On moving to Arizona and trying to find that same blogging community, it's been a little different. I've been looking for the 'Miriam' of Gilbert, here, but so far, I haven't found her. Either I'm not looking hard enough, or what I've learned is correct. I hope I just haven't looked hard enough.
I have found a ton of bloggers, that's for sure. I've found that almost all of their blogs are their jobs. Having a blog as a job, an income, is awesome, don't get me wrong. It's just that I find myself not really able to get into the blogging community here because it feels like all the blogging 'get-togethers' are about "how to make your blog work financially", "how to attract more followers", "how to regularly post to get the regular return readers", etc. Even though I would like all of the above, it's not the reason I blog. If I made it the reason I blog, then I probably wouldn't blog at all.
I guess what I'm saying is, Miriam, I'm just missing you and all the bloggy friends in New Zealand! Even though you're now in Aussie.
I haven't found anything that remotely resembles a coffee-catch up like we had in New Zealand; one where everyone feels like they're instantly in the group of friends, where it doesn't matter if you post a blog once a day or once a year, you're still 'in', where you are included and truly feel like you are a friend and an important person in the group of friends.
I don't know if I should try and organize one or not. That would probably be too much pressure on me. I seriously don't work well (or at all) under pressure.
I have made contact with a couple of bloggers here in Arizona, but not a lot has come from it and I don't want to email and sound desperate. (Please be my friend, pleeeaaassee?) Tehehe. BUT, if you're a blogger in or near Gilbert, Arizona, and you know of a few bloggers that hang out just because they're bloggers, then email me, please, I'd love to hang out, too! OR if you might be interested in hanging out once a month or so, let's start something awesome! It's been 8 months now, and I have one amazing friend. Just one. Maybe I'm greedy but, I want more.
I might even think about starting a new blog that can link us bloggers up and get an online community together. Don't worry, I'll keep this one going. This blog is my special little thang.