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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Hope you’re having a great time!! Can’t wait to hear all about it! 🙂
Thanks my lovely, just posted up the follow up now!
Sounds great. I’ll follow this year’s event and do my best to be there next year. Have fun!And tell us all about it:)
It was brilliant, I would highly recommend it! I’m certain that there will be a 2016, so you should really come along!
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 🙂
Thanks my lovely! It was a great experience, you really should come along to the next one!
Yes, I will 🙂
I’m not sure everyone will know what bricking it means.
Haha! Yeah, but I didn’t want to write sh*tting it. I was trying to be a bit more demure. I’m sure they’ll figure it out haha!
Demure, you say. But your from Lancashire? 😎
Haha! i figured you’d pick up on that. others might have believed that I was delicate and dainty. you’ve just ruined that now. Thanks Richard 😉
Sorry. I could add a disclaimer if it helps 😉
Hope y’all have fun. We will be seeing the post bash posts I hope. 🙂
Thanks my lovely, I certainly did! I have done the follow up post now…
Thank you! I certainly did – I’ve done the follow up post now…
I know and have faith that you will be entirely successful at the conference! Good luck! 🙂
Thanks for the support Deb. It was a really great experience – I’ve done the follow up post now!
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!
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!
I had a great time – they were a really lovely group of people… And there was cake too!
Oh cake yum 🙂 don’t get nice cake here unless you make it everything is double the sweetness if you buy it 🙂
I’ve always wanted to be able to bake something really nice… Let’s just say i still need lots of practice haha!
I used to when the kids were young but now if I made them I would end up eating them so vere towards savory things… Oh and Ice Cream 🙂 Start with an all in one cake like Banana Bread or something… much easier for a beginner or muffins they are good too and so many flavours now 🙂
Ooh that’s really useful – thanks! Nigella better watch out!
Ha Ha not from this end… the chocolate mousse we tried today( my grandson) and i was a disaster… I put in to much cocao we tweeked it but too strong a taste had to throw away and I cook a lot…. 🙂
Haha! I do things like that all the time – sorry it didn’t work out!
So was Aston so we try again tomoz 🙂
Hope it goes well haha!
Best of luck! Please let us know how the conference went.
Thanks! I had a great time – post to follow!
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.
Thanks very much – it was certainly an amazing opportunity to be able to meet some lovely people. I have just posted the follow up…
You’ll be having a great time. Do what I do in those types of situations…drink wine 🙂
Haha! I did indeed have a good time, I’m shattered! Post to follow!
Is it over?
Not quite but I had to get on a train back home…
What? No pub. You said we’d go to the pub!
We went to the pub…
Thank you! I certainly did – post to follow!
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 🙂
Thanks my lovely! I had a really great time – such a lovely group of people!
I participate in online dating, so does that count?
Haha! I’ve never been on a date, particularly an online one, but I would definitely compare it to that!
You’ve never been on a date???
Nope. Not really. Not a ‘we’ve just met, let’s go on a date’ date.
So you and The Bloke just fell in together magically?:)
No, we were friends for a long time before we got together. It’s a reeeeeeeaaaaalllly long story.
That makes sense…
I’ve always been in long term relationships with men who were my friends first, except one. It was love at first sight and lets just say we sort of skipped the dating thing and pretty much moved in together
You should write a story about it! 🙂
Nah, it’s personal. I write about most things when they concern me, but not when they concern him as I’d have to explain things about his personal life.
I meant more of a non-personal love story of a woman who manages to find love without dating. Could be intriguing for the hopeless romantics out there…
That’s a nice idea… I wouldn say i’ve only been in love (properly) three times. Two of them were friends first…
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 …
That’s really interesting! I know of a few bloggers who have fallen in love online – that must be amazing!
It was… And still is! Nice to know we aren’t the only ones either 🙂
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.
It was fabulous! I was so nervous but i got to meet so many new people! I’ve posted up about what happened but i saw that you’d read it…
How did you go about meeting other bloggers?