It’s nice to put a face to your favorite bloggers

13 May

Last night, the young ethnographers that you like to read so much about had their first opportunity to meet each other since they started blogging in ethnosense. “It’s nice to put a face to it” was what many

Cafe Chat

said during this “Cafe Chat”. It’s funny how you can get to know how a blogger thinks and feels in a deep personal level and yet you learn to associate that personality to just a nickname. (“Remember what ladybec said… no, I liked more the comment of panapestimio… oh, so you’re the famous stellainindia!”).  Well, many of those nicknames became an actual person last night, and I think it was weird at first, it was kind of like when you meet someone through MSN and one day you actually get to meet them (mmm.. maybe it only happened in the 90’s). But very quickly everyone started chatting.. if you think about it, there was so much gossip to go through!

Well, maybe “gossip” is a bit of a stretch, but the best thing definitely was that we got to talk about what’s being going on here in the blog… we laughed a lot (finally out loud) remembering funny stories like Prupodum’s mug stealing monkeys and Scronk’s squeezed-Filipino maths. We also touched on more serious subjects about the ethical dilemmas that volunteers face. For example, we continued with the little debate we have been having here about whether we can talk of a kind of selfish altruism or we should stick to a more selfless attitude. We also recounted many of the accidents and misadventures we’ve had while traveling… from breaking a leg in the Ecuadorian jungle to all sorts of bugs you can imagine.

At the end, we all found this coffee with the group reassuring. It was just nice to have a quick break and think about what we are doing. What we all concluded is that the blog has allowed this group of ex-volunteers not only to share their experiences and thoughts, but to do it in their own way… whether you are as enthusiastic as Angelene or Blokkie26 or you are more concerned with existential issues like Nakamarra or Huongness.. whether you like to write about practical matters like Lizrose1 or you are more inclined to think about the big picture like whitepageblank, what is nice about this blog is that you can write for people that can really listen to what you have to say because they, unlike most people, can relate to your exceptional exposure to other cultural worlds and modes of understanding.

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4 Responses to “It’s nice to put a face to your favorite bloggers”

  1. bec4890 May 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Sounds like you guys had a great time….sorry I couldn’t be there. Living on the central coast is such a bugger sometimes. Hopefully I can make the next one

  2. Prudence May 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Yeah it was nice to meet people, and to be able to communicate in the way of a conversation rather than a blog!
    Thanks carlos for the hot drinks 🙂

  3. angelenepenguin May 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    It really was nice to see people’s faces and hear their voices and it’s funny cos you feel like you sorta know each other, even though we haven’t really met. Now reading the blogs have more meaning. Loved the coffee tab!!! Thanks Carlos 🙂

  4. Elle May 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    Ahhhh I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it!!! I literally handed in an essay at 5pm, then had to go straight to a singing rehearsal 😦 Looking forward to meeting up with y’all in the future!

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