Photo courtesy of Juls
When I joined the first Food Blogger Connect conference in 2009 I was a complete newbie with my 3-month-old blog not knowing anybody out there in the virtual food world. I loved my small humble blog, but was thinking it was a lonely job. I had no idea! Food blogging is everything but a lonely job. Food community is one of the best things about blogging.
Since I’ve started my blog, I’ve met many lovely fellow bloggers and have had so much fun. There is a saying “love goes through the stomach” and I think the same is true for friendship; can you find a better thing that connects people than good food? 🙂
A few weeks before FBC10, I learned that some of my fellow food bloggers were looking for cheap accommodations in London. I knew from my own experience that it’s not an easy task. We had a tiny room in our small London apartment that we used as a guest room for our visiting friends and family. I started thinking something like this:
“Would it be too weird to offer a couch to some of the non-London bloggers? I know we have never met, and they may think I’m some kind of a weirdo inviting them to stay with us. But they can save money on a hotel and it would be great to get to know each other, and since we follow each other’s blogs, we are not actually complete strangers…”
I still wasn’t convinced and I didn’t want to sound creepy, but I did it anyway.
A few days after my crazy invitation, I realized I had to fit 3 bloggers in our super tiny apartment! I moved some furniture in a study and put an air bed on the floor. Finally, I met three lovely ladies Juls, Tiina, and Pam who became my very dear friends! Following FBC10, Juls invited us to surf her couch for a change. So what seemed to be a crazy idea at the beginning resulted in friendship that I’m very happy and thankful for.
If you are London based and would like to offer your couch to some fellow blogger, or are a blogger looking for a couch, then leave a comment on the FBC ‘Couch Surfing’ post. Also, if you were thinking of putting someone up but don’t actually have a spare bed, I’m sure the crasher would be very happy to buy (or pay for) an air bed that can fit in a study or whatever spare room is available. Such investment is definitely worth a new friendship!
I recently learned of the CouchSurfing community. CouchSurfing is apparently very popular, especially among young people and may offer another option to finding cheap (free) accommodations and making new friends. So take a look at their website.
I look forward to seeing many new and old faces at Food Blogger Connect!
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