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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