The unique and varied paths which lead us to individual bloggers whom we follow are often far from straightforward. Several local bloggers whom I follow, I met via bloggers in Australia or the UK.
Recently, I had the chance to meet up with fellow Vancouver Island blogger, Erica from Behind the Scenery. We follow many of the same bloggers in different countries, but met through a chance internet search. Erica was looking up “anniversary posts” on WordPress and came across A Love Letter that I wrote over three years ago when I began blogging. That search also led her to Janis’s I’d Do It Again and Kathy’s 7 Thoughts on Marriage. Ironically, not only do I follow these blogs, I have met both Janis and Kathy several times, and have another meet-up planned with them for this summer! As Erica points out, some things are meant to be.
Upon a quick visit to Behind the Scenery, I found myself completely engaged in such posts as Tic Tac Rescue Mission, I Wish that I Could Go Back in Time and The Year that I Refused to Step on the Bathroom Scale. Erica has an incredible gift to take ordinary events and turn them into compelling, relatable reads that often make me smile, and always make me rethink.
Behind the Scenery gets its name from Erica’s keen and curious eye that looks for the stories behind the photos and seeks out the lessons that begin softly at first, and then get louder and louder.
Although we met for less than two hours, we covered a week’s worth of topics. We quickly confirmed that our philosophies on how we approach life’s gifts and challenges are quite similar. One of the many questions that I did ask is why Erica’s blog signature is “Erica/Erika.” There is a long story to that which I encourage her to share with you. It is another similarly for us, as I too have a “double name.”
If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit Erica’s blog, I highly recommend it. I look forward to seeing you there!