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Oct 21, 2020

When Online Friendships Become Real...

there's a beauty in this online community.  it's always hard for me to talk to people in real life about the blogging world, because if you're not a blogger, then it's kind of hard to understand.  when i started the peony project back in june, i was really just looking for a common space where bloggers could find community and conversation, as well as encouragement and collaboration.  i hoped that it would breed friendships as well, but i was never really prepared for all that it has blossomed into.

natalie texted me a few weeks ago and asked if i'd be interested in attending a dinner party for a bunch of our members at the university of valley forge, where she's a senior.  i immediately said yes, and was so excited to meet some of these gals in real life!

it ended up being a gathering of eight bloggers and a baby, and we had tons of good food and great conversation.  i left feeling with a full heart, and a fresh perspective on why i'm doing this whole blogging thing.

so, meet the ladies that were there!  (i realized as i was editing these that we never got photos of jessice of the adventures of a wild thing!  so go check out her blog and her awesome adventures across the globe!)

bonnie of strong and sweet

kelly of i am kelly

natalie of a tiny traveler

tori...tori doesn't have a blog...yet.  
but i think we did a good job of convincing her she needs to start one!

me!  and since you're here, i guess you don't need the link to my blog...

these seven girls made me even more passionate about cultivating online community.  meeting them face-to-face instead of just through a computer screen brought their blogs to life and made me so exceed for the things they're dreaming about for their online spaces!  i can't wait to make more of these meet-ups happen...and if you're not a part of the peony project yet, we'd love love love to have you!


  1. abby - little city adventuresOctober 21, 2020 at 8:39 AM

    Oh I so wish it would have worked for me to come!! Next time, for sure! This spring I want to plan a massive PA/East Coast blogger meet up here in Lancaster.
    I love the little place cards, I've actually been planning a DIY post for similar Thanksgiving themed place cards :)

  2. LOVE!

    These pictures are great - even the self-timed one. :)

    I had such a great time with you ladies, and I'm so glad I was able to meet you Betsy! :)

  3. Bahh I love this so much! I'm so excited that you were able to meet up in real life with these girls!! So fun

  4. Loved this post!!! I'm glad you got to meet these lovely ladies..looks fun!

  5. This is so much fun! I wish more Peony Project girls lived near me. It's been great getting to know everyone through the blogs and Facebook group. I can't wait to meet up in real life!

  6. I love this so much! I love the online community you have built and getting to know all the wonderful ladies that are a part of the Peony Project. I think a FL retreat would be awesome;)

  7. So happy that you all got together (and if I'm being honest, a tad bit jealous too! XO) Love the pictures! Beautiful photography!

  8. I second Anne's jealously situation... so sad I'm all the way down here in Texas! lol I'm so glad you got to hang with these beautiful girls. So thankful for the peony project and all the community that it brings :)

  9. How awesome that you were all able to get together!!! Love all of the pictures!

  10. So fun!! I love that you posted about this, Betsy. :) It's such a good reminder that things kinds of meet-ups are important :)

  11. Love all of this, Betsy! It was super encouraging for me to be around fellow bloggers, because you're right, it's hard for people who don't blog to understand. These photos came out amazing! :)

  12. Sounds like real fun. That's one of the reasons I love living in Utah--so many mormons are bloggers!

  13. This is what a love most about blogging! I love the friendships that are formed!

  14. This is wonderful! I love that you all got to meet up in real life!

  15. I had so much fun! I am so glad that we were all able to fellowship together and get to hear one another's hearts <3 Love you Betsy and I am so excited for the growth and influence of The Peony Project.


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