guest post -> evan {the wannabe chef}

by Holly on August 15, 2011

in guest posts

I was actually going to post tonight, and then guess what? It took me TWENTY-EIGHT hours of travel to get home from New Orleans to Madison, including a run-in with Air Force One. You know, the President’s plane? Yeah, that happened so no post from me, which is probably a good thing for y’all because my friend Evan is about 10x funnier than me and loves Kathy Griffin. I’m just mildly funny and have been told I look + act like Kathy Griffin. Judge for yourself.

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Making Real Life Friends Out Of Blog Friends

Hey, all! I’m Evan, The Wannabe Chef and I’m super excited to be writing this guest post for Holly not as a blogger but as a friend. I’ve been stalking reading Holly’s blog for 2+ years now and finally met her in person last March. We had known each other so well by then that it didn’t feel like a first encounter but rather a reunion between old friends. In fact, I’ve built many friendships like that with other bloggers and feel better just for knowing each amazing person.

I remember how daunted I was to even start a conversation with my favorite bloggers when I was new to the scene. “Would they even notice my little comment?” was a common thought I think a lot of people have. Quickly I realized bloggers, even “the big ones,” are just people, too, and relatable ones at that. There’s no real “secret” to sparking friendship, but based on my own experiences(and wild imagination) I’ve put together this helpful guide on how to befriend your favorite bloggers.

When you come across a blogger you particularly like, show your interest by leaving affectionate, borderline fanatic comments letting them know who you are, your blog URL, and potentially what you’re wearing. You should become intimately knowledgeable about their life through their blog, memorizing all their siblings names, place of birth, high school math teacher’s name, etc. Any piece of information you can find is fare game. 200 page clicks later, you’ll feel like you’ve known this person you’ve never met your entire life. 

The next step is to start making casual conversation with your favorite blogger, whether through personal email or some social media account. Find a common ground to work with and build from there. “You ate oatmeal for breakfast? Shut up! I did, too!” Before you know it, you’ll be up all night emailing back and forth about the steamy dates you just had… or the Sex And The City rerun on E! you’re both watching while nursing a box of wine.

When you’re ready to bring your bond outside of the internet, set up a date, preferably with a large group of bloggers so as to not intimidate your prey. Self-serve frozen yogurt establishments are the watering hole of the healthy living blogger species. They tend to migrate in herds from shop to shop, rehydrating 2-3 times a day with flavors like “Cake Batter Oreo” and “Peanut Butter Pretzel.” In this environment you’re free to observe and make conversation without startling the group.

When you finally meet your blogger one on one, don’t go up to them and introduce yourself casually or say “Hi.” Instead, jump at them with full force. If they support your body weight without dropping to the ground, you know it was meant to be (***side note: Holly here – that is exactly what I did to Evan when we met in D.C.!).

After the date’s over, follow up with obsessive g-chats whenever you see the other blogger on. If they don’t answer immediately, just keep messaging until they respond or sign off. They’ll appreciate the persistency and recognize it as a sign of a true friend.

And last but not least, try not to get too jealous when your blogger friend starts hanging out with a homewrecker another blogger friend.

If you could spend a day with any blogger, who would it be and where?


Holly August 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm


obvs :)

thank you so much for this hilarious guest post – i love it!!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm

hahahaha that was amazing. I already spent lots of days with Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine, but I would probably have to say it’s a tie between Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun and Julie @ PB Fingers! They’re my crushes.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm

oh and Jessica @ How Sweet It is. Seriously – I can’t choose. there are too many bloggers I want to stalk.

s August 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm

um. amazing. haha.

Hillary August 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm

This was outstanding. Job well done, Evan.

sofia August 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm

bahahaha. um, am i allowed to say holly? that’s a lame answer, i guess. but our bloggie-friendship has yet to blossom into real-lifehood, and it’s gotta happen. siiiigh.

Lauren August 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

This is great :) Kind of made my (horrible) day!!! I’m excited to meet any of my favorite bloggers at the Food Buzz blogger festival this year :) Just registered…..

Sana August 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Bahahah! #mylife. Evan really, are you NAKKIED????

Katharina August 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I would spend it with Holly in a hot tub!

Evan Thomas August 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Holly, re: your comment. Boots is Madeline’s boyfriend, BONES is her car. Freudian slip?

Sarah @ Feeeding Brain and Body August 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Hands down hilarious guest post, I loved it! Totally made me laugh :)

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm

i have girl crushes on Holly, Janetha, Katie Unger and Mama Pea…but I don’t play favorites and if you want me to crush on you, come do a guest post for me ;)

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Evan, great post! And glad you were able to use that picture from my site! It’s weird seeing myself in a picture in this post :)

Madeline, total doll and I gushed about what an amazing friend she is in her guest post yesterday.

Holly, met her at FBuzz!

You…need to meet up one day!

Madeline, Holly, You. Drinks are on me :)

Brittany August 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Hahaha! This made my night. I laughed out loud, literally. I want to meet so many bloggers I can’t pick one!

Bonnie August 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Great post! I am new-ish to this blogging community and am going to the HLS this weekend (ahh!)…I know you’ll be there, Evan (reppin’ the men!) and what you shared about when you initially met people is exactly how I feel! Nervous and excited. But I don’t feel like I have much a relationship with many people online even, so I’m hoping it will be okay to just pop up to people and start chatting! Excited about the upcoming experience and looking forward to it. I’m a short, blond girl with dreads – I’ll say hello! :D

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Love this post – I can’t wait to hit up my first blogger conference. The Atlanta bloggers meet up pretty regularly and they all rock. :)

I wanna hang out with Holly one day!!!

Kathryn August 16, 2011 at 3:28 am

This was hilarious, thanks for an awesome guest post!

Jill August 16, 2011 at 5:39 am

I would most def want to be with Holly. She seems like so much fun and I would want to get in a good ab workout from laughing so hard!

Adam Deane August 16, 2011 at 6:23 am

Evan, You are the man ;)

Gitchie August 16, 2011 at 9:44 am

Oh so many. I literally have a folder of bookmarks labeled, “Stalk”.

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) August 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

ahahaha, omg this is hilarious. nice work even.

can you imagine life before blogs and gchat? oh wait, i can. it was middle school and i had no friends. hehe.

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) August 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

and by “even”, i mean “Evan”.

need more coffee, help.

janetha @ meals & moves August 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm

hahahah.. funniest guest post ever.

Cynthia (It All Changes) August 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Evan is Hilarious!!! This has to be the best guest post ever. I love the idea of moving from fro yo to fro yo place. Where there is fro yo, there you shall find healthy living bloggers.

Maren August 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm

hahahaha this is hilarious!! Mine would definitely be Holly and Janetha :) these two girls seem so “real” haha

Katie August 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm

What a fun post. You are hilarious. Also, I have blog crushes on way to many people…I want to meet them all!

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby August 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

SO. GOOD. i am full of the lols now.

Denice August 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I have several blog crushes…..Holly, I feel like we could have a great time drinking epic beer at an Avett Bros concert! However, I also would love to investigate my crushes on Janetha @ MealsandMoves, and Elise at HungyHungyHippie. Oh, all of these gals seem so wonderful!

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