Monday, June 08, 2009

What blogging can lead to

Why do I start this post by showing you a picture of Chris and Barry Jones from Carlsbad, California, USA, drinking tea in Bergen, Norway? Because I met them over a cup of tea for a long chat, and I took these pictures. And why did we do that? Because we "met" through our blogs and wanted to meet in person when the opportunity arose.

Much has been written about electronic communication replacing personal contact. Meetings as such are no longer necessary. TV conferences, net meetings, bloggs, E-mails and many other forms are replacing them. In many cases they are right. Much can be accomplished electronically, as any blogger can testify. But not everything. There still remains the value of the personal contact, of talking face-to-face - the good old chat. It is not easy to communicate body language through a blog.

So when Chis and Barry came to visit Norway, what was more natural than to team up for a couple of hours and get to know each other better? And I think we did. I had some highly enjoyable hours and I have a feeling they did too.

If more people from around the world did the same I think we would have a better world.

PS If you wonder where this quaint place is, it is outside Bryggen Tracteursted at Bryggen, Bergen - on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

37 comments:

Dina said...

How right you are.
Lucky you could all meet up.

Anne said...

Såååå koselig da gitt!!

Og ja, vi bloggdamene var jo der vi også. Blir helt varm jeg med tanke på alle disse flotte mennseskene vi mører `her inne`, og så du da min helt!!

Varm klem i skjegget.

Heges fotoblogg said...

Kult! Kjempekos å treffe nettvenner på "ordentlig". Jeg har god erfaring med det jeg også :-)

Randi's Tanker said...

Så koselig å treffe bloggvenner på denne måten!

imac said...

Great stuff Rune.
Can see you being a blogger Guide here - full time.lol.

Marita's said...

By chance I saw your blog.I liked it and decided to follow it.

Your blog helps me visualize and prepare for our coming vacation to Norway with my family. We are from Barcelona (Spain).

It is amazing the amount of contacts and learning one can make through electronical communication. I also enjoy the old traditional system of meeting people. Both are good ways of being in contact and socialize, and complement each other very well. One without the other will hardly be possible on today's developeped world, or .... would leave us behind.

Thanks for posting all the pictures in your open blog and enable others to get to know Norway in a a different way.

Wenche said...

Så kjekt! Alltid koseleg å bli enno betre kjent med nye vennar. Har funne ut at det er mange kjekke folk her i bloggland, så er jo heilt naturleg at ein vil treffast i "real life" også:)

Katney said...

BB (before blogging) we visited in Siberia with a contact from a bulletin board. I will be going on retreat for four days next week with my online quilt group. Next month we will be camping with some other bloggers. When I did a charity walk in Seattle last fall I was met along the way by Kim from Seattle Daily Photo. Online contacts are advising me on our Alaska itinerary for this fall.

Technology is what you make of it. It can open doors or shut them. I prefer the opening.

Katney said...

BTW, I forgot to mention, I grew up in Carlsbad, California.

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Så hyggelig at det lar seg gjøre å treffes slik, alltid hyggelig å treffe på sine nettvenner. :)

Babooshka said...

Quite right. Applause Applause! As you know I'm hoping to meet a fellow blogger this week, Mrs Nesbitt. In fact I hope to meet quite a few people because of the blog. Excellent point made today.

Ackworth born said...

brilliant - i'd love to meet up with other bloggers.

Back in 1999 when email mailing lists were the way we made friends with and visited Los Angeles staying with internet friends.

Anne-Berit said...

Så kjempekoselig det hørtes ut.Blir jo "kjent"med så mange hyggelige mennesker med denne bloggingen,og å få møte noen av dem i det virkelige liv,og få bli bedre kjent,må jo være veldig trivelig.Fine bilder som alltid!

Phoenix C. said...

How true! I've read of quite a few bloggers who have met up when on holidays, especially gardeners.

Barbara Martin said...

How fortunate you were able to meet and have good conversations together. The photos are wonderful, showing the ambience of the place. (And look, benches!)

detroit dog said...

Yes, you are right. That is wonderful!

Petunia said...

Ja, er ikke blogglivet herlig???

Lara said...

I think we should take internet friendships seriously, because they can lead to many nice things. after all, we are just keeping up with the times!

GAWO said...

Så hyggelig!!
Og du tok de med til et svært så trivelig sted. Og med det været Bergen har nå er et perfekt å sitte ute og prate.
Å treffe bloggvenner er virkelig spennende. Det kan jeg skrive under på :-)

Lew said...

And a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the company!

PERBS said...

