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When Virtual Becomes Reality: Getting To Hang With Online Friends #shecon12

I’ve “known” Emily and Amanda for over a year. And when I say “know” I mean in a virtual sense. These women live in Colorado and Kentucky respectively. There would be no way for me to have engaged with them in real life had it not been for conferences like SheCon.

Last night, a bunch of us went out for dinner. Audrey and I walked in the room and instantly felt like we were amongst friends. It was so nice to actually get to physically hang out with women we’ve been following and admire.

Blogging is great for many, many reasons. But the best reason is being able to meet so many different women from around the country. Aliza – the woman who put together this dinner – lives in ALASKA. How cool is that?? Not only is she a wonderful person, but she is a published author (9 times over).

I can go on and on – right around this table and blow your mind. Every story was inspirational.

We all took very different roads to get here, but here we all are breaking bread and having fun.

This is why I love to blog.

Now, if I ever get to Alaska… I know who to call up for sightseeing advice!! 🙂

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.


  1. Vera – it was such a pleasure being able to chat with you at dinner. So glad you and Audrey could make it. Every woman at that table is someone I admire and am lucky to know. And you are so right that conferences like SheCon present us with these great moments where we can actually talk. All the best to you and continued success. P.S. Let me know when you’re coming to Alaska! We love visitors.

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