Blog Visits

14 Sep
Blogging Readiness

Blogging Readiness (Photo credit: cambodia4kidsorg)

Another blogger is coming to lunch today!  It took some delicate negotiating, given my self-confessed stalking tendencies. She agreed to come here only after I assured her we have a back door through which she can escape if my self-absorbed monopolising of the conversation becomes too much for her.  She doesn’t know the back gate is locked and she’ll have to climb up onto the roof of the new shed and over the fence.  I have warned her not to wear heels, just in case.

Excluding Viv, who I count as my OU friend who also blogs, not as my blogging friend who I met through the OU, she will be the first friend I have made through blogging who I will have met in person.   She will be pleased to learn that my everyday conversation is not as convoluted as that last sentence.

I have almost met one other blogger – Sarah, she of the blog named after a disease (Sarsm).  Sarah regularly phones me from Germany and I love our chats. We know each other well, without having met.  I love the internet.   And her cheap rate telephone contract.

Don’t expect any photos of today.  My Mystery Guest doesn’t post any of herself or her family on her own blog, so I have to respect that, no matter how much I sulk.

I’ll ask her if I can at least take one like this:

My shadow. I have two arms, of course, but obv...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Or this:

English: Labeled human leg bones created for u...

 (Mariana Ruiz Villarreal). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ll tell you all about it over the weekend, if she hasn’t sworn me to secrecy; or taken out the inevitable restraining order.

Have you ever met any of your blogging friends?  Were the police involved?


82 Responses to “Blog Visits”

  1. vivinfrance September 14, 2012 at 10:24 #

    Thanks for the plug, friend. Have a nice time (though I thought you didn’t ‘do’ lunch).

    I met another blogger in real life on Sunday, and his wife, in Coutances Cathedral (by arrangement) . They were lovely people and we had a really fun and friendly time, sitting in the sun outside a nearby bistro. They are travelling through France photographing Romanexque Churches:


  2. Tinman September 14, 2012 at 10:28 #

    I’ve met some of mine (Speccy and Grannymar) at the Irish Blog Awards, and it turns out that Jo lives about 5 miles from me and sher kids all went to the same school as mine.
    And Kick Out The Jams had been commenting on my blog for about a year before something I said made him realize that we had played on the same cricket team in the 1990s.
    Hope today goes well. If you ever come her you can be my mystery guest


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 15, 2012 at 11:42 #

      It really is a small world.

      I would love to be your mystery guest and meet your family.

      Oh, and you, too, of course 😉

      BTW, I know where you can find the ‘e’ you lost from ‘here’… 😀 😀 😀


  3. Tinman September 14, 2012 at 10:30 #

    That should read “her kids”, I don’t know where Cher’s kids went to school.


  4. laurieanichols September 14, 2012 at 11:33 #

    I haven’t met any bloggers yet but that was very funny. I know that it will go swimmingly, and I look forward to hearing all about it!


  5. jmgoyder September 14, 2012 at 11:38 #

    I can’t wait to hear about this – how interesting. I haven’t yet met a blog friend face to face – just spoken on phone once. I’m quite willing to come over to your place too – just a small airfare – ha – let us know how it goes Tilly!


  6. bluebee September 14, 2012 at 11:46 #

    No and no – I think I’d be really nervous 🙂 Have fun meeting the mystery blogger, and leave us some cryptic clues in case she’s an axe murderer…


    • misswhiplash September 14, 2012 at 11:51 #

      no I never have but then living in Bulgaria there are not many WordPress bloggers around. Your meeting sounds most intriguing I do hope we shall learn more. It’s like that TV programme ‘whose house is this?’ trying to guess


      • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 15, 2012 at 11:45 #

        All will be revealed on Monday, but here’s a clue: she likes to take photos.

