From the outside blogging might look like that most social hobby (and by extension job for some) but in reality the act of blogging is a solitary one. You sit home photographing, testing, writing.. rarely with company, it’s really only the parties and events that add that element and if you don’t participate then it can be very lonely. I was at an event last night and it occurred to me that I was surrounded by people who I may have tweeted or chatted to online but whom I would feel so uncomfortable approaching in real life. I don’t think I’m alone in that either. Once I’m talking to someone I’m fine but I’m really quite shy approaching them initially and you could be forgiven for thinking I was the bitch face in the corner ignoring everyone when I’m actually just hiding out. I realised that for some blogging may be a social media but for a lot of us we probably got in to blogging in the first place because we were more comfortable in a one sided conversation. Twitter allows those of us who may be slightly less confident to talk to just about anyone we like but the ‘friendships’ you form can feel a little hollow.. would you say hi if you saw them in the street? I don’t know. There are definitely those who I feel I would be comfortable approaching but on the whole it feels very awkward.
It’s times like these that I realise I was right to keep a part time job, I chat on twitter and such but I don’t actually often meet people through my blog/YouTube and shy as I may be we all crave social interaction and I think if I was home 5 days a week with no adult company I might go mad.
Do any of you feel this way about social media?