To all my new #TLConf2015 friends, go back home and make a difference. #DoSomeGood #PeopleAreWorthIt - Val Brown (via Twitter)
It was like the best of all fantasy books, when you walk through a door and suddenly all your favourite literary characters have come to life. Only this was better than a fantasy - meeting face to face people I'd known through various virtual communities, sometimes for years. Mutual smiles and long, tight hugs showed I wasn't the only one who felt a deeper connection. I knew the meetings and conversations would enrich not only my present, but also all future online conversations with these people. What I didn't expect, though, was that I would also travel back in time and retroactively add layers of feeling and meaning to words I'd already read.