Not just Tweeps

Tonight I made my way down to Kansas City to participate in the first ever #edcampkc. I got a later start than I wanted, but still made it here in pretty good time. The reason I was so anxious to get here was to participate in the tweetup and meet tweeps (that’s people whom I follow and/or follow me on Twitter).

I drove through Kansas City to Lee’s Summit and to the quaint historic downtown area. As I got closer I became more excited and somewhat nervous. I was rushing to meet a bunch of people who are here for the same event, whom I’ve never met, but still know in a matter of speaking. I walked in to find a good gathering of people and Kyle Pace (@kylepace) ready to give me a hug. Mind you, I met Kyle in Denver this summer but that’s it. It didn’t matter, we hugged it out and I was welcomed to the table with the others where I met many people face to face for the first time.

When Becky (@MrsBMG) and Nick (@thenerdyteacher) arrived I felt compelled to skip over and greet them with hugs as well. I’ve spent limited time with these two in person, but they are such a huge part of my life on Twitter and in my learning. It’s really like meeting up with old friends that you haven’t seen in a while. My fellow Omaha people (@michellek107 & @j_allen) came and we all greeted them the same.

As we hung out, shared stories, and talked about life in general it struck me just how much of an impact they all have had on me in the past year. Life in the teaching world can sometimes be lonely, but I can always count on these digital friends to provide support and advice when needed most. So we may have started our friendship digitally, and continue it in the same manner, but does that really matter in the long run? I feel that I have found my community. And no, they’re not just tweeps!

One thought on “Not just Tweeps

  1. My sentiments exactly… now I don’t have to write my own blog post about it. You just did. šŸ˜‰

    Josh and I were talking on the road about this very thing. A lot of my face-to-face-only friends do not understand how I could possibly have such good “friends” whom I have not met in person, or whom I have only met briefly. I truly believe that networks (such as yours and mine) help to build and grow those relationships. I know more about and feel closer to many of my online friends than those I know only in person. Not sure you can truly understand that if you don’t have that experience.

    Nice insights!

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