I am going to tap a wee hole in my shell and start to comment on other blogs. I am what is referred to in the online world as "a lurker." A lurker is someone that reads blogs but never comments or interacts with the blog.
I only recently started to look at the comments others leave on my favorite blogs and found that you can then go to the commenter's website (blog). I knew you could do this I had just never thought to check out some of the links myself. As with people in real life some are more interesting than others. Some I will connect with and some I will not.
I find commenting to be like inviting someone into my house. I am always afraid that they will find something about me lacking. "Did you see the inside of her oven? I don't think she cleaned it this week." "Did you read her comment? Who would like that color?"
Is it as Abraham Lincoln said "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt"? I don't know. I do know that it is much easier for me to stay in my shell, but I am not sure that is the only thing I want anymore.
I know that knitting has helped me develop friendships easier than anything I've ever done before. I now have friends that I trust my beloved kitties to, because of knitting. I know I have "My Canadian Blog" friend because of knitting.
So this time next year I may have more friends because I made the decision to lurk less and comment more. I know I like reading comments, lets me know there are people out there. Last year I received one on my Library Love post from an employee of the Charleston County Library system. I thought to myself how cool is that? Someone in Charleston now knows how much I appreciated their job. And that my friends is a good thing to know somedays.
I was shocked to receive a comment from Clara Parkes on my mentioning that I received a copy of one of her books for Christmas. I was going to play it all cool, but come on that is on the super side of nifty. And because of her comment I found her blog that I had not thought to look for, even though I read her Knitter's Review column. I am enjoying both books.
So I know that the world is not all hot scones and tea out there but I think I am more willing to be part of it. Oh and if it turns out you don't think I am interesting, that is OK too. I think I am interesting most days and that is enough for now. And yeah I don't clean my oven very often either.