Sunday, July 8, 2018

Another Blogger Meetup


While I was in Montreal, I met Joanna, a blogger I've followed for a few years. It was our first time meeting in person.

Joanna blogs about two passions. The first is her transgender-ism and many technical aspects of the subject. Joanna is an engineer and very intelligent; her understanding of this subject is deep. The second subject she covers on her blog is American politics. That's a little unexpected since Joanna is Canadian but many around the world have been alarmed at U.S. politics since the last election.

We were both a little surprised at how many experiences we had in common from struggling with being transgender. While we are different people, Joanna and I have both faced several of the same situations, ones cis-gender folk never confront. Thus, it was valuable to share our life histories and stories. It isn't always easy to find a path in life when you're different.

Joanna wrote about her take on our meeting here. It was a pleasure to make her acquaintance and I'll see her the next time I head back to Montreal.

P.S., I bought this colorful shirt earlier in the day at a high-end men's store (Boutique Emmanuel). It's created by a Montreal designer (Dominique Leneveu) under the brand Franco Negretti. Expensive but I love it!

10 comments:

  1. Nice write up Ally...see you in Montreal again. I know tons more places to go

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  2. How awesome that you had a blogger meet-up in Montreal!

    I'm sure having someone to discuss and understand your shared experiences was comforting.

    It is great when you can visit a city and have a personal guide.

    Love the shirt too!

    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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  3. How lovely that you were able to meet up with Joanna. She seems to be a wonderful and interesting person, and I'm sure it was great to be able to share your experiences. xxx

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  4. You are right, your shirt and my dress are very similar. I have to say, based on this one photo, Joanna and you could be sisters.
    Greetje

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    1. Wow, what an interesting observation. That never occurred to me. Thanks, Greetje.

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  5. Greetje's right, you have the same bright smile as Joanna! I enjoyed her post, as well as this wonderful picture of the two of you. Isn't it amazing, the places blogging takes us?

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  6. Love that you get to meet kindred spirits ... Can't wait till the day we meet up!!!

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  7. I'm so glad that you were able to meet each other and share your experiences <3 That is so important, and your smiles are matching! Lovely photo (and I love your shirt!)

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  8. Finding kindred spirits is a wonderful feeling. Like Sheila, I agree it Is amazing where a blog and an open mind will take us. You even look a bit alike !
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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