I never really write about the actual blogging side of my life because usually it is quite boring. In between eating great food and seeing heavenly places the reality is that I am a slave to my netbook.
It is not the dream that most people have in their heads.
But I am tied to a really wonderful community of (mostly) supportive bloggers that are wonderful to meet. So when Italian blogger Michela asked me if I would participate in Girl Geek Dinners Toscana in Florence by Skype I did one better I used my Eurail pass to attend in person.
Rivoli Hotel agreed to put me up for the night and it was just a short walk to Casa della Creativia to speak alongside two Italian travel bloggers about how we started in blogging, how we make money if we do at all and the role of social media.
I was really nervous because there were so many people there, most with their noses down furiously tweeting about the event. I was worried I would have nothing to contribute but like everything in life, I had a whole lot to say.
Maybe it was just the European influence but I was able to just relax. The speeches were just the beginning of the night where I met some amazing people in marketing, social media, art and writing.
I had no idea but these dinners are held around the world and I’m going to start checking them out when I visit new cities. It was a lot of fun meeting locals with common interests and I think I may try to see if there is one in Toronto.