Friday, April 17, 2009

When virtual & real worlds collide


What a weird, fun nite last nite was. I went out for a couple of drinks with my friend Captain Crunch after a day-long meeting and ended up meeting two different groups of people who knew my dating trials and tribulations -- one which knew my real-life single life, and one that knew just the online version of it.

First was my "virtual world" unveiling. After popping into the ladies' room at the first bar we stopped at, I came back to my seat to discover Captain Crunch talking to the girls next to him (one of whom he knew), apparently about my blog. Guess while I was in the bathroom, he had mentioned something about the blog (which he himself had just found out about earlier in the nite), and it turned out one of the girls actually reads it. Weirdville, USA! I mean, I was completely flattered that a stranger actually finds what I say interesting enough to read about regularly. And I realize that there are now quite a few peeps who read this blog who I don't know. But I guess it was just sort of weird to be sitting two people down from a total stranger who exclaimed, "You're 27 Dresses? I read your blog!" Weird. Flattering. Humbling.

After that conversation, we left the bar and headed out for one last beer (and a couple of pieces of pizza). While Captain Crunch was ordering his 'za, someone came up to me and asked if I had been in a newspaper article about eligible singles in Cleveland. Turns out, the guy was in the article with me (as was his friend)! I mean, really? First my online single persona was unveiled, and now my real one was? Needless to say, Captain Crunch was quite confounded.

So, to recap... within a 20-minute span, my singlehood was solidified not once, but twice. Once, twice, three times a lady, I suppose... whether virtual or real.

Are you an anonymous blogger? What do you do when someone who reads your blog finds out you're the real-life author behind it?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're not as anonymous as you think...

Always a Bridesmaid said...

I realize that. I was just making that point that not everyone who reads the blog knows who I am, and it's always a little awkward when they do find out.

MG said...

I've been meaning to ask what do your analytics look like? Pageviews, different IP's, etc? How widely read is this?

Also, you do a good job of keeping your on-line life distinct from your personal life but do you ever talk about this in your personal life?

Allison M. said...

I think your anonymous and I know you in real life.

I find it weird when my friend's friend will read the blog. It's a little strange and humbling, too.

Sissy #2 said...

I wonder if "anonymous" is the same person who outted you to The Greek? Normal thing to comment.

Always a Bridesmaid said...

MG - I do talk about the blog in my personal life, but only to people I know. However, I obvi can't control what other people say. And, yes, I know about how many people are reading it every day, and it's far more than the 58 "official" followers on the blog.

Allison - I'm glad you didn't say you think I'm weird b/c you know me in real life. :)

Sissy #2 - I was wondering the same thing! We must be related.

MG said...

@ AAB-

What about actual pagviews/ IPs though? that could be telling...do you have Google Analytics installed?

Anonymous said...

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CincyFan said...

I'm not an anonymous blogger but I am a fellow Clevelander and I had a Sephora employee recognize me and it was very strange. Fun and kinda cool but I was totally caught off guard.

Actually my boyfriend discovered that one of his co-workers had been reading my blog for months, not making the connection that she knew me.

slopmaster said...

well, quit telling people about your blog!

you think you'd be in trouble if people found you out... have you READ my blog??