Communicating, the introvert way
I’m glad that so many people found yesterday’s post useful and really seemed to like it (especially the folks that retweeted it within minutes of me posting it, thank you!). But it took me several hours to put together so I’m feeling a little bit of a burnout on writing. So today I’m going to write something much shorter in response to a writing prompt on the Blaugust forums.
Many bloggers communicate with our readers more through social media than through the comments on our actual blog these days. What is your favorite way to communicate with your readers? –Void
Before I answer that, I have to make something clear: I am a massive introvert and relatively shy to boot. To give you some perspective, I have gone weeks without talking to another human being and I’ve been pretty okay with it. When I have just a normal supper with my family, I come home feeling tired and worn out, and I don’t even do that much talking. I like my alone time and I like being home, because it’s pretty much the only place I feel comfortable.
So this blog…this is my virtual home. It’s a place where I can be me (more or less), splaying out across the entire couch in my pajamas while I watch Netflix. This is my little corner of the web and feeling comfortable here means that I’m more candid and forthright than I would be elsewhere. Besides, writing is just the way I do things best. So this is how I communicate with all of you.
I’m not very good at commenting on other blogs because it feels like being in a stranger’s house. No matter how many times they could tell me “make yourself at home”, I’m not going to start lounging around like I own the place. If I have nothing better to comment than “great post!”, I’ll be contributing nothing to the conversation. And even if I do see a post I have a comment for, it’s often days or even weeks after it was posted due to my slowness at keeping up with my blogroll. What’s the etiquette on that anyways, is it still okay to comment or would it be like necroing a forum thread? I feel like I missed any and all memos on blogging etiquette in general. This is why I prefer like buttons, I can just show my appreciation without the risk of making a fool of myself.
As for social networks like Twitter and Anook…you might as well be tossing me into a moshpit. There was one time when I culled the people I follow on Twitter to 60 or so, but even then I just could not keep up. So I don’t even try anymore, it’s impossible for me to follow 100+ different conversations. I’m like that one person at a party who will sit in the corner and read a book or browse on their phone unless someone calls me by name. Not the best approach for “increasing visibility” but I’d just stress myself out if I tried anything different.
All of you are fantastic people and I make sure to read each post by the people on my blogroll (sooner or later). But if I never appear in your comments or if I’m silent on Twitter, it’s not because I don’t like you, it’s because I’m doing my best not to wear myself thin.