If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ve probably gathered that I’m an introvert by now. And because of my shyness it hasn’t always been easy to make friends in ‘real’ life. I still have a hard time opening up and allowing others to be fully immersed in my world. Oddly, this is not the case with blogging.
Blogging has been a surprisingly safe and welcoming place to build community. I’m amazed at some of the friendships I’ve built in such a short period of time. And yet, I realize there is so much more to learn, so many more people to get to know. On that note, I’ve been thinking about this strange paradox–about introverts who actually find fulfillment in blogging and sharing their lives with perfect strangers.
Introverts, for the most part, are selective when it comes to relationship building. It’s not that introverts don’t like to talk with everyone they meet. It’s just that we don’t talk unless we have something to say. Maybe we just want to avoid the small talk. My desire for quiet introspection is key to surviving social situations. I think before I speak. I actually enjoy thinking, exploring my thoughts and feelings. Maybe to a fault. I’m always, and I mean always, over-analyzing things. Gah, the internal angst!
The flip side to being an introvert, is that I’m a really good listener. In fact, I’d rather listen to someone else speak than have a captive audience. Therein lies the complexities of blogging. I know in theory you’re supposed to write for yourself. But, the truth of the matter is that we also write for an audience. If I’m being honest, lately, I don’t feel like writing about my own personal escapades. Sometimes I just want to sit back and make blogging a spectator sport. I want to take in all the glorious nuances of this social exchange without having to be center stage.
I’ve come up with a temporary solution. It’s akin to King Arthur’s Round Table. As its name suggests, the table has no head, implying that everyone who sits there has equal status. Everyone has a say. Modern day terms explains it as “a meeting of peers for discussion and exchange of views.” I figure since we already discuss issues openly and honestly with each other why not give it a name. And so, Bloggers at the Round Table was born. I wanted to start this light hearted series for the sake of getting to know my readers better and vice versa. Plus, from an introvert’s perspective, it’s refreshing to NOT always have the floor.
Let’s get started shall we? Oh, I should mention that each installment will include at least one question that I’ve just been dying to ask my readers. If you have a question you’d like to submit for a future post, you can email it to me at email@example.com. Here we go:
Question #1- If you had to pick an actor to portray your life story in a feature film, who would it be? And why?
A. I would pick Keira Knightley to portray the twenty year old me. I admire her focus, passion, and intensity. I became a huge fan when I saw her in Love Actually and Pride and Prejudice. Also, who can forget her epic performances in Pirates of the Caribbean? As for the thirty year old me, I’d pick Julia Roberts. The Julia Roberts I remember from Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride. I absolutely LOVE her laugh! Acting alongside of Richard Gere isn’t such a bad gig either.
Now, it’s your turn.
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