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A sense of community
Posted by: mcq on Saturday, May 05, 2007

One of the first things that strikes you when you walk in this group of mibloggers is a sense of community.

An example could be found at the reception last night and it was best professed by someone completely unfamiliar with milbloggers and their efforts over the years.

As mentioned, my niece, Delanna Studi, was in DC by coincidence and I got to see for the first time in 5 years. We had a great day doing the tourist stuff and since she had the evening free (she's doing a play here in DC), I invited her to the reception that evening.

As we walked in, she immediately noticed a pile of gifts on a table and asked me what they were. I told her the story of DJ and Leslie Emery. DJ was badly wounded, and while clinging to life, his pregnant wife, Leslie, gave birth. Matt at Blackfive picked up the story and the rest, as they say, is history.

As Delanna thought about that and then watched the interaction among the bloggers and supporters she turned to me and said, "there is a real sense of community here isn't there?"

Indeed there is. So far this has been a very uplifting experience and it has been a pleasure to meet some really great bloggers who I've read for quite some time. Over today, I hope to bring you folks a bit of the flavor here as I live blog the event.
 
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Another person who noticed that sense of community was a waitress. About 15 of us who were already in town got together for dinner Thursday night and as we were leaving the waitress said, "Is this a family reunion, some kind of family event?" What could I say but, "Yes."
 
Written By: FbL
URL: http://www.fuzzilicious.blogspot.com
Good to meet you, McQ. And now that we *have* met, you’ve probably realized I’m not DJ’s wife ;-) That would be the lovely Leslie.

Thanks for the great conference coverage. Look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
 
Written By: MaryAnn
URL: http://soldiersangelsgermany.org/
It was a pleasure to meet you. I know you’re scratching your head thinking... who is this person? I did meet you briefly at the Cocktail Party the first night. *grin* There were soooo many people there (not to mention so many outstanding bloggers), it’s hard to keep everything straight. When I saw your comment at Sarah’s I remembered bumping into you (probably while I was talking to her!) and decided I better come comment before I forgot.

I still haven’t posted on the conference because I haven’t had time since I got home. I’m trying to hit all the bloggers I met and thank them for being so wonderful. It really was a terrific weekend.
 
Written By: Teresa
URL: http://technicalities.mu.nu
Actually I do remember you Teresa because when you asked who I was with and I said "QandO", you said, "Oh, a real blog". I got a huge laugh out of that.

Mary Ann ... it was a huge pleasure to meet you. You have my undying admiration and respect for what you do in Germany for "Soldier’s Angels". And what a nice way to point out my faux pas in the story (since corrected).;)
 
Written By: McQ
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