        That rules out many bloggers; leaving about 300,000 for you to choose from 🙂

        There’s another clue in my reply to Bluebee…


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 15, 2012 at 11:44 #

      Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to litigate her alias…


  7. viveka September 14, 2012 at 12:15 #

    Wish you a fantastic weekend .. with you guest – I’m sure there will not be a dull moment. Haven’t met any of my blogging friends, but it was close in Seattle – but family matters came in the way in the last minute for Manchester I will be coming over and don’t worry – high heels are only for taxi journeys. Been a lot at your destination – had a supplier there for many years.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 15, 2012 at 11:46 #

      Really!? Then you MUST come and visit me when you are next here. We are five miles from Manchester Airport – no excuses.


      • viveka September 15, 2012 at 14:21 #

        Have been thinking of flying to Belfast by Manchester – Easy jet has cheap flights Copenhagen – Manchester, great for shopping by the way. Have a voucher with Flybe that I can use for Manchester – Belfast. Need to do some thinking here. Have a great weekend. Marabu is posted.


        • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 15, 2012 at 14:23 #

          You can stay over, if you like. Just discuss dates before you book, in case we are busy that weekend. We are not often busy, but it’s Murphy’s Law that we will be when we don’t want to be.


  8. winnwords September 14, 2012 at 12:34 #

    Haven’t yet met any blogger friends, but you’re at the top of my list! One day, I’ll get across the pond and look you up! (In a completely non-stalker kind of way.)


  9. SchmidleysScribbling September 14, 2012 at 13:31 #

    Hi Tilly, yes I am meeting a blog friend in three weeks. I will be in California to visit my son and his family and she (Mage) lives nearby. Mage has promised to feed me. As we are both in Weight Watchers, I don’t think the food will be posted via photos on my blog. As I told you eons ago, I have you on my bucket list.

    Because I live in Washington, several blog people have driven by (we live 5 minutes from I95). But, no one comes to see me anymore. Our house has been wrecked by dogs, cats and birds, and the only people who I grant admittance are the cleaning people, the plumber and the furnace guys.


  10. SchmidleysScribbling September 14, 2012 at 13:33 #

    Oh yes, I also let emergency crews come in now and then to cart one of us off to the Emergency Room.


  11. idiosyncratic eye September 14, 2012 at 14:02 #

    Have fun! 🙂


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 15, 2012 at 11:49 #

      Thanks! We did! Well, I did. I hope she did. What if she didn’t? What if she blocks my comments on her blog? What if she was bored? Arggghhh!


  12. eof737 September 14, 2012 at 14:38 #

    To date, I’ve met two of my blogger friends and they were as delightful in person as they are online. I’d love to meet more someday. Enjoy your visit. 😉


  13. RoryBore September 14, 2012 at 14:56 #

    Going to my very first Blogger Conference next month! I only sorta kinda know one person that will be there. I have visions of us running slow motion towards one another and it being as fabulous as our online chats. Let’s hope! There are other names I am familiar with, but don’t really interact with too much. It will be exciting, interesting and no doubt nerve-wracking!


  14. Three Well Beings September 14, 2012 at 15:10 #

    How wonderful! What a lovely opportunity. Photos or not, just enjoy! And I’m a tad envious! 🙂 Debra


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 15, 2012 at 11:55 #

      It could happen to you.

      All I need is my airfare and a place to crash.

      Ack! Let me rephrase that: all I need is to safely land in America, and a bed. 🙂


  15. gigihawaii September 14, 2012 at 16:22 #

    Yes, I have treated many bloggers to lunch or dinner at home or a restaurant and have even shown the sights to a few of them. However, I have also deleted a few from my Blogroll after they insulted me. Sad.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 15, 2012 at 11:57 #

      How horrible!

      Unless my book of poo poems becomes an international best seller (kind of an impossible dream, when I’ll be giving it away for free), I can’t see me making it to Hawaii; but you and David are most welcome here if your travels extend this far 🙂


  16. Al September 14, 2012 at 16:56 #

    I’ve met one blogger and her husband “comingeast” who happens to live just 15 minutes way. Also going to Colorado this week and hope to meet up with “winsombella” and her partner. You can visit their sites if you go to my blogroll.

    As for your lunch visitor, I have one word of advice to her. Mace


  17. terry1954 September 14, 2012 at 16:56 #

    have a great lunch!!!


