November 8, 2005
Blogging Etiquette 101

pressies.jpgLast night I was lucky enough to meet up with some of the stars of the food blogging world. Sam of Becks and Posh had kindly written me a few weeks ago to point out a BBC report that touched on the Queen's Birthday Party we attended in June. She mentioned she would be in Paris in November and so I asked if she would be interested in meeting up with some of the Paris bloggers. To my delight, she and Fred managed to find a small window of free time for us. And what a turn out! If you want to see a photo of the full crowd, you can check out Sam's post.

And what happens when bloggers meet? Well, first there is always that little awkward bit when you are sitting next to someone you feel you know very well through his or her writing but haven't actually met in the flesh. And then you start comparing camera equipment (Sam's SLR had me drooling). And obsessive Rachael Ray fans. And the few bad apples in the blogging world who are cynical or just plain missing the point. And the wine flows and you order another bottle.

And the part I missed? You bring PRESENTS for all your good virtual friends! I'm so annoyed with myself: why didn't I think of such a generous gesture? Instead, I sat there profiting from the wonderful generousity of the others. A prune in Armagnac from David! Fantastic Gianduia Fondante chocolates from Pim! And beautiful gem-like Michael Recchiuti chocolates from Sam!

Ah well, I'll know next time. There wasn't enough time to talk to everyone properly, but I was lucky enough to sit between Sam and Fred and monopolize their time for a while before hurrying back home to the Boy. And even more luckily for me, the rest of the crowd - Clotilde of Chocolate and Zucchini, Pascale of C'est moi qui l'ai fait!, David Lebovitz, Michèle of Oswego Tea, Cindy from Food Migration and Laura from Cucina Testa Rossa - live in Paris so I might not have to wait as long to see them again. And dear Pim is going to be with us in Paris for the next few months. So I am rich in friends and lucky indeed!

Posted by Meg in Sussex at November 8, 2005 1:58 PM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

Well, as you pointed out, many of the culprits in Sam's photos live in Paris, so you'll get a second crack at them. Wish I could have been there.

Posted by barrett on November 8, 2005 at 3:21 PM

It sounds like such fun, Meg!

I think that meeting virtual friends (or as some of my friends who don't do the Internet thang call it--Barbara's Imaginary Friends) is always terribly fun, and enlightening.

Posted by Barbara on November 8, 2005 at 4:44 PM

Meg - it was so much fun meeting you. Hey everyone - I know how old Meg is and she really looks a good 10 years younger, believe me!

Some people seem to think that it was me who organised the Paris meet, but really it was totally down to you.

I can't thank you enough. You getting everyone to be there was the best gift of all.

A bientot!

Posted by Sam on November 8, 2005 at 5:21 PM

Sam - "I know how old Meg is and she really looks a good 10 years younger".

She looks 19? :)

Posted by barrett on November 8, 2005 at 5:26 PM

Barret - I thought she was just 8 years old when I met her

Posted by Sam on November 8, 2005 at 5:43 PM

I like best how Fred smokes the cigarette. I've never seen anyone get that elongation out of one cig. So nicely done Fred, may be a French thing? I pray you had single malt scotch waiting for him. Eh? He dearly loves his scotch, I worry about the boy. I'd hate to learn he wasn't getting His.


Posted by Dr. Biggles on November 8, 2005 at 6:39 PM

Sam, I'm blushing!

Biggles: unfortunately Fred was going easy on the alcohol because he had to drive to the suburbs after the drinks. Poor man!

Posted by Meg in Paris on November 9, 2005 at 9:07 AM

Nice introduction! Being a freshman in blogging, I read lots of literature as far as what and how to write. eBook Search Queen
helps me with the books, and your post with inspiration! Thanks!

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