I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how it tends to be in the nature of writers to be quite introverted, and yet in the blogging world we can be the complete opposite. Writing is a pretty solitary pursuit after all. Sure we might collaborate with others on some writing projects and communicate with others at particular stages of writing, to seek opinions, critiques, or just encouragement, but the actual process of writing generally necessitates solitude. In fact we often crave those moments of solitude to be able to focus on our writing. It is no wonder therefore that writing is a popular pursuit amongst introverts.
I know from discussions on my blog, and on others, that a lot of us writer/bloggers consider ourselves to be quite shy in the real world. Speaking for myself, I have never aspired to have big groups of friends in the real world, I’m perfectly happy having just a few close friends. I’m often quite uncomfortable at parties or large social gatherings, I would much prefer to simply go out to dinner with my partner, or a couple of close friends. As long as the group is quite small, then I can chat quite comfortably and even animatedly, but as soon as the group gets too big, then I tend to withdraw and just cling awkwardly to one person.
If I’m entertaining at home, I’m a nervous wreck, and yet I love entertaining on my blog. Oh yes, on my blog I’m the hostess with the mostess. Come on over everyone, the more the merrier! And after I’ve (hopefully) entertained and interested you with my banter over at my place, I shall confidently trot over to all your places and join in the with all your discussions over there. The more blogging friends I have, the more I love it all.
I’m fairly sure that a lot of you can relate to at least some of what I’m saying here. In the blogging world we feel confident and popular, in a way that we may never have experienced in the real world, and yet there doesn’t seem to be anything fake or put on about it. It all seems to come quite naturally. I can only conclude that it is because the blogging world is all about communicating through the written word, and that is where we are most comfortable.
I’m very interested to hear people’s thoughts on this…