I like to think we’re a fairly sociable bunch! Lucky me has made quite a few online friends, and Alice and I thought it was about time we made our chitchats proper ones rather than virtual. Needless to say we had a fabulous day of chatting, eating and shopping. After a little transport mishap on my part (how was I to know that the train stationary on the platform with its doors shut was the one I should be on?) we met in Birmingham, our halfway place of choice, and clicked straight away. It felt like we’d known each other forever! I love when conversation just flows without awkwardness and you basically don’t shut up the whole day. Helps when you’re soooo similar I guess!
During a few twitter chats, I’ve got the impression that many bloggers feel nervous or awkward about meeting other online people in real life. Social anxiety seems reasonably common amongst bloggers too, from what I’ve gathered. I mentioned this to Alice and she said the same as me: we’d both assumed that people sharing their lives on the big wide web would be fairly outgoing and extrovert to be honest It surprised us both to find this isn’t always the case, and that a good number of bloggers are actually on the quiet side. Which totally fits with nerves, shyness and anxiety about actual events of course. I suppose it’s easy to presume that others doing similar things are similar to you – I know I’m very much an ‘extrovert’ – but maybe I’ve got it all completely wrong! I’d be the first to admit that I can be a bit of a motormouth, which brings the perks of being able to talk to strangers (IRL, not just online) quite easily. I love chatting to the people next to me on buses and trains!
Alice is so lovely that I’m sure all would have been great, even if we were both wallflowers (definitely not the case). We got on like a house on fire haha! The social side of blogging is by far one of my favourite parts. I’d love to be able to physically meet more bloggers of all ages. Are you a confident, sociable person that blogs as another creative outlet? Or do you fall more in the quiet camp and find the whole ‘sharing yourself’ thing easier behind a screen?
Anyways, what better things to bond over than pizza and an afternoon’s browsing? Naturally we tried on about a bajillion things ‘just because we could’ and spent a good hour (or 2) in Forever21. Neither of us have one local so our excuse was that we were making the most of it. I picked up a few pieces in there which I’ll share shortly. Both of us gravitated towards the same boho style and tried on a bunch of identical things, because we are twins separated at birth duhhh.
Love Alice’s fedora and kimono!
‘That’ Primark backpack that’s everywhere yeahhh… it leaves my arms free, what can I say.
My outfit | skirt: River Island | top and vest: Topshop | bag: Primark | sandals: New Look
Alice’s outfit | hat: Select | boots: New Look | kimono, top and jeans: H&M | bag: Primark
We’re already organising when we’ll do it again. Do you enjoy meeting up with your online friends for the first time? Have any funny stories to tell of first meets?