Last night, a nice-looking woman approached me on the street and asked if I would like to attend dinner at her house. Usually, I just pass people who chat with me on the street and tell them that I’m not interested. But for some reason, I decided that this woman – a complete stranger – was genuine and safe, so I looked right back at her and agreed to join her for a meal.
The food was delicious and even though I left feeling as though maybe I should have reconsidered the whole “dining with a stranger” idea, I’m still glad that I took the chance.
The best part about that story?
Did you fall for it? I know it wasn’t the craziest of pranks but I thought it would be fun to at least try and it actually ties in well with the real story
So here’s the truth!
Last night, I went to dinner with Jill – my business partner who is definitely not a stranger – and two “so-called strangers.” I call them that because less than a month ago, none of us really knew that each other existed, other than possibly being introduced in passing. The most interesting thing about our friendship? We met through a medium that many people still find a scary, uncertain place. That’s right, they are my Twitter friends!
Jill wrote about our initial meeting with @CristerDelacruz earlier this month on our blog. I also had the fortune of meeting @SamiAri in passing at a tweetup – a meetup of Twitter nerds like me! – in January and again at his own hosted tweetup at The Wit last week. But in reality, this was the first chance that the two of us were able to sit down and have a real conversation.
It was fantastic.
Crister was our host for the evening. When we got there, a beautiful cheese and cracker plate greeted us. I also supplied the wine – a Barefoot Merlot – and we all poured ourselves a glass.
For dinner, Crister made us the most delicious baked chicken I’ve had in a long time! It was absolutely tender and you didn’t even need a knife to cut through it.
She set the chicken atop a bed of brown rice and served freshly cooked veggies – carrots and broccoli – alongside it. It was a great meal and the conversation flowed easily as the four of us shared stories from our past and present. I learned new things about Jill – a lady I know pretty well already! – and she learned new things about me. Crister and Sami shared their stories and, in my opinion, we became fast friends. It’s amazing what a little site called Twitter can do to help build new and lasting relationships.
Then Crister brought out dessert.
Her three guests – myself included – could not get over how delicious it looked! Fresh Edy’s ice cream on top of a sponge cake served with fresh blackberries and raspberries. It has been so long since I had fresh berries! It was fitting on the 70* day in Chicago.
This again shows me the power of social media Brittany tweeted about this yesterday and it’s absolutely true! I consider her one of my close friends and we don’t live anywhere close to each other. But through blogging and tweeting we started chatting, which eventually led to phone conversations, real-life meetings and a continued friendship that means so much to me.
There are other fabulous bloggers who I have similar connections to and Brittany’s comment really made me realize it yesterday. There are some who I still have never met. By some people’s standards, we are still “strangers.” In my reality, we are not strangers at all!
Whether you are just starting or have been blogging for a while, I have a question:
Have you found friendships you never initially imagined?
I’m sure the answer is yes, but humor me!
One more exciting little tidbit for you, if you’ll have me Do you remember my recent post on wraps? I wrote that post the day before Jill and I went to visit the team at Flatout. I wanted to show them the effects that one blog post can have on their brand – both the good and the not so good. I was amazed by how many of you recognized and loved the brand and the company also appreciated those of you who had constructive criticism and things that you enjoyed about other products out there. They are all about hearing both the good and the bad – which is why I really respect them.
Well…as it turns out, they happened to like what Jill and I had to say and they are now our first official client! As a foodie and a blogger, you can imagine how excited I am
You can read more about our announcement on Pursuing Our Passion (and watch a video featuring my awkward self!). The company is owned by Stacey and Mike Marsh, two entrepreneurial spirits who began their journey fresh out of college (sound familiar?) by opening a restaurant in Michigan. Eventually, their customers became so enamored with their flatbread that they encouraged them to start making and selling their own. Thus, Flatout Bread was born and it has grown into a delicious, nationally recognized company through their wraps, Fold-It bread and newest line of crisps.
We’ll be rolling out some exciting social media initiatives in the coming weeks, but for now, stop by and say hello to Flatout Bread on Twitter. Check them out: @FlatoutBread.
I’d love for you to say hi! And please, please feel free to share your feedback – no matter what it is. Social media is a learning experience and your input will always be listened to. I can’t wait to take what I know and apply it to a company whose values I adore and align so closely with.
This post just became a novel – as per usual – so I’m off for now. Hope you all have a fabulous day!