How nice! You should have asked soemone to take a photo of the three of you! Maybe you did but just didn't share with US. Ü

I am looking forward to another adventure with Katney next month! I have met in person 15 teachers from a teachers.net friendship.

Malyss said...

Friendship can take mysterious ways to reach us, and Internet opened a new path for it.A kind of modern fairy tale, the good (the best?..) part of blogging is meeting people that we would never had met without our computers.
I did not meet blogger friends yet, but have good relationships through e-mails with some of them. And I must admit I would be very sad if I should lose contact with some of my bloggers friends.
I'm glad you had a nice day all three together!

Dagrun said...

Det så aldeles fortreffelig ut. Tratørstedet er jo også en flott gammel serveringssted (Norges eldste eller noe sånt?). Og ja, det er veldig kjekt med blogging, og enda kjekkere når virtuelle venner blir "virkelige" :)

MedaM said...

How interesting and how small the world is! It is very nice that you met your blogging friends in person. I believe that you spent a wonderful time together. You took great photos of your friends. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post, I really enjoyed.

Randi said...

Så moro da Rune!!
ja vi bloggdamer har også møttes noen ganger og alltid like koselig...skravla går jo uavbrutt.

Tror at uansett hvor jeg skulle har reist i landet så hadde jeg nok møtt bloggdamer...eller bloggherrer...har jo blitt noen av dem også etterhvert..og det er koselig det..hihihi

Randi said...

Blogger om det samme?...nei du, det hadde litt kjedelig...det er jo det som gjør den her bloggverdene så fantastisk.

Interiør, natur, by, blomster, hage dyr, strikking..mat blogger osv.det er jo det som gjør denne verdene til en spennende plass og være..hihihi

Abe Lincoln said...

When I can get around I visit Chris's blog. Nice to see her here with you all.

And my sharpness in my pictures depends on if I wore glasses when I took the picture as I really look to make sure the picture is crisp in the viewfinder when I have glasses on. When my glasses are off I just look to make sure I can see the picture.

Gärdsmygen said...

Vad trevligt!! Sådär har ju mina barn gjort och jag var väldigt skeptisk först. Men det har bara varit positivt! Ett helt nytt sätt att knyta kontakter med vänner som har samma intressen.

Svein said...

Ser ut som et trivelig møte i en trivelig by :-)

VALKYRIEN said...

Det var et kjempefint innlegg, må jo ha vært veldig koselig å treffes slik! Og det er jo sant det der, internett er en ny arena for å treffe nye mennesker - det er bare å ta det i bruk!

Ser ut som om dere hadde en flott dag, og Bergen viste seg fra sin beste side!

Marie Reed said...

How wonderful that you got a chance to meet Chris and Barry! WHat a bloggy treat!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Wonderful post! How wonderful you've met someone in the blogging world. ;-)

Reader Wil said...

What a lovely idea to meet bloggers this way! It's wonderfuul that you can share ideas with people all over the world, but it's even nicer to meet them in person! Yesterday I said goodbye to my South African visitors, who stayed here for a couple of days. It was great to hear their ideas and thoughts about world problems.This place in Bergen is the same place where my sister and brother-in-law and I had coffee.Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Arija said...

You are right, when you make friends with someone of another country, you can so loger mindlessly comdemn the whole population as evil and send off a set of rocket, purely because your friend is jusr like you, interested in life and nature and peace.
Yet, when I see a Neo-Nazi elected to the European parliament the hope of peace starts fluttering her wings and looking for a window.
Your photos as always are beautiful and I am glad you found a common thread.

TorAa said...

In my blogging community we allways say: Blogging connects people.And:
Blog for Peace.

That's true.

I have met and stayed with bloggerfriends in Mariestad and at Fårö in Sweden and St. Paul in USA.

This Summer we will have an international blogger meeting in Southern France - and stay there for several Days.
The brilliance with blogger friends is the fact you know them before you meet them in flesh and blood.
It's a great idea not only to read and write blogs, but also to meet face to face.
I know I can travel around the world and meet blogger friends "everywhere".

So, continue our great work and meet your blogger friends personally whenever you have a chance.

ChrisJ said...

Ouch! I look about 85 years old here. It was the sun. It was so bright -- I'm scowling. We got home safely after 26 hours traveling and three flights Tuesday, and a short hop Wednesday. I was totally exhausted. Then, right on cue, two days after the flights I have come down with a terrible cold while still fighting jet lag. Airplanes are the worst for catching colds, no matter how careful you are.

But we did have a wonderful time in Norway and a very happy time meeting you, my blogging friend. Got some great photos too. When I get over jet lag and bugs I will be back to regular blogging.

Sandy said...

wow, that is so cool meeting fellow bloggers!