I am a very shy person…until you get to know me… once I become comfortable around you, I am rather talkative, opinionated, and
occasionally maybe a little funny. But, at the very core of who I am – I care about people. Once someone has made an impact on/in my life (be it big or small)…I find it very difficult to walk away — I like to think I am a good friend, and a good friend is always there for her friends, and offers support when needed. I really try to be the best person I can be, and one quality that I think makes someone a good person (based on the ultimate role model of course, Christ) is their desire to care for people.
Now, sometimes my deep desire to connect with people and offer my friendship, love, and support can be tricky to manage – especially in an online community such as this one. It’s very difficult to balance the feeling that you know someone so well – because you’ve followed their blog and have been there when they’ve had low moments, and been there in joyous moments too- with the reality that you’ve never really met the person, and you haven’t actually had a real conversation with them.
I feel very close to some of these women, even though we’ve never really met, and because I do not know how they feel about me, it can be awkward to reach out and try to really connect. It doesn’t help that I am a socially awkward person in real life…and so in a “virtual” setting… that is magnified.
I tried to write this post a few days ago- but I couldn’t eloquently express myself…Today, one of my favorite bloggers wrote a post that resonated with me – and essentially, the post is everything I wanted to say, but couldn’t. Another blogger (one I’m excited to “get to know” ) also wrote a post that is so true to how I feel.
How do you feel about the social aspect of blogging (or twitter)? Do you feel like you could meet real friends through an online community? How do you reach out and go beyond the normal “I’ll follow your blog and comment on your posts” type of blogger-relationship? Or do you even want to do so?
Share in the comments or write your own post and link to mine, MissOhKay’s, and/or Esperanza’s.