Annual Bloggers Bash: Anxiety Girl Strikes Again!

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As this post appears, I will be in London, hopefully meeting a whole bunch of lovely UK bloggers for the Annual Bloggers Bash. I’ve scheduled it to publish during our meeting time so none of them can read it until afterwards. I will have undoubtedly spent a long time getting ready, I will be tired from exploring the city and being a tourist with The Bloke yesterday, and I will be feeling slightly bloated as I will have eaten my way through the Premier Inn buffet breakfast in an effort to calm my nerves… 

However, if you are currently standing with me and have read it at this moment in time, get off your phone and stop being antisocial!

The truth is, while I have been very much looking forward to it, I’ve been bricking myself all week.

In the real world, I am reasonably careful about what I divulge to people (although I don’t have a problem about discussing most things when prompted), particularly those that I would consider to be acquaintances rather than friends. In the blogging world, I am far less careful. While I never include names, faces and personal details and have avoided talking about it much in my professional life until recently, I am quite blasé about the content of my posts and frequently forget that the stuff that I send into the online world is actually read by real human beings, instead of an avatar on a computer screen.

On the positive side, I’ve been in contact with some of the people attending for a few years, and I respect them. I’ve followed their daily adventures, seen pictures of their beautiful families and friends and been with them through their ups and downs, and they have done the same with me. However, what they will be see will be the real me, warts and all, and I’m worried that they will be disappointed. Of course, by saying this I’m suggesting that they are judgemental, which I’m assuming isn’t the case or I wouldn’t be attending in the first place, but while I feel very self-assured behind a computer screen or in front of a classroom of students, I hide behind a facade. I appear confident, but in reality I spend most of my time feeling inadequate.

However, I’m determined to make the very most of it, and I know that after I get a couple of drinks down me I’ll relax and be fine.

Stay tuned for the follow up! Wish me luck!

What about you? Have you ever been to a meet up with online friends? Is it something you would feel comfortable doing?

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63 thoughts on “Annual Bloggers Bash: Anxiety Girl Strikes Again!

  1. I am sure you are in the midst of them all now having a great time Susie. I understand where you are coming from though as I would be exactly the same The only difference is that you were actually brave enough to turn up! Enjoy your day 🙂

  2. I must say, you have a boat load of courage! To be able to become 3-dimensional to those who live in our 2-dimensional world here is rather daring. Perhaps you have gathered from my response here that I am not necessarily one who could handle this well. Which, if you had met me other than through this medium you would say rubbish! Most people think of me as approachable and lots of fun to be around. Truth be known, I would either be chatty or silent and which ever can be off putting. (deep sigh) See, see what happens when nerves get the better of me, I come across like a blatherskite! Brava to you , Miss Suzi and here’s to more fun than you can possibly imagine! ❤

    • Thanks so much my lovely. It was an experience i would certainly recommend – once you get over the initial awkwardness, it’s great to be able to chat and have a laugh with people you feel like you already know!

  3. Hey have fun and enjoy I’m sure everyone will be pleased to meet you, I think even I would be slightly nervous as it’s easy when it’s screen to screen but face to face different ball game but hey ho you will be fine 🙂 Have fun and enjoy!

  4. Oh – how exciting!!! I hope you have a lovely time. I think it would be fascinating to meet some my blogging friends in real life, and I would love to find out they are as “normal” as I am!!!! Good luck!!!! Can’t wait to hear how everything goes.

  5. I’m sure you will have had an amazing time. I have met quite a few online people in real life all through my blog and some have turned into friendships for life. I have never looked back 🙂

  6. I met my ex-husband through online dating and my current IRL love and I met through our blogs (we began by commenting, then chatted, then text, then Skype…)… He’s also met other blogger friends in person. I am quite introverted so find it much easier to get to know a person through their writing …

  7. I’ve met two fellow bloggers in real life, and I’ve been glad I did, but a bloggers’ bash? Never. I’ll look forward to hearing what it was like and whether it was worth the effort.

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