Plans for this year's event are gathering momentum, with just one major guest left to confirm. A few weeks ago we went to the British Cichlid Association bash in Redditch and jolly good it was too.
But there was hardly anyone there.
Organisers blamed the recession, and they blamed the internet. Both of these are probably quite true accusations, and it is very probable that both are responsible for the sad decline in attendance numbers at events.
Until now, the Weird Weekend has got bigger with each successive year. I will make no secret of the fact that I am worried about this year's event. Ticket sales are only slightly lower than they were last year, and I am pretty sure that these numbers will be made up by people buying tickets at the time. But there is less money about than there has been in previous years, and many people are facing an uncertain financial future.
However, I hope that despite that, people still dig into their pockets and come to the Weird Weekend. Because it is an important event; not only is it an event where the cream of cryptozoological researchers from around the globe can be seen under one roof, but it is a genuinely life-affirming event where something magickal happens.
People of all walks of life, of all ages, and of all backgrounds come together for a common goal. New friendships are made, new alliances forged, and new relationships formed. It would be a great pity if it went the same way as so many other events. So, dear friends, I am going to do my damndest to make sure that this doesn't happen.
Gimme your support.