

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    1. Mums, they are a funny bunch sometimes aren't they :)

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  2. You captured it perfectly - and boy, I have a baby face, just saying!

    But seriously is was perfect. And everything you said is so true. I felt like I had known you girls longer than what I already have, and on a deeper level too. It's not often I feel comfortable around "strangers", but I felt fairly comfortable with you beautiful girls. So thank you for being so open and welcoming!

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    1. No, thank you! Can't wait until we can meet and collaborate again. It was seriously so good.

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  3. I am having a feels moment right now. This is the best Sam!
    Is it alright if I make one of the group photos my cover photo on Facebook?

    Can I just say, I love you.
    Like a lot.
    Okay bye :)

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    1. uh, can I just say I feel the same way? K, thanks bye x :)

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  4. wow so much fun and lot's of great shots! those colourful beach huts are so beautiful!

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  5. How fun!! You are all lovely ladies, I'm glad you had the opportunity to meet! I actually just met a fellow blogger this week as well- it is funny how you feel like you already know each other and then have so much more to connect about.

    Blogging is such a beautiful thing.

    -Courtney

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    1. There really is no simpler way to describe it

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  6. Sounds like you had so much fun! So great that you guys hit it off in 'real life' too :) I haven't been to Melbourne in ages, I've got to go sometime!

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  7. Gorgeous photos! They're really well taken, well done! I love all the group snaps - so cute :) Melbourne looks like a lovely city, love those little beach huts! I would really love to visit Australia x

    Sinead - sineaddreamingagain.blogspot.ie

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  8. lol, love the last line! How fun you guys all got to meet, I love Melbourne so much, I'd move in a heartbeat if the weather didn't scare me :P Those smoothies look delicious and love those colourful beach huts! Lovely photos :)

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    1. I would move in an instant too. Just have to find a money-making tree and I'm there :)

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  9. hahahahaha!! love the footnote! ;)
    must be exciting to meet people from blog-sphere :D

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  10. Haha, I'm with your mother about the whole creepy men thing but I have met some amazing people through the online world and I feel incredibly blessed with I think about it! All of you look like such lovely ladies.

    Anytime you're up the Central Coast way again, send me an email. x

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    1. We should definitely organise a coffee date soon x

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  11. love it! amazing pics! awesome place!

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  12. how wonderful! i have shied away from meeting blogger friends in real life making all sorts of excuses with "i'm shy" being first on the list! i need to get out of my shell more!

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  13. oh my goodness- those colorful houses are so fun! beautiful post filled with adventure.

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  14. Sounds like you had an amazing time! Even though I'd really like to meet other bloggers the idea of not living up to someone's expectations is kind of intimidating. I'm glad my mum's not the only one that feels that way about people on the internet though, haha!

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    1. I was worried too but once you take that leap, you'll never look back. It's such a wonderful feeling

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  15. THAT WATCH. GORGEOUS. Glad you got some special time with blog friends :)

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  16. This is wonderful, it's so amazing how small blogging makes this world sometimes, it's so awesome that you got to meet!

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  17. Beautiful post! Seems like you had fun in Melbourne - I can't wait to visit there again, the city is full of culture!

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  18. My favourite bloggers, all in one condensed post! So great to see the Australian blogger community getting together. :) x

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  19. Hahaha my mum and dad were the same when I said I was meeting up with someone I'd met online through blogs. It's like you share a little secret that our friends in real life just don't "get". Glad you had a great time and good ol' Melbs treated you well. Also I freakin' LOVE that watch, thanks for introducing me to that brand hey.. x

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  20. That looked like so much fun! I've always wanted to meet some blogger friends in real life! I love all you photographs especially the one with all of you sitting in front of the colorful sheds. I loved that last sentence by the way xD It sounds just like my mom!
    xx,
    Brooke Jordan
    Pineapples & Daisies

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  21. Haha my mum is the same! Sounds like you had a great time! I've always wanted to meet people who 'get' blogging. :)

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  22. Ahhhh it sounds wonderful. I'd love to meet some of my bloggosphere friends! This makes me want to go back to Melbourne, these photos are stunning.
    Bella
    http://sincerelyisabella.blogspot.com.au/

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  23. I love your blog and the energy in all of your photos!
    Hopefully this year I get to go to Melb :D

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  24. Sam! This post is wonderful! I know I don't comment here all the time but every single time I go and read through your posts, I get lost in all the lovely photography. Your eye for both art and story is amazing. It's like your pictures speak a certain language without the use of words. It would be an honor to be photographed by you! :) I agree about the blogging and friendship thing. It's weird. It's unique but then again it's special. ♥

    Anne's Scribbles and Doodles

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    1. Anne, you are so lovely thank you! I would love to photograph you anytime you like :)

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