(Disclaimer: I've noticed that activities such as conventions and BJD meets are a positive way for people to come together within the hobby, so this thread is not meant to discourage anyone from that. Just FYI. ) In response to threads that headline with such titles as: "Con this Saturday at [blank]! Who's attending?" or "Dolly tea party at [blank]'s house!" (Speaking of which, I totally heard that Luts is holding a tea party in Europe somewhere. Just...wow. Kind of cool and delightfully dorky, but...wow.) Despite its quirkiness, this gives the impression that this is a very "social" hobby, which I can understand given that there are only so many things you can do with a room full of dolls all by yourself. It's fun to fangirl online about favorite sculpts, outfits, and characters. There are also, however, the sorts that quietly post photography of their crew or leave an off-comment to a thread and never return to it; others just classify themselves as "anti-social" and keeping to themselves even in the hobby is part of their habit. This proves that BJD collecting is a hobby with multiple dimensions; creating an account with Den of Angels is a "social" thing to do in itself; it's sort of strange to imagine that thousands of other people exist that are essentially "secret" BJD owners, so to speak. What I'm wanting to know is your guys' thoughts on the social aspects of the hobby. Are you one that hits up (or hosts) BJD meets and conventions? What do you think makes this so appealing? Or: Or do you prefer to keep more to yourself and enjoy your dolls without company? Is it due to shyness or feeling as though you don't feel fully apart of the group, or is it due to your overall personality in all facets of life? As for myself, I'm socially awkward; always have been when I was a kid, and probably always will be. And if not, it'll still be a difficult process to put up a facade that comingling comes naturally, which, for me, doesn't. It's not that I don't enjoy talking to people; I just come across very weird when I do, sometimes to the point of seeming rude, and that's never been my intention. Thus, I've never "fit in" at school and don't enjoy social events very much. (Not to say I don't have friends. I'm just a bit quirky and don't normally get along with people my age.) Anyway, I read threads about everyone getting together and look at group photos and I feel weird. It's sort of a mix of shyness and just a general lack of desire to "get out there". Again, I'm not knocking it; it's just my personal preference. Nor am I saying that I'll NEVER go to a meet or con...that's just not why I got into the hobby. If I weren't just a little social, I wouldn't be making this thread. Your thoughts?