Stalked by Fellow DC Metroblog Authors

Last night I got photographed by Wayan Vota, who showed up where I was having dinner, and today Tom Bridge stopped me at Murky Coffee, saying he recognized me from that picture. I feel like I have a good group of people I sort of know through various online communities and now they are coming out of the woodwork and becoming real instead of virtual.

Wayan and Tom are not the only two I have met recently after corresponding online for a while. I also recently got to meet Phil Shapiro, who is an author of children’s books and general IT guru, and Jill Foster, who is doing a really cool documentary called Living with Geeks. Both these people are active members of DC Media Makers, another mainly online entity.

Worlds collide! The online world and physical space I live in are intertwining in really cool ways. I think this is one of the coolest things about the web – being able to generate communities that start online and carry over to real human interaction. I know it’s nothing new and that this has been the basic operation model for online dating for quite a while, but it still thrills me to see these different worlds intersect.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Carl Weaver is a writer and brewer for and has been making beer and wine for more than 20 years. He is also an avid photographer and writer and just finished his first book, about a trip he took to Thailand to live in Buddhist monasteries. He considers himself the last of the Renaissance men and the luckiest darned guy in the world. Follow him on Twitter.

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