Every day I wake up and give thanks for the fact that I’m here. Not just here, as in alive (though I do that too), but thanks for the fact that I’m in Portland, Oregon. Sometimes I’ll express my gratitude on a jog or bike ride to whatever coffee shop will be making up my office for the morning.
From the Digital to the Physical World
One of the main reasons I decided to move to Portland last June, was that the city had a large concentration of bloggers, artists and entrepreneurs. Many of my friends and mentors live here.
It’s pretty incredible, looking back five months and remembering how much I admired the work of certain bloggers, how they inspired me and made me think about life in new ways. But they were distant– public figures, Twitter handles.
And now? Now many of these same bloggers and I work side-by-side at coffee shops, talk about our projects and passions, brainstorm, collaborate, play Clue, go on road trips and occasionally even get together to play music…
How I Spend My Friday Nights
Tessa Zeng is a good friend of mine. She’s a multipotentialite. She moved to Portland around the same time I did, using WDS as a catalyst as well. We met through the blogosphere initially, tweeted for several months, and now we hang out most Friday nights.
Sometimes we brainstorm over tea and talk business or art, other times we watch/deconstruct Scream 4 for it’s brilliant look at the concept of “meta.” And sometimes, we even revive old scanner interests.
This is how I spent last Friday night. The Bach Double is a signature piece for any kid who studies the Suzuki method, so it felt especially significant to revive this one.
There are a few “lenses” you can look at this video through:
- Two bloggers, who know each other solely through blogging, meeting up in person to make art, and then posting that art back into the blogosphere.
- Two multipotentialites exploring childhood interests that have resurfaced. (Remember when I announced that I’d be re-exploring the violin? Here’s proof of my follow through. :)
- Two musicians who grew up in different countries, had different life experiences, but speak a common language (or two).
Finally, congrats to Tessa on her blog launch today!
How do your digital and physical worlds blend together? Have you ever felt as though you spoke a “common language” with someone?