I am a die hard advocate for the power of the Internet. Having an outlet to share my ideas and experiences has been such an exciting opportunity my grandparents could have never dreamed of. However, I recently reflected on how meeting people in real life is vital to help you feel inspired and energised after visit from a person I'm a BIG fan of.
Recently I met Carmen Huter on her visit to Wellington. Carmen is an Austrian/Kiwi travel blogger who I've admired for so many reasons for about a year now. She is a full-time blogger and also a stunning photographer.
I was lucky enough to spend a morning with Carmen and then, just for fun, we decided to film a little Q&A to share our chat with you (if you are interested).
I learnt 3 things from hanging out with Carmen which reminded me why it is worth meeting up with people who you like or admire and ask them to spend some time with you, even just over coffee, to talk about your passions (not just random strangers FYI - people you actually follow and 'know' online).
1. Talking Beats Email, Hands Down
There is nothing that beats looking into their eyes and hearing their story. Yes, email is convenient. But sometimes it is just faster to meet someone, hash it out and be able to truly express yourself in words. You can say far more when you say it face to face.
2. Asking Questions Helps You Learn
When you're meeting someone in real life who you admire, you can ask all the silly questions you want and normally they won't mind. I talked to Carmen about lots of my questions about blogging, social media and how she found herself being a full-time blogger. After, I felt excited to go back to my own blog and instagram and try harder. I found that meeting Carmen truly re-invigorated my passion for photography after hearing her talk about her craft and really inspired me to up my game. Hear her talk more about her photography and blog below.
3. Connecting May Make You Life Long Friends
When you meet someone in real life you get the chance to form a real connection that simply cannot be matched online. You'll never know until you meet someone for a coffee whether you connect in real life. You could become good friends! There is no replacement for being honest and real, even though technology has made it easier to stay in touch than ever before in history. I love writing this blog because I get to hear so many amazing stories from people I interview. I also love being able to meet people who love the internet and blogging too. It simply wouldn't be the same, and I wouldn't have made so many amazing friends, had we not met IRL.
Do you think it is still important to connect in person? Why? Tell me below in the comments.