  18. aleafinspringtime September 14, 2012 at 17:16 #

    I’m actually meeting a blogger from Japan who is on a three-week visit to Helsinki for work. We’re taking him out for a bbq lunch by the sea and hoping to show him the Finnish rustic way of life. So I thought we might try to smoke a salmon or grill fish on an open fire except that we’ve never tried all this before 😀 so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that all goes well and nobody will catch on fire. I’m sure your lunch will be a more regular affair – or maybe not. hehe Enjoy!


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 15, 2012 at 11:59 #

      It was; dull sandwiches, but safe.

      You should have a trial run. Then again, disasters are fun to blog about – and even more fun to read 🙂


  19. Gobetween September 14, 2012 at 17:29 #

    You bribed her with Maltesers didn’t you?


  20. McGuffyAnn September 14, 2012 at 18:11 #

    Oh, that lucky person, to have time with The Great Tilly Bud! 😉 I envy that person!


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 15, 2012 at 12:00 #

      I don’t live up to the hype, I promise 😀 Remember, comedians are always miserable; A list actors are spoiled rotten; Tilly Buds are dull in real life.


      • McGuffyAnn September 22, 2012 at 01:45 #

        I do not believe you. 😉


  21. grannymar September 14, 2012 at 20:05 #

    I was fortunate to have been short listed for all the Irish Blog awards since 2007 and through that, met about 200-300 Irish Bloggers in person, Since then I met Bloggers based in England, India, Utah and Newfoundland. I have often said that with blogging we get to know the person from the inside without the distraction of the packaging. I have never been disappointed.


  22. kateshrewsday September 14, 2012 at 20:08 #

    Lovely to hear that you two have got together…looking forward to posts from two of my favourite bloggers on the subject…


  23. The Squishy Monster September 14, 2012 at 21:40 #

    I hope to meet all of my blogging friends, one day–they’re all so wonderful and have a wealth of food related information—not to mention all the food we’d all bring together!!!! (Heaven)!


  24. Tom (Aquatom1968) September 14, 2012 at 21:57 #

    Have fun!


  25. sharechair September 14, 2012 at 22:13 #

    I’d love to! Anyone passing my way?


  26. Piglet in Portugal September 14, 2012 at 22:17 #

    Yep, one of my blogging buddies came to Portugal from Australia. It was great. However, I was the one who was shy and refused to let her post a photo of me on her blog. Enjoy your weekend


  27. sarsm September 15, 2012 at 00:02 #

    How exciting!! (I’m late so you’ve already met her by now). I’m intrigued.

    We could start a guessing game…

    Is it one of our 101ers?

    I haven’t met another blogger but I do feel quite close to a few. Isn’t it a strange new world? I do hope we meet soon. I could be your number three. Thank you so much for the mention. I’m not sure our chats really count as real chats – we spend most of the time laughing. 😉


  28. Patti September 15, 2012 at 04:42 #

    I’ve never met any blogging folks yet, but whenever I make it over to England, I plan to come to your house. I’ll give you plenty of warning.


  29. Janie Jones September 16, 2012 at 00:21 #

    I have never met any of my blog friends, although if I ever find the means to fulfill my dream of visiting England, Ireland and Scotland it would be neat to try and catch a glimpse of a honest to goodness Laughing Housewife, a Tinman and a Speccy.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife September 16, 2012 at 08:28 #

      You are so coming here or I won’t speak to you again.



      • Janie Jones September 16, 2012 at 16:25 #

        You don’t have to beg, just send air fare. For at least two, Leif will never speak to me again if I go without him.

        All joking aside, if I ever find myself with the means to travel, rest assured I will look you up. After your recent posts about visitors at the Bud household I know where all the best hospitality in England can be found (and a cache of Maltesers).


  30. musings September 16, 2012 at 09:02 #

    I’ve met 3 or 4 blogger friends and really enjoyed the experience. I like the anonymity of blogging but it felt like I already knew these cyber friends.


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