I have talked about my rubbish social skills before so it won't surprise you that i'm already stressing about the big event of the year.
I have been lucky enough to be sponsored by Maclaren to attend and my ticket is brought and paid for. Now it just down to me to get myself to London and actually talk to people. It might seem crazy to some of you because we all talk all the time, online and on each others blog comments but in real life? Not so much, if at all.
Will we be the same face to face?
Social Networking can let us create an alter ego very easily and without knowing it sometimes we can become something we might not be in real life, an exaggerated version of our day to day selves.
I wonder if the people who i chat with on Twitter will be so quick to cross a room to talk to me, will i to them. When we do will we be what each other expects? And if not, how do we get away!
Of course i'm not totally negative i may meet people who are just as i imagine and we may get on like a house on fire. This could be the start of some amazing new friendships, friendships i may have for life.
But... It could be like the saying: Never meet your heroes.
When i have real life encounters of all these fellow bloggers will it all feel the same? Do i really want to mess with something i enjoy?
Other concerns are, Will i know who anyone is? Everyone and i mean everyone has their best angle in their avatar. That is if you even have a face, i'm slightly worried there will be 5"6 Blythe Dolls and Anime characters walking around.
Will we even recognise each other? I can see myself walking straight past someone i spent half the previous evening tweeting.
When i get like this and worry about a social event i run through possible outcomes in my head...
A) I am in my element surrounded by interesting like minded people who are friendly, chatty and all mixing amongst each other and having a great time.
B) I am standing nervously on my own in a corner observing lots of small clicky groups who are eyeing each other up behind hair flicks and over shoulder glances.
C) I check into my hotel order wine and watch tv all day while watching the tweets roll in on my iphone.
Is there anyone out there who can promise me it'll be option A?