What A Year

That meetup was the reason I took the reins on 20 Something Bloggers, something I’ve never regretted. It showed me the heart of a community that’s really changed people’s lives; something I’m proud to be involved in and continuously proud to talk about.

A year ago today, forty bloggers got together in Chicago.

It was kind of a coming out party for 20 Something Bloggers.

Months and months earlier, the idea that bloggers who’d been hanging out together online should get together in real life surfaced and took hold.  I was in Chicago and we (along with a number of other major cities) began organizing meetups.  By June we all knew each other, and we made up a core for the Ultimate Meetup.

But the weekend involved a lot of newbies, and it involved people from numerous states, and it even involved one blogger flying in last minute on a whim.

That meetup was the reason I took the reins on 20 Something Bloggers, something I’ve never regretted.  It showed me the heart of a community that’s really changed people’s lives; something I’m proud to be involved in and continuously proud to talk about.

Here’s the crazy part.

That same weekend, Anthony Nicalo was gracious enough to host a wine tasting for the bloggers in town to promote his artisan wine company Farmstead Wines.

He hung out with us for the rest of that afternoon and evening, and at one point got a look in his eye and said, “so I’ve got a business idea”.

“Oh yeah?  Tell me.”

He told me, and when he was done I said, “wow…so how can I help?”

“Well…I need a co-founder.”

We had lunch forty eight hours late in River North, a block from my old office, shrouded in sunlight and talking tech and food.

That’s the day I got involved in what would become Foodtree.

Time is kind of nuts, right?

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