My friend Karl posted some thoughts on blogging and the kind of connections he’s been able to forge through his online ventures. I’m privileged to be one of the many connections he’s made over the years.

Far from merely benefiting from connections himself, Karl has also enabled countless connections between other people. From the old days at Philly Future, where a bunch of us tried to weave a community from the disparate legions of Philadelphia area bloggers, to the meetups where so many of us came out from behind our keyboards, dispelling stereotypes about blogging and forming new friendships.

Karl is dusting off the old meetup, and I’m determined to make it out to the next one in February. I’m hoping to see a few other faces, new and old, when I do.

If you’re from anywhere around Philly and you have any interest in connecting with people you would otherwise only happen upon online, I hope you’ll check it out too. As Karl wrote, “When our hyperlinks become personal connections, amazing things can happen.”

So true.

Read more about it at Karl’s blog.