|Image courtesy DesignerDaddy.com no idea who the lady is|
I'd known some of these guys for a long time and had only met a few of them in person. I met Aaron Gouveia and Jeff Bogle in Las Vegas, my wife and Lance Somerfeld's wife went to college together, and I first met Oren Miller at a Stay at Home Dads Convention in Washington DC. Everyone else, I have only known them by looking at pictures of them online or reading their blogs.
That's not to say I didn't know them at all. Far from it. You get to know a lot about a person when they pour their heart and soul into a blog post every single day. I had an emotional attachment to a lot of these guys, it's just that I had never met them in person. My wife jokes that everyone that I have ever met online isn't real. I couldn't possibly develop a connection with someone without ever actually talking to them face to face. That couldn't be farther from the truth. I didn't know these guys, but I knew them.
Ever have a reunion with people that you've never met? Ever walk into a room of strangers and know every single person there?
THAT to me was Dad 2